With the November "off year" elections less than a month away, it's once again time for us to call for "None of the Above" to have a place on the ballot.
We'd suggest if "None of the Above" were to "win" any race the parties would have ten days to put up alternate candidates, any independent who didn't get at least 20 percent of the vote would be dropped from the ballot, and a new election would be held within six weeks.
This election, at the national level, has offered up some of the worst candidates, incumbents and challengers included, in our memory.
Frankly, there's too many arrogant incumbents and crazy challengers out there. Some are so off the wall it's unbelievable they've gotten as far as they have. If they were elected it truly would be a case of the lunatics running the asylum.
This country needs elected leaders who can look at real facts (not make them up out of thin air), who are knowledgeable (too many really aren't smarter than a fifth-grader), and who are willing to compromise and more interested in finding workable solutions to the nation's problems than just exercising personal power.
But we're not getting that. Today, elections are all about how much money you can raise for television advertising and whether or not you can smear your opponent more than he can smear you. Thanks to the Roberts Court, millionaires and billionaires are literally buying the elections and putting candidates in their vest pockets.
The little guy -- that quiet, reasonable, middle-of-the-road American who just wants things to work fairly effectively and not cost him an arm and a leg in taxes -- is being ignored entirely, or at best being given only lip service.
Our democracy is becoming a demagography. The voice of reasoned debate has been replaced by screaming argumentation.
Let's face it, for at least the last 10 years, Congress, playing all of its power games, has failed the American people completely. Even a significant turnover (several times) hasn't helped. And all too often these days, the alternatives we're being offered in the voting booth aren't any better, may be worse than what we've got, and in some cases are downright scary. Take the Nevada senate race for example. The arrogant incumbent clearly should be turned out, but his opponent is a raving loon. The voters there can't really feel great about their choices.
Right now, we think "None of the Above" would win in half the races in this country.
We need an opportunity on the ballot to tell the parties "no thanks, try again until you get it right."