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    Is the US election process too long?

    This is my first experience living in the US for a general election and even though itís still 11 months away im already sick to death with it. The GOP debates seem to have been going on forever and we are still not done. I donít really feel like this allows America to pick the best candidate as the candidates political opinion doesnít really change in this period. All it does is take away focus from the real issues like the economy, War in Afghan, immigration, both parties focus is on how to get their man elected rather than helping the US people. Seems to me if both parties spent as much effort on fixing the economy as they do with the election build up the people of America would be in a better place.
    Iím sure many of you will disagree with me but I just feel its too long and drawn out with the same old party rhetoric bouncing around our heads for 2 years. 2012 should be fun hopefully I wonít have to blow my head offÖ

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    Re: Is the US election process too long?

    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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    Re: Is the US election process too long?

    Campaigning never stops. The day they win an office they are campaigning for the next election. It simply never stops.

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    Re: Is the US election process too long?

    Quote Originally Posted by coolwalker View Post
    Campaigning never stops. The day they win an office they are campaigning for the next election. It simply never stops.
    yeh it does seem like that, do presidents get more done in the 2nd term without the pressure of re-election?

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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.
    Agreed, after moving to the U.S. the benefits of Canada's system became clear to me. I see the arguments for changing where parties get their campaign funds on here occasionally, but I think limiting the amount of money a campaign can spend would be far more effective. Also, the party choosing candidates behind closed doors seems like a much more effective method of choosing the best candidate than putting it up for popular vote with the whole party membership.
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    Re: Is the US election process too long?

    Quote Originally Posted by Higgins86 View Post
    This is my first experience living in the US for a general election and even though it’s still 11 months away im already sick to death with it. The GOP debates seem to have been going on forever and we are still not done. I don’t really feel like this allows America to pick the best candidate as the candidates political opinion doesn’t really change in this period. All it does is take away focus from the real issues like the economy, War in Afghan, immigration, both parties focus is on how to get their man elected rather than helping the US people. Seems to me if both parties spent as much effort on fixing the economy as they do with the election build up the people of America would be in a better place.
    I’m sure many of you will disagree with me but I just feel its too long and drawn out with the same old party rhetoric bouncing around our heads for 2 years. 2012 should be fun hopefully I won’t have to blow my head off…
    De facto, yes, the U.S. election process is too long.

    But we don't have formal campaign seasons, and we shouldn't, as doing so is an infringement on free speech.

    People and our politicians are allowed to speak up about politics at any time on any topic in any way. That shouldn't be restricted.

    Rather, if it's too much for you, learn to drown the constant B.S. out. I don't say that to mean it as an insult, but it's too much for me too and that's how I deal with it.

    Mostly, I limit the news coverage I watch. With the 24/7 news channels all that each show is doing is regurgitating what has been said before. So just pick one of the shows you like and watch it and ignore the other shows.

    And if you want news but are getting tired of politics, then I suggest watching the financial news channels instead. Currently, I've been switching it over to CNBC so that way maybe I could learn a little bit more about business and the financial sector.

    Or just watch a movie on Netflix or Hulu or something.
    Also, we need to legalize recreational drugs and prostitution.

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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.
    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.
    Also, we need to legalize recreational drugs and prostitution.

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    Re: Is the US election process too long?

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    De facto, yes, the U.S. election process is too long.

    But we don't have formal campaign seasons, and we shouldn't, as doing so is an infringement on free speech.

    People and our politicians are allowed to speak up about politics at any time on any topic in any way. That shouldn't be restricted.

    Rather, if it's too much for you, learn to drown the constant B.S. out. I don't say that to mean it as an insult, but it's too much for me too and that's how I deal with it.

    Mostly, I limit the news coverage I watch. With the 24/7 news channels all that each show is doing is regurgitating what has been said before. So just pick one of the shows you like and watch it and ignore the other shows.

    And if you want news but are getting tired of politics, then I suggest watching the financial news channels instead. Currently, I've been switching it over to CNBC so that way maybe I could learn a little bit more about business and the financial sector.

    Or just watch a movie on Netflix or Hulu or something.

    yeh I still have my BBC news keeping me sane, although a little election story will sneak in right at the end lol

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    Re: Is the US election process too long?

    Quote Originally Posted by Higgins86 View Post
    yeh I still have my BBC news keeping me sane, although a little election story will sneak in right at the end lol
    Lately, I've taken to watching "Top Gear" mini-marathons at night on BBCA. I'm not a car guy, but I think it's a great show.
    Also, we need to legalize recreational drugs and prostitution.

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    Re: Is the US election process too long?

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    Lately, I've taken to watching "Top Gear" mini-marathons at night on BBCA. I'm not a car guy, but I think it's a great show.

    lol yeh its a great show, especially the one when they drive to the North Pole.

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