I’m already tired of the presidential campaign and it’s not even election year yet. If I was running things the rules for elections would go something like this: (Yes, I know I’m being ridiculous. Shush. This is my fantasy.) There would be a list of questions (50? 100?) that all candidates would be required to answer in writing. Answers would be limited to 140 characters because that’s about the attention span of the average voter. Even if answers go over this limit only the first 140 characters of each answer will be printed. Copies of these questions and answers will be mailed to all registered voters. The visually impaired and anyone else who can’t read for whatever reason will get a machine-read (so there will be no biased human inflections) recording of the questions and answers. From the moment the candidates announce or even hint that they are running they will not be allowed to speak in public, or to advertise, except for two speeches of no more than 15 minutes each – one to be given when the candidate announces that he or she is running and the other to be given within four weeks before the election. I’m still trying to decide whether candidates should receive an electric shock if they go over the 15 minute time limit.
I don’t know much about the current presidential candidates yet except for the two big ones and probably not really enough about them. Donald Trump is a buffoon and should be required to wear a sign that says, “For entertainment purposes only,” but I actually understand his appeal and it’s something other candidates should seriously consider. People are extremely tired of politicians who never give a straight answer to any question, who talk and talk and talk and never really say anything, and who are quick to apologize and try to explain away anything they say that draws a negative reaction. People like Donald Trump because he is offensive and they think that means he is being “real”. The truth is, it’s all for show and we can’t tell what he really thinks or what he will actually do if elected any more than any of the other candidates. It’s just a different kind of act.
I am neither a fan nor a hater of Hilary Clinton but I actually think she could be a good president. I worry that her baggage and the fact that so many people do hate her might keep her from getting elected. It just depends on who she runs against. If it’s Trump I’m pretty sure she’s in. He might be popular now but the swing voters will get tired of him by election time.
For the last several years I’ve been seeing a lot of appealing quotes by Bernie Sanders; at least, they appeal to me. But would he be a good president? I think he could be but any president is only as good as Congress allows him to be. He can have the greatest ideas and intentions but Congress can totally shut him down and he, not Congress, will get most of the blame.
The other candidates? I don’t know much about them. I don’t think most of them matter. Even this early we have a pretty good idea who will be nominated, at least down to two or three possibilities on each side. I already know I will vote for the Democrat unless something really extreme comes up and I will not vote in the primary because Oklahoma’s primary is not open to Independents. So, really? How much do I need to know about these people at this point?