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originally posted by: gspat
I don't pretend to know beans about the nuts and bolts of the American electoral system. As a Canadian, I can't honestly say I have a very good understanding of my own - when by the time the western provinces finish voting, the rest of the country has basically gone to celebrate or gone home because the election is already over and decided.
But, since I didn't want to derail the nlbs thread, or the other thread about basically the same thing, I had a thought that may be useful to you guys down south of me...
NLBS spent a good portion of the current show listing some of the superpacs and the people behind them...
Why wouldn't you, as American citizens, create one for election reform? Colbert did it, and that was on a lark.
Why wouldn't you use the "power of the people" to work towards the reforms you want?
Examples that come to mind, from posts here and watching the Ron Paul debacle from afar would be:
- Make states that only allow "R" or "D" on the ballot expand to include other candidates.
- Get rid of the electoral colleges? (I don't understand what they do exactly, so just throwing this one out there)
- Limits on terms in office.
- Limits on spending per person / per candidate
- Getting rid of Superpacs?
There are enough of you guys (and gals) that seem to be disgruntled enough to throw ten bucks or more in the pot and make some waves for change.
All the best!