My Fellow Americans,
I have a crazy suggestion that might placate some of the drama that has recently happened and I wanted to propose an idea that may help to make the Unity Elections actually fair, without all of the craziness. Remember, this is only a suggestion/opinion/idea, and in no way, shape, or form is it perfect. I fully expect people to love it, hate it, agree or disagree with it, and I fully expect to debate its merits and flaws. This is just a thought I had, that I put into words, and it is meant to spark some discussion. In my line of work, that is how progress is made, and that is what I am trying to do.
So here is my proposal:
Why not set up the Country Presidency where the parties in the T5 and all viable Popular 6th Parties rotate who the CP is? No more Inter-Party Primaries. No more arguing about who backs who. No more drama.
Here is how I would set it up (Not necessarily in any order, but the order could be determined via the old draw party names out of a hat method, which I would gladly do!):
For Example, if this were reality (which it is not)
Feb - AMP
Mar - WTP
Apr - USWP
May - 6th Parties
June - FED
We could just keep rolling with that until the threat is gone.
Now for the fun part…
Here is how I would pick the person to be the CP:
When it is the party who is up for the CP’s turn, they nominate 3-5 people from their party. They have to figure out who their nominees are based on any system that they choose (as will all other parties). It should be an inter-party vote, and the best and brightest get a shot (at least that is how it should be). This would be hardest for the 6th Parties, but it is doable. Make the 6th Parties join a coalition of sorts, and only those involved in the coalition are eligible.
Only people who are genuinely interested in running should be in the hunt. No putting up 2 patsies and 1 guy you want elected. It wouldn’t actually work anyway (you’ll see in a minute why!).
Then, instead of that party getting to hand pick their guy, the rest of the
parties vote from that list, and the winner gets the nod. The nominating party would not be allowed to vote. All nominees would have to be viable candidates, as the other parties could end up electing one of them.
If it were done this way, there could be no election rigging in theory.
How do we ensure that only the right people vote you ask???
In order to know who the voters are have each party submit a list of registered voters from their party. Set a date in stone, tell people to register, and then each party submits the register to the nominating party. Then only votes from those who had registered beforehand would count. This would also encourage 6th Party membership in the Unity Process.
The vote would have to be done in a poll on a forum or googledocs or something and get it sent to people who qualify (I'm not smart enough for that, but I know it can be done), by the nominating party, as long as the PP from the other T5 parties (and select 6th Party PP’s) have access to the voter list, and the results. The results must be ratified by all PP’s before the nomination can be confirmed.
If there is a discrepancy, and no agreement can be made, then it will be up to the remaining parties to select a CP candidate from their own party, and run them. It defaults to the way things should be in the first place. Unity goes out the window. Then the PTO could steal the show, which is a huge reason to get an agreement worked out ahead of time.
It may need to run a few weeks ahead of schedule in order to work, but in theory it should work.
The party that will be elected will have no say, and again, in theory, it would make it more competitive in terms of campaigning too. Each of the people would be campaigning for the people’s vote, not for the vote of the people who already have their backs. Isn’t that what this is all about anyway?
Everyone would have to be patient and wait their turn, but it would get around to them. This is true Unity. This is how things become equitable.
It could be agreed upon beforehand that if the PTO thing goes away, we finish one whole round of the process so everyone gets their shot. Then it can go back to normal. If we need to go longer than this, we can take a popular vote on extension of the process, or we could find a better method.
The key to all of this is being able to let go, and trust other people, which is something that is clearly impossible for some people here. Without that, something like this would never work. It would take a huge commitment from some people who may not want to relinquish their hold of the politics in the eUSA, but it would have to happen. And in my very noobish opinion, it needs to happen. What we are doing now isn’t working, and it is time for a change.
I understand that a lot of the minute details would need to be worked out. But it is a base, and sometimes a base of an idea is all someone needs to make it work. If anyone can make this idea better, go for it. If you want to blast me, go for it. If you want to be a hater, go for it. I'm all ears.
“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
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