Monday, June 2, 2008

Democracy Should Not Be Complicated

Are you confused about the election process in the United States? So am I. The more convoluted and less understandable a voting process is, the less democratic it becomes. When the rich and powerful can play shell games with democracy it is the poor and the not powerful that suffer the consequences the most.

From Florida, Michigan get all delegates, but each gets half vote:

After a day of wrangling in front of a sometimes unruly crowd, the Democratic National Committee's rules and bylaws committee reinstated all of Florida and Michigan's delegates to its party convention, with each getting a half-vote to penalize the states for moving their primaries earlier than the party had approved.
Read the rest here.

From Clinton makes popular vote pitch in new ad:
Clinton's claim to winning the popular vote is debatable. Including the results from Clinton’s big win in Puerto Rico, she can only be considered the popular vote winner if the results from Michigan (where Obama was not on the ballot) are counted for her and Obama is awarded no votes from that state. But 237,762 voted "uncommitted" in that contest and the Obama campaign argues many of them were supporters of the Illinois senator.
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Anonymous said...

Nine reasons I’m linking to John McCain:

1) John McCain wants to align himself with Bush on destroying Social Security.

2) John McCain thinks working-class Americans don’t matter by refusing to support raising the minimum wage.

3) John McCain thinks the GI Bill is too generous for our veterans.

4) John McCain is “fine” with us being in Iraq for “a hundred years,” and thinks America could be there for another “thousand years” or even “a million years.”

5) John McCain thinks NAFTA is fantastic.

6) John McCain’s economic policy was written by a lobbyist. A maverick? Not so much.

7) John McCain wants to make abortion illegal by overturning Roe v. Wade.

8) John McCain thinks Bush was right to veto kids health insurance expansion. He doesn’t care about our children.

9) John McCain supports Bush’s Iraq strategy, and plans to continue it.

These articles on John McCain all come from mainstream news sources, and most quote John McCain directly. John McCain: we can’t afford another 4 years of George W. Bush.

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