Are the elections just a farce?
Does it really matter whom we elect President of the US? Aren't all the candidates just paying us lip service?
Sometimes it seems that way. Our current prezzie is a real dud, as was his predecessor.
In presidential elections, the primaries are somewhat farcical. Suppose that you're a member of either major party, the Tweedledees or the Tweedledums.
If you vote for your first choice in the primary, and if your guy wins in a neck-and-neck horse race, he may lose in the general election, because he's considered too extreme by voters in the other party. Congratulations, you've just shot your party in the foot.
That's why many primary election participants vote for the guy who they feel has the best chance of defeating the other party's nominee. Mediocrity rules.
There is an alternative voting system. It's called Instant Runoff Voting, as advocated by the Green Party. You rank-order at least three of the candidates.
If your first choice doesn't win, your second choice still counts. No more Wasted Vote Syndrome.
No it does not really matter. The differences between the Democrats and the Republicans, and each individual candidate (except Ron Paul) are minute. Look at what the parties agree on: the war on the middle-east, the support of the Federal Reserve and corporatism and the expansion of the state. There has been a bi-partisanship towards tyranny for the last 100 years or so, no doubt about it.
I believe it is. A candidate like Ron Paul would have been real. As it is, the "power candidates" are all working for the same powers-that-be. If it hasn't happened yet, I'm sure that Romney will get his interview with the Bilderberg group just as Obama did four years ago.
Ron Paul was a true candidate...but "they" would never let him be elected.
I think this is one of the commonly held misconceptions among Americans today. Presidential elections are the supreme form of democracy in action. The failure of such a large percentage of the population to take part in these elections is the true farce at hand.
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