09 October 2008

US Elections

The way the campaigning is getting so attacking, made me decide not to watch the last debate between Obama and McCain. I decided I didn't want to see these 2 grown adults trading insults. Besides, after coming across Global Voices through my friend Onedia's blog and coming across the fact that there were other candiates in the coming election--apart from Ralph Nader who's been running for ever--I was wondering why there was no debate with all the candidates standing for election, rather than just from the 2 main political parties. I think the US electorate should be given the opportunity to at least hear other views. I'm sure that if there was a multi-party democracy in the US, instead of just the two party one, there would be more checks and balances and some of the mess that happened may not have happened--my view.

7 comments:

Onedia Hayes Sylvest said...

Sue, good point. In the second election with Clinton thee was a major third candidate who did debate with the two main parties. He was Ross Perot, a wealthy Texan who garnered a number of votes. We have a growing independent voting base but because they are not organized (which would negate them being independent) so no one candidate. We usually have a libertarian candidate and of course the forever green candidate. In the last elections, Nader drew enough diverted votes that most of us believe would have gone to a Democrat that we are all happy he did not actually wage a campaign. It is a complex situation. I personally believe the electoral college is most in need of abolishing. It was established at a time when counting votes took weeks to process, but that is no longer the case.

Shellmo said...

I'm like you - I'm tired of the debates.

Mary Ann said...

I'm with onedia...I think it's time for every person's vote to count, not to convert individual votes into delegate votes.

I love watching the debates, but I'm weird, a fact that's been confirmed before... :)

Hip Grandma said...

with the number of parties contesting in India,I feel that horse trading and unhappy colitions have made the democratic arrangement a farce.Politicians everywhere are the same I feel.

Bimbimbie said...

Can't help thinking how much more interesting the US elections would be if candidates were selected for their issues and what they stand for and not on account of the $ behind them.

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

I agree with Onedia. The electoral system needs to be abolished.

Dotm said...

My feelings exactly- remove the electoral votes and start counting the peoples votes. Bring back the old " of the people, by the people and for the people" way.
They say that anyone can run for president, but they forget to add- as long as they have lots and lots of money. So, as long as the President candidate has to be rich, the rich will always be in charge.