According to my Facebook feed, it looks like there is going to be a big election in 16 months. Here is what I would like to happen.
If you’re mildly interested (albeit still doubtful) and want to be a part of this, let me recruit you.
Next, suppose for a moment that everyone visited ISideWith.com and took some time out of their day to take the quiz that is available there. Further, suppose that for the questions that many people couldn’t answer because they were not knowledgeable enough or didn’t have an opinion, they took a little time to research those issues so that they could provide answers to the quiz. Let’s explore some possibilities.
Upon finishing the quiz, the website would compare your answers with those of the candidate’s and inform you on how much you agree and how much you line up with each candidate. Who you will vote for and support becomes a no-brainer. Upon knowing how much and where you line-up with each candidate, what else do you need to know? Will seeing an advertisement on TV in support of a candidate with whom you agree on only 11% of the issues persuade you to change your mind even if it is a great ad? Will a negative attack ad on the candidate with whom you agree on 95% of the issues persuade you to change your mind and not vote for them?
What are we doing, America? If you watched the video above, around the 0:43 mark you would have been informed that US elections are costing us 6.5 billion dollars. Think of the infrastructure that could be built. Think of the increased salaries that public educators could have. Think of the tiny chunk we could take away from our national debt. As much as so many of you hate paying taxes, at least they’re going to something. Where is that 6.5 billion dollars going? And why aren’t you getting a little more upset about that?
Alas, money is too powerful, and I’m very skeptical any of this will work. Yet, I will try.