Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Project's outline. Your thoughts?

Earlier today, I wrote a preliminary outline for "The Project".  Obviously, over the next year, as I write and research the topics, I'll revise whatever elements I feel need to be.  Let me know what you think of the outline, and what you would like to see included.

  1. How the current systems of primaries, caucuses, and other nominating conventions work; history of nominating candidates; the difficulties with write-in campaigns and why they are more democratic (and the answer to the problem).
  2. History of political parties in America; a brief rundown of the parties, past and present, how they came to be, their abuses of the nominating and electoral systems, and how those abuses may be rectified by the proposed reforms.
  3. Other attempts at reforms, past, present, and planned; why they did/did not/could/could not work; what lessons can be learned from them.
  4. The presidential nominating system; why the two-party primary schedules by their very existence ruin the prospects of even the most serious third-party bids.
  5. Exactly how the new system would work.
  6. The need to eliminate party identification from election ballots at every level; voters should learn (and remember) for themselves who the candidates are before they arrive at the polls, rather than wait for the ballot to inform them of who the major (and minor) party candidates are; voting on issues rather than parties; how, in just one generation, it could eliminate the stigma of party labels from politics.
  7. How this relates to eliminating the practice of dividing legislatures into "majority" and "minority" parties, and reforming leadership positions in legislatures as a consequence.
  8. The fates of national and local parties in the wake of such reforms (and why that may keep them from ever supporting such reforms); how national parties may more closely resemble the Tea Party; increased influence for and from "single-issue" parties and candidates.

I'm also considering adding a section or two on the role of the media throughout history in perpetuating not only the two-party system but parties in general.  Also, the role of the courts will no doubt be greatly affected by the new election laws and practices (should they ever be implemented, that is).

There you have it; eight to ten chapters, not very long, but hopefully very profound.  What do you think?


  1. I would like you to also look into the electoral college. It seems our vote in presidential elections does not count when the electoral college elects the president. Good luck with your project. I look forward to reading the information.

    Trudy P Romero

  2. You're right, of course. When it comes to elections in the United States, no one institution has caused more headaches than the electoral college (that I can think of, anyway). I'll certainly give it plenty of consideration.