But here's the idea, and it was mentioned to me by Brad Bournival while I was talking to him on AIM and simultaneously marvelling over the clarity of the rules section on the USCL website. Really, take a look at it, it's so intentionally clear. Also sometimes it will explain the rule and then explain why the rule is a good and just rule that the reader should support. Now, I've had this idea before, of course, numerous times, but I couldn't seem like I was ripping it off Brad and not giving credit. Here it is:
Let's do away with the colossally retarded USCF structure, delegates, election, etc. and make Greg the Leader.
The space is there because I figured you needed a minute to think about it.
Democracy is pointless when the people voting generally either don't know the essential issues or don't have the technical expertise** to understand them. And the delegates seem like a nice bunch of people, but, cmon, those meetings are completely absurd. It's like the blind talking about electric circuitry.
Greg has the three essential qualities in a Leader: he's scrupulously honest, highly competant and doesn't piss people off. He's got lots of experience in creative chess organization/ management: the New York Masters, the US Chess League, the US Chess School.
He knows everyone in the chess world and has no enemies. Total strangers buy him chocolate.
I know it would be really hard to get the idea approved and might raise legal questions and questions of how to find a successor. But it's so obviously the best thing to do. We should try.****
* Although this makes certain big assumptions about agency, in that people are perhaps inclined to read history as dictators taking or stealing power, rather than people giving it away.
** I'm referring to issues of USCF finance and web stuff.
*** Greg's shirt says "Haikus are easy. But sometimes they don't make sense. Refrigerator."
**** Unfortunately, I don't think I know how to try.