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Emma Vigeland | AOC rips into Biden's measly concessions to progressives

Emma Vigeland | AOC rips into Biden's measly concessions to progressives

(5:57) Emma Vigeland discusses Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's comments about Joe Biden in an interview with The New York Times.
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Could someone please tell me why voters appear to only get the choice of candidate decided by one of the major political parties? In the land which beats its chest and trumpets about freedom and democracy, the voting public seem to have very little choice. In this case, there is only talk of Trump or Biden now that Sanders has quit the race, so it that it? One of those two when there must be people who are so much better than either of them? What happens if masses of the voting public flood their Congressmen or Senators with objections and demand an alternative because neither of the candidates are suitable?  Lots of questions, but I'm curious about why the US appear to have such a skewed system of electing their national leader.

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Could someone please tell me why voters appear to only get the choice of candidate decided by one of the major political parties? In the land which beats its chest and trumpets about freedom and democracy, the voting public seem to have very little choice. In this case, there is only talk of Trump or Biden now that Sanders has quit the race, so it that it? One of those two when there must be people who are so much better than either of them? What happens if masses of the voting public flood their Congressmen or Senators with objections and demand an alternative because neither of the candidates are suitable?  Lots of questions, but I'm curious about why the US appear to have such a skewed system of electing their national leader.

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First, you do not need to be part of a political party to be on a ballot for President of the United States.  It can help financially if you are part of a party as they usually have a team of fund raisers and helpers to get you on the ballots.  Just declare yourself as an independent and run for office.  

To appear on the ballot, there are rules set by each state.  You usually need to petition the state to get on the ballot and that can require hundreds of thousands of signatures of people who support you.  Or, you can simply run as a write-in candidate if you don't wish to petition. 

If you want to be part of a political party to make it easier to get on the ballot, there are several already in place.  It's the media's fault that other options are not mentioned as often as the Republicans and Democrats but I assure you there are other parties out there.

Alaskan Independence Party 
 
American Independent (CA) 
 
Conservative Party 
 
Constitution Party 
 
Democratic Party 
 
Green Party 
Independence Party of America 
 
Independent American (Nevada) 
 
Justice for Vermonters Party 
 
Libertarian Party 
 
Liberty Union Party 
 
Moderate Party 
 
Mountain Party 
 
Peace and Freedom Party 
 
Progressive Democratic Party 
 
Progressive Party (Vermont) 
 
Vermont-Independence Party 
 
Reform Party 
 
Republican Party 
 
Tea Party 
 
Working Families Party

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First, you do not need to be part of a political party to be on a ballot for President of the United States.  It can help financially if you are part of a party as they usually have a team of fund raisers and helpers to get you on the ballots.  Just declare yourself as an independent and run for office.  

To appear on the ballot, there are rules set by each state.  You usually need to petition the state to get on the ballot and that can require hundreds of thousands of signatures of people who support you.  Or, you can simply run as a write-in candidate if you don't wish to petition. 

If you want to be part of a political party to make it easier to get on the ballot, there are several already in place.  It's the media's fault that other options are not mentioned as often as the Republicans and Democrats but I assure you there are other parties out there.

Alaskan Independence Party 
 
American Independent (CA) 
 
Conservative Party 
 
Constitution Party 
 
Democratic Party 
 
Green Party 
Independence Party of America 
 
Independent American (Nevada) 
 
Justice for Vermonters Party 
 
Libertarian Party 
 
Liberty Union Party 
 
Moderate Party 
 
Mountain Party 
 
Peace and Freedom Party 
 
Progressive Democratic Party 
 
Progressive Party (Vermont) 
 
Vermont-Independence Party 
 
Reform Party 
 
Republican Party 
 
Tea Party 
 
Working Families Party

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Thank you. I'm still none the wiser why the public don't appear to get an opportunity to choose their preference. I mean, on the face of it (this time around, at least) Biden has been chosen over Sanders which seems to an outsider to be absolutely counter-intuitive when Sanders looks to be well informed, beyond reproach and has the vast majority of Americans' interests at heart. None of those things can be said of Biden or Trump as far as I can see but, as I said, I'm an outsider who doesn't understand why the better man can't stay in the race for the Whitehouse.

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Thank you. I'm still none the wiser why the public don't appear to get an opportunity to choose their preference. I mean, on the face of it (this time around, at least) Biden has been chosen over Sanders which seems to an outsider to be absolutely counter-intuitive when Sanders looks to be well informed, beyond reproach and has the vast majority of Americans' interests at heart. None of those things can be said of Biden or Trump as far as I can see but, as I said, I'm an outsider who doesn't understand why the better man can't stay in the race for the Whitehouse.

