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December 9, 2008

On the Right Side: Election process in dire need of changes

Now that the elections are over (as soon as Al Franken admits his defeat), we can all start the recovery process and get back to our normal lives.

It is ridiculous that the primaries and the election campaigning took two years to complete. What do these people do for us? Aren't they supposed to be getting something done on our behalf in Congress? Do you really think they realize their whole purpose of being there is to serve the people and not self-aggrandizement? It's starting to get a little out of hand.

Wouldn't it be nice if the process could be changed? I've got a few suggestions. No. 1 _ how about a six-month primary period and a six-month election period? With all the mass communication outlets, shouldn't that be enough time to get a message across?

No. 2 _ Each presidential candidate gets $100 million. That should be more than enough, maybe even too much. Then we wouldn't get a deluge of phone calls, pamphlets, advertisements, and all the other major nuisances that disrupt our lives.

No. 3 _ Each candidate issues an upfront statement of his or her platform on a variety of issues, along with his beliefs and value system clearly. No waffling and flip-flopping depending on the audience you are addressing. The issues can be as numerous as they desire but certainly would cover foreign policy, a domestic agenda, and social issues. A leader should be able to stand tall, not be afraid of offending certain groups, and present his beliefs and stances in a clear and cogent fashion.

No. 4 _ We, the voters, will have to be responsible enough to realize that there will never be a perfect candidate. We must look at the entire package being offered and not be single-issue voters. That is selfish and ignorant. If there are issues that you don't agree with, get more involved in the party and have an impact.

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