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      09-29-2012, 04:49 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by MiddleAgedAl View Post
YES! No matter who wins in November, it will be really hard to say that it will an example of a pure meritocracy; the cream rising to the top as a result of a considered, thoughtful analysis and comparison of both candidates.

On one side, you get people voting for Obama to reward him for implementing a free phone program that he didnt even do, and on the other you get people voting against Obama for being a Muslim, which he is not. In both cases, those votes shouldnt really count at all.

Winston Churchill even said "The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter", and I think he was right.

Personally, I think votes should be weighted to measure your knowledge of not only your candidates platform, but the others as well.
Answer a series of multiple choice questions about the various policy positions; where does party x stand on issue y. No partisan judgment or anything, just a measure of your grasp of what you are voting for, and against. Get all the questions right, so you are informed, and your vote carries a bigger weight than someone who gets them all wrong. Sadly, that'll never happen in a million years.
See my signature quote.

No file a tax return, no vote.
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