I want to read and learn all I can, write thoughtfully and truthfully, live according to reason and ever more mature wisdom, and savor every wonderful little gift of life.
What if we came together as a society and put a taboo on political campaigning and established in its place a routine like this? Candidates would be expected to give a little money and a summary of their information (experience, credentials, positions on issues, goals for office, etc.) for the publication of an official booklet that lists the information for every candidate and is then distributed freely to all registered voters and put online too. Beyond that, debates, panels, and Q&A sessions would be acceptable, but not the empty rhetoric and mud-throwing we get in political speeches and ads now. Signs, commercials, and other types of shameless self-promotion would be frowned upon.
I think that would be SO much more fair, rational, wise, ethical, and effective.
And just think of all the good things that could be done with the money saved!
I’m an idea person; usually someone has to come along and say, “Honey, that’s a nice idea, but it wouldn’t work because _____.” So, tell me, why wouldn’t this work, in an age when grassroots efforts can gather more power than ever before through the internet?
I’m sure we’re all relieved that the onslaught of desperate campaign ads has stopped for now…but they’ll be back, unless we change something!