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dtotire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 03:50 PM
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The Primaries are a Farce
I feel that the primary system, as it is now should be abolished and we return to the system where the president was nominated by unpledged delegates. The money that is needed by each candidate distorts the entire process and does not ensure that the best candidate is nominated. We have bypassed several candidates who would have been excellent choices and were superior to any of the Republican candidates: Biden, Richardson, Dodd, and Edwards and are focused on two candidates who are fighting each other instead of fighting Republicans., and this damages both of them. What will probably happen is that we will elect another mediocrity (McCain).

I feel that professional politicians could do as good as or better in selecting a candidate than the average voter. To prevent the accession to power of demagogues, the writers of the Constitution specified that the President be chosen by unpledged electors, and Senators be chosen by the State legislators. Unfortunately, they did not specify how the electors were to be chosen, and the method of choosing Senators was changed by the 17th amendment. If we return to the previous system of nominating in Convention, 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.

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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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 03:58 PM
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1. Parliamentary systems are similar to this
to the extent that the parties choose their own leaders.

In addition, (listen up DINO's) you don't cross party lines and vote for -or enable and legitimize the opposition's policies without major repercussions.
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