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gooddog Post time: 2013-4-29 13:40
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Oh, I don't doubt that at all. I think it was most unfortunate that President Carter was unable to accomplish much of anything while in office, but that is one of the hazards of the way the system works in the USA.
I haven't seen a system yet that is not without what I would consider serious flaws. In the USA, the UK, and other western countries just about anyone can stand for just about any office, but it usually goes to whoever has the most money. (There are exceptions, but they are rare.) For example, Mr. Obama had NO executive experience whatsoever and yet he won over Governor Romney who had years of executive experience and demonstrated his competence in economic matters by turning around the economy of Massachusetts, yet Obama won.
In China, your system guarantees that the people put forward for the higher offices are experienced because they are selected from the best people in lower offices. President Xi came into office with significant executive experience, but I don't think the general population had much direct influence on his selection.
Both systems have their good points and their bad points. So far, no-one has created anything better, and I'm honestly not sure if it would be possible. It would be great to have a system where only truly qualified candidates (such as in China) were put forward for the highest offices, but that still somehow allowed the people more direct influence on the final selection (like in the USA), but the process that allows the people more direct influence has the possibility of undue influence and turning the entire matter into a popularity contest or a spending contest rather than an intelligent and detailed look at each candidate's qualifications and record.
There's no simple answer.
And then our system here in the USA allows good presidents to be hobbled by a hostile House and Senate and it also allows not-so-good presidents to cause problems for the nation because the House and Senate happen to be sympathetic to his ideas. Again, there's no simple solution.