Government. People. Business.
The Electoral Process.
What we call democracy is half the time a contradiction of democracy. Despite the sophistication of the American political system, Russians were able to manipulate it and the FBI or CIA could not prevent it. In effect, we are no smarter than the Russians or any of the countries spending a fraction of what we spend in picking a leader. The electoral process is largely to blame for this problem.
A teacher or priest should be in the same bracket of electability as a military general or petroleum executive for the highest political office and the costs for such a campaign should not exceed the minimum hourly wage per capita. More practically, if 100 million citizens were to vote, the costs should not exceed $1 billion. The current figure in the U.S. is more than 5 times that figure which raises lots of questions.
On the lower end of the cost curve, for the price of a postcard and a local stamp per capita we can actually pick a president. Further review can lead to a more effective and efficient system, e.g. the advertisement can be free and campaign donations eliminated. In 1976 Americans spent over $45 million electing a president, over $2 billion in 2012 and over $5 billion in 2016.
Intense competition bedevils the process. Once in the 2016 elections the female candidate buckled and was taken to the doctor. Then the opponent continued in his private jet to the next city. A more passive electioneering protocol requiring less stress can ameliorate this. This implies a more feeling citizenry overall. The Watergate scandal (1972 to 1975) and the several conspiracies and impeachment proceedings in the U.S. are indicative of an abundance of political vice.
In many countries, very few can afford to run a presidential campaign. Long waiting lines to vote also question the genuineness of a free and fair election. One day is often not enough to exercise the right to vote. A simpler yet comprehensive catalogue of parties, candidates, voting rights and other issues can be made and disseminated more effectively ahead of any election to reduce stress. The power of the people should remain at the local level without which there is a top-heavy system.
The U.S. lags behind almost two dozen countries in women representation. Set asides will be necessary to secure more fairness in the whole process, as women and disadvantaged minorities continue to have less representation. The rights of the people or their civic representation is lessened until we find better and more egalitarian approaches to the electoral process. Despite the views of some social choice theorists the overall process can be fairer and better.
Alayande, J. F. (MURP, Pi Sigma Alpha)
Hamond, Charles (MD). Stallion House, Victoria Island, Lagos. (01)263-0138, 263-0131, 261-1892.
Eruchalu, C.N. (LLM)
Government. People. Business.
Either no individual of the human species has any true rights, or all have the same. And he who votes against the rights of another, of whatever religion, color, or gender, has thereby abjured his own.
Marquis de Condorcet
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