Mid-Term Elections

So, Tuesday was Election Day here in the States, so Megs and I went out and voted like all good little citizens should. Some votes went our way, some did not, but that’s not what I wanted to write about.

I think our current system of “winner-take-all” politics is stupid. If the vote goes 51%/49%, that means that the elected official is only representing barely half the population, and the rest are out in the cold for the duration. That’s dumb. For example, In California we have definite urban areas, largely Democrats, and definite rural areas, largely Republicans. If there’s a vote in the state congress for “should water in this river be used for farms or for lawn-watering & swimming pools?”, that’ll divide the two groups nicely, and a lot of people will lose. If your guy/gal is in office, you get your water; if not, you don’t. This just seems broken. If your guy/gal got almost-but-not-quite-enough votes, you should still have some say as a citizen.

I don’t know a good solution to this, but it’d be nice to see some kind of compromise-rewarding system. To use my earlier example, some water could be for lawns/swimming pools, and some for farms. But it seems that compromise it viewed as weakness in political circles and it only serves to invite your destruction.

Any ideas?

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