I am a political freak. No question about it. I love politics!
Not all aspects, however.
Hillary announced yesterday. Several Republicans announced before her. Rubio announces today.
Hillary’s announcement was 575 days before the election. A year and a half. For that period of time, you and I are going to be bombarded with political reporting, bickering, polls, etc. Most, if not all, of little value till September 2016.
As the campaign progresses, I will feel like I am getting beat up. The same thing day in and day out.
575 days are not required to let us know what which each candidate stands for. I do not want to live with Hillary or any other politician for 575 days!
My solution is twofold: Public financing and strict time limits for Presidential elections. Such will remove the big dollars of corporations and the rich thereby guaranteeing the people will be heard. Time wise, elections should be no more than 2-3 months. Start September 1, for example.
I may write re this issue in a future KONK column. I need to do some research first. I suspect it has been tried elsewhere.
Spent a good chunk of yesterday writing this week’s KONK Life column. Iceland Jails Bankers, etc. Interesting. Iceland’s successful battle against greedy banks yesterday and today.
I was able to get out later in the afternoon. Took my tablet and went over to Salute’s. Sat outside in the shade and continued reading Elizabeth Warren’s A Fighting Chance. With an occasional peek at the bikini clad ladies, of course.
Tonight should be interesting. I am going to my first ACLU meeting. Not to join. To listen. At the Florida Key’s annual Town Hall Meeting.
I decided to go when I saw the program is chaired by my friend Michael Shields. An excellent writer. A liberal at heart.
Two items on the agenda. Police policy in Paradise. The other, treatment of minorities and the disadvantaged. Should be interesting. More interesting for me. My first formal town hall meeting.
Terri White sings for Key West tuesday night. At the Waterfront. Try to attend. You will never hear better.
The bocce rankings came out yesterday. We fell from 2nd to a tie for 3rd. Not bad considering we lost 3 games thursday night. This thursday, we play the team tied with us for 3rd place. Nothing easy at this stage of the season!
Enjoy your day!
“My solution is twofold: Public financing and strict time limits for Presidential elections. Such will remove the big dollars of corporations and the rich thereby guaranteeing the people will be heard. Time wise, elections should be no more than 2-3 months. Start September 1, for example.”
It will be interesting to see what your research turns up. Don’t forget that the bought and paid for US Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that corporations are living breathing human beings with First Amendment rights to spend money and buy candidates to do their bidding. After all, this isn’t a democracy of humans, it is a plutarchy of rich CEOS.
If we really were Democratic and free, I concur that we publicly finance all elections, limit the debate and money and have individuals do what they did back in the Founder’s day…stand up speak their own ideas and let the people decide. Then go to Congress, vote on what needs to be done and then go home to your farm or business and get back to work.
It will never happen as we are way too far bought out by the corporate elite now and they are good at smoke and mirrors and Augustus’ bread and circuses.
No. I don’t want to “buy” anymore politicians.
Just empowers the “political parties” and entrenched elite.
As a little L libertarian and a “voluntaryist”, the current system is a disaster and unreformable.
Take away the Gooferment’s monopoly on the use of force and it’s “right to rule” “We, The Sheeple” and maybe just maybe you can get it back in its once limited box.
Has far a Hillary, I hope she is “cooked”. The email scandal alone should do it.
As far as most of the others, they are Statists.
“Inasmuch as the Constitution was never signed, nor agreed to, by anybody, as a contract, and therefore never bound anybody, and is now binding upon nobody; and is, moreover, such an one as no people can ever hereafter be expected to consent to, except as they may be forced to do so at the point of the bayonet, it is perhaps of no importance what its true legal meaning, as a contract, is. Nevertheless, the writer thinks it proper to say that, in his opinion, the Constitution is no such instrument as it has generally been assumed to be; but that by false interpretations, and naked usurpations, the government has been made in practice a very widely, and almost wholly, different thing from what the Constitution itself purports to authorize. He has heretofore written much, and could write much more, to prove that such is the truth. But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain – that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist.” Lysander Spooner (1808-1887), No Treason (1870) http://praxeology.net/LS-NT-6.htm#no.6
Which kinda sums it all up.