Thursday, December 02, 2004

A Conversation About the Future

We invite you to share your thoughts, ideas and questions about the future here in this space. We will add to the blog and pose issues from time to time. Otherwise the conversation is not moderated, so have at it. Just two ground rules apply:

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1 comment:

Glen Hiemstra said...

Profile in Courage
The new year 2005 has opened with a United States Senator proving herself to be a profile in courage. Her name is Barbara Boxer, of California.

One of the odd and actually shameful facts about democracy in the United States is that voting procedures vary widely throughout the country, and are under the control of local officials. The latter would not be a problem if there were national standards for national elections. But there have never been.

This means through incompetence or as a result of fraudulent behavior local officials can affect who can vote, how easy it is to vote, and event the counting of votes. We can only trust that this has not often been a problem, but we know historically that it sometimes has been.

Few avenues exist for protesting voting procudures that are deemed unfair or dishonest. One such avenue is that after presidential elections, the Congress must meet and vote to accept the result. But one Senator and one Congressperson, together, can call for a debate prior to such a vote. Before January 6, 2005, this had happened only once in history.

Congressional protocol is to keep quite about the election process, once it is over. It takes great courage, even a kind of crazy courage, to disturb this protocol, and that is what was displayed today. So kudos to Senator Barbara Boxer and to Represntative Stephanie Tubbs Jones of Ohio.

Their courage to speak will make no differnce today, but for the long term future may be the spark that leads to reforms that ensure fair, free and trustworthy elections.