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Alvin Greene and the voice of the people

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Or, Mr Smith goes to Washington

Well, I guess the gentlemen are in a pretty tall hurry to get me out of here. The way the evidence has piled up against me, I can’t say I blame them much. And I’m quite willing to go, sir, when they vote it that way – but before that happens I’ve got a few things I want to say to this body. I tried to say them once before, and I got stopped colder than a mackerel. Well, I’d like to get them said this time, sir. And as a matter of fact, I’m not going to leave this body until I do get them said.
-Jefferson Smith (James Stewart – read about the movie)

By now everyone knows the story of Alvin Greene winning the election in South Carolina. 

Now the democratic party wants him to step down 

The Democratic Party there has called for Greene to step down as the nominee after it was revealed that Greene is facing a pending felony charge for allegedly showing pornography to a college student. 

He’s an unemployed veteran, who has claimed in some media accounts that he paid for his $10,400 filing fee with money saved up from that job. Some — including Democratic Rep. Jim Clyburn, who has suggested that Greene may be a plant meant to wreak havoc on the race — are doubtful. 

Does it matter if: 

  1. he’s facing felony charges?
  2. he’s an unemployed veteran
  3. people voted for him because his was the first name on the ballot?
  4. people confused his name with Al Greene the singer?
  5. someone gave him the $10,400 filing fee?
  6. he has very little / no experience in politics
  7. he has no money for a campaign
  8. he lives at home with his parents
  9. won’t answer questions on his position on the country’s foreign policy
  10. he is “very busy”

Seems like the state Democratic Party wants to dismiss the “will of the people” that elected Alvin. 

People say that you need to be rich, have an elite education, and mount an expensive campaign to win an election.  Well, not so.  Alvin Greene had none of this – and he won.

This just goes to show you how much consideration or “due diligence” that people do before they vote.  Perhaps if his opponent, Vic Rawls, changed his fist name to “Lou”  – Rawls would have had a better chance of winning the election. 

One wonders, if the Electoral College was set up to ensure that these “mistakes” of the “voice of the people” are not propagated up to the level of the Vice President and President of the United States. 

The Electoral College ensures that the President of the United States is not directly determined by the individual voters.  Sort of the ultimate “safety net” against a sort of insanity by ordinary people – ala Alvin Greene.

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June 16, 2010 at 1:13 pm

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