Sound Destruction: FREE ELECTIONS?

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

FREE ELECTIONS?

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Saw this article in yesterday's USA Today. Found it very interesting (note emphasis provided by me).

In an interview Sunday with CBS' 60 Minutes, Putin objected to Bush's criticism that Russia has retreated from democratic principles. "In the United States, you first elect the electors and then they vote for the presidential candidates. In Russia, the president is elected through the direct vote of the whole population. That might be even more democratic," Putin said, according to excerpts released by CBS. "Four years ago, your presidential election was decided by the court. ... But we're not going to poke our noses into your democratic system because that's up to the American people."

I have to say, Putin has a point there.

5 Comments:

Blogger SheaNC said...

Putin does have a point. The way Bush and others toss around the word "democracy" is pitiful. It has lost all meaning to many people, I think. Many Americans (the ones who can't find ______ ona map) think democracy is a word defined by Americans' lifestyle. Bush is equally bad about using the word "freedom" as a psychological keyword.

9:24 AM  
Anonymous JJ said...

Wow, tips from Russia on democracy. Still, you're right, he has a point. The electoral college seems ridiculous to me. I understand it's supposed to increase fairness for people who don't live in super-populated areas, but honestly, the candidate who gets the most votes should win.

9:47 AM  
Blogger Nedhead said...

If we only used popular vote, the east and west coasts would rule. (Not that I can complain, being in the east). just imagine what would happen to Wisconsin. They would never get represented. And the electoral college does provide a bias to areas with larger populations. With all its flaws, it works fairly well.

And, yeah, BushCo probably doesn't even know the definition of democracy. Or the practice of same.

1:47 PM  
Blogger strider said...

i still believe in the electoral college.

reasons to come when i feel like it.

3:48 PM  
Blogger MoxieGrrrl said...

Pretty sad commentary when Russia is more democratic than the US.

10:49 AM  

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