Some Differences Between You and the Major Candidates Running for Office This Year
1 The Economy
They are rich, have health plans and pension plans. If they lose their
jobs as politicians they can easily get other jobs or simply retire.
You are not rich, just barely have a health plan, and a modest pension plan
or no pension plan at all. If you lose your job you may not be able to
get another one and cannot afford to retire.
They are protected by bodyguards, live in safe "gated" communities,
drive in bullet-proof cars and work in "guarded" buildings. They don't
need to have or carry guns because their bodyguards do that for them.
You have no body guards, live in regular accessible communities, drive
a regular car or have no car, and work somewhere where there is no
protection against violence. You might have guns but cannot carry them
around with you all the time and are doing other things besides just
waiting for trouble to happen like a bodyguard.
All the members of their family are very safe. They have health
insurance and seldom have to travel the streets or highways regular
citizens do. They do not do their own shopping, cooking, or washing,
they have servants to wait on them. If they do not get jobs it does not
really matter they still have plenty of money. They have as much leisure
time as they like. They do not take care of their children at all; they
have servants to do that.
Your family is not very safe. You could get run over by a car crossing
the street or carjacked going shopping. Your family must somehow see
to it that the shopping, cooking and washing gets done or there is
nothing to eat or wear. You are living 24/7 and have no time to do much
of anything but rush around "working." Even your vacations if you have
any are limited and rushed. You must take care of your children and
other family members.
They can afford lots of lawyers to protect them and their rights to be
sexually whatever they want to be. They are mostly male.
You can hardly afford one lawyer to fight for your rights. One half of
you are female.
In national elections it matters very little if they vote or not, but
they get to have a real vote on all the national and international
issues that effect every aspect of your life. They can afford to lobby
for issues they think are important and directly talk with important
people to influence the outcome of important issues they care about.
They are mostly white and male.
You can vote in national elections but the electoral college does not
have to pay attention to your wants. You do not get to vote on any
domestic or international issues at all. You have no access to important
people at all. Many of you are not white and male.
They get to decide if there is a war or not but they do not fight in
wars. Their family members do not have to fight in wars except if they
choose to. They are not in the military and most of them have never been
in the military. The outcome of wars that they decide to fight has very
little effect upon their lives. They are mostly white and male.
You cannot decide anything about going to war. You may be in the
military now or have been in the military. Your family members may be
in the military or be forced to be in the military in times of war.
The outcome of wars and your participation in war can ruin your life
forever. Many of you are not white and 50% of you are female.
They can afford to get or not get an abortion as they see fit. If they
have an unwanted pregnancy they can afford to have the child taken
care of by servants. They can travel to other countries where abortions
are legal. They can hire lawyers to protect what they do about
abortion. Mostly they cannot get pregnant because they are male.
You and your family can be ruined by an unwanted pregnancy. You
cannot afford to travel out of the country nor hire lawyers to protect
what you do about pregnancy. 50% of you can get pregnant because you
They have huge staff of people -- some paid, some volunteers - who do work
for them. They have secretaries, interns, chauffeurs, advisors and even
"mouthpieces" to explain to whoever wants to know what or why they will
do or did what they did. If they run out of ideas they simply hire a
"think tank" to think for them.ll of their expenses are paid for by the
taxpayers and their rich friends. They have office space paid for by
the taxpayers. They and their staff are mostly white and male...except
for the interns.
You have to do everything yourself. If you screw up you have to explain
to the world why you did. If you run out of ideas you just have to
struggle with it. You have to pay for all your help out of your own
pocket. You worry all the time about "cash flow." You can hardly afford
to keep afloat. You pay taxes. Many of you are not white; half of you
are female and millions of you are not old enough to vote and are
working illegally. Many of you cant vote because you are homeless and
have no permanent address.
9 Running for office
They can afford to run for public office.
Country Joe's Straw Poll
These are the candidates who have qualified for ballots somewhere. Since this is just a poll, you can vote for who you really want!
The polls are closed.
The Electoral College Home Page
Why the Electoral college is good for you.
The Skeleton Closet
Follow the Money
Billionaires for Bush (or Gore)
George Bush 2000
Mighty Morphin' Presidential Candidates