When we elect a new president, it is inevitable that half the country will not be happy. Just look at when Obama was elected or when Trump was elected. In both cases the other side of the isle was not a happy camper. In fact our country is becoming more politically divided each year.
But does our system have to be so bi-partisan? Let's not forget about that the majority of the American public does not consider themselves Democrat or Republican. So why then are those our only two choices?
In this video I explore an alternative that might help heal the political climate.
What do you think the solution is? Write your thoughts below.
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The fact that Rank Choice voting would improve democracy is the reason why we will never be given that option. The reason the aristocrats have cracked down on us is they came to the conclusion (I think they got the idea from some rat named Lippmann) that there was an excess of democracy that was causing all the social strife.
I do think it'd be a good idea to switch to ranked voting, but it's important to keep in mind that even with ranked voting, neither Stein nor Johnson would have actually won the election. The primary difference would likely be that the votes they drew away from the Clinton campaign would not have made as much of a difference and she would have won overall.
If you believe in "wasted votes" you did not get democracy. People pretend that their vote is worth more than the votes of others. If everybody just voted for what they wanted, which is the whole reason you vote, this wouldn't be so messed up
Winner-take-all contributes to it, but I also think most humans are too dumb to think in anything but binary terms. Right vs. Left, Conservative vs. Liberal, Republican vs. Democrat, White vs. Minority, Christian vs. Not... This country is great at dividing itself in two and not great at dividing in more than two or uniting as one.
Oh, and spreading radiation to neighbouring countries to see the effects of radiation poisoning is somehow better? Look, we went with the Chinese and Russians to help out our economy and make everyday items cheaper because it's more convenient for us to do so, why would we deliberately make things harder for ourselves. Also, we are not involved in the organ harvesting market and that's completely out of our control, how's that bad anyway as last I checked people in the US are dying because of a lack of organs being donated
I can picture it now. 47 candidates on the ballot. You overhear the guy in front of you in the voting both talking to himself: "I guess that he would be my thirty-fifth choice if so and so doesn't win." Someone demands a recount and the whole system of government just collapses...
America is more or less a two party state. It needs to be thrown out the window and we need to allow multiple parties to have equal opportunity in the media and public sphere. Honestly, if a one party state is bad, why isn't a two party state just as bad?
I don’t understand how this answers the title of the video. From the phrasing of it I thought you were going to suggest why most individuals might blame the President for whatever is wrong in the country or something along those lines. Even if you meant you in the plural sense, it still does not address that question. “Most Americans are not Democrats or Republicans” does not mean “Most Americans will hate the current US president.” The content presented here isn’t even groundbreaking and there is no real nuance.
Overall, the title of the video is misleading and the content of the video is uninteresting as it has been covered to death on youtube.
Rank choice voting wouldn't hurt our democracy because the USA isn't a democracy in the first place... We're a constitutional republic... And to the republic for which it stands is how the pledge goes... Not and to the democracy...
But ranking says I'm done sound like a great idea for America since it does follow the very philosophy of our country to have the power of choice. Although I will say Australia as an example with their politics is not that good of an argument but the concept is still good granted. The only issue regarding to this particular ranking system is that there will likely be more pressure to force someone to be number one as well as some other underhanded tactics that came up during the whole Obama second-term election. On top of that could potentially be exploited. And the fact that the citizens themselves have a very low trust in their government as well as the complete disconnect with a lot of the candidates with its people as well as its government rearing its ugly head. But I do firmly agree that we as a nation should not have a two party system anymore.
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