Well, the 2010 elections are over, and the speculation has already begun on a host of issues. Will the Republicans legislate responsibly, or "drive the car back into the ditch"? Will President Obama tack to the center, as President Clinton did after the '94 elections? Will the Tea Party's influence increase or decrease in the wake of mixed electoral results? And how will all of this affect the prospects of those who may or may not run for Congress and the presidency in 2012?
Frankly, I won't be talking about any of that. I had my favorites Tuesday night, as did everyone, and I have my hopes (and fears) for the future; but as much as this blog has been about freely discussing ideas and issues, someone else will have to take care of that for the next year or so. My time will be spent on two things: one, my new website Fourth-day Universe, and two, my non-fiction book project on changing the nominating processes currently used in America.
Now more than ever, I think, we should be aware of the problems inherent in our current nominating systems. If the most recent elections have shown us anything, then it's the pitfalls associated with the primary system. Sitting senators, such as Bob Bennet in Utah and Lisa Murkowski in Alaska, who have demonstrated they are still popular with large portions of their constituents, were excluded from the official ballots in their states because of the current systems. Official candidates like Alvin Greene in South Carolina and Dan Maes in Colorado proved to be damaging to their respective parties' prospects of winning elections, forcing third-party candidates to join the race and offer credible alternatives to the voters. And candidates like Christine O'Donnell, who is a personal favorite of mine for many reasons, received virtually no support from their own parties because of divisive primary battles.
It's time to take the future of our elected leadership out of the hands of political parties, especially the national ones. The current nominating systems do not sufficiently provide for all American voters a wide enough range of candidates. Voter apathy is fueled mainly by the perception that elections are merely opportunities to vote for the "lesser of evils". We need a better system, and we need it as soon as possible. The next election, after all, is for the presidency.
This blog won't be entirely inactive. I'll still offer my view on the most major events, such as the State of the Union Address and major legislative, executive, and judicial actions; and, of course, I'll provide updates on my project. In the meantime, keep the free exchange of ideas open.
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