For two of the past two Presidential elections, the Democrats have miserably failed to produce a viable candidate who could sway the entire United States. Instead of complaining about how bad the next three years will be, Democrats now have the opportunity to produce a viable “front runner.” It really shouldn’t be that hard to find a candidate who can identify with the American people.

However, it seems the democrats have lost touch with many large regions of the country. This past election was big money versus big money. There was so much double talk, that it became difficult for the average voter to see much of a difference between George W. Bush and John Kerry. “America’s Heartland” and the “Bible Belt,” couldn’t identify with a Massachusetts lawyer.

Shame on the “two party system,” if this is the best you can find. Some of us were forced to vote third party, and resign ourselves to the fact that the American people lost in the last election. The smaller parties also struggle to find viable candidates, but their biggest issue is financial backing.

Shame on the Presidential election process; with the Electoral College still in place, the popular vote really means nothing. Very little action has been taken to change this system, even after the Presidential election in 2000. If this were changed, the American people would really control who is elected.

Why is this system still in place? In fact, the people are considered too simple to elect their own President. We are a democratic republic and not a pure democracy. There is room allowed for special interest groups to alter every legislative action by funding our elected representatives in government.

However, let’s get back to finding the best candidate for the job. Right now, there have been many names tossed around. Here is a short list of Democratic hopefuls for 2008.

U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York: Hillary is not saying she will run, but I’ll bet anything she is watching the polls; including a recent AOL poll, where to my surprise, she didn’t do very well. She will probably stay out of it, unless her popularity improves.

Why is Hillary unpopular? Somehow, it seems odd that the American people are not ready for a strong female candidate. I am surprised at how many women don’t want her to run. If women rallied around Hillary, she would win by a landslide.

? Copyright 2005 – Paul Jerard / Aura Publications