Thoughts & Questions on US Politics and the 2016 Election – Part I

GIVE UP YOUR SEAT OR POLITICAL POSITION IF YOU RUN FOR PRESIDENT
If someone runs for president, for either political party, I think it would be a good idea to give up your senate or governor seat. Not a big Marco Rubio fan, however, respect should be given to him for giving up his Senate seat once he decided to run for the Republican nomination. How many other candidates had the intestinal fortitude to do that?

REENGINEER THE POLITICAL PRIMARIES?
Why does Iowa always get first primary? Being a Midwesterner, it’s important to be careful not to say the disparaging things about Iowa but wonder why they get the first primary for the Presidential election every 4 years.  A suggestion, have the Presidential primaries occur over the span of 2-3 months? Why not 5 primaries every week for a 10 or 11 week period. Those 5 primaries will rotate from top to bottom so all states will get a chance to be first every 10 Presidential cycles?

US Capital (from Wikipedia)

                                 US Capital (from Wikipedia)

TERM LIMITS?
Why term limits on president but not on representatives and US senators? According to Wikipedia, the United States placed a limit of two terms on its presidency by means of the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution in 1951. Why not have a similar amendment apply to senators and representatives? Let’s say a two term limit for senators (total of 12 years) and a 6 term limit for US representatives (12 years also). If you’re restricting the President, why not apply appropriate limits to the Legislative body?

ANY BANKRUPCY AMONG FORMER CONGRESS MEMBERS?
How many former US Congress members have declared bankruptcy or have fallen on hard times once they’re OOO (out of office)? I could probably count on one hand over the last 10 years or so (besides those that were indicted and went to prison).

WHY IS COMPROMISE SUCH A DIRTY WORD IN CONGRESS?

Image from livenewschat.edu

                     Image from livenewschat.edu

THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS IS ALL YOU GOT?
Why do some politicians think it’s the best thing to do after a shooting tragedy in the USA is to say our thoughts and prayers are with you?

AP REPORTING A MISTAKE?
A day before the California, New Jersey, New Mexico, Montana and South Dakota primaries were to be held on June 7th, the AP news organization reported Clinton won the Democratic nomination after they interviewed the majority of super delegates off the record. Did that in any way interfere with the primaries held on June 7th? AP claims when they have news worthy items, they report it. However, they investigated whether Clinton would have enough delegates by calling many of the super delegates. I appreciate the investigative journalism, however, when they had that news which was one day before the primaries, was it good journalism to report it even though it may have impacted those voting in the last primary of the 2016 campaign.

INSTANT FACT CHECKERS AMONG DEMOCRATIC & REPUBLICAN CANDIATES?
For politicians who are not telling the truth while being interviewed, why not have a scrolling fact check as much as possible. IT may not be possible but if you can objectively check whether they are stating the facts and being truthful, would help the viewing public. In addition, when that candidate is interviewed next on that particular media outlet, allow the interviewer to question the candidate on some of the false hoods they had stated in the previous interview. Try to make the candidate accountable for their rhetoric and comments.

peaceful protestorsELECTORAL COLLEGE
Electoral College, is there anymore that needs to be said? Once we have the democratic and republican nominees, some political pundits will begin to predict which candidate has the greatest chance to win. Sometimes, they use surveys, which many pundits find less valuable as it essentially comes down to the most amount of Electoral College a given candidate accumulates. Anybody who has studied demographics to any degree will say there are red states and blue states. The red states typically vote republican and the blue states vote democratic. Once you do the math, one realizes there are only about 8 states that are neither red nor blue, the swing states. That means, that candidates will be spending an ordinate amount of time and money in these swing states. According to Politico in May 2015, the swing states for the upcoming election included Ohio, Colorado, Nevada, New Hampshire, Virginia and Florida. If you’re a resident of Washington State or California, good luck in seeing many of the candidates as these states historically vote blue. Same thing with Louisiana or Missouri, because of their history, you may see republican Trump a little but rarely Clinton as she’s focused on those swing states.

Back to the Electoral College. In 2000, Vice President Gore had about 550,000 more popular votes but 6 fewer electoral votes and lost the election as President George W. Bush. That’s not a fair and democratic thing that occurred 16 years ago. Perhaps use popular votes for the Presidential election and if the total votes are within 100, 000 or so, leverage the Electoral College. I just don’t see the Electoral College being the first arbiter of deterring our President.

Kevin Schwarm

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