10 on Tuesday

This week’s 10 on Tuesday topic is “10 Things You Hate About Politics.”

This is kind of a tough list for me, because I love the American political system. There are things I’d like to see people do differently, but the system itself is about as good as any you’ll find on the planet, so I’m hesitant to say I hate anything about it. I’d like to see these changes, though:

1. Revamp the Electoral College so the outcome of the electoral vote matches the outcome of the popular vote.
2. Hold all the primaries on the same day.
3. DQ any candidate whose campaign resorts to dirty tricks.
4. More grassroots involvement; less corporate manipulation.
5. More substance; less silliness.
6. Make ads more straightforward and less manipulative.
7. No more demonizing people. Having a different opinion does not make somebody evil. 8. Better voter turnout.
9. Stop using ideological labels as insults. “Liberal” and “conservative” aren’t bad words.
10. More face time; less TV.

On an unrelated note, the Cubs’ pitchers and catchers report to Mesa tomorrow!

Emily

3 thoughts on “10 on Tuesday”

  1. Interesting. I must note a couple of things:

    1. Revamp the Electoral College so the outcome of the electoral vote matches the outcome of the popular vote.

    You might as well get rid of the electoral college, and with it, any pretense of states’ rights. The whole point of the electoral college, often lost on people these days, is that it is intended to allow the state to vote for president. In the federal system the way it was intended to work, each state had more or less the status of a nation within an overall federation. It’d be like trying to elect a president of an Asian federation: the question wouldn’t be, how to all the people taken as a whole vote, but how does Japan vote? How does China vote? How does Sri Lanka vote? etc. The purpose of the electoral college is, in part, to preserve the proper relationship of the federal government to the states, that is, to keep the federal government the servant of the sovereign states, rather than having the states be merely provinces of the federal government.

    If you dislike an all-powerful, over-arching federal government, the electoral college is your friend, not your enemy.

    2. Hold all the primaries on the same day.

    Since the date of each states’ primary is largely up to the parties in those states (with some input from the national parties), seems to me that this would be like herding cats. Even if you could do it, I think I prefer a longer primary season. Gives each candidate more of an opportunity to do something stupid in public.

    3. DQ any candidate whose campaign resorts to dirty tricks.

    The problem would be proving the dirty tricks, wouldn’t it? Or even defining dirty tricks. One person’s dirty trick is often another person’s “playing hardball.”

    4. More grassroots involvement; less corporate manipulation. & 5. More substance; less silliness. & 8. Better voter turnout.

    Amen. If you can figure out a way to pull the attention of the American people away from American Idol long enough to cast an informed vote, I’m all for it.

    6. Make ads more straightforward and less manipulative.

    A control issue. Who is empowered to make the evaluations? At what point does the person so empowered run roughshod over the first amendment?

    7. No more demonizing people. Having a different opinion does not make somebody evil.

    Again, one person’s demonization is often another person’s telling it like it is. It seems to me that such things often depend on whose ox is getting gored.

    9. Stop using ideological labels as insults. “Liberal” and “conservative” aren’t bad words.

    That is true. On the other hand, they are at least somewhat descriptive. Their pejorative power comes largely from the sound-bite-length attention span of the American public. To remedy the situation, again, you have to have a way of pulling peoples’ attention away from Britney Spears long enough to do some reading and thinking.

    10. More face time; less TV.

    I don’t know; a lot of these candidates have faces that’d frighten small children…

  2. 11. Candidates need to tell us where they stand on issues, not why their “collegue” is wrong about the issue. Let us make up our own mind, don’t tell us how to think.

    12. No more campiagn signs, they are just litter.

  3. hmmm….

    I’m with you…there is so much I like about it…but…

    if we are going to encourage everyone to go out and cast their one precious vote…then make it count. I am horrified by the “super delegate” system. I don’t want someone wielding the power of hundreds/thousands of individual votes arbitrarily. It takes so many of our “one person/one vote” votes to get a delegate. To have someone who hasn’t been “elected” casting a superdelegate vote at the convention when he/she has not been authorized by the electorate and possibly vote contrary to his/her constituency is unsettling and undermines what we all braved the cold bitter February weather to stand in lines for.

    I am praying for peace about this…but not a peace that is tolerant of a system that is flawed…but a peace that is based on the Truth that every voice matters, counts, and is equal “under God”..

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