Thursday, February 14, 2008

Citizen Vetting

I feel that the election process should be open to all people who care enough to devote the time and energy to be knowledgeable about the issues and the candidates. I am in no way suggesting as Fat Jack mentioned in my comments that someone should go through and try to exclude any group of people from the process. I feel that the level of effort required should be made higher, but not in such a way that there are arbitrary hoops to jump through. I feel that the Caucus process that everyone has so much difficulty understanding is actually a good process, and that since primaries are so often tacked on top of the actual caucuses that haven't been done away with, we should just remove the primaries and help everyone understand how the caucus works.
Honestly, as it is now, some people feel that getting to a polling location that's open 13 hours is a trial for them, and I'm glad that they don't vote. I think that if we actually went back to a process where everyone has to be in a room with their neighbors and discuss the candidates and their issues before deciding who they select as a representative, we would have a much higher likelihood of leaders with sound character being selected. Fewer people would feel that their duty as citizens is worth several hours of their time on one night every four years, and I feel that would be a very fair selection process as to who decides for themselves will participate.

I don't feel that setting the bar low for participation is the same as ensuring that everyone has the same opportunity to participate. It is not the same as poll taxes or other things that exclude poor people to raise standards of participation. For access issues, there could be laws that allow everyone that wishes to participate to get out of work without any penalties whatsoever, including the ability to slide their shift, or simply have paid time off.

Our freedom and our citizenship is worth dying for. We should reward people that are willing to put forth effort into this process with more say than those that do not have the desire to be involved.

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Blogger Sky Girl said...

Not everyone has an equal opportunity to attend a caucus. Not everyone has an equal ability to acquire many different items of literature, read it, and formulate an educated opinion. Who determines how educated on the candidates has to be? What if we decided only college educated people understand the history and process of our political system enough to vote? This is a very slippery slope. You have to let everyone vote, regardless of how stupid you think their reason for voting a particular way is.

12:30 PM  
Blogger Jeremy D. Young said...

Thank you for taking the time to comment on my post.

As I said in the post itself, this would not be a top down selection process, there would be no qualification checking at the door.

Also I'd like to highlight where I said that it should be law that employers give people time off without any penalty whatsoever to attend their caucuses.

If a community was participating so well that everyone wanted out of work, they could just close down all the businesses.. The EMTs, nurses and Doctors could be made sure to be spread out to all the caucuses so that there wasn't a safety issue.

However I think it extremely unlikely that people would turn out for a caucus. People that don't care enough about their government to spend a few hours with their neighbors really don't need to have their voice heard. Just attending the caucus itself is all that's necessary to become educated, because that's part of the process and why it takes some time to accomplish.

1:08 PM  

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