I have talked about this from time to time and the more time passes it becomes evident to me that it beyond time to change our political system. I am not talking about putting in phoney baloney term limits. We the people have the ultimate ability to put term limits on our elected officials, we do not need laws to help us with that.
What I am talking about is completely dismantling the two party system. Our founding fathers, especially Thomas Jefferson, were against a two party system. In today's world I can fully see why.
The Democratic and Republican Parties have a stranglehold on the political process. Third parties really do not stand a change except in local elections. True, every now and then a third party candidate will be elected, but it is the very rare exception rather than the rule.
As you all well know I am a Democrat but I am a liberal Democrat and frankly the conservative edge of the party just does not represent my views most of the time. The same can be a said for a conservative Republican and the liberal edge of that party.
What a propose is both radical (probably) and simple.
First, we must do away with the nominating process:
-The way to do this is essentially have a free for all style primary. Candidates would not be able to start campaigning until January of the election year. Whether you want to run for President, Governor, or city official you can not file or begin campaigning until the first of the year.
-Do away with filing fees. If a person want to run for office they should be able to. Election commissions should be completely done away with and instead election committees should be appointed and their sole job is to ensure that those running for office are eligible.
Second, instead of holding primaries throughout the first part of the election year, one primary should be held in late July, early August.
-At that time whichever two candidates receive the most votes will continue on to the general election still on the second Tuesday of November.
That to me would be a simple solution to the "voting for the lesser of two evils" situation faced in American politics today.
There are other things we can do to make the election process even simpler and ensure that the best abled candidate reaches the top not just the best politician.
Contributions should have a cap to ensure that those with the money are not able to get behind a candidate that will simply protect their interests. I understand that this may be considered socialistic, so be it.
If candidates live in one state but believe their chances of being elected are better in another state, just listing an address in that state will not be sufficient. That person must have true residency in a state that they are elected to. Same with local politics.
My last idea has to do with the electoral college. It has long since out lived it's usefulness. It either needs to be completely done away with or at the very least reformed. Though it has not happened often I am not comfortable with the idea that if a politician wins a certain amount of electoral votes the people that represent those votes can change their vote to someone else. I also have never liked the idea that someone can garner the most votes but still lose if he/she does not win enough electoral votes. There is just something wrong with that system.
In the new system that I am proposing maybe this would no longer be a problem as only two candidates would be competing for electoral college votes, so maybe the easy fix would be once a candidate has locked up those votes people can not go to the convention and simply decide to throw their vote to the other candidate. I honestly do not know what the best fix to the system is. It rarely happens that the person garnering the most votes actually loses but the fact that it can happen means, to me, that the system is not working.
As I stated it is time to do away with the two party system and just have an election system where the truly best can rise to the top.