Some suggestions on election reform.

NOV 2011

I think that things would radically change for the better, if we were to implement just six reforms to the election laws:

1) Senators should no longer be popularly elected. They should be elected by their state legislature (the way it was originally done) – that ensures that they are more tuned into their state's issues and needs, and have more accountability

2) Eliminate the Electoral College – too much possibility for manipulation, and disproportionately centralizes electoral power in the urban centers. However, I'm willing to hear different views

3) Term limits – for everyone, even the politicians we love.

4) Vice presidents should be elected separately (the way it was originally done)

5) increase the legislature size to be proportional to the US population (as mandated in the constitution). This would shrink the individual power of the legislators, and make it more difficult for lobbyists to manipulate the system.

6) Nobody – in any election – should win by a plurality (only a majority), requiring a runoff, that would be all we need, for third parties to finally have a chance. Then, we could, with clear conscience, vote for our favorite candidate, without thinking that we are wasting our vote, or giving the vote to our opponent. Bill Clinton's mentor, Carroll Quigley, penned the following quote (I'm not singling out Bill Clinton, but this so well illustrates the situation we're in):

The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to the doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can "throw the rascals out" at any election without leading to any profound or extreme shifts in policy.

I would love your input, as bringing our Republic back requires two-way dialogue.