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1. Presidential campaigns last too long.

Honestly, how long have we been at this now? A year at least, and the election isn’t even for another five months! I think it’s ludicrous that we, the American people, have to sit through a year-and-a-half of this shit. New idea. A cap of one year on campaigning for the oval office. A day longer than this and you’re disqualified.

2. Presidential campaigns cost too much money.

Fundraising amounts: (1)

Obama: $265,439,277

Clinton: $214,883,437

Romney: $104,791,966

McCain: $96,654,783

These are the top four fund raisers in the current race for the presidency. Together they have raised $681,769,463. (Not including the totals for May)  This is ridiculous on two levels. One, it doesn’t take that much money: look at Ron Paul’s campaign. Two, it makes the race for president exclusive to those with enough dough, and sometimes the people with the best ideas don’t have the most money…Also, think about what could be done with that amount of money! I mean, I understand that this election is a big deal because we want to make sure we get it right this time (…) but $681,769,463 is a lot of money. New idea. Salary caps for campaigns. Each candidate can spend up to ten million on their campaign. A cent more and they’re out.

3. Doesn’t government exist for the people?

Last time I checked, which was 38 seconds ago, the government is supposed to “derive (its) just powers from the consent of the governed.” (2) I think it goes without saying that our current administration doesn’t understand this. Sometimes it even seems like they’re off in dreamland doing their own thing while the rest of the country sits here asking, “What the fuck?” But then maybe I’m overestimating the rest of the country. New idea. Elected presidents come with a one-year trial period. If, at the end of their first year in office, the country doesn’t like them, or, more probably, the president elect isn’t living up to what they said they’d be doing during their campaign, we get to kick them out and give the presidency to the other candidate. (I realize this is crazy and could never work, but there has to be some way of holding the President accountable!)

Void damn the distance.

References:

(1) http://www.opensecrets.org/pres08/

(2) http://www.ushistory.org/Declaration/document/index.htm

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