Words for the Weekend – 10-29-10

October 29, 2010

Noah Webster

“When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers, ‘just men who will rule in the fear of God.’ The preservation of government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty; if the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the laws; the public revenues will be sqandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizens will be violated or disregarded. If a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the divine commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the laws.”   — Noah Webster

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Poll: Obama on Voter Fear and Irrationality

October 25, 2010

President Obama recently said the following:

Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time is because we’re hardwired not to always think clearly when we’re scared. And the country’s scared.

In light of these comments (more detailed report on them here), here is a poll:


Scared Votes

October 24, 2010

In case you missed his quote:

Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time is because we’re hardwired not to always think clearly when we’re scared. And the country’s scared.


Obama: Americans are Scared, Dumb

October 21, 2010

Why is this election cycle so controversial and heated? President Obama, in his infinite wisdom, has an answer:

Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time is because we’re hardwired not to always think clearly when we’re scared. And the country’s scared.

Translation for us lowly voters: We’re dumb. This, unfortunately, is an all-too-often excuse for failure used by those who still believe they are wiser than most other people. It’s also a fairly common sentiment from progressives with a lot of formal education and little real-world experience.

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Professor Obama went on to note that the job of his political party was to “break through the fear and the frustration people are feeling.” Another translation: We need to make them comes to their senses.

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Words for the Weekend – 10-15-10

October 15, 2010

“Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich by promising to protect each from the other.”

                                         — Oscar Ameringer


Tweaking the Voting Method Again

July 20, 2010

The 17th amendment to the U.S. Constitution effectively weakened the power of states, and now another proposal would further alter the nation’s founding document to favor the pure majority.

The 17th amendment changed the selection of U.S. Senators from a state legislature decision to a popular election. Many argue that this change tipped the careful balance the framers sought between the federal and state governments too far away from the states.

Similarly, another tweak that would bypass the amendment process would change the election of president to reflect the popular majority as opposed to the electoral college system of basing votes for president on the state voters’ majority opinion. A OneNewsNow story details the plan:

A group called National Popular Vote (NPV) is pushing state legislatures to enter into a compact that calls for them to allocate their electoral votes in a particular presidential election to the candidate who gets the most votes nationwide rather than to the contender who gets the most votes in their state. NPV argues that the legislation “would reform the Electoral College so that the electoral vote reflects the choice of the nation’s voters” for president.

It will be interesting to see where this proposal goes. If successful, it will make voting for all elected federal government offices based on popular opinion. There are arguments pro and con to this.