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Tuesday, July 20, 2004
  Voting in the Georgia Primary today - And it SUX

And I hate it. I love voting. I just hate the primary system we have here in Georgia - many other states have similar systems.

Why do I hate this system? Well, I am an independent. I have voted dem, repub, green, libertarian, and independent. I try to vote for the individual I want, not the party. I really hate the party system, especially as the two parties that dominate government here in the US, have consolidated all the corruption. They both suck.

Thomas Jefferson knew it would suck, but was 'forced' into becoming the father of the party system here in the US:
"After the election of 1796, Jefferson realized that the American political system was on the verge of a major change. Even though the Founding Fathers had not intended for there to be any political parties (and George Washington had tried as hard as possible to be non-partisan for that very reason), political parties were going to be the wave of the future. Due to his great respect throughout the country, Washington had been able to levitate above the partisan factions. But no one else would ever be able to repeat that bipartisan performance. No subsequent president would credibly claim to be above the fray. Jefferson was the first American leader to realize that the president must forever after be the head of a political party. It is for this reason that Jefferson deservs to be regarded as the Founding Father of the two-party system in America."
Not enough of an explanation?

Well, I live in a county/district that will not elect a republican to any office for the forseeable future at a local level. So, if I don't vote in the democratic primary today, come the general election in November, I will have no choice in my local government. These races 'will' be decided today. Come November, in most local races, those that directly affect me and my family the most, will moot.

My first experience voting here in the primary, I chose to declare myself an independent, and to my surprise (I confess, I was naive about the Georgia system), my ballot consisted of a judgeship and a referendum. Then came November, and I looked at the general ballot, and all the local races were decided. All the candidates in the local races by that time were unopposed. They would win whether anyone showed up at the polls for the general election or not.

And if I want to help decide who my congressional rep will be - there is one republican running for, I guess, show. Unless our computer ballots are fixed, she has no chance in this district - 4th District seat - so again, I should choose the dem ballot.


The reverse is also true many years, and probably this one. The next Georgia US Senator is in all likelihood going to be a republican:
Although there have been few polls commissioned for Georgia's open Senate seat, the conventional wisdom is that the seat is a GOP lock. One increasingly cloudy piece of wisdom is that retiring US reps Mac Collins and Johnny Isakson will face each other in a runoff.
So, if I want a real choice in who my US senator will be, I should choose the republican ballot, because come November, the republican candidate will in all probability (barring the predicted run off, which I doubt will be needed - the smart money is on Isakson) be decided today.

The biggest choice I face today, is do I want to have a say in who my US senator is, or my congressional rep and local county officials will be, or stick to principal and take the independent ballot.

If I stick to principal and take an independent ballot today, I pretty much give up my voice in the political system.

Final comment: If we must have a party system, I'd at least like to have 5 or 7 different parties. Not because I'd like that much choice, though I would, but because it would force corporations to 'bribe' lots of people, instead of just two. Let's at least spread the corporate graft around a little. Open the market and deprive the repubs and dems of the dualopoly powers.
 
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