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Presidential debates make me sick.  Two-year campaigns make me sicker.  Voter purges and people being shot for supporting their candidates make me want to fucking hurl.

Idea.  The world community should put a system in place that allows for the citizens of Country A to elect the leader(s) of Country B.  For example, instead of US citizens voting for either Obama or McCain this coming November, the citizens of Spain would make the choice.

Why?  We live in an international community where borders are blurring more and more with each passing day.  (It could be argued that their existence is now little more than a formality.)  The arena of foreign relations now decides the fate of nations both economically and physically.  In an age where nuclear weapon counts and threats of WWIII are tossed around like football scores, we cannot afford to risk our having our elections decided by (a lack of) main-stream media coverage and petty attack advertisements.

As a part of this system, Country A’s politicians would not be allowed to campaign in Country B.  Going back the the America/Spain example, American politicians would campaign in America for a period of sixty days before the primaries.  (Thanks Canada.)  American voters would vote in the primaries, every political party would decide which of their candidates they wanted to submit to Spain for voting, Spain would spend thirty days acquainting themselves with the candidates, and then would vote to decide who would be the next American president.

I realize this is very idealized and entirely impossible, but I do not think America can survive another election cycle like this one.  It’s bleeding us dry and taking all of our attention away from what the current administration is up to.  If I were president and I wanted to pull some crazy shit, I’d be doing it right now, when no one is watching.

Think about it.  In a little less than a month we’ll cast our ballots to decide our fate for the next four years.  Halfway, or less, through the administration of whomever we elect, new candidates will begin to make themselves known and campaign for the next election.  That’s just fucking depressing.  It becomes especially depressing when you consider how much money campaigns cost.  Shorter campaigns would at least guarantee that the cost of running a campaign would be lower, and maybe that would keep some money in the pockets of American citizens.

Of course, we may not have to worry about any of this.  Our current Idiot In Chief may decide that he wants to stay in office a little longer and suspend the election.  I’m not saying I think he will, but it’s a little more than slightly terrifying to know that he could if he wanted to.

Void damn the distance.

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This is a letter from the American people.

The first thing we’d like to say is, we’re really sorry. Instead of trying to understand you and your country and instead of gathering information so that we could at least become informed thinkers, we have simply written you off as a terrible man who rules a terrible country. This is a very child-like thing to do, and we’re sorry for behaving like children.

Secondly, we’re also really sorry for the way you were treated when you came to New York to speak at Columbia University last September. Instead of treating you with the respect that you deserve as both a member of the human community and a world leader, we treated you like and uninvited guest and even made fun of you. This was neither humane or professional, and we apologize for our behavior.

Third, our main stream media has done much over the course of the past year to try and convince us that going to war with your country is a good idea. Our President and other members of our government have also spent their time trying to force this idea down our throats. Fortunately their efforts have not succeeded.

“According to a new poll from Public Agenda, nearly 50 percent of those who follow the situation in Iran say “the one” best way to deal with Iran is through using diplomacy “to establish better relations.” Only five percent favor threatening military action, down from nine percent in fall 2007. Seven percent support taking military action:” (1)

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With this information in mind, we would like to apologize in advance in the case that the leaders of the United States decide to take military action against Iran. We realize that we elected our leaders, but what you must realize is that our leaders no longer act in ways that represent the majority will of the people they govern. Our country’s continued involvement in Iraq is evidence of this. So, in the event that the United States government decides to take military action against Iran sometime in the next seven-and-a-half months, please understand that such action will not be in accordance with the will of the American people and that we will be getting a new president next January.

Cordially and respectfully,

The American People

References:

(1) http://www.alternet.org/module/printversion/87251/?type=blog

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