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I'm not sure open primaries are standard, or necessary for democracy.

I don't know when Americans first began voting for elected officials.  Near the begining, I presume.  That is, the country was founded as a democracy.  In practice, the fabric of our democracy is like a bikini.  Pretty flimsy, but it covers the main things.

Mind you, we still have the electoral college in the case of the Presidential elections.

I believe everyone else is nominated and elected by popular vote.  Although god knows what they do in Iowa.  They probably read tea leaves or something to pick candidates.

I'm not convinced the US is democratic.  I am, however, eternally thankful we won the revolution.

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.

by poemless on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 06:04:18 PM EST
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