I watched one of Donald Trump’s big speeches today while I was cleaning a bathtub drain. I found myself waiting to get back to the drain. That guy really goes on and on about all his troubles as he leaves in a limo to a private jet plane. It kind of reminds me of Howard Stern’s whining.
Today, I’d like to discuss something that has become relevant over the last few weeks. What is a fair voting system in a non-democratic democracy? The United States of America is a collection of 50 different governments connected by a strong federal government. The House and Senate are both defined by state elections. The presidency is as well. However, people seem to strive for the kind of “American Idol” style of direct voting where the coasts get all the say and the conservative heartland, a.k.a. flyover country, gets screwed. I feel differently.
Then again, the two parties have a nomination process that often uses state resources to decide an election. If your state has a caucus, it’s probably because your state was too cheap to spend money on a special statewide primary. Primaries are actually part of progressive reforms to replace our Constitution with European-style direct democracy that leads to socialism. The parties like them because it increases voter registration before a general election. A political party has every right to choose their candidate.
So, how do I feel about primaries? My preference would be a system where only the credible candidates are allowed and that narrowed field is voted on. This is a runoff. In the case of a primary, hold a national vote by phone or internet (you can did this for a political party since they can use private companies to control access) to pick the top 2-4 candidates. This year, it probably would have been, Cruz, Trump, Rubio and Carson. Maybe Christie. Hold another vote with only those fewer candidates. If one gets the majority, they win. If no one does, it’s convention time.
Even more, I like jungle primaries. That’s where any number of candidates from any party can run for a statewide office. Instead of two primaries, everyone votes for two people. The two highest vote getters run in the general election. If you don’t like political parties, this is a good way to blow them apart.
It makes so much sense, no one will ever do it.