The Home Stretch

With only one week remaining before the next president of the United States is chosen I just want to ponder a few questions about the whole election process.

Why do politicians make specific promises while they’re on the campaign trail? It seems like the most honest approach a politician could take would be to tell the people “Look, I don’t know what the future holds, but I promise to do what I think I have to do to make things happen.” That’s about all anyone can promise to do without knowing what they will be faced with once they get the job. I’m waiting on the first candidate to take this approach. They will probably get my vote.

Why is the president still chosen by electoral college instead of popular vote? Has no one recognized the fundamental flaws of this system? It would be different if the populations of all states were more or less homogeneous. But people in large cities often have different ideals than people in small towns. The electoral college essentially discounts the value of votes cast by people in large metropolitan areas like Atlanta who might vote completely differently than the rest of the population of Georgia.

Why do they air so many stupid commercials? Are people really swayed one way or the other by these ads? All of them are biased toward the candidate who made the commercial so it seems like a television ad would be the worst place to get unbiased information to make an informed decision.
Can anyone answer these questions for me?

At any rate we’re in the home stretch of this thing…. thank goodness. And we won’t have to go through this thing for another 4 years. Hopefully a week from today I’ll be getting ready for the Obama victory party.

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On a completely unrelated note…I so wish I was at one of those Thriller dance gatherings that they did in recognition of the 25 year anniversary of the release of the Thriller video. That looked like so much fun!
Am I the only one who was terrified by that video when they were a kid though?

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