A neighbor of mine who's a history professor and an all around great guy introduced me to an interesting theory, but I'm not sure what to make of it. Open Primaries. His idea is different from the California and Louisiana (maybe more?) open primaries which were deemed unconstitutional. The idea of this one is that you still have partisan primaries, but every registered voter can vote on every primary. I'm just not sure what this would do. His thought is that someone like Ron Paul might actually be able to win the republican primary because liberals would be able to vote for their favorite republican. One major concern for this type of thing is that people would vote for the worst person running from the opposite party. My concern is that there is so little real difference between the two parties and I see this as blurring that line even more. I guess I don't know enough about the theoretical positives to be able to say much about this topic, I thought this would be a more interesting post than it turned into.
I mentioned Ron Paul earlier, I like some of his economics, and I like his foreign policy, thats about it. I think he's far far better than Mitt or Rudy but thats not saying much, I'd rather vote for the kid I'm watching chew on his shoe in the psych center than either of those psycho's. He's pro-home schooling which sounds fine till you look at the parents who home school, or worse yet the children that have been home schooled. He wants to guarantee that the kid who's mom taught him that the world was created a few thousand years After we started brewing beer get equal consideration from college as the kid who, you know, knows some shit. If those kids pass the same fucked up tests as the rest of us thats one thing, but even then there is a reason why teachers after sixth grade are specialized, no one should be forced to learn from only one source no matter how good that source is it's not as good as many sources even the bad teachers force critical thinking skills on the student. I don't like home schooling.