Recently I got into a discussion with a peer. He stated that the choices in elections were so bad that he wasn’t going to vote. There was a time when I felt the same way. It is this feeling of, “I don’t care both sides are horrible.” This is exactly the attitude that should be curbed. Despair and indifference can be more destructive then any thing else.
Then I went through a period of time where I wanted to start a political party that I called the swing party. This party would never put forth candidates. Instead they would vote to see who was happy with government. If a simple majority was happy then the party would vote for the incumbents. However if the entire party was majorly unhappy then the party would vote against all incumbents. For example congress approval rating is 17%. So next election we would basically fire all the incumbents. This would send a message to those who want to stay in congress. I still like this idea because currently it seems that congress does whatever it wants. A little fear is a great motivator but after a while I thought that this idea does wonders at motivation but will it change caliber of who we elect.
It gets rid of the bad but it does nothing to ensure that we vote in quality replacements. I have given this a great deal of thought and if a campaign looked more like the campaign in the “This would be my campaign in the modern world” post, then we would be able to tell a lot more about our candidates. Also the elections would be more enjoyable. Please feel free to comment on anything that you think would help change the election process so that we can better know a candidate before they are elected. The true way to fix the country is before the election and not afterward.
The cost of running for office is about 750 million. If I were to implement my plan from earlier post This is how I would use the some of the time presidential candidates use on stump speeches, then my campaign would cost:
- My youtube channel Free
- $50,000 advertising youtube channel
- $100,000 flying and housing members of opposing parties
- $50,000 test prep for my test prep for the article:
- $30,000 making videos from the opposing sides interview
- $50,000 making campaign ads
- $20,000 to go to all the debates
- $10,000,000 running campaign ads (40 runs per state at 5,000 dollars per run)
- $100,000 for a web developer and Social networking guru
- $40,000 for web costs(hosting, ssl, polling,etc…
This comes to 10,440,000 which I think would be a campaign where the voter could have all the information that you could possibly want. This would also reduce the amount of fundraising necessary or you could keep fundraising and donate the money to charities so that everyone in the world would know the candidates philanthropic side. Let see, the remaining funds are: 739,560,000. We will need to take out a million for travel for our campaign raising. Which leaves us with 738,560,000.
Now if I divide it by ten that will leave me 73,856,000 which I can donate to the following:
- Cancer Research Institute
- Animal Welfare Institute
- Save the Children
- National Military Family Association
- Scholarship America
- National Council on aging
- William J Clinton Foundation
- Food for the hungry
- Red Cross
- Sierra Club Foundation
Of course these are just some random choices but if a presidential candidate made them then you would have a lot of insight into the man or woman’s character.
While watching both the democrat and republican parties’ conventions during the last election, I realized that we have a problem that I can’t figure out how to address. Each convention had protesters and most were peaceful but there was a small contingent of non peaceful protester and the police couldn’t tell one from the other. The police decided to tear gas and mass arrest people. Also the conventions got the city to make a rule so that the only place you could protest was in an empty stadium parking lot where no one was at. Slowly we are losing our right to peaceful assembly when it comes to standing up against the two large political parties. I feel that our right to peaceful assembly and protest is fundamental and I need ideas for :
- What to do about the non peaceful protesters and the police’s inability to tell the difference. Some kind of friend or foe system maybe
- What to do about political parties trying to take away the right to assemble
Any ideas would help. These are not easy problems but we can’t keep following the current path or the political parties will be beholden to no one but the lobbyists who get all too much face time during the conventions.
When you are getting ready to go to college you take the SAT test. That combined with your record in high school will tell colleges whether or not to consider you as a future student. These tests are made to show your skill set at Math and Verbal. I purpose that we make a mandatory test for anyone who wants to run for president. Instead of math and verbal, this test will test the following areas
- Foreign Affairs
- Military History
- American History
- Current affairs
- Constitution and All amendments
The reason that I have included College Board in the title of this article is that I can think of nobody else better suited to make and administer this test fairly for all the candidates. These guys quantify knowledge already just instead of Math and Verbal, they would be testing for the above knowledge. If you are reading this article and think there is a topic that should be tested for that I haven’t mentioned, please reply with the topic you want to know the president is qualified in. I will then add it to the list. The “College Board” will have to completely revamp the test every election.
Last Presidential race I watched the names of the lobbyists who were throwing hugely expensive parties during the two conventions. I don’t know if that information will be available this year but it turned out that all the same lobbyists turned out at both conventions. That puts their hooks into both the democrats and republicans. No matter how you vote, that person is already in the pocket of big business. It is not some great conspiracy rather it is a legal way to buy off politicians. There is a reason that the media is kept out. Politicians refuse to attend any party that is not media free. I think that is the most telling sign of business owning congress and Washington as a whole. Feel free to vote for who you want, the lobbyists have that politician in their pocket.
Instead of traveling the country giving the same speech to my supporters who have already made their decision, I would post and show on TV one three hour speech with the goal of firing up my supporters. This would save a great deal of time which I would spend on converting my opponents. I would fly one member of the opposite party per state. These fifty people would be from the opposite party as mine. Over the course of 25 days, I would allow each an hour interview. One in the morning and one in the late afternoon. This way they would have time to review the other interviews so that they wouldn’t repeat each other. Of course I would post all interviews. The reason I would use opposition people is that I would be guaranteed to end the process with 50 hours of hardball questions. After that the Presidential Debates would be a walk in the park. You can spend a massive amount of time and money talking to people who are already going to vote for you. These people are going to send you fluff questions.. Or you can face your opponent’s base who will give you better insight into the other party and what they are looking for..
Last election I watched the candidates stump speeches and they were the same speech given each time with a couple local references in each. If you figure an hour collecting the local information at each place and then two hours giving the stump speeches, and then you figure three speeches per state, each candidate has spent (3 hrs * 3 speeches * 50 states) 450 hours on stump speeches per campaign. With 12 hour days that is 37.5 days of repeating themselves. This does not include time spent in transit. With modern communication, this is a complete waste of time and I would love to vote for a candidate that is smart enough to figure this out. Unfortunately, I think that neither candidate this year will be smart enough to realize that 39 days of work could produce something far more powerful and valuable then the same speech being repeated needlessly.
I don’t like the election process. We have these debates which in my opinion
shows who can think faster on their feet or more likely who has better talking
points. How ever they don’t show who is better when they have time to think
and plan. I think that they best way to show that would be for the candidates
to take a week after the debate and provide a non timed answer. The time limit
answer shows who is fast on their feet and the un-timed response shows who is
dominant at problems when they are not instantaneous.