For some time I have wanted to include some information and insight into the prison system here in the United States. As we move forward as a nation and look at the future and take into consideration the aging and coming generations there are many concerns and questions that come to mind.
Is the race disparity in the prison system a symptom of a much more ingrained and debilitating sickness plaguing our nation ?
Why do we insist in keeping all the convicted in confined places and doing nothing for society, infrastructure or their own general well being?
Is the private ownership of prison’s the best alternative?
There are many complex and differentiating opinions and actions that all sorts of very smart and well qualified people will try and propose to “solve” the critical situation in Syria. Ranging from total U.S. invasion to complete departure from any sort of intervention.
Both options seem excessive and both options will undoubtedly cause greater loss of life. unfortunately it almost boils down to which is the lesser of two evils. Do we let a country destroy itself? Or do we as a capable sovereign nation intervene?
The technological advancements in the last 100 years far outpace and outmatch the advancement of the last 10,000. This is a fact. We now have ways to treat all sorts of disease from hepatitis C to easing the suffering of AIDS patients. The great news is that this is only getting better as we move more and more into the future. Greater advancements will mean more treatable diseases and longer lives and hopefully less suffering from humanity. The real problems will come with food and water shortages reach a real critical level, but that is a conversation for another post.
Do we ever really experience liberty anymore? We say we walk around free and unhinged from the burdens of oppression, but is that really true? Can we tell when we are in the midst of it and when it comes and slaps us in the face?
The truth is that oppression comes in all forms of faces. Some people are oppressed by the crushing debt they have dug themselves into whether voluntarily or not, and some people are oppressed by the ruling dictator in their country owing all sorts of taxable income and the fear of being ostracized and maybe even condemned by not following the parties agenda. The real tragedy is that both of those could lead to that person spending time in jail or homeless which could turn people to a life of crime. I could fall behind in my debt and continue to be fined and jailed for not paying a debt that was incurred lets say by a sick relative. Seems to me that this would be a better use of my tax dollars than gifting Iran millions of dollars to do quasi regulated and corrupt activities that we as a country will never truly be able to monitor in complete confidence. I digress.
There are tons of the people that are asked how exactly a Presidential Nomination happens and unfortunately too much of the population doesn’t vote which is really and utter shame in a truly democratic system. There are people that would literally sacrifice anything to have something like this in place in their home countries.
I asked fellow co-workers and friends (all Americans!) and none could tell me so I figured there some much needed explanation required.
1) Each party/candidate submits a slate of electors to the state election board.
2) On Election Day, voters go to the polls and vote for their favorite candidate.
3) The election board counts up the votes.
4) The electoral slate associated with the candidate that received the most votes gets to cast the states electoral votes.
This method is true for 48 states. Nebraska and Maine different slightly in that electoral votes could be split based on over all vote and the congressional district winner.
There is much criticism regarding this method since it is possible that a presidential candidate could win the nomination without really having won the popular vote. This last happened in 2000’s with bush being elected. I’m sure you remember the huge controversy in Florida and the recounting. Some system is better than o system and it is somewhat representative of the political party being favored in that state. The real issue now becomes that the swing states are the favored campaign targets for candidates so there is no real campaigning done in the entrenched states of respective political parties. Also it does leave room for faithless electors among other uncertainties which has happened in the past but only very rarely.
Hopefully this helps clear some of the questions and gets you up to date on the issues. The important thing to remember is that we must use our given right to vote and elect!