I'm not a republican. I'm not a democrat. I'm an American. I became a naturalized citizen a few years ago. I'm a proud American who believes in this nation, its people and the opportunity that it offers.

However, I'm still surprised at some of the "unexplainable" aspects of the American election process. Here are three things I don't agree with.

  • You have to be born in the United States to become the President of the US. I'm not the only one who opposes this mandate. The Governor of California, for obvious reasons, wholeheartedly agrees. In today's day and age, the birth place of a person is almost irrelevant. People travel more frequently, live in different countries throughout their lives and it's feasible that their children will be born outside of their "native" country. A good example is my specific case - I was born in Iran. I'm of Indian decent and just happened to be born in Iran because my parents were there for a couple years in the 70s. I've never been there ever since. This mandate may have made sense 100+ years ago, but it doesn't make sense in this day and age.
  • Negative Campaigning. What's up with that? I approve this message.
  • Lack of Internet Voting. You can file your taxes online, why can't you register and vote online? This should be an option. It would solve many of the problems that exist today.