On the eve of election polls in the US, Google’s co-founder, Sergey Brin has taken to Google Plus and called for an end to the party system.
Brin writes in his post, that he dreads the election, that no matter who wins, elected officials, who might be thoughtful, well-meaning people, seem to focus 90 percent of their effort on how to stick it to the other party.
Brin ends his post by urging the candidates to withdraw from their respective parties and govern as independent candidates both in name and spirit.
Brin might seem like he hates the party system, but according to The Next Web he also donated $30,800 to the Democratic National Committee during this election cycle and $5,000 toward President Obama’s campaign.
Below is the complete text of Brin’s post on Google Plus
I must confess, I am dreading today’s elections.
Not because of who might win or lose.
Not because as a Californian, my vote for President will count 1/3 as much as an Alaskan (actually it won’t matter at all — I’m not in a swing state).
Not because my vote for Senate will count 1/50 as much as an Alaskan.
But because no matter what the outcome, our government will still be a giant bonfire of partisanship. It is ironic since whenever I have met with our elected officials they are invariably thoughtful, well-meaning people. And yet collectively 90% of their effort seems to be focused on how to stick it to the other party.
So my plea to the victors — whoever they might be: please withdraw from your respective parties and govern as independents in name and in spirit. It is probably the biggest contribution you can make to the country.
[If you agree, pass it on to your newly elected officials.]
The party system might have its merits and demerits, but Brin’s call seems way too idealistic. To assume that every candidate once elected would function best without a party whip to adhere to is simplisitic and naive at best. After all history has shown that it doesn’t take long for the elected individual to become a dictator.
Feb 10, 2016