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Broken Elections

Don't vote for a clown.

Don’t vote for a clown. – (cc) by-nc-nd 2.0

 

I’m sick and tired of the Presidential elections… and it’s only June!  Election fever gripped the nation over a year ago as candidates tested the waters—way too early from my perspective—and it won’t be over until January, when the king or queen will be crowned. Enough? I think so.

From the earliest caucuses held in February 2016 through the latest ones this past Tuesday, candidates have been on the road and dropping out as their chances for nominations dwindle. The end result? The presumptive nominees were declared before the people of California, the most highly populated state in the nation, cast their votes.  If I lived there I’d be livid.

According to the Associated Press, Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton have each won enough delegates to claim their party’s nomination for president. Delegate totals include unpledged delegates, also known as superdelegates, who are free to support any candidate at the party conventions.*

Representative government? I say not! First of all, we are voting for delegates to a party convention, not the candidates themselves. The efficacy and relevance of the electoral college has been discussed by minds greater than my own… but to the uninitiated (namely me), this seems to be an odd way to elect a president. Does my vote count? Apparently if I lived in Iowa or New Hampshire it would. How sad for the voters in California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota who voted dead last—even after Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico which are not states!

And the waste! Who is minding the store when candidates who are already elected officials to other offices travel and campaign? Self-congratulatory conventions… maybe bread and circuses? What about all the money spent on balloons and confetti? Spend it on the policies you guys champion: funding the poor, beef up education. Not to disparage the party planners and balloon companies, but I don’t see a reason for the hullabaloo.

Why do the Congress and Senate races merit direct representation but the nation’s leader does not? It is not the leader who does the daily business of the country. It is the bureaucrats, grudges, and interns working in the offices of the smaller elected officials who smooth our way to running the country. The president is a figurehead. He (or she) is someone you can point your finger at when something goes wrong. He/she is the person who keep the (conservative) Rush Limbaughs employed and barking about their nemeses’ evils. (Sorry, I can’t think of a liberal talk radio personality to balance Rush who has the same market penetration and impact.)

I wish November were here already. I’ll  have to turn off my radio and stay away from all media until then… or I can think of many things more interesting and pertinent than politics regardless of who runs the race.

Close the zoo. Sweep up the glitter. Bring the clowns home. Silence the gasbags. Enough is enough. We need election reform, a single primary day, a shorter season, and less foofaraw. Return the airwaves to reality television and leave me alone!

 

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