Instead of the usual editorial focus on 'who you should vote for tomorrow,' here's some items I'd like to see dealt with at the polls, or more specifically, the voters' feet.
1. Redistricting must make sense. I looked the other day at the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Congressional Districts of Louisiana. Wibbiduwabbida. I don't even want to see State House districts. This comes after a long stint of examining the Georgia Congressionals and the absolutely incomprehensible mess of State Rep districts. I know a desire to make districting not suck is like asking to win the lottery, but c'mon folks, aren't we a little embarassed by this mockery? I think if we can get them fixed, somehow, to geographic sense or even 50% - 50% patterns, our Congressmen and State Houses would become an order of magnitude more reasonable, and maybe incumbency wouldn't be so much of a problem. Maybe I'm just a utopian liberal idealist, though.
Oh yeah, and you gotta live in the district you represent for at least a year before you represent it.
2. Term. Damn. Limits. I don't care if it was ever a Republican idea back in 1994, it was a good one. If you serve in Congress, you may serve four two year terms for that district, max. If you are a Senator, you get one, yes, one six year term, ever (I am open to negotiation for a second term possibility, but that is all). If you are President, two four year terms, ever. A Supreme Court appointment lasts ten years.
And: sitting Senators may not run for the Presidency.
Yes, I know this will require Constitutional change. I think that such change, however, would overcome an 8/9ths requirment of the voting population. The only people voting against this would be the 500 some odd people it directly affects, and their staffs who can't find real jobs.
3. Libertarians must get their S*** together and become a viable third party.
4. Paper reciepts for voting.
5. A national holiday for voting in Congressional & Presidential elections.
6. National. Damn. Service. For the military, police, education, public safety or infrastructure maintenance. Yes, that means a draft, and yes I expect to be drafted first.
7. National Consumption/Fair Tax must be directly linked to Universal Health Care. We either make both work, or we get neither. Yes, this will take a great deal of work, but politics is about negotiation.
8. Get involved with your local political infrastructure. I don't care if it is Republican, Democrat or Libertarian, normal folks need to go to meetings to balance the activists in all three.
9. We need a better way to fund education than property taxes alone.
10. Ethics laws must be simple, and Ethics committes must be made up of people the same way we select folks for jury duty. That'll get the folks running the inquiry in the absolutely right frame of mind for the task we will set them to.