I am tired. I am tired of politics in America too frequently turning into choosing which of the candidates is the least worst. What other thing in our lives do we choose this way?
Spouse? “Well, she wasn’t as bad as any of the other girlfriends I’ve had, so I decided to go with her.”
Car? “This car is the least-ugly car on the lot.”
Restaurant? “I get sick at this restaurant less often than any other.”
No. We don’t work that way with anything else, so why do we think it’s a good method for choosing our leaders? And yet, what else can we do? There’s a paucity of good people running for office. Why? Because politics has changed from the days of Washington, Jefferson, and even Lincoln. Politics used to be about who would be the BEST for our country. They used to find the best man and then convince him to run. But now it seems that if you willingly run for office, that’s a sign you don’t belong there. The best people for the job are frequently not even running because they want nothing to do with what politics has become in this country.
Right now we have a man running for President that might be a good man for the job: Ben Carson. He isn’t perfect, and he has made some mistakes both politically and personally (his non-forgiveness of Ted Cruz being one of these), but I believe him to be an honest man who wants to see our country get better. As a surgeon, his job is healing sick patients. As a neurosurgeon, his specialty is healing patients who are literally sick in the head. Sounds like he would be a good fit for the Presidency. But he won’t win. Why? For the very reasons I’ve laid out here. In our society, generally speaking, good men do not run for President. It would be extremely difficult for a good man to become President in our current age.
Some of the people in office right now are there by virtue of the fact that there is simply no better alternative.
So what do we do? I submit that the only solution is what I would like to call “The NOTA Doctrine.” What does this mean? Simply stated, we pass a law that states every ballot in every precinct in America in every election for office must have a candidate listed as “NOTA (None Of The Above)”. If, in any election, NOTA gets more votes than any other candidate, the election for that office must be conducted a set amount of time later (a month or two, possibly), and NONE of the original people listed on the ballot are eligible to run the second time (or any subsequent time during that election cycle). This process continues until a candidate gets more votes than NOTA.
I believe that after a few elections like this, the problem would solve itself as those people who have too many negative characteristics would be weeded out. After losing three or four elections, most of these people would simply find something else to do. Of course there will be people who just can’t take a hint, but NOTA would keep on letting them know that the American people would literally rather have nobody do the job rather than them.
And that’s the NOTA Doctrine. You heard it here first. Let’s make it happen. Oh, and term limits for Congress please.
Addendum: If you haven’t watched these videos, you really should. No, really.