My Political Rant:
So I know I got off on a little #tangent yesterday with the whole "voting is broken" #rant. Well, I had someone ask, "well if it's so broken, how would you fix it Mr. Smart Guy?" To which I say, "well....
First, I would put a cap on #campaign spending. As a matter of fact, I'd revamp the entire system. On November 8th the year before the #vote, there should be a TV/Internet/Radio broadcasting station/site commissioned by a conglomeration of companies who would want ad space on this network. This will serve as the focal point of the entire campaign. Each candidate will make a 5 minute recording of their flagship topic that they want to center their campaign on.
Here is where some say, "That won't work! There were 1,780 people that 'ran' for president in 2016".
This is true that 1,780 people filed to run for #president, however there's much more to getting on a ballot than just filing to run for president. That info can be found here. That being said, all serious candidates who plan on completing the steps necessary to get on the ballot will be required to make their statement for the network. Their statements will be played on a loop. Come the middle of the campaign year they will have a chance to record a second topic and speak on it for 5 minutes so that they can expand their platform.
All debates will be hosted primarily on the commissioned network. No commentary will be given by anyone on anything carried out in any of the debates on this main network. This will be left to any of the already existing news networks. Any and all debates will be played for the following 24 hours on the television and radio stations. All videos will be available for instant viewing on the internet site including statements given by the candidates and all debates & interviews. Debates will also be hosted by current national level debate judges, champions, and runners up. In this way, the hosts may remain impartial and keep to the rules more so than has happened in the past.
The campaign trail, like the station and site, can be hosted in various cities with the help of corporate sponsoring. A designated campaign venue where candidates will be able to state their points and attempt to garner voters will be set up in each of these cities. Tickets can be sold to help stimulate the local economies after the corporate sponsors recoup their costs of setting up the venues. Candidates can supply their own merchandise such as hats, or t-shirts and raise money in that fashion to help support their campaigns and the people working them.
To those that would say "this seems silly. who would do this?" I say, "The Olympics".
That's right, the Olympics go around every 4 years and pick 1 "lucky" city to host them. They set up in a stadium and sponsors flock to secure precious banner ad space so that their message can reach whomever. The same can be done for several smaller locations all over the #US. This would pull money away from a handful of people running around the country trying to become president and direct it more toward the local populations, enriching the existence of the cities that host part of the campaign trail. So instead of a few people receiving millions or possibly billions of dollars, that #money can be put toward those that actually need it.
That takes care of a big portion of the financial side of things, I'm sure it could be expanded, but now lets focus on the actual candidates. A good rule to tack on to the myriad of existing rules would be that each party that runs can have no less that 5 final candidates. That's right, instead of having just 2 people to pick from, there should be at the very least 5. If a party can't maintain at least 5 viable candidates it should not be considered. It would be ideal to have 10 to 15 candidates from various parties, but having at least 5 democrats or republicans to vote for would help #depolarize the #election and the populace views on current events. This would help more than ANYTHING else in my opinion. It would give the American people more options, more say, and help their vote count for more than just keeping the "lesser of 2 evils" out of the oval office.
The final thing kind of ties into the first change listed which will mandate that there be no campaign activity outside of the officially sponsored channels. This will limit the campaign to 1 year. If you have payed attention to the last few campaigns you'll notice that they have been getting longer and longer. Much like Christmas decorations, candidates have been starting their campaigns sooner and sooner where it's almost a 2-3 year long stretch of them gunning for the White House. This, I believe, will help with the over-saturation of #information and keep the voters engaged and informed without boring them to tears.
I'm sure you could pick through all these ideas and tear them apart so that there would be nothing left, but try to suspend your disbelief for a minute and imagine a world where local economies actually benefit from a presidential campaign and where voters had #more to choose from than just a couple of idiots.