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- Summary: The Commission also released the 2012 Candidate Selection Criteria, which will be used to determine who is invited to participate in the general election debates. In addition to being Constitutionally eligible, candidates must appear on a sufficient number of state ballots to have a mathematical chance of winning a majority vote in the Electoral College, and have a level of support of at least 15% (fifteen percent) of the national electorate as determined by five selected national public opinion polling organizations, using the average of those organizations' most recent publicly-reported results at the time of the determination. The Gallup Organization will advise the CPD in the application of its Criteria to polling data as it did in 2000, 2004, and 2008.
edited 9th Nov '11 12:24:10 PM by secretist
Let's take our democracy back from Wall StreetGlass Booth Take the test to see who is closest to you overall and on various (18) issues.
edited 9th Nov '11 12:36:22 PM by secretist
edited 9th Nov '11 12:39:19 PM by Midgetsnowman
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edited 9th Nov '11 12:47:17 PM by secretist
- Alright, I guess. I'll just go through the things I'm meh on or against.
- I see their idea of everybody being able to subpoena everyone as being somewhat counter-intuitive, but I'd rather see it in action before I pass judgement.
- Statehood for DC... is stupid. Give all the non-Federal land back to whichever State—Maryland or Virgina—originally owned it. They're too small, in my opinion, to qualify as State material.
- Prisoners... having the right to vote... alright, these people are fucking stupid. Then again, when someone says "prisoners," I think "violent offenders," as that's more or less the only people I think worth throwing in prison.
- Whether or not felons should have the right to vote back depends entirely on what they did, in my opinion.
- No objections immediately come to mind. I'm wary of what they consider to be "encouraging non-military community service," though, as they give off a rather anti-military, peacenik vibe I don't really trust (not that there's anything wrong with being pacifist, but they don't strike me as rational or practical about it).
Free Speech and Media Reform:
- Hm... this is intriguing.
- This Fairness Doctrine sounds like a Cult of Centrism thing, and though I don't use that term lightly, I prefer media that is less "balanced" and more "logical and rational." I feel perfectly fine deeming hardline YE Creationism and such to be irrational and illogical, but I think it's fair to at least put the (economic) Rightist and Leftist ideas on the same general plane, for the sake of argument. Is this something the BBC uses...?
- Establish substantial public interest obligations for broadcasters and hold them accountable, and revoke licenses from outlets that fail to satisfy these obligations.
- I wonder what they consider to be "promoting greater opportunity for women and minority ownership of media outlets," exactly.
- Mm... "net neutrality." That's a loaded weapon of a term.
- How would universal internet coverage work, exactly? I honestly don't know how they'd set such a thing up.
- Prohibit commercial advertising targeted to children under 12 years old, as well as advertising in public places such as schools, parks, and government buildings.
- Ah, Green Party. You came so close, and yet landed so... so... very far away from the mark.
- The U.S. is obligated to render military assistance or service under U.N. command to enforce a U.N. Security Council resolution.
- We seek the permanent repeal of the veto power enjoyed by the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council.
- We urge our government to sign the International Criminal Court agreement and respect the authority of that institution.
- Our government does not have the right to justify pre-emptive invasion of another country on the grounds that the other country harbors, trains, equips and funds a terrorist cell.
- Our government should establish a policy to abolish nuclear weapons.
- Declare that the U.S. will never threaten or use a nuclear weapon, regardless of size, on a non-nuclear nation.
- End the research, testing and stockpiling of all nuclear weapons of any size.
- Dismantle all nuclear warheads from their missiles.
- Maybe (I don't know the specifics of that treaty)
- No (though I might agree to stop the testing of nuclear weapons).
- Fuck no.
- We urge our government to end all stockpiling of chemical and biological weapons and all research, use, and sale of such weapons; and sign the convention that will establish the decrease and inspection of all nations' stockpiles of such weapons, which the U.S. abandoned.
- The U.S. must allow foreign teams to visit the U.S. for verification purposes at least annually.
- From where?
- To verify what?
- The United States government must reduce our defense budget to half of its current size.
- Close the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, formerly known as the School of the Americas, in Ft. Benning, Georgia.
- The U.S. is the largest arms seller and dealer in the world. We urge our government to prohibit all arms sales to foreign nations and likewise prohibit grants to impoverished and undemocratic nations unless the money is targeted on domestic, non-military needs. In addition, grants to other nations may not be used to release their own funds for military purposes.
- No, you're fucking stupid.
- The U.S. must not be a conduit for defense contractors to market their products abroad and must shift our export market from arms to peaceful technology, industrial and agricultural products, and education.
- The U.S. must prohibit all covert actions used to influence, de-stabilize or usurp the governments of other nations, and likewise prohibit the assassination of, or assistance in any form for the assassination of, foreign government officials.
- We must build on the Earth Charter that came out of the 1992 U.N. environmental Earth Summit. New definitions of what constitutes real security between nations must be debated and adopted by the foreign policy community.
That's all I feel like writing in this particular Wall of Text. I'll pick apart the rest later, I guess.
edited 9th Nov '11 3:29:47 PM by RadicalTaoist
edited 9th Nov '11 3:32:00 PM by USAF713
edited 9th Nov '11 3:37:00 PM by AceofSpades
edited 9th Nov '11 3:41:01 PM by Jeysie
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