At 07:36 PM 10/23/2002, you wrote:
I'd like to see the electoral college used the way the framers intended--each state would decide how their particular electoral college representatives would be elected, and then these representatives would vote for president. This way the chances are a better candidate would be elected rather than mediocre or poor candidates who might look better or have that certain popular charisma than more qualified but less popularly appealing candidates.IMO, I agree with President George Washington in his Farewell Address, that we should shun political parties. All they have done is divide the nation along a single line without as much as a care for actual platform. Too many people vote for a party, simply because their parents did. Very few vote for the character of the individual or that person's individual platform.Just because a party has a platform does not mean the individual holds to it. Whatever happened to George Bush's promise to help the schools? Instead, he turned the process over to Ted Kennedy and the Democrats' pro-teacher's-union platform to decide what to do. We didn't get what was promised, and most people have forgotten, because they are tied to the party, rather than the policies. Instead of passing laws to protect us from terrorism and to fund the war on it, the two parties are fighting over platform issues: should the new workers be unionized? Should we throw in money for after school programs, so we can help the incumbents get reelected? Instead of hitting the real issues, we have Daschle attacking inane items; and we have the Republicans ignoring the economy in order to win the election through the war on terrorism. Finally, without parties, we would be able to have more people run for office and have a chance of winning. We wouldn't need campaign reform, because money would be tied to the individual and not to a political party and its abuses. And we wouldn't have the crimes of an elected leader protected by a political party, whether it is Nixon or Clinton, if one is guilty of crimes, the entire Congress should honestly investigate it and do their job; not sweep sins under the carpet in order to protect the party. One more thing. We need to put term limits on all Congress. One term for Senate, two for House. Then we wouldn't have people fighting to keep themselves forever in office, and it would reduce the amount of voter bribes. New Senators and Congressmen have a vision to fix America. Old ones are mostly interested in keeping their position. K'aya K'ama, Gerald/gary Smith
We don't need term limits. We already have term limits if the people so choose--their vote.
"Nations are defined by their founders. George Washington set a standard of
selfless public service and heroic private virtue against which American
politicians continue to be measured - and found wanting - even today." --Steven W. Mosher
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