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Letter: It's time to fix our electoral process

The time has come for the voting citizens of this country to do some soul-searching.We have a great country, and we have endless potential for further greatness. In order to achieve this we must stop allowing our current electoral mechanisms to dictate the poorest possible choices to us to vote for.

Party mandates and political agendas must no longer be allowed to force us to choose between two or more candidates who shouldn't even have been allowed to petition, let alone run for office. The office of the President of the United States is arguably the most prestigious and powerful person on our planet. The office deserves to be filled by a person who is honest beyond all reproach, intelligent enough to understand the politics, economics and humanity required, educated enough to understand the science and principles that drive our country, and empathic enough to have the welfare of every person in the country as his first priority.

Likewise, our senate, congress, governors and mayors offices and every other elected office requires the respect of the voters to be filled by people who genuinely deserve to fill them, not the party produced, corporate-backed losers that we are far too often presented with as our best option.

Even the reasonable suspicion of malfeasance should be enough to disqualify anyone from elected office. Today we have liars, cheats, thieves, bigots and even people reasonably suspected of sexual assault and sex crimes on children either running for or holding office.

It is a travesty of justice and an insult to the offices that these people hold. Remember, these people and the people that they appoint work for us. This is the nature of a public servant. Once they are in office, the nature of responsibilities we have dictated for them makes them incredibly difficult to remove, that is why it is imperative that we act swiftly and decisively to change the way that the electoral process works, so that we and the respected offices of this country, stop being dishonored by candidates who do not deserve to hold them.

Oaks lives in Henning, Minn.