Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Political Record

Over my lifetime I have tended toward a record of voting for the loser ----- either my candidate loses the election.... or it turns out later they should have. 

I'm sure hoping that doesn't hold true this time. We really do need something good to happen in our government right now!

One thing that really really irks me is the electoral college system. I understand why it was necessary when our nation was young. Just imagine holding an election when it took weeks, maybe months to get information from one side of the nation to the other.

But I've never understood in this day and age when we can know who took a breath on the coast almost before he actually took it. And because of having all of the state's votes go to the winner in the state, there have been many many times my vote did not count. In historically Republican Kansas, considering the value of the Democratic candidate turns out to be a waste of time. A vote for them most likely will not make it past the state borders.

But I heard someone comment yesterday that if we changed to popular vote, we in the rural areas would never see a candidate campaign because they would spend all their time (and money) in the biggest urban centers. And I suppose the extension of that would be they would loose sight of the needs of the rural constituents, just from not being exposed to them. Or having to do lip service to them.

I found it ironic that Ranch Wife was lamenting that her Republican vote would not be counted in New Mexico if their state went Democratic (which it did). Meanwhile my Independent-turned-Democrat vote didn't get counted in Republican Kansas either.

I think in a perfect world both our votes would have been counted. But as we all know, life is not fair! 

I just hope that the results of those votes that did get counted turn out to help improve the situation! Isn't politics interesting! 

1 comment:

Ranch wife said...

Interesting to say the least. And no I didn't mind the mention.

Have a great day!