OK, Americans are frustrated. No matter what we seem to do we can’t get things to go even close to how we think they should go in Washington.
True, we are a divided electorate, and much of the current political ugliness can be laid at the feet of the American people who just like to argue.
We don’t agree on lots of things. We are liberals and conservatives, libertarians, and greens, but even though we disagree on much, there is one thing most of us can agree on.
Government, especially the electoral process, is broken.
The people at AmericasElect.org think they may have found at least part of the solution for the upcoming presidential race. Frankly if they pull it off it borders on revolutionary.
In the New York Times, Thomas Friedman explains how it will work.
“Thanks to a quiet political start-up that is now ready to show its hand, a viable, centrist, third presidential ticket, elected by an Internet convention, is going to emerge in 2012. I know it sounds gimmicky — an Internet convention — but an impressive group of frustrated Democrats, Republicans and independents, called Americans Elect, is really serious, and they have thought out this process well. In a few days, Americans Elect will formally submit the 1.6 million signatures it has gathered to get on the presidential ballot in California as part of its unfolding national effort to get on the ballots of all 50 states for 2012. “