The 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

I have a few suggestions for the United States of America.

1) Get rid of the electoral college and go with the popular vote.

Before I get to why the electoral college is stupid, let’s address this question : What is the argument against popular vote? Why is this an unfair way to determine what leader the majority of people wish to have in office? The main argument I’ve heard against the popular vote is that it might weigh the issues and concerns of more population dense states and cities more heavily than those with sparse populations in remote areas. And the problem with this would be???? Besides the fact that the EC doesn’t really fix this “issue” anyway, using the popular vote method of election should consider concerns of the masses as more important than those of the few. So what if politicians mainly campaign in L.A. and NYC and other major population centers? The issues and concerns of the citizens of NYC should carry more weight than those of Bumblefuck, NE. And speaking of campaigning…..

2) No more political parties, campaigning, or money in politics.

No super pacs, especially no anonymous donors, no tv ads, no swing states, no more lobbying, no more corporate interests being the voice for the individuals. The common variable to all of the previously mentioned things? Money. So, yeah. NO MORE MONEY to determine elections. Just a person and their policies. The way it should work is that all candidates submit a an extensive resume and detailed political platform(which they are obligated to uphold by law once in office under penalty of perjury). Why is it that a regular citizen goes to jail if he gives false testimony about a traffic violation, while candidates for the Presidency can just fucking consistently lie about their agendas and directives after they are appointed to their position? Politicians should merely do the bidding of the masses. They should be public servants with a little bit of room for proper decision-making regarding previously unaddressed issues not specified during their pre-office campaign promises.

There will be a government website listing of all candidates and their pertinent information where voters can go to educate themselves on their choices. It will be a level playing field where candidates all have the same resources to state their case, and advertizing will be against the rules and worthy of disqualification. Everything will take place online. If you are truly running for President of the United States of America, and you can’t get access to a computer to upload your profile, you probably don’t have a great resume to be President. Additionally, as a voter, if in 2012 you can’t use a computer or get access to one, your vote probably shouldn’t be counted anyway.

There will be a preliminary nationwide vote to narrow the field down to the top 10 vote getting candidates. At this point, the government will fund a series televised debates and interviews, with all candidates getting equal chances to speak their case. Then we all vote and the candidate with the most votes wins. No political parties. Just qualified patriots who are put in office to defend and serve the needs of the people.

3) Just like politicians, pundits and news organizations must be held accountable for their words and actions.

Yes, we have freedom of speech in this country. It’s a great thing. But, just because you are free to do something, doesn’t mean you can be irresponsible with your words without consequence. We need to hold our “news” organizations to a higher standard of information reporting and analysis. Perhaps if we follow suggestion #2 of this process and remove the money from this whole corrupt process, the misinformation will magically disappear.

– JA