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One thing we can agree on that the political future will bring

© Jim Morin



  1. I think I have the answer to everything: do away with political campaigns.

    Campaigns serve no purpose other than to raise awareness of a candidate, and they do this generally through distortion of the truth in favor of oversimplification of otherwise complicated subjects.

    So: campaigns lie.

    Campaign contributions are also the number one way that money finds its way into congress, and the method by which candidates become corrupted, put into the pockets of their contributors.

    So: campaigns corrupt.

    Without campaigns, television would be saved from the flood of negativity, citizens would be saved from the polarization it brings, and those who are interested in making a difference politically would be forced to take the initiative themselves, leading to individual strength and the best kind of learning, which is being self-taught.

    So: campaigns attract the interest of the lazy, the gullible, and the misinformed.

    Ending campaigns would free constituents of the burden of having to spend so much time reaching out and playing politics to voters, often lying to them in order to gain their sympathies. They would be left with more time to actually focus on doing their jobs instead of being focused on trying to stay in office.

    So: campaigns distract the incumbents.

    Without campaigns, we would

    1. stop pointlessly misinforming the public
    2. remove most corruption from political office
    3. clean up the media
    4. create a more active, independent, and better informed society
    5. allow people in office to focus on their jobs through the tenure of their terms

    This is my firm belief. Political campaigns are at the very root of the problems in the system.

    Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Permalink
  2. ebdoug wrote:

    Oh an easier solution is turn off the television.

    I equate the tea party (spell that ‘sarah palin’) to another far out party called the “no nothings” When asked a question, the replay was “no nothing” I heard this over and over during the campaign. No tea party came up with solutions, they just banged away at the opponent. Questions asked “They knew nothing.” Or had to write it on their hand or called their advisor during the Interview.
    My great great Grandfather ran in Virginia for governor against the “no nothings” He won. People want to hear something out of these people’s mouth

    Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Permalink
  3. Turning off the television won’t stop political campaigns. It won’t remove monetary influence from politicians (most of which comes in the form of political campaign contributions). It won’t end the needless spending on advertising, the needless waste that arises from all the yard signs tacked across every city in the U.S. every two years, it won’t give politicians more time to do actual work instead of spending it going out and giving speeches full of lies.

    Take away the campaigns, you take away most of the corporate influence. Take away the corporate influence, you take away the lawmaking that constantly works in favor of corporations. Take away those laws and enact ones which restrict corporate power, and you save the planet from destruction, you save resources, you save economies which are outsourced, cheapened, and ultimately abused by companies which have a legal obligation to make a profit for their shareholders.

    The world would be a better place without political campaigns, and not seeing and hearing the ads on tv, radio, and Internet would only be the smallest of pleasant side-effects.

    Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 6:59 am | Permalink
  4. ebdoug wrote:

    I would love to get in the mail a pamphlet outlining the candidates stand. Then refer to a further expansion on-line. those of us who can read and thinks can read the expanded. Except that is what I get anyway. All I get about candidates is from the computer. Just a letter of intent with their resume. That’s enough.
    Rest can be done on blogs, etc. I don’t get touched by any of this unless I want to turn on the computer.

    Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 10:45 am | Permalink
  5. Bert wrote:

    I’d love to stop campaigns, but it won’t happen. That is considered free speech.

    Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 11:58 am | Permalink