posted on 03 February 2016
Written by Frank Li
America is a young country. Yet, its short history is fraught with a long list of conflicts between voting rights and discrimination (U.S. voting rights timeline). Here is my succinct position:
1. Gender discrimination
American women did not have the right to vote until 1920, when the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia - Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (against Gender Discrimination):
2. Racial discrimination
3. Age discrimination
Age matters, from drinking & smoking to voting! Here is a recent news story from Chicago: Raising smoking age from 18 to 21 gains attraction.
We must introduce a stricter version of age discrimination for both voters and the American Presidency in order for American democracy to have any chance to survive!
For qualifying the American Presidency, we have failed to adapt to the changing times by leaving the minimum age at 35 - unchanged since 1776! Additionally, we should cap the starting age at 65, in order to insure our president has the experience on par with the Chinese President, since China is our chief competitor for the 21st century. For more, read: American Presidency: Starting at Age 55-65!
Any doubt about the inadequacy of our system for the American Presidency? Look at the current GOP field: both Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are trying to talk their way into the White House, just like Senator Obama did in 2008! Why don’t they try to gain some executive experience (e.g. governorship) before seeking the highest office in the nation? Because our system allows them to do so! For more, read: 2016 GOP Presidential Candidates; Style over Substance!
America was built as a representative republic, with a limited and extremely distorted version of democracy, as only some rich old white men could vote initially. For example, when George Washington was elected the first President in 1789, only 6% of the population could vote (U.S. voting rights timeline)!
How has American democracy been doing since 1965?
Not very well, really! Specifically, American democracy enjoyed a good ride on the back of America's superb capitalism (as well as America's abundant natural resources) until the turn of the 21st century, when the bottom fell out. Since then, America has been in a steep decline (Civil Rights Act: 50 Years Later), to the point that it has become questionable whether American democracy would even out-last Soviet communism in longevity (Longevity: American Democracy vs. Soviet Communism)!
Fortunately for America, I believe I have the most accurate diagnosis for America (Diagnosis for America (Version 3)) as well as the best solution (Solution for America (Version 3)), of which a stricter version of age discrimination is a critical part.
America, reform our political system as I have suggested (Solution for America (Version 3)), or become an also-ran, second to China!
Specifically, it’s time to get serious about this election! Below is my winning ticket. For more, read: The 2016 GOP Ticket: Kasich-Martinez!
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