If you are reading this article and believe that our election system allows for diversity of choice in relation to the leadership of our country, the author requests that you start by reading this article:
If upon finishing this article you believe the election system is fine and the political parties of our country offer a real difference in leadership - go away. You do not possess the intelligence to proceed and your opinion means nothing.
For the rest of the thinking public, I implore you to consider what follows. It is a solution to what you know in your heart to be a huge problem in our country. Whether your party includes the Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Greens, Constitutionalists, Socialists or another organization, the implementation of a fair vote process will benefit you, if you truly believe your view is the proper direction for our country.
Fight for the Fair Vote and save our Republic
How often do you feel you have truly cast a vote for a person who stands for your principles and values? When it comes to national elections, most often people say they have chosen the lesser of two evils as opposed to the candidate who squares sufficiently with his or her values.
That is of course if a person is even willing to join the contest. Most often, unless the third party candidate is a person of significant personal wealth and is willing to spend hundreds of millions of dollars of his or her own money, their voice will be drowned out by the bull horn of both incumbent parties.
Why is this the case? Why are most people today settling as opposed to standing up for what they truly believe?
The "thrown away vote"
The response most often given as to why a person votes for the lesser of two evils as opposed to their conscious is most often attributed to their feeling that the vote cast for the best choice would be â€œthrown awayâ€ because the candidate could never win.
Although this view is part of the problem, it has some merit. Part of the problem because with this mindset nothing will ever change. Obviously if plurality of the population voted for a non-establishment candidate, he or she would win. Knowing, of course, that voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil, one cannot deny although that many past candidacies that ran outside of the mainstream lost.
The process is rigged to force a decision between two sides and two sides only. The Republican and Democrat parties have amassed a huge amount of power by catering to the special interests, that to stand in opposition to them is nearly impossible. Their ability to raise money and influence the masses is almost inconceivable.
For one person or one group to break off from the establishment and fight on principle is nearly impossible. Any entity that has enough money to buy influence has no reason to support a non-establishment candidate because the rewards for their support, which always extends to both options on the ballot, are firmly in place and perfectly legal.
The only solution is to break the back of the two-party system.
Yet how can this be done and still conduct an electoral process that squares with American Principles?
Should we continue to limit or worse not allow people and groups to use their own money to fund those leaders they see as advocating for their beliefs?
No. Money is property and in accordance with American principles people have a right to do with their property as they see fit.
Should we call for the public funding of elections?
No. â€œPublicâ€ means â€œgovernmentâ€ and putting the government in charge of funding elections is perfectly analogous to putting the fox in charge of the hen house.
The only hope is a means of allowing the public to vote their conscious by eliminating the â€œeither or" scenario. This is done all over the world and even in some states by a fair vote or ranked system of voting. Such a system allows people to vote for the best candidate they deem worthy without any concern that their vote is wasted.
Here is how it is done:
1. As opposed to voting for a single candidate, people are empowered to rank their choices from their most favored candidate to the least favored candidate.
2. When the voting is complete ever personâ€™s first choice is cast and the vote is tallied
3. If one candidate receives a majority of votes, he or she wins. End of election.
4. If no one candidate receives a majority of votes, the person with the least amount of votes is eliminated from the contest. Those people who cast their vote for the eliminated candidate instantly cast their vote for their second choice for the seat.
5. This continues until one person earns a majority
With this system, people can truly vote their conscious knowing that if their first choice is eliminated from the race their one vote will still count. When such a mindset is put in place, elections become about ideas and not about money and parties, something establishment parties and those who support them fear more than anything.
Some have said this it too big of a task.Â Others have said people will not understand it.Â Still others have said it will take too long. I ask you, has there every been something that has made a better world for generations to come small, simple, and quick?
All those of us today who have had it with the establishment, no matter your political affiliation, join me. If you believe you are right and those in power are wrong, you have an obligation.