Elections: The People Party

Elections are the most annoying time of the year, it seems. Politics in general seem to be about mudslinging, name calling, lying, cheating, bribery, and so much more, but during the elections it all seems to come to a head. When I’m getting three phone calls, two mail fliers, and 15 emails a day about the elections, it makes me really angry about the way it all goes down.

This got me thinking about what specifically makes people pissed at Congress, and any other elected official, and what would make for a better system. The big problem seems to be that people don’t feel like elected officials are fulfilling their duty of representing their constituents. The officials are either only on their side of the aisle, or they are paid off by corporations, or they have been in Washington D.C. too long to care about where they are from.

With this in mind, I propose a new way of running a campaign based upon accurate representation, and my CIT studies. The basic idea is polling people about the current issues and  having the congressman using that info to vote on issues in a way that matches the ideas of the people. A political party for the people by the people, the People Party. All of the constituents could go on the website or maybe text in to voice their opinions on individual issues as they are presented to congress.

Obviously, there are some major concerns that would have to be addressed in order for this to be successful. I generally have the attitude that if you have an idea, there is a way to make it happen. The big issue of ensuring fairness and accuracy in the voting would be the main hurdle. To ensure the person is from the right place, the phone area codes and maybe even ip addresses could be limited to those within the constituency. Limiting the voting to one per ip or phone number would be another measure. Some states have already implemented voting over internet.

I think even if this idea had some design flaws, I feel it would still represent the people better than the status quo. Politics wouldn’t be a huge debate over what a person’s values are or whether or not they will do the right thing, it would be if a candidate can look at the online polls and follow the voice of the people.  Technology allows us the ability to gather massive amounts of information, and the voice of the people is  one of the most noble data-types to collect.

On this note, what do you think about the idea of the People Party? If someone ran on this platform, would they get your vote? Wouldn’t it be nice to have elections without all of the BS that it entails now?

Steam For Mac

Steam For Mac... Yes!

Five years after I left PC gaming for a wonderful OS that is the Industry Standard, video games have come back to try rob me of my ambitions to do anything but play video games.

It all started this summer when a friend gave me a copy of Half-Life 2. Over the course of a week, I spent All of my free time trying to save the world with a crowbar and a fancy suit. Since then, I went back to not having my Parent’s computer around and have been DJing and making weird noises in my own little world.

And then… A month before my birthday, Steam announced that it would be launching for mac in time for the big day. Turning 21 and having computer games would be the end of all motivation to work. Fortunately, Steam was Steam and meant early May when they said April, so I have had more time to mentally prepare, although my birthday present of a copy of Orange Box has been itching to be used.

Right now I am downloading Portal and am probably going to spend part of my evening working towards some delicious cake. But with great power comes responsibility. I still need to study for this F&#@ing CIT midterm.

What this ultimately means is that I am now on Steam. I was on Steam, but was never physically logged on since the summer. My username should be pretty obvious if you’re looking for me in the gaming cloud.