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(brainpan) RE: RE: Of Dead Trees and Democracyby brainpan (Monk)
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> Paper is good. It could be used just at the user interface level, and then converted into computer communications in the next step.
Yes, this is basically what happens now. The paper ballots are filled out, (either by scribbling in a box or punching a hole in the ballot) the votes are tabulated by a machine and then the final tally is forwarded to the appropriate people.
> it's not fair play to cry foul afterwards
Did I cry foul? I just said that it had brought up an issue related to counting ballots.
> I do not support Bush politically, but in a democracy it is of utmost importance to play by the rules
(1) In any political system it's important to play by the rules. The only real thing that changes from system to system is how much it hurts when you're caught trying to violate them.
(2) As brought up by me in this node and responded to by extremely over here, the United States is not a democracy, despite the popular notion to the contrary. According to your home node you're not an American, so I'm basically just bringing this up again because I think it's ridiculous how many Americans make it through civics class and don't even recall what basic system of government we have, much less how it's supposed to work.
(3) Reading this at face value makes this sentence a non sequitur. Reading between the lines enough that it makes sense yields an accusation of Bush trying to cheat somehow. If I'm misinterpreting you please let me know.
The president steps forward as the leader during war time.
His leadership is certainly more pronounced in wartime, but he has no more actual power during a war than at any other time. In any urgent situation (declaring war, etc.) the actions of the President are quite likely going to be passed through the Legislative branch for the required approval with very little opposition, but this approval is still required.
> Historically AFAIH (As Far As I Heard) the congress has had more power than now. Let it swing back again.
If everything went according to plan, the power of the Federal Government would be divided evenly between the three branches: Executive (the President), Legislative (the House of Representatives and the Senate), and Judicial (the Supreme Court). This three pronged system is intended to provide a system of checks and balances to keep any branch from overstepping it's boundaries. Sadly, this system is somewhat lopsided as of late.
And no, I don't own 27 pairs of sweatpants.