Questions for a New Presidentiad

One of the big things I’d like to do right now is figure out where, exactly the middle of the road is. What exactly would a centerist believe? Where does the country balance?

That’s a tough question. Between Hollywood and the Information Age, the loudest voices always seem to get the most play–whether they represent the rest of the country, or not. It’s like…. you give that guy over there a loudspeaker and a drum set, and then, you try to hear the quiet conversation in the corner. Which may not even be happening, because the guy on the loudspeaker is a stand-up comedian, who has a schtick based on the people in the conversation in the corner.

If the loudest voices talked about religion the way they talk about politics, you’d think the whole country was made up of Jehovah’s Witnesses and Scientologists.

I’d like to know how you get people to tune back in. What about all those people who didn’t vote? Is that the electoral college? (I know how my state will go, so why get out of bed?) Alienation? (Neither candidate will represent me.)  Apathy?

I’d like to know how many people are out there, voting along party lines because it’s easier than researching a candidate, or because of brand loyalty. This is something I’ve noticed. People who sound like one party when they discuss the issues, but are voting the other party because… well, I’m not sure I understand it. Maybe it’s a case-by-case thing.

How do you get communication back?


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    In Washington state we vote via mail-in ballots. Before we get the ballots, we receive a booklet detailing each candidate, initiative, and anything else that may be on the ballot. It’s pretty comprehensive, with both sides represented in their opinions as to why or why not to vote for someone or something, and there are links that you can follow up with to research more information if you’re interested. For me personally, I prefer this method, because it gives me the chance to consider my options. It also eliminates the excuse of “not being able to get to the polling place”.
    Perhaps if more states did this, there would be higher voter turn out and more engaged voters as well. Or that could just be wishful thinking and people are generally lazy and expect that everyone else will do it, so they don’t have to.

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