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    Re: Is the US election process too long?

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    The problem I have is how are you going to define campaigning? I mean politicians, at least in the U.S., have speaking engagements all the time where they criticize other politicians, including those from the opposing party and their own.

    So what kind of laws would be passed?

    That the politician can't do campaign ads? Well, okay then. That just means some other group will do the campaign ads for him. Going to try to restrict that? Well, that's an infringement of free speech.

    That media outlets can't report on politicians speaking out against others or for certain policy positions? Well, it's not the news channel's fault that this is what the politicians are talking about. They're just reporting the news. And news outlets don't need to be censored in that way.

    Regulating the media of political campaigns will be too complicated and litigious to be worth the trouble. Better for the lesser number of people who are annoyed to just exercise their choice not to watch something and instead watch something that doesn't annoy them.
    Here, NONE of that is restricted. What is restricted is that 36 prior to an election is the only time a candidate can formally campaign. Meaning doing tours of the country preaching their platform, running ads and the such. They cannot say "Vote for me and..." 2 years in advance. Then can express their opinion, everyone can, but not in campaigning attitude.
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    Re: Is the US election process too long?

    The debates kind of annoy me, but in general I'm fine with it.

    Not sure why everybody feels the need to be first, though.

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    Re: Is the US election process too long?

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    No thank you. Doing so is a limitation on free speech. I'd rather politicians and media outlets have the freedom to talk about this stuff and then people choose to ignore them rather than punish them with restrictions because a few people get annoyed by what those people talk about.
    I'm not worried about what they talk about, but that they aren't doing the job they are elected to do because they are too busy trying to get re-elected.
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    Re: Is the US election process too long?

    The election process has been dragged out so damned long that government doesn't even try to pretend that it's doing "the people's business" because all they have time for is preparing for the next election.

    I'd say that there ought to be a law against it, except that all the legislation we need to have passed to make our government actually, you know, work is controlled by a congress that is determined, you know, NOT to work.

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    Re: Is the US election process too long?

    I think its too long. I think this is the only country this happens. Sometimes people think about the next election before the election they are running for is even over like sarah palin in 08.
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    Re: Is the US election process too long?

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    That the politician can't do campaign ads? Well, okay then. That just means some other group will do the campaign ads for him. Going to try to restrict that? Well, that's an infringement of free speech.
    Even a law saying a candidate can't run ads would be an infringement on free speech.

    That media outlets can't report on politicians speaking out against others or for certain policy positions? Well, it's not the news channel's fault that this is what the politicians are talking about. They're just reporting the news. And news outlets don't need to be censored in that way.
    And can't be.

    Regulating the media of political campaigns will be too complicated and litigious to be worth the trouble. Better for the lesser number of people who are annoyed to just exercise their choice not to watch something and instead watch something that doesn't annoy them.
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    Re: Is the US election process too long?

    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    The election process has been dragged out so damned long that government doesn't even try to pretend that it's doing "the people's business" because all they have time for is preparing for the next election.
    Doesn't getting elected mean you get the most votes from the people, which means they like what you're doing, which means you are doing the people's business?
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    Re: Is the US election process too long?

    The ever-lengthening run up to the general election is one of several factors that has made campaigning so costly - and has helped make the wealthy more powerful in our system as a result.

    I would favor not only a shorter run up to the general elections, but limits on the amount of TV and radio ads, newspaper ads and billboards candidates are allowed to use. Every election cycle leaves the majority of the voting public sick of hearing about the election. Cycles with a lot of mud-slinging anger the voters. Enough already.

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    Re: Is the US election process too long?

    Quote Originally Posted by Juiposa View Post
    YES. Having four year terms, but the president have to worry about an election for half of it is stupid. Do like we do, 36 days, that's all there is to campaign. Gives Everyone a better chance and makes it more fair, and cheaper. There are spending limits here also, which help with fairness. Also the candidates a chosen by the members of the respective parties way in advance.

    Yes the American electoral process is way too long.
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    IMO, 20 days in November is long enough.
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    Re: Is the US election process too long?

    Quote Originally Posted by Higgins86 View Post
    lol yeh its a great show, especially the one when they drive to the North Pole.
    On which channel ??...cable for us is too expensive, satellite dish, I do not know about ???

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