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Tom Toles

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  1. Clark  Kent

    Clark Kent said, 5 months ago

    1: Federal funding of elections, only federal funding.
    2: 4 week campaign, and only 4 weeks.
    3: any multibillionaire wanting to buy the election should spend the rest of his/her life in prison.
    4: A strong viable Socialist party in the USA.

  2. richardelguru

    richardelguru GoComics PRO Member said, 5 months ago

    Clark,
    >4: A strong viable Socialist party in the USA.

    As an expat Brit over here, I’d settle for either party being as far

     
     
    left as the Tory Party…. under Thatcher!

  3. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, 5 months ago

    @Truist

    I also like Australian rules voting.

  4. Doughfoot

    Doughfoot said, 5 months ago

    @motivemagus

    I like the fact that voters are fined for not voting. Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Patrick Henry, George Mason, etc. were all elected by voters who were subject to a hefty fine if they failed to vote when able to. Voting is properly a responsibility and duty of citizens. Failure to vote ought to be treated like draft dodging used to be, or evading jury service, or other shirking of duty. The question is not “Why force apathetic and ignorant voters to go to the polls?” The question is “Why encourage voters to be ignorant and apathetic?” Run-off elections would also be useful, to enable third parties to actually show their strength. How many people say to themselves, “I would vote libertarian” or “I would vote socialist” if they didn’t think doing so would be to throw their votes away. And get rid of the electoral college, or at least let each state’s electoral vote be awarded proportionally: that way, every state would really matter, as at least one electoral vote would be up for grabs in each state.

    The Constitution was written to prevent small, temporary majorities from making ill-considered and unwise amendments. I doubt the founders expected it to become a straight-jacket preventing the people from having what they want in and from their government. <br
    But of course, those who are actually in control, whoever we may think they are, and to the extent that anyone is actually in control, are all wedded to the status quo. And I sometime despair that there is the politic will in this country to do anything to prevent our continued slide downhill, there being so little consensus about what is needed to reverse the present trends.

  5. Newenglandah

    Newenglandah said, 5 months ago

    @richardelguru

    There is no leftist major party in the US. There is merely a center-right party and an extreme-right party.

  6. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, 5 months ago

    Newenglandah said, about 1 hour ago
    @richardelguru
    “There is no leftist major party in the US. There is merely a center-right party and an extreme-right party.”——————————————————-
    If Lefty O isn’t liberal enough for you, maybe you should move to Cuba.

  7. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, 5 months ago

    @Newenglandah

    Totally agree. Contrast Obama with, say, the Green Party. He’s a corporate-friendly centrist, period. I find it hilarious when people think he is a Marxist or socialist — clearly not knowing the definition of either — let alone leftist, when Teddy Roosevelt was far more left than Obama is.

  8. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, 5 months ago

    @Doughfoot

    I admit to having mixed feelings about required voting; should we be choosing our leaders through a majority of voters who don’t want to vote, don’t care for voting, and obviously don’t know the issues? It could make it worse than it is now in terms of media-managed elections, because I don’t believe that people will become better informed just because they have to vote.
    Though another innovation I would accept is adding “No opinion” or “none of the above” to the ballot…that could work.

  9. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 5 months ago

    @Clark Kent

    At least 3 other parties get equal access in the elections. And we have the “no” or “negative” vote if it is just one person in the race.

  10. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 5 months ago

    @richardelguru

    Considering how Thatcher and the following PMs have messed up the UK I would wonder why?

  11. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 5 months ago

    @Doughfoot

    Forcing people to vote is a wrong headed idea as is fining them.

  12. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 5 months ago

    @ConserveGov

    Obama is so Right wing he is a 3rd GWB only nicer sounding.

  13. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 5 months ago

    @motivemagus

    Not a centrist unless you mean his allowing for Gay marriage and equal pay for women for equal work. Doesn’t change his extreme Reich Wingism for a huge military, the USA in 134+ countries etc.

  14. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 5 months ago

    A “no” vote will bring more people in to vote. Also stop changing laws so that it effects those who are not Aryan Republicans. Many more can then vote again with the ID’s they already have.

  15. Newenglandah

    Newenglandah said, 5 months ago

    @Finsterlaine

    Let’s see….Conservatives love Somalia because there are no government regulations or taxes, they love Russia because Putin is a “strong” leader, they love Uganda because they persecute gays, but they hate the US because we elected a “Marxist Moslem Kenyan” as our president. So I would agree that it is people like ConserveGov who should leave.

    Which of those three are you heading for, ConserveGov? Bon voyage!

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