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Why we can't have nice things

DCblogger's picture

You are what you vote for. If you vote for horrible people like Chris Chistie, Andrew Cuomo, or Rahm Emanuel you get horrible government. Seriously, all of these characters wracked up horrible records, that should have gotten them bounced out by a landslide, instead they have been reelected. Even if the competing candidates may not have been FDR, that is no excuse. All of these crooks should have sunk like lead.

We just have to elect better people, that is all there is to it.

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Submitted by blues on

With all due respect -- People just flat-out refuse to think about the true nature of what passes for democracy. They keep supposing that we are just electing the wrong candidates. They say it over and over. Why? Please let me restate the real problem:

Simple Score Voting -- It's Not "IRV" -- And it eliminates 90% of the two-party spoiler effect trap!

It involves absolutely no fractions, division, multiplication, or other complications. Each voter can give from 1 to 10 votes to each of a certain number of candidates, up to say 20, since letting them give votes to 100 candidates would just take too long. They can't give a zero (0) vote since then they could write in someone's name and give zero votes, which is not nice. At the end of the day, all the votes are simply added up -- that's it. So you could, for example, give 10 votes to candidates you really want, and 9 votes to a "lesser evil", but well financed, one. If the lesser evil one wins, you will only have sacrificed 10% of your voting power. It's absolutely simple. This has been known at least since the time of French Revolution!

Also abolish machine vote collection and tallying. If it saves 10X of time and expenditure, it also makes it 10X easier to perpetrate systematic rigging. Which of these burdens can we truly afford to endure?

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Submitted by DCblogger on

Oh please. We live in the real world. You have to use the tools available to you. No doubt changing the system would yeild better results, but we have to work with what we have today. Even if you think that Chuy Garcia was a flawed candidate, he was the only other name on the ballot. Garcia was the chance to unseat Rahm, and the people of Chicago, for reasons best known to themselves, reelected a known crook who openly expresses contempt for the city's poor. Better choices were available and people failed to make the right choice.

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Submitted by blues on

The "real world" is this:

Nobody cares. Nor should they care. Voting is a complete waste of time and energy. All real alternatives are blocked, either by the voting machines, or by the spoiler effect.

You can no longer blame this on the people. The system is the problem, not the people.

Voting has been rendered useless by the system. So why bother?

Get hand counted paper ballots and simple score spoiler-free voting or quit wasting our time.

Submitted by lambert on

"The system is the problem, not the people"

Do you think "the system" is made from something other than people? If so, what?

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Submitted by a little night ... on

OMG, thank you, I am so tired of people (including MY OWN UNION) who told me to vote for Andrew Cuomo. He's just a dead loss for the people. Maybe they thought he was his father. Yeah, no. (And his father would have been better for us if he'd gotten off his ass and done something concrete about the two cities!)