How can we take the “big money” out of political campaigns?
Perhaps as starting points:
1. Limit the radio/television campaigning time to the period election day minus 14 days and ending election day minus 4 days (a 10-day period).
2. No campaigning for incumbents. Everyone already knows (with a little research) what the incumbent stands for, has done during their time in office, political party, etc. Why waste the voters time listening or viewing a review of what is known?
a. Campaigning would be done on c-span channels, separating federal from state and local elections, providing equal times and time slots for all candidates. No advertising.
b. No negative comments about the other party or candidate. Communicate your solution to the issues impacting the citizens
c. State your philosophy and platform you plan to run on. What you will do to make the life of the middle class better and not harm the citizens or challenge the constitution.
3. If you agree politics is not intended to be a career and government will not give itself term limits (exceptions include governors and president), then you the voter, are the key to limiting a politician’s time in office. Persons 1 or 2 generations removed may be out of touch with the population today.
4. If those previously elected to office are not performing the way you thought when you voted for them, perhaps you should consider voting for another candidate or party.