Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Quality Quest 11/04/08

What this country needs is more free speech worth listening to.

Hansell Duckett

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Election Day USA

What this country need is cleaner, more honest elections. We need a better informed electorate. We need more intelligent campaigns with no nasty name calling, mud slinging, finger pointing and conspiratorial nonsense. We need to insure that every American who has the right to vote can exercise that right without hindrance. We need voting machines that work properly and ballots that are clear and easy to read. We need to know that those votes are correctly and honestly counted by disinterested individuals who have no vested interest in the outcome. We need to know that the results will be determined by the electorate and not by some court. We need to improve the Electoral College so that it more appropriately represents the population. We need a Congress that is not made up of millionaires who are called upon toe speak and vote on issues about which they know little or nothing. We need a less bellicose nation. We need to be proud of everything our country does or tries to do in the world. We need to prove to ourselves and to show to the world that we can conduct our internal affairs in an intelligent, dignified and respectful manner.

The most honest election I ever saw was in a small town in New England. They were paper ballots and they were counted three times by three citizens up on the stage of the high school auditorium in front of everybody, and if the three results differed, they were counted again.

On Election Day of the Ford/Carter decision I stood in line for an hour and a half to enter the booth and pull the lever. Those were the good old days.


DB - Vagabond Journeys

9 comments:

Sandra said...

maybe 50 years from now they will remember this election as the best... who knows..... I hope that will be true
Sandra

Rose said...

We are all excited about this election.

I miss New England!

Hugs, Rose

Stuart said...

What you need is a Queen ;)

Beth said...

LOL at Stuart's comment!

Whenever I vote, I am filled with gratitude that I live in a country where I can actually do so.

Now we wait.

Hugs, Beth

Dannelle said...

Accuracy was lost about two hundred million votes ago- I alway have hope that the people are the ones deciding, not some wizard behind the curtain.
The green is nice. Dannelle

Big Mark 243 said...

I am with Hansell Duckett! It has been a good long while since anyone who could say anything was in behind the podium with the seal on it ... who was the last orator in this country, who made you really think that he spoke with his convictions when he talked?

Arlene (AJ) said...

Your words on what this country needs say it all DB....they sure would be my words also. How wonderful it would be to see our country truly "united" as you said.

Kathy said...

I remember the Ford/Carter election, too. I voted for Ford.

I voted today, too. It was the first time in eons that I was excited going to the polls knowing I was voting FOR a candidate and not against the other.

Kathy
http://littleleftofcenter3.blogspot.com/

Lisa said...

I so agree with you about the electoral college and the methods of voting. I am still baffled in theory that the electoral votes outweigh the popular vote. Maybe one day things will be accurate & fair.

As for the campaigns, this was a long road and I am glad it is over.