Why must the American People Suffer the Election Process?

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The suffering of the American people during the election process; Is it really necessary? In 2000, 52% of the eligible voters voted,about  49%  for George Bush, 49% for Al Gore.  The election in 2008 wasn’t much better in total turnout.  We are losing both the current voter, but also our potential voters because of the process we believe is the only one that works.. We Can and We Must do better.

It has become a series of non-informative non debates about who the GOP wants in the White House. The political season is far too long, acrimonious, childish, and destructive to the voting process.  I do not believe the American people need to subject themselves to the antics of the candidates to determine who is the best for the job.

We need a process that is narrow, clearly defined by issues, and effective.  The debates are more about personal attacks, accusations, falsehoods, misrepresentation of facts, and being a politician for politics sake.  The elected officials of today have an agenda that in many cases does not fit the electorate.  Perhaps the voter needs to be more assertive in demanding better representation and reliable and factual information from the fourth estate.

An idea that comes to mind is something like the following;

1. The entire election process should be held in the same year as the election. This would include all primaries and caucuses.  The election for office between the major parties would be between September 1 and election day in November.

2. No campaigning prior to January 1st of the election year.

3. Full disclosure of all financial records, all campaign funds, and any non- financial, gifts, contributions, other politically related monies. All funds spent from the candidates personal accounts must be recorded. Political Action Committees and other political organizations would be free to contribute to their candidate, but only after the 1st of the year of the election year.

4. Businesses, corporations, companies financial institutions, unions, and other business / political organizations will not be allowed to fund an election as if they are an individual voter.   Individuals within such organizations can contribute to a candidate’s campaign so long as it is representative of the individual voters. Business are not people.

The last three  elements listed below should be the ones that put the pressure on the candidate.

5. The media must be investigative and thorough when investigating all candidates.  It is the responsibility of the press to inform the electorate.

6 The electorate must keep themselves informed about all issues.

7. Currently no debates.  They are forums in crisis. Let us make the forums worthwhile, challenging,  and clearly defining for both the candidate and the voter  The moderators must have specific questions and demand short specific answers without the crossfire dialogue.  The candidate must answer the question.  The candidates must know what the ground rules are and they should be public. If the candidate cannot work within this framework than they can be excused from the forum.   The moderator must inform the public why the candidate is a no-show.

Caricatures: GOP Presidential Debate Participants

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A Changing Society

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AMERICA are you changing before my eyes?

It seems that America has changed, but has it really.  Perhaps we are now coming to grips with who we are and what may or may not make us who we are.

We have the general public reacting to the spin, accusations, lies and fabrications of our leaders, media, religious leaders, and of course our own built-in biases.  The problem for America is that the society is not changing drastically, even though the we may feel it is, what is happening is that much of our attitudes, perceptions, and prejudices are just being on display in public more.

The things that are most significant or informative, on the American scene are not even being considered for “media watch”. The press which is the mainstream of communication is either extremely selective in its coverage of news and or is biased in its own way because of political correctness.  The American people depend on honest and forth coming news and commentary.  The corporate world has significantly influenced,  moderated, and controlled what and how information is disseminated. A classic example is the constant reference to the TEA Party by CNN and all other news organizations.  IT is not a Party it is a FACTION. A faction with in the GOP. It should be addressed as such. Also, the media has not addressed the Koch brothers and their role in the tea party, climate change, pollution and the influence they have in the Republican Party.

There is also major failing within the general public. A general comprehensive education.  At all levels of our communities education has inherently become secondary to the politics of the times. This in turn has dire consequences for both our political system and America. Our Changing Society is also a byproduct of poor education standards, too many local standards, the lack of emphasis on reading and writing. There is no doubt that that all the core subjects are important, but teaching opens ones eyes. We have far too many adults and youth who have never read, or have no desire to read.  They cannot write a basic essay.  I have been told charter schools are the way to go. I don’ think so, they can help improve our situation, but in America we need our public schools strong, vibrant, and relative to the future.

James Madison was always afraid of the factions within local communities and ultimately the biases and prejudices of the few may override the good of society in general.  His hope was that the Congress and the Federal Government could be a remedy or a correcting force on the states and their many biases no matter what faction was involved locally. Some states have a passed laws which they felt would protect their citizens, but were knee jerk reactions which could be based or interpreted as discriminatory.  South Carolina passed a law requiring state drivers licences for ID’s and Alabama passed a very strict law on illegal immigrants. The problem with both decisions is that,  it will probably hurt their economies, their perception of a good place to live, and of course a bad reputation in general.

All of the state laws on immigration are being passed due to the perception that immigrants both legal and illegal are bad. They take jobs away from Americans, the federal government is not handling immigration properly, or they have been preached or lectured to about the evils of illegals so much that the elected officials are reacting in of leading.  The federal government has not handled immigration because of the reelection process, its inconvience, or the fact it takes work and political leadership to deal with it.

Our society is being inundated with all forms of propaganda. This propaganda has spread into all walks of life, Creationism vs Evolution, Dominionism vs American Society, Religion in politics, Climate Change, Immigration and of course the candidates who are running for office. It is necessary to remember that propaganda can be positive or negative depending on the message or messenger.  Each and every item listed above is important to someone. The concern for all Americans has to be the screening out of non-essential and fabricated statistics and data.  Propaganda is here, we need to be aware of the paid media blitzes from sources who will discredit and disparage good research, and good people.

Our society has heard it all, We need to step up and stop the gamesmanship between the political parties, the fear mongering, the rancor, and the self-destructive rhetoric. America is capable of having a society that respects diversity, religious and scientific ideals and ideas, and is capable of screening the factions of discontent and fear.  The last important part of being an American is voting, voting requires common sense and a clear mind. If your Congressman or Senator does not represent the people then you need to do something.. Vote