Dump the debate format

Debates don’t work, let’s face it with the Republican debate last night we’ve seen that it boils down to nothing more than a bunch of screaming children crying because they don’t get to talk and bullies making fun of other people and and attacking anyone who calls them out.  If you’ve watched the town halls that have been done then you’ve seen that they work much better, there is much more substance to them and the voters actually get to hear from the candidates instead of just hearing a bunch of screaming and crying.

My Proposal

Dump the debate format and switch to a one on one town hall format.  All you’d have is the candidate and a host asking questions, for 30 minutes.  The host asks a question and the candidate can take as long as he or she wishes to answer, when the candidate is done the host asks the next question whether the candidate has actually answered the question or not, at the end of the 30 minutes it’s over and it’s the next candidates turn.  If the candidate takes a long time to answer each question and don’t get to answer as many questions as the rest of the candidates then that’s their own fault.  All candidates should be asked the same questions in the same order, and ever town hall style event should focus on one subject, economy, healthcare, defense, ect…
These town halls can be hosted by CNN, MSNBC, FOX NEWS, whoever I don’t care but broadcast networks like ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX should be allowed to rebroadcast them if they wish.  Radio networks should also be allowed to rebroadcast the audio.  Having cable shouldn’t be an individual mandate to be informed about the candidates running for President of the United States, every citizen should have access to the information that these people want to get out.
Personally I think it should be broadcast on CSPAN then rebroadcast on at least of of the broadcast networks, the radio, and online.  The people deserve to hear what the person who want to the most powerful job in the world as to say.

But some people will still want debates

Alright fine, let the debates be hosted by the party itself.  If the DNC or RNC wants to host a debate then let them, they can host it on what ever cable network they want and exclude none cable subscribers all they want.  But the town hall format I propose should be run by an independent entity to keep it as fair as possible, maybe the Federal Elections Commission, I don’t know.


No matter what we do, we’ve got to fix this broken system.  We’ve reached a point where we aren’t getting any real information, running for President of the United States shouldn’t be about entertainment, is should be about the issues.  Yes it’s boring, but it’s important and we need to start treating this like it is.

Resign To Run

With the 2016 Presidential Primary’s going on and everyone talking about reform, and doing their job, and blah blah blah, I thought I’d throw out an idea I’ve had for several  years now.  Of all the candidates from the Democratic and Republican parties we’ve had 3 sitting state Governors, and 5 United States Senators, all out campaigning and running for a new job as President.

Now when you are looking for a new job does your employer allow you to skip work to go job hunt?  I don’t think so.  These people were elected to do a job, and if they want to go ask for a new job they need to give up their current job.  I’m from Ohio and right now my Governor John Kasich is running for President instead of focusing on running the state, and I know there are other people doing most of the work and he can be in contact with them at any time but that’s not the point, he can’t be focused on matters important to Ohio because he’s focused on his campaign.  And this goes for everyone, you can’t focus on the job you were elected to do if you are focused on campaigning for a different job, you have to pick one.

Let’s face facts, these people are being paid by the public to represent them and that’s it.  And what are they doing their running for President and not representing the people who are paying them.  Does that seem right?  No, of course not.  That’s why I’m proposing we demand the following rule for every state and the federal government.

The rule

If you are currently holding an elected office and wish to run for a new elected office, you must resign from your current office so that someone else can take the position and focus on the job you were elected to do.

I know I’m not the first to suggest this, in fact Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, and Texas already have this.  But this needs to be a universal law, I don’t care if your an elected Dog Catcher running for City Council, or a united States Senator running for President, if you want to run for a different job then the one your are currently holding then you have to give up your current job.

There is a term for this it’s called the “Resign to run law” and it should be imposed on every elected office.  So here is what I think should be done, I want everyone to CLICK THIS LINK and create a petition for their state (and someone please make one for the federal government too) and then send me a link and I will post it on the Resign To Run page that can be found on the bar above.  If some reason you would prefer to use a different online petition service that’s fine, I’ll link to it, I just used the Change.org petition service since it seems to be the best at the moment.

So look through the list of petitions on the Resign To Run page and if you don’t see your state petition created it and send me a link HERE.