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Time To Get Serious

Fixing the electoral process, Part One: Political Advertising.

voting for dummies
Pardon me while I lapse momentarily into the colloquial because I think what I'm about to say is slightly important...

The election process in America is FUCKED UP BEYOND ALL NORMAL COMPREHENSION but we accept it because "that's the way it's always been".

That's madness.

So ask yourself, how much useful political information do you generally get from a yard sign, a newspaper ad, a robo-call or a 30-second televised attack ad?

If you're like me, damned little.

That's because we all inherently know, from years of experience and exposure, that it's all complete and utter bullshit. Unfortunately, it's where too many of our fair citizens get their information about which candidate to choose.

We need to come to grips with the discouraging realization that modern advertising techniques currently far outstrip the general public's ability to separate signal from noise.

So the first step to better government is to eliminate political advertising.

Seriously. All of it. We got rid of cigarette commercials for the same reasons so we can get rid of this mind-poison, too.

The best way to get to know our candidates is through live, public appearances but the most cost-effective way will be by holding televised roundtable discussions with the candidates and their opponents. The length and number of discussions will depend on the number of potential voters. Local races will logically get fewer hours than state or national debates. Do this for up to a solid week during prime-time and allow no other programming. The events can be recorded and rebroadcast on Youtube or Hulu.

After the debates you must take a test about what was discussed and on the particulars of each candidate. You don't get to vote unless you pass. The vote can be electronic or paper. We have the technology.

This test does not have to be intricate. It only needs to indicate that the voter is paying attention.

You may think this is a big fat pain in the ass but I think we have to stop allowing the pig-ignorant to continue to put fools and charlatans in charge of our government. The stakes have become too high to entrust to tea-baggers, swift-boaters and Fox fucking News.


Note: The original version of this gag got my Virginia governors mixed up. Sorry about that.


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A blast from the reeking past. The RP from 9-19-08.

Karl Rove meets Sarah Palin

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Governor McDonnell smashing watermelon ala Gallagher.

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