I’ve got an idea that’s going to rock the political world (to use a tired phrase)! I want to start a third party. We’ll call it the Coin Party. Here’s the basic platform, which I’m sure is flawed beyond reason, but hey, it’s a fantasy, so roll with me on this:
If elected to *insert office here* I pledge to approach every vote/issue with the same guiding principle. I promise to flip a coin. Heads=yea, Tails=nay.
The basic idea is that with any given party, there is a guiding motive behind the voting habits of the politician. Whether voting based on morals, financial guidelines, or just personal beliefs, it’s a fairly safe assumption that the guys in office at least attempt some sort of consistent pattern in their stance on issues. Often they fail, but overall, they tend to follow a trend. How else can one explain the whole right/left leaning analogy?
If you assume that given any two options, one is a better choice for the nation, then by flipping a coin, you will statistically make the right choice at least 50% of the time. I figure that part of the reason that we have had such unsatisfactory service from our congress over the last *many* years is because they have consistently performed at a lower than 50% level. I’m figuring they get it right about 35% to 40% of the time.
It has been proven in studies that portfolios comprised of randomly selected stocks consistently outperform those portfolios that have been assembled and managed by “experts.”
Is our government comprised of people who follow some guiding principle? How about we try chance for a change?