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Regarding the Biden/Sanders issue, they are both running on the "Democratic Party ticket" during a phase called "Primary Election."  Each party holds primary elections by their own rules to select who they are going to send against the other parties during the general election.

Registered Democratic voters can elect who they want to run against the other parties.  The candidates must abide by the rules set by the party and there's very little control federally except for how much money individual citizens can contribute maximum.  It's a private party so if you want to be a member, you abide by their rules and those rules may be different for each party.

The Democratic Party uses a complex formula for delegate equivalent votes and then at the Democratic Convention, there are some people who are called Super Delegates that have more votes than a typical citizen (keeping in mind this is already a pre-set rule that all candidates know before picking the Democratic Party as their platform).  These super delegates have so much voting power that they can turn the presumptive nominee that is Joe Biden into the losing party and they can select Sanders if they want.  However, Sanders does not believe there should be any super delegates at all and feels the person with the most delegate equivalent votes going to the convention should become the nominee.  Since it's mathematically impossible for Sanders to have more votes going into the convention, he dropped out even though some of those super delegates might have voted for him.

All this means is that Joe Biden will become the Nominee running under the Democratic Party ticket and against the incumbent Republican Party (Trump) as well as all the other party's nominees that are never discussed by the media but will be on the ballots -- giving it the illusion it's a two party election and if you vote for anything other than the Democratic Party nominee or the Republican Party nominee in the general election, then you are throwing your vote away as none of those others have any real chance of winning.  Perhaps it's that mentality that needs to change.

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Regarding the Biden/Sanders issue, they are both running on the "Democratic Party ticket" during a phase called "Primary Election."  Each party holds primary elections by their own rules to select who they are going to send against the other parties during the general election.

Registered Democratic voters can elect who they want to run against the other parties.  The candidates must abide by the rules set by the party and there's very little control federally except for how much money individual citizens can contribute maximum.  It's a private party so if you want to be a member, you abide by their rules and those rules may be different for each party.

The Democratic Party uses a complex formula for delegate equivalent votes and then at the Democratic Convention, there are some people who are called Super Delegates that have more votes than a typical citizen (keeping in mind this is already a pre-set rule that all candidates know before picking the Democratic Party as their platform).  These super delegates have so much voting power that they can turn the presumptive nominee that is Joe Biden into the losing party and they can select Sanders if they want.  However, Sanders does not believe there should be any super delegates at all and feels the person with the most delegate equivalent votes going to the convention should become the nominee.  Since it's mathematically impossible for Sanders to have more votes going into the convention, he dropped out even though some of those super delegates might have voted for him.

All this means is that Joe Biden will become the Nominee running under the Democratic Party ticket and against the incumbent Republican Party (Trump) as well as all the other party's nominees that are never discussed by the media but will be on the ballots -- giving it the illusion it's a two party election and if you vote for anything other than the Democratic Party nominee or the Republican Party nominee in the general election, then you are throwing your vote away as none of those others have any real chance of winning.  Perhaps it's that mentality that needs to change.

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Thank you once again. No doubt it makes a lot more sense to anyone growing up with the system. Taken at face value, it appears to be quite badly biased and doesn't actually represent what the voting public might prefer. I might suppose that money has a good deal to do with who is selected by whom and, therefore, who is put in place as the Democratic or Republican candidate. Things here work differently and, while it's not a perfect system, our government isn't up for auction...........at least in as blatent a way as America's seems to be.

 

I'm grateful for the time and trouble you've put in to give me some answers.

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Thank you once again. No doubt it makes a lot more sense to anyone growing up with the system. Taken at face value, it appears to be quite badly biased and doesn't actually represent what the voting public might prefer. I might suppose that money has a good deal to do with who is selected by whom and, therefore, who is put in place as the Democratic or Republican candidate. Things here work differently and, while it's not a perfect system, our government isn't up for auction...........at least in as blatent a way as America's seems to be.

 

I'm grateful for the time and trouble you've put in to give me some answers.

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To be honest, the person explaining things to you is missing one key fact that most Americans like to gloss over....

In the USA, just under 540 people have the right to directly vote for the candidate.  Everyone else can only vote for an elector who can (but usually doesn't have to) vote according to their selection.  Scary!

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To be honest, the person explaining things to you is missing one key fact that most Americans like to gloss over....

In the USA, just under 540 people have the right to directly vote for the candidate.  Everyone else can only vote for an elector who can (but usually doesn't have to) vote according to their selection.  Scary!

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