This cartoon about sums up my thoughts on our current political system:

6 Responses to “Vote!”

  1. Dan says:

    Pretty much.

    People suggest all sorts of ideas to help address what’s wrong. Get rid of first past the post voting (Alternative Vote), moving to a system they have in Denmark (percentage of votes for a party = percentage of representation…instead of winner-take-all), abolishing the Electoral College, yadda yadda yadda.

    Nobody gets any traction on how to start implementing these changes. Because something something Constitution and we can’t change it because it’s never been “amended”.

  2. BrianN says:

    The electoral system is broken, and i know because people aren’t voting for my favorite candidate.

  3. matt says:

    The electoral system is broken, and I know because people aren’t voting for their own favorite candidates. They’re voting against their least favorite candidate instead, and that’s what’s broken.

  4. Pitt says:

    I remember back when I turned 18, and was allowed to vote. I ordered up an absentee ballot, since I was away at college, and did my patriotic duty. But I recall thinking to myself, back then, “Well, I guess I’m a Republican, so I’ll vote for, uh, Dole?…really? That’s my choice? Him or some ex-hippy baby boomer?”

  5. Pitt says:

    Frankly, I think going back to the system we had before where the candidate who receives the most votes becomes the President and the candidate who receives the second-most votes becomes Vice President would be a start. I have to verify, but I think with all of the appointed and nominated positions in D.C. these days we have more un-elected officials than elected ones.

  6. Dan says:

    The brokenness of the electoral system is that people are afraid to vote for someone they would actually want because they’ve had it beaten into their head that doing so helps the guy they don’t want.

    Look at this year. It’s going to be chock full of “Don’t vote for Gary Johnson or Ron Paul because that takes votes away from Romney and makes Obama deathlord supreme.”

    The Alternative Vote eases this. ( At the very least, you’d have a system where the person that the majority of the voters *didn’t* want isn’t going to win the election.

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