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Xaotik Designs 2012

It’s an election year, and it’s time once again, for us to decide who gets to lead our great nation. I know it’s probably too late, and I’m just a couple of years shy of the age requirement, but I believe it’s time I throw my hat in the ring. To promote my candidacy over the next few weeks, I’m going to post a few of my positions on some key points.

My first posting, will be in declaring my political party. Currently I’m registered as a Republican. This is not because I particularly like Republicans, but because of the two parties that matter, they are the closest to my personal beliefs.

Read over that last line again. Do you see the problem? First, we only have two parties that matter. Third parties only count in that a vote for them is almost like not voting at all. We have tons of parties that could be a lot better, if only they got more votes, or had better coverage. This leads me to my first proposed change.

Voters and candidates no longer pick their own parties. When registering to vote, everybody would take a short quiz, something like the one at ISideWith or Political Compass. Those who are in office would have their voting record reviewed by a non-partisan committee that would then, if needed, reassign them to a different party based on what they actually did while in office.

This way, when Limbaugh calls someone a socialist, he can really mean it because that’s the party they were placed in thanks to their voting record. Want to run as one party so you can get get into office, then vote another way during your term, guess what, you don’t get to do that anymore. Parties would only back the candidates that they fully support, after all, they aren’t going to want to spend all that money on a candidate that is going to switch parties once his record is reviewed.

Probably best of all though, it would break up the two party system we have now. There wouldn’t be these massive political parties warring with each other with millions of dollars being channeled through them for elections. We’d have dozens of smaller parties competing with each other based on their actual stance and record on the issues, not just towing the party line so they fit in. Our current third parties would actually become valid since many of the people from the two main parties would find themselves now running for them.

Hopefully, once people actually know which party would best represent them based on their views, and then which politicians they would actually side with, people would start to elect the people that they actually want in office. It won’t solve everything, but it’s a step towards informing voters and getting better politicians.