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Leader Tryouts

Let politicians take a shot at ruliing the country before electing them
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Here's the thing: everyone complains about elections. Promises are broken, complaints are made etcetera.

Here's what we do: Whittle the candidates down to three people (through votes) and let them each rule for a month. then, at the end, have a national vote to declare the winner. In the month long period the candidates wouldn't be allowed to start wars or anything major like that, but they would have to really work hard to cram in as much reform and action as possible in order to show what they can do. this way, if the quality of a potential leader can be more easily determined.

This system needs fine tuning, but I like it

schematics, May 04 2004


       Kinda like the whole "american Idol thing"
swimr, May 04 2004

       Only, chances are, the candidates can sing better.
schematics, May 04 2004

       I want to run for Benevolent Dictator.   

bristolz, May 05 2004

       /toadinnov/ Okay, I'm with you there on the complete-overhaul-of-societal- institutions thing, but most people are unconvinced that change can be good, and (where I live, anyway) they are ridiculously conservative. But, if we can convince them that my minor little reform would get them a better leader,they might go along with it, if only out of self interest. well, at least it's a place to start.   

       And what about these florida nazis? never heard of them. Nazis, yes, but not florida nazis
schematics, May 05 2004

       Toadinnov, that is an incredibly insulting comment not only to the President but to Jews and other Nazi sufferers everywhere. You certainly have your right to an opinion but HB is not the best forum for its expression
theircompetitor, May 05 2004

       I only know one German old enough to remember what it was like to live in the Weimar Republic. He tells me that living in the USA today is exactly what it was like in the beginning there. The parallels are frightening, and almost too numerous to detail.   

       It would be more than incredibly insulting, to Jews and other Nazi survivors, to repeat our collective past mistakes. Calling someone a Nazi is an unreasonable insult, but to turn a blind eye to current crimes would be sinful.
Laughs Last, May 05 2004

       Laugs Last -- there are many parallels that could be brought up between what goes on in modern Russia and the Weimar Republic. There are many parallels between what went on in Iraq during Saddam's time and late 20s early 30s in Germany. Again, this is not the forum
theircompetitor, May 05 2004

       This is not the proper forum for this conversation. That is why using that language is unacceptable here.
Laughs Last, May 05 2004

       We are thinking alike, and posting at the same time. Enough said.   

       ...alrighty then, Leader Tryouts:
Laughs Last, May 05 2004

       This has gone from"minor change with potentially good results" to an argument. The topic clearly had nothing to do with nazis. Schematics has a point that we're all failing to see. People watch tv shows Ie. american idol, the aprentice, and such/so forth. Getting people politically active is a good thing. Second, making candidates and their platforms (as well as running policies) well known to people is also good thing, very good thing.
swimr, May 05 2004

       Hmm... This smacks of the gov. Gray Davis recall in California (or How I Learned to Stop Voting With My Head and Love The Media). Don't like what your elected officials are doing 4 months after re-electing them? Just vote them out again!

While it seems to be a reasonable suggestion, I think that the fundamental problem is that your average voter doesn't like to hear about long-term solutions. Tax refunds buy votes in this country, not a 10-year plan for fiscal responsibility. This proposal seems as if it would aggravate the short attention span issue, reducing elections (even more so than they already are) to popularity contests. I'd feel better about voting in a benevolent dictator once every 10 years than I would about voting for some new schlub every month who promised to fix all of the country's problems in the next 30 days.
justaguy, May 06 2004

       Okay! now just find a benevolent dictator that's incorruptable and stick him in office. the sooner, the better.
schematics, May 06 2004

       I nominate the incorruptable 2 fries.
Salted Nuts, May 07 2004


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