WITH RATINGS AT AN ALL-TIME LOW, IS IT TIME TO CONSIDER OTHER SELECTION OPTIONS?
Comedian Lewis Black believes the process by which we choose our presidents is outdated. His solution? Throw a dart at a map of the United States. Fly a monkey over the city nearest the dart. When the flight is directly above the city, push the (parachute-clad) monkey out of the plane. The first person’s hand the monkey grabs is our next president.
Given the current state of the office, I’d be more than happy to take my chances with Lewis’s suggestion.
This brings us to the sorry state of the United States Congress. With its approval rating at an all-time low, perhaps it’s also time to consider another option for choosing our senators and representatives. Scott Rasmussen may just have the perfect solution: Random names from the phone book.
Yes, folks, based on a recent survey by Rasmussen, 43% of Americans believe that a group of people randomly selected from the phone book would do a better job than the current Congress.
The survey of 1,000 likely voters, which was conducted February 2-3, 2012, asked the question: “Would a group of people selected at random from the phone book do a better job addressing the nation’s problems than the current Congress?”
38% of respondents said “no” – while 19% said they weren’t sure. (Don’t you always wonder about that last clueless group in surveys?)
So, between Lewis Black’s monkey and Scott Rasmussen’s phone book, we might be on to something, America. We could save a hell of a lot of time, angst and money, and seriously, could things really be any worse?
There’s always rock-paper-scissors.
And mumblety-peg, of course.