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NGUYEN HUY VUAssociated Press Writer
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — If John R. Koza gets his way, American voters will never again have to wonder about the workings of the Electoral College and why it decides who sits in the White House.
Koza is behind a push to have states circumvent the odd political math of the Electoral College and ensure that the presidency always goes to the winner of the popular vote.
Basically, states would promise to award their electoral votes to the candidate with the most support nationwide, regardless of who carries each particular state.
"We're just coming along and saying, 'Why not add up the votes of all 50 states and award the electoral votes to the 50-state winner?'" said Koza, chairman of National Popular Vote Inc. "I think that the candidate who gets the most votes should win the office."
Carl Jung, one of the fathers of psychology, famously remarked that "people cannot stand too much reality." What you're about to read may challenge your assumptions about the kind of world we live in, and especially the kind of world into which events are propelling us. We are in for a rough ride through uncharted territory.
It has been very hard for Americans -- lost in dark raptures of nonstop infotainment, recreational shopping and compulsive motoring -- to make sense of the gathering forces that will fundamentally alter the terms of everyday life in our technological society. Even after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, America is still sleepwalking into the future. I call this coming time the Long Emergency.
I'm really glad to have this conversation as this topic is very important to me.
In my opinion, Representative Democracy is not ideal because I feel that it creates a ruling class that is out of touch with the needs of average people and doesn't serve them the way it is touted to.
In order to give you a clear sense of where I'm coming from, I think I need to real break down my political views for you. That way we don't get hung up on "panic button" words like "anarchist".
One thing I dislike about modern society is our propensity to label one another. Labels can be divisive and destructive, in my opinion, if we rely too much on them to serve as definitions of one another's character. Labels can be used to bring people together as well, or show solidarity with an idea or a cause, so they're not all bad, but we just need to handle them with care and keep in mind that we are not, as individuals, ever completely defined by one word or another. Each of us are unique, and one word does us no justice.
What would you say was the #1 issue talked about at the caucuses?
From the results we're seeing so far and from other sources, I think it's safe to say that Barack Obama is going to win the State of Washington in landslide fashion. Personally, this comes as not much of a surprise, as Obama has been out fund raising Clinton in the state by a pretty large margin.
I'm interested in how big a role local issues played in people's choices today. What things in Olympia will benefit from your candidate's presidency?