Skip to comments.Dr. Ben Carson Has a Proposal for Elections That Would Force People to Know Whom They’re Voting For
Posted on 07/13/2014 4:41:07 PM PDT by kingattax
Since his breakthrough speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, Dr. Ben Carson has been in the political spotlight.
In this video, Carson answers the question: Are you a Republican? What might surprise you is that Carson is not a Republican, he is an Independent.
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“What might surprise you is that Carson is not a Republican, he is an Independent.”
Not really. Who wants to be associated with the GOP?
Fine with me, both parties suck anyway.
He’s also anti-second amendment. Sadly.
I actually would favor a voting system, in which there were no political designations on the ballot, where you actually had to know what the person believed. You had to know how they voted in the past.
Some states and localities handle ballots this way already. Democrats would probably endorse nationally since it is their brand that is fading but I don’t necessarily think it will make races less partisan to leave out party information.
Doesn't surprise me...it validates what I've felt about him for a long time.
He wishes to be known as Independent for the same reasons most Independents are such...so that they may vacillate on issues and run middle of the road without standing to either side.
Doesn't really worry me, though, as I don't think he'll run anyway.
He seems to be of the Fred Thompson school of candidacy, in other words, if you show him that you love him enough, he'll consider running.
And, if he throws his hat in the ring, after being convinced by the mostly white republican establishment that he is indeed, truly loved, he'll have it thrown right back with a note pinned to it calling him an Uncle Tom and worse.
He is in a precarious position and I would not wish that type of pressure on a black man in today's political arena.
If he were a serious candidate, it would be much more complicated than obama...who was truly a "token". Dr. Carson is not a "token", although there are those of his own race that will vilify him and call him just that.
Dr. Carson would be treated badly, very badly, and his "Independent" standing would not benefit him.
On a personal level, I think a lot of him and his espousal of how some things should be done.
In fact, I would seriously consider voting for him, in spite of his so-called "Independent" callings and how I feel about that.
But so far, it's just been words.
Time will tell.
I would be embarrassed to be a Republican now. Not as embarrassed as I wold to be a Democrat, but embarrassed nonetheless.
Ben Carson and I have the same party ... Independent.
Sorry, all open voting would do is make people learn the name before entering the voter box. Neither the Republican candidate, nor the Democrat candidate is going to forego party alliance. Party alliance simply means too much at election time.
If Carson decides to run, how would we know what he stands for, never having voted in the past.
I just commented on his party choice. I didn’t say anything about the open voting thing.
I have become so cynical...maybe MOST people wouldn’t vote by party...but they would vote for who is the best looking.
I believe that Mississippi tried this no labels thing, but was sued by DemonRats because they feared the affirmative action crowd wouldn’t know who to vote for without the D by the candidate’s name.
He has conservative values. That’s all I need to know.
He would be better than anyone running from the liberal side.
In a way, no party affiliation would be worse. In the absence of the handy key to voting, most Low-Information Voters would simply vote for whoever was at the top of the ballot. The Dems would simply jigger the ballot order to be sure their guy was always at the top, and their numbers would probably be even higher than they are now.
Who decides if you know enough to vote? Who decides which question is asked? Who decides if you answer the questions “correctly”?
This gives whoever is in charge of elections a massive amount of unregulated power.
I’m not for ceding power to make my own decisions to nameless “others” in the government, and no other thinking adult should be, either.
Of course, this is a guy who doesn’t want some people to be allowed to own guns based on where they live, so I don’t expect much from him.
I am as well. And having that label on the ballot might even help him win points among voters who are leaving the parties.
Dr Carson is proposing the idea of removing a candidate’s party affiliation from the ballot to prevent voters oblivious to the world around them from voting on a straight party-line basis for ANY political party. Which will in turn hopefully encourage them to further look into important issues facing their state and nation. It has been tried on the municipal level in a few states and I have never heard the complaint of order discrimination by name. Whether communities will in practice educate themselves as an act of participatory democracy (not test, obviously) as he is assuming on the most basic level is the real question.
And a dozens of 'Carson for President' supporters just had their hearts broken.