November 2nd, 2008


Presidential candidates should be selected by draft

For a long time now it's been apparent to me that you'd have to be insane to want to be President of the United States. Ergo, massive man-crush on Obama notwithstanding: the only people who run for office are insane.

To get around this problem, I think Presidential candidates should be selected via draft. I'm not sure how exactly the draft pool would be devised but assume some kind of egalitarian selection system that generates a pool of highly accomplished, capable individuals. The main thing would be this: nobody selected would particularly want to do it. They'd just have to, out of civic duty. It would be like jury duty, except longer-term and with the ability to launch nukes.

Don't you think this could lead to much better candidates then we get now?

Other things I would like to see

1. Instant run-off voting for all major elections

2. A CA proposition to end all god-damned propositions... they may have started out as a Progressive Movement innovation, but at this point they always seem to be expensive fraudulently named out of state financed wastes of time.

The entire California system of government seems completely nuts to me. I'd like them to take a few years off and just focus on fixing it.

The San Francisco ballot has propositions A-V!!! 22 propositions? What the fuck are we paying our elected officials for? It's like they're asking us to do their job. Should prostitution be legalized? Should we change the election schedule? How should I know? Should we rename a sewage treatment plant after GW Bush? (Ok that one's funny. The arguments for and against were written by people on the same side, and the argument against is that it's an insult to the sewage treatment plant.)

3. Abolishment of the electoral college

4. Abolishment of gerrymandering-- districts should be drawn by non-partisan committees

5. Pigs soaring majestically through the sky