Letters to the Editor

Our frenzied election process

It is time our country took a hard look at the way we elect our presidents.

By the time our votes are cast in November, the campaigning will have gone on for two years! Monthly debates and crazed candidates (most of whom are not remotely qualified) competing to see who can be the most outlandish.

The resulting environment artificially heightens the importance of events, putting us in a constant state of frenzy.

The president of the United States is subjected to non-stop denouncements from many Republican candidates while he tries to solve complex international problems and interact effectively with foreign leaders. It is very costly — in the last election Mitt Romney and President Obama each spent $1 billion.

Contrast that with England and France. In England the entire election for Prime Minister takes four to six weeks. In the 2012 election there were two debates and television election ads are not permitted. Candidates are limited to $29.5 million in campaign donations.

In the last election for president in France, the entire process took four months with only the two finalists participating the last two months. Television advertising is banned and there was one debate. Each candidate raised about $25 million.

Food for thought?

Lee Van Leeuwen, San Luis Obispo

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