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Not voting in failed two-party system

November 12, 2012
The Leader Herald

Now that the election is over, I can look forward to a little more peace and quiet in my home. The annoying phone calls from politicians will stop and my answering machine won't be filled with messages telling me whom I should vote for. Politicians are exempt from the "no-call list," which is no surprise since they make the rules. Actually, the no-call list hasn't stopped anyone from calling my home repeatedly, but that's another editorial issue.

Whenever I received a political call from a real person (not a machine) and I was asked whom I planned on voting for, I would respond with, "I would vote for whoever supports my right to privacy and the right not to be harassed in my own home." Since there are no candidates who care about that, I don't vote anymore. That's just one of the reasons I don't vote anymore. I know the majority of people would disagree with my decision not to vote, but I feel I really don't have a choice.

I think the two-party system has failed miserably. Any candidates who get their name on the ballot owe their soul to the party, not the people. Political parties manipulate the public by redrawing district lines to benefit their party. The whole voting process is complicated and confusing. Ballots are made to benefit whatever party dominates that district.

More than $6 billion was spent on all national and local elections this year. That's just crazy. We were bombarded by negative TV ads, which told us why we shouldn't vote for the other guy, not why we should vote for them. If we believe half of what they say, they should all be in jail. The corruption and greed that we have all seen from our elected officials makes me sick.

The electoral college system is outdated and an insult to all voters. A candidate can win the popular vote and still lose the election. With today's technology, we could make the voting process very simple. Instead of voting for people to represent us (which they don't), maybe the American people should vote directly on the issues, policies and laws that govern our country. The people we are electing are obviously unable to do this.





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