Tag Archives: Elections

“Moderated” Debates? No! No More Moderators! None!

Put two chairs on the stage, at a table where they can have their notes and files, and let each one bring 3 staff to back them up on the fly. Let’s see a discussion, between the principals, and tell all of these moderators to take a flying leap.

NO MORE MODERATORS! If they’re not putting their thumb on the scale, they’re asking pointless questions, or asking the same question different ways in hopes of getting the answer they really wanted, or whatever. They add nothing of value. They often add distortion. Get rid of them.

Let the principals sit and have a meeting between themselves, and with a little bit of backup staff at hand, and just talk. Let’s see who can participate in a meeting and discussion like a grownup.

Zero-Expenditure Candidacies (If Only)

Trump, like Sanders and Carson and Fiorina, draws people who are truly sick and tired of business as usual, which certainly includes me. I wish we could make political parties obsolete by reaching out electronically and directly to voters with very close to zero expenditure and no need to depend on big donors. That would give us no reason to accommodate same.

I can’t honestly claim to be optimistic about that, but it is the only way I am interested in proceeding.

The “Third Senator” Amendment

The Senate of the United States shall be composed of three Senators from each state. All Senators shall serve the same term and meet the same requirements for holding the office of Senator. Each Senator shall have one vote.

One Senator from each state shall be selected by a lottery from among the inhabitants of the state who meet all the qualifications for holding the office of Senator.
The first selection of Senators by lottery shall be conducted on the same day for all States. At the first assembly of the Senate following the first selection of Senators pursuant to this Amendment, these Senators shall be divided as equally as possible into three groups and assigned to the existing classes of Senators for purposes of term expiration.