Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Ubiquitous 24/7 News and the Presidential Campaign

The word ubiquitous jumps into my head when turning on the TV and listening to news reports, debates, town hall meetings, commercials, journalist roundtables, candidate interviews, all focused on the Presidential campaign.

 The word ubiquitous means, as defined by, “existing or being everywhere, especially at the same time; omnipresent”.

The perfect definition of how we – Americans – are caught up in the 24/7 bombardment of the current Presidential campaign every day.

There is no escape.

Ignoring media hype is difficult. Campaign news and propaganda flashes across the TV screen all the time. Pick up the newspaper or a magazine and there is at least one article and probably more about the campaign, the candidates, their spouses, kids and/or pets, their humble, modest, poor, sacrificing parents, and their underprivileged origins (or with regards to Trump, privileged upbringing).

Turn on the radio and, no matter what you might be tuned to, election updates sneak in.

The candidates are all over the Internet, in the headlines, on social media, mentioned in blogs. They are everywhere.

Whether Trump, Sanders or someone else speaks in your backyard or across the country, the event makes news.

This week headlines blared the earth-shaking news that two of Trump’s children old enough to vote will not be voting in the New York primary. Unaware of the sign-up deadline, they missed it.

Of course that begs the question whether Ivanka or Erik voted in the past in any election (or are they currently registered Democrats?) but now I am getting too personal. After all Trump is running, not his kids. And of course voting in the past is irrelevant, since Dad did not run in previous elections. The only important election is the one Donald Trump is in (according to Trump). 

I want it all to be over. But the whining continues…

Trump does not like the way he is being treated in many states. He is not getting the number of delegates he believes he should. After all, he brings the masses out at rallies. Everyone loves him. And he is going to make America great again. Who can argue with that?

Since Trump believes he is being screwed, he declares the system corrupt.

Corrupt or not, the long, tedious road to each party’s convention is no secret. The process is open to everyone. If Trump or his staff took the time to read the Republican rulebook, he would know that. And he could have responded accordingly.

After all, Cruz did and is. He and his team researched the primary system, fashioning a winning strategy. If he does not become the Republican Presidential candidate, he is going to come close.

Paying attention to details is important.

Not, of course, for Trump, but for the rest of the world.

Paul Ryan made headlines announcing he is NOT a candidate for his party’s Presidential nomination, ending speculation he could be a candidate should convention balloting drag on.

I am tired of hearing constantly about the minutiae of the campaigns as candidates race to their party’s nominating convention.

I want to pull the covers over my head and not come out until Election Day. Maybe a couple of days before so I have time to consider the candidates and decide how to cast my vote.

I do not need months to analyze and evaluate the candidates. I am a quick learner.

I cannot imagine the oodles of money candidates and PACs spend. I suggest foregoing the long primary system, compressing the process into one or two quarters – three to six months – and donating the rest of the money to people and organizations that could put the cash to good use.

News organizations would not back my idea. They are in news heaven and do not want the craziness to end. Journalists follow the candidates, report on the candidates, analyze them, and poll the electorate. Also lengthy campaigns boost the economy. Lots of people earn a paycheck working for the candidates. Stores near caucuses and candidate appearances see a pop in business, motels house news media, candidates and their staff, restaurants feed them, and then there are the security guards at Trump rallies.

The rest of us roll our eyes and cannot wait for the whole circus to end.

I am all for creating jobs and boosting the economy, but there must be a better way.

It is cold outside (will spring ever arrive?). My blanket is warm and cozy. I am pulling it over my head.

See you in November…