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dtotire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-30-08 03:15 PM
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Scrap the primaries
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I believe that the primary system should be scrapped and we return to the previous system where the candidate for President was nominated by unpledged delegates. Eliminating the direct primary would lessen demagoguery and mitigate the influence of big money. The money that is required to run a primary distorts the entire process and prevents many highly qualified people from being considered.

I feel that professional politicians could do as good as or better in selecting a candidate than the average voter. The writers of the Constitution specified that the President be chosen by unpledged electors, to prevent demagogues being elected. Unfortunately they did not specify how the electors were to be chosen.

If we return to the previous system, several people could be considered, and the delegates would select whom they felt had the best qualifications and electable. The public would make the final decision. I would propose that the delegates to party conventions be limited to those who are holding or have held higher elective office. Generally, most politicians holding elective office are above average in intelligence, and would make better decisions than the average voter. It would significantly shorten the election process.

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