Sergey Brin To Election Victors: Withdraw From Your Parties, Become Independent

    November 6, 2012
    Chris Crum
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Google co-founder Sergey Brin had some thoughts about today’s presidential election, and shared them on Google+ last night. Here’s what he had to say:

Sergey Brin

I must confess, I am dreading today's elections.
Not because of who might win or lose.
Not because as a Californian, my vote for President will count 1/3 as much as an Alaskan (actually it won't matter at all — I'm not in a swing state).
Not because my vote for Senate will count 1/50 as much as an Alaskan.

But because no matter what the outcome, our government will still be a giant bonfire of partisanship.  It is ironic since whenever I have met with our elected officials they are invariably thoughtful, well-meaning people.  And yet collectively 90% of their effort seems to be focused on how to stick it to the other party.

So my plea to the victors — whoever they might be: please withdraw from your respective parties and govern as independents in name and in spirit.  It is probably the biggest contribution you can make to the country.

[If you agree, pass it on to your newly elected officials.]

Brin received a substantial amount of feedback from people on Google’s social network, with thousands of +1s, and hundreds of shares and comments.

  • http://wredlich.com Warren Redlich

    I have a similar idea, but it starts with the voters: AntiPartisan. Voters pledge not to support any candidate affiliated with any political party. If enough do so, the candidates will follow. Voters must lead the way.

  • tim

    As a person who has never traveled to the States, meh.