I'm a Michigan Democrat

Apparently, the Democratic National Committee, and at least four of the leading Democratic presidential candidates, feel the vote of the Michigan Democrat doesn't matter.  Moreover, they feel the issues concerning Michigan voters don't matter... not in comparison to other states holding a historically privileged position.  It's apparently OK for these states to break the DNC rules in an effort maintain their unfair privileged position, while other states -- namely Florida and Michigan -- will be punished for doing the same. 

On January 15th, Michigan voters, Democrat and Republican alike, will go to the polls to vote in our presidential primary.  But we will do so without having the Democratic candidates campaign in Michigan, as they will be doing in these "privileged" states, namely New Hampshire and Iowa, and as the Republicans will be doing in Michigan.  And we will do so without four of the leading Democratic candidates on our ballot.  Then, once we've made our choice between those remaining on the ballot, those being Hillary Clinton and a few lesser known candidates, we have been told that our votes will have been in vain, because no matter what the results of the Michigan Presidential primary, the DNC will not allow Michigan's delegates at the Democratic National Convention.  Michigan Democrats will have NO say in determining the Democratic candidate for president.  What a crock.
pooge pooge
41-45, F
2 Responses Oct 11, 2007

I think a national primary would be the fairest way to go about it. The whole election process needs a complete overhaul. We should have a national primary, we should do away with the electoral college in favor of a true, direct democracy, and changes need to be made to do away with the "two-party system". <br />
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Of course we don't technically have a two-party system, but the Dems and the GOP have managed to dominate for so many years, that anybody from outside those parties is not even taken seriously anymore. Independents and candidates from smaller parties should be taken more seriously and have a greater chance than what they do. I know of a lot of people who would like to vote for another party, but they feel it's just throwing their votes away. <br />
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Now as I said, I'm a Democrat. Overall, the Dems do a pretty good job of representing my stance on most issues, but I think a lot of people are looking for another alternative. For example, I know of some Christians who will always vote Republican simply because of the parties stance on social issues like abortion and same-sex marriage. They don't necessarily agree with Republican economic, international, or environmental policy, but they place those of lesser importance than the social issues. I'm certain for these people another party would better match their beliefs. Yet everyone just kinda lets on like there's only two parties and they have to make the choice of the lesser of two evils.<br />
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But OK, I've wandered way off topic. It just really gets to me. I felt this same way after the last 2 presidential elections, too. Things just seem so... not right. How can the US champion the cause of political fairness throughout the world when we have these prime examples of unfairness existing within our own political system? Sure, our political process beats that in a lot of countries, but that doesn't mean we should overlook those aspects of our system that don't represent fairness. We're quickly becoming the laughing stock of the global community.

What do you think about a National Primary being held? I come from a state that has absolutely no say, because our primary is too late in the year. I understand how you feel you have no say in the primary. I think a lot of American's feel that way, and that is why the primaries have such low turn out.