Niagara Gazette


November 6, 2012

BRADBERRY: Elections have consequences, impact everyone


Niagara Gazette — Or, if you’re like me and many who don’t yet have or want the newest gadgetry, you can simply tune it out or change the channel; same result.

So just how effective is all that big campaign money if people are actually turned off by it?

Well, according to the experts, it is very effective and it is not likely to end any time soon. Thank goodness, it seems to be over for now, at least until the next campaign season begins, usually the day after the last election cycle ends.

Isn’t there a better way to do this, can’t we figure out how to elect our representatives without them having to run, some of them constantly, always trying to raise money just so that they can keep campaigning? Do we really have to be subjected to this? Well, no, but ...

Just look around at the rest of the world; see how some countries change leadership?

Not many are able to do what we manage to do without violence.

Of course, some fundamental reform cannot come without force.

Like our own American Revolutionaries were, some people today, stuck with the same dictating leadership for decades are willing to fight and die for democracy.

Putting up with annoying political advertising seems a small price to pay for what we can get in return. But that’s not to say that we need not make our own system better; we should!

Once the dust has settled and our leadership goes back to work, besides rescuing us from whatever financial cliffs we’ve been left dangling from since the last campaign, they really need to put aside the bickering long enough to adopt some serious election campaign finance reform.

This campaign season was likely the most expensive in history, a lot of money and talent spent.

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