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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Election


"Half the country celebrates while the other half mourns. Each election is more divisive than the last and more polarizing... this one was perfect in that regard. No election has ever been so "either/or.""

This quote was borrowed from a Facebook friend... it was perfect as the lead in to what I wanted to say....

We need a change. We need to get rid of the party system completely!! It's become like a popularity contest in junior high; who is better than the other, who has the most friends... we need it to be not about even who has the most money.

It should be the following qualifications... over the age of 35, a college education (preferable one with some history classes), free air time on TV, free news coverage, the same amount of money given to each candidate for travel with that being very limited... instead wage the campaign online on webpages and You Tube.

No mudslinging, talking only about what they plan to do, not what the other people have or haven't done.

This would allow a lot of other people who have good ideas to compete without the need to raise insane amounts of money that could instead go to help people the way it should.

It could work like the pageants.. the candidates have to win at local levels, then county, then state and finally 50 candidates, one from each state. No electoral college, no conventions that cost millions of dollars.

The election process as it is now was needed at one time, when communication took days instead of seconds. We have outgrown this process in so many ways. It's time to change it.

Elections are now very much dividing the country. It's causing bad feelings among friends and family. It's hurting the country and it's very hard to heal those hurt feelings. It really is hard to listen to all of the nasty things that candidates say to and about one another (and then followers say similar things to others) and then when one side doesn't win, it's like nothing bad happened, and nothing bad was said. The old saying "sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me" is WRONG! Words hurt. And just because the one concedes says "it's now time to follow the one who won".... like Romney's speech that said "“We can’t risk partisan bickering and political posturing. Our leaders have to work across the aisle to do the people’s work..." He is exactly right but this is too little too late. This is what should have been going on all along, instead of people on both parties who had the single goal of "getting rid of (fill in the blank)." Words said along the way did some incredible damage and it won't be easy to heal from it. It's time to change. Now. Before it gets any worse and it will.

To read about the history of elections and campaigns, I found a great article that tells about how it all got started...

http://americacomesalive.com/newsletter-archive/election-days-of-the-past

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