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:
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.