The 'Americans Elect' experiment in democracy is a failure

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The non-profit group – funded by hedge fund managers and a cadre of unknown donors – which called on Americans to use the Internet to select a third-party Presidential candidate to appear on the ballot in all fifty states announced today that its nominating process has failed – and no candidate has received the threshold of supported needed to win.

While Americans Elect prided itself in giving Americans a louder voice outside the restrictions of Party lines – it did all along reserve the right to pick the final nominee in backroom negotiations among board members. Now it looks like that’s exactly what’s going to happen. Americans Elect CEO – Kahlil Byrd – announced today that the organization will meet with its “community” on what the next course of action is – and announce the results later this week. With oligarchs supporting the group – then expect an oligarch to come out on top.

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Thom Hartmann A...
Dec. 29, 2009 9:59 am


They should have been working for the Constitution Party instead. Now there's a 3rd party that's on the move and getting stuff done. The Forum The Website

CP candidate elected!

From the CPID:

The Constitution Party of Idaho now has one man in office in an elected position! Randy Patterson had been talking about running for mayor for about a year and was the only man who "applied" for the job. When he signed up to run, the current Mayor decided he didn't really have the time to give the job that it needed. He was also in charge of the local airport and needed to get it moved to a new location. So, he decided to quit early. The city council met and talked about one of their own members filling in until the election, but since it was uncontested, they simply decided to have Randy be the acting mayor until the election. So he will be the acting mayor until he is sworn in as mayor. Carrie, ID is a town of 1200 people in Blaine County, one of the most liberal counties in Idaho.

Great Job, Randy! We applaud you as the first member of the Party in office!

Randy hopes, while in office, to help the citizens better understand the proper role of government and the Constitution. He hopes to make sure that in his city, government funds are not being used in an improper manner.

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Apr. 18, 2012 2:41 pm

Constitution Party Selects Presidential Nominee


Nashville, Tenn.
Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Constitution Party selected their nominee for president in Nashville, Tennessee, Saturday.

Former Congressman Virgil Goode won the Presidential nomination of the Constitution Party on the first ballot. Winning 203 of 403 possible votes, the former Virginia Representative won on the first ballot with 50.37%. Two less votes would’ve required a second ballot.

"American voters who support limited, constitutional government, traditional American values, the protection of American jobs and preservation of individual liberty can take heart! They will not be limited to a difficult choice between Obama and Romney as the one likely to be the least threat to their life, liberty, property and other interests," said Jim Clymer, Constitution Party National Chairman, in a press release.

The candidates for the nomination included former Congressman Goode, who represented Virginia’s 5th District from 1997-2009; Robby Carr Wells of North Carolina, a former NCAA Division 1 football coach at Savannah State University; Laurie Roth, of Washington, a talk show host and columnist; and Susan Ducey, a constitutional activist from Kansas.

I'm still voting for Ron Paul but at least the CP has a good back plan with Virgil Goode and Jim Clymer.

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Apr. 18, 2012 2:41 pm

A strong third party would certainly be good for US politics.

camaroman's picture
May. 9, 2012 10:30 am

The UScons. sets up a two party system. With winner take all districts, all a third party can do is siphon votes, unless they can move enough new voters to the polls.

Phaedrus76's picture
Sep. 14, 2010 7:21 pm

The Constitution party? I'm not ready to move to a survivalist compound out in the woods.

Thom, this "experiment in democracy" sounds too much like an ALEC type scheme to me with its "backroom" choice option that seems to have been the design all along.

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Apr. 9, 2010 10:43 pm

Americans Elect is a defective concept. They expected to attract a stellar politician to win millions of disaffected voters. Instead, they attracted political failures and unknowns who obtained a mere few thousand votes. Of course!

Stellar politicians today are either Republican or Democrat. A stellar politician would know that it is politically impossible to win the presidency as a third party candidate. The most a third party candidate could do would be to act as a spoiler, splitting the vote of his own party, Republican or Democrat, so the other party’s candidate would win. No stellar politician would want to be the cause of that “treachery” to his party compatriots.

If, by some miracle the AE candidate won, how could he/she ever accomplish anything as president? He would have no AE members in Congress to work with. Every member of Congress would be in the opposition party, with his former party members hating him the most. There would be increased gridlock as all of Congress would want the AE president to fail, proving the AE idea does not work.

AE should start at winning seats in state offices and in Congress, before aiming at the presidency. No athlete runs his first race at the Olympics. Why did the AE donors think they could start first at the highest political office?

Buddy Roemer is one of the few politicians seeking the AE nomination, but he lacked supporters to qualify as a potential nominee. Roemer had a failed political career and no party wants him.

He was one of the worst governors in Louisiana history. He could not get along with people, put together a competent staff, or pass legislation. He did not work hard and had no ability to govern. Read this history of LA governors, pages 259-268:

Even today, he is LA's most UNfavorite son. A recent PPP poll rated him the most unpopular presidential candidate, with a 2:1 unfavorable rating in his home state!

As a LA commentator quipped, in bayou style:
“Buddy Roemer, who has been out of politics for 19 years, couldn't win an election as a dogcatcher in Louisiana, much less the Presidency of the United States."

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Say Amen
May. 16, 2012 4:03 pm

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