Rolling Stone columnist Matt Taibbi, in the October 25th issue says, “What we Americans go through to pick a president is not only crazy and unnecessary but genuinely abusive”.
NO FUCKING SHIT.
Ask anyone who grew up in another western democracy (I’m from Canada) and they’ll tell you the American Process is a colossal mess. And there’s no way to fix it. But that doesn’t mean we can’t think about it.
What would you do to fix the process? If I gave you one wish but with the caveat that you had to use it to make American elections better, what would you do? What are some examples of how the process is better/different in your country? What are some ideas you’d like to see implemented here in the US? I’ll start:
1) In Canada, the election of the Prime Minister has a set time limit. The length of election campaigns can vary, but under the Elections Act, the minimum length of a campaign is 36 days. But because election spending is strictly controlled and limited to X amount of dollars, elections tend not to be too much longer than that.
2) Campaign spending limits. The amount of money spent on this election is utterly insane.
3) All TV ads must have prior approval before broadcast. We would set up an unbiased commission that would investigate the claims made in campaign advertisements. If the ads are not true, they can’t be broadcast.
4) All negative attack ads will cost four times as much a positive ads.
I’ve got lots more ideas but I want to hear yours.