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American Presidential Elections Are Too
Long and Destructive for the Country

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Posted By: Hazymac, 7/3/2019 3:12:46 PM

American presidential elections have become a political clown show cum soap opera that goes on far too long and has become a true danger to the country in a variety of ways. On the simplest level, it used to be said that you could never get anything done in Congress in an election year. But now it's always an election year. No wonder nothing gets done. And that's only the half of it, the easy half. Those other old political watchwords — that partisanship ended at the water's edge — have gone out the window and are now headed for Alpha Centauri.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: M2 7/3/2019 3:28:57 PM (No. 113164)
We should have strict laws about campaigning. Campaigns should last a maximum of 60 days with no TV or social media advertising permitted at all. Mandatory debates between the two top candidates, or three if necessary, should take place televised on all channels on a given night a week before the election . Should be moderated by someone apolitical who does not ask any questions. He or she merely keeps order. Each candidate should have 20 minutes to speak, and each should have a five-minute rebuttal. That’s it. No televising of campaign commercials should be permitted.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: WhamDBambam 7/3/2019 3:37:12 PM (No. 113175)
It's only this way during a Republican Presidency for some reason....
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Reply 3 - Posted by: red1066 7/3/2019 3:46:33 PM (No. 113183)
Yes the campaigns last too long. I don't think it needs to start two years before the election. The media is responsible for this by starting the WATCH way too early. This leads to it's length and it's cost. I wonder how many good candidates just gave up because they didn't get the coverage, and the donations needed to continue just wouldn't cover the cost. Trump states his campaign costs of 2016 were extremely low. The costs were low because the media was obsessed with Trump. Trump was the recipient of millions of dollars of free TV exposure. This guy from a TV show was exactly who the media wanted to run against Hitlery. She couldn't lose. Luckily, Trump won. I'm not convinced lightning could strike in a bottle like that for anyone else.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Delilah 7/3/2019 3:54:52 PM (No. 113191)
I'm already so sick of the election that I turn off any news show that mentions it.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: JediJerry 7/3/2019 4:05:06 PM (No. 113204)
The only solution is to just have a self-appointed permanent Dear Supreme Leader for life.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: bad-hair 7/3/2019 4:09:18 PM (No. 113208)
Gotta deal with that 24 hour "news cycle" somehow. It's an industry unto itself.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: ZeldaFitzg 7/3/2019 4:33:12 PM (No. 113229)
Agreed. But we've got to have adequate time to investigate the candidate's background. Oh yeah, we had two years for Obama, and even Bill O'Reilly was too cowardly to do that. But I agree that it is too long, and there are too many financial incentives for campaigners. Perhaps an aptitude would help thin the stupid ones out. But oh, that would be culturally biased. /s
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Reply 8 - Posted by: DVC 7/3/2019 4:45:27 PM (No. 113240)
I studiously avoid paying ANY attention to the candidates. Nearly impossible to avoid hearing some, but I DVR news and when the political campaign comes on, I fast forward through it. I refuse to waste any time on it. And, more importantly, I am CERTAIN who I will be voting for. It will NOT be ANY of the Dems, it will be for President Trump.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Readaholic 7/3/2019 5:05:44 PM (No. 113270)
Obama campaigned for himself at every moment and who tried to stop him? We have to fight fire with fire.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: BocaLaura 7/3/2019 5:37:46 PM (No. 113313)
There should be a six month limit, including primaries, three and three. This would decrease the amount of time for political mischief and the amount of money needed to run; thus, achieving the campaign finance reform that so many claim to support. And only truly serious candidates would be inclined to throw their hats in the ring.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Dodge Boy 7/3/2019 6:45:18 PM (No. 113372)
This perpetual campaigning and msm reporting fakery is over the top and beyond disgusting. I say no campaigning, no msm reporting on candidates, and no candidates announcing their intentions to run for office until 3 months before a public election for any office including all local, state, and federal races. This goes for local dog catcher all the way up to congressional and presidential races. No campaign contributions can be accepted by candidates until the 3-month period begins.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Aud 7/3/2019 10:03:44 PM (No. 113540)
I agree the campaigns begin much too early. I think the driving force is the TV news media. All those commentators to attract all that advertising with all the money it represents.
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