Friday, November 05, 2010

Lesser of Two Evils = Unacceptable

Our choices in elections always seem to bring us to the same old "lesser of two evils" decisions which just continues the cycle of "damned if you do, damned if you don't". This should be unacceptable to all voters. But yet we continue to allow ourselves to be controlled by "the system." I keep hearing the same sound bites declaring how apparently some of us do not understand how the system works. Please! We do know how the system works...the system is the problem.

I keep hearing that's how our democracy works. Well apparently my definition of democracy must be a little pooched because I do not see any chance of democracy existing within an oligarchy. What are the chances that a third party will gain enough strength to balance out this two party oligarchy we have? Slim to none! So what alternatives do we have in a country whose people are so easily swayed by the media driven hype which keeps the oligarchy in power? I don't see the masses ready to hit the streets. I don't see the majority of my sisters and brothers seriously considering revolution. So what can be done.

Well, the binding "None of the Above" initiative is one way each of us can become involved on a state by state basis. It is an initiative which can begin at the grassroots level, spread from community to community, and eventually reach the floor of the state legislatures. Yes, it is a long shot. But from where I sit here in Sardis, any shot at all gives me hope and allows me the mental fortitude to continue placing one foot in front of the other.



Just what is meant by "None of the Above"?

"A nonpartisan dedication to enacting Voter Consent laws, giving voters the ballot option to reject all candidates for an office and to call for a new election with new candidates to fill that office.

In any state with a binding "None of the Above" ballot option, the list of candidates for each office would be followed by the votable line "None of the Above; For a New Election", or something similar. If the NOTA option gets more votes than any candidate for the office, then no one is elected to the office; instead, a follow-up by-election with new candidates must be held to fill that office, until a candidate wins a plurality of votes among all other candidates including "None of the Above."

You can find out more details at Voters for None of the Above.

1Comments:

Blogger Todd said...

None of the above is a good start. Add a few parties and ranked ballots with instant runoff voting and that could help as well. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preferential_voting)

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