Wednesday, October 1, 2008
What Would You Do?
Just for fun - what would you do if you were running things? If you could lay down the rules for the next election and all elections to come? How would you change the way it's handled?
I know what I would do. For starters, the Electoral College would have to go! Every one of our votes would really count. And no more of the electronic votes. We'd go right back to the beginning, writing our choice on a piece of paper and dropping it into a ballot box. I don't care how many days or weeks it would take to count them. And there would be a time limit for candidates to run for office. They could start... let's see... maybe the Fourth of July. And they could each have the same amount of money to spend, and not a penny more. I haven't decided how much that would be, but it would not be multi-millions. And if the candidate was a senator, his pay would be docked proportionately to the amount of time he spent away from Washington. And churches and unions and everyone else would be banned from telling their people how they should vote. Everyone would just have to figure that out for themselves. Oh yes, and let's make it illegal to out and out lie about the other guy. In fact, why not make it illegal to even talk about the other guy? It could be a requirement that each candidate talk only about his own record and what he would like to do if elected.
Yes, it's a silly pipe dream. But don't you wish it could happen? And why can't some of it happen? Not to such exaggerated levels, but why not a more sane and sensible method of handling things?
As things are today, and as Pogo used to say, "I has met the enemy, and he is us!"
I have it on good authority that even the Pope himself has been looking at our election campaign and sent a letter to clergy stating that Catholics are not expected to vote solely on the issue of abortion. I won't even indulge myself with a discussion of what I think of single issue voting - but when the Pope sees fit to write such a directive, it has to tell you something. No, I'm not Catholic. I'm just saying...
Frankly, my greatest fear at this point is that this election will be stolen. Corruption has reached such levels today that the will of the people may very well be ignored.
Meantime - just for fun - what changes would you make, if you could?