More Primaries & Caucuses: The 2008 Primary Calendar.

In order to choose candidates for their respective national conventions, the candidates were forced to campaign in states such as Iowa and New Hampshire… actually exposing themselves to the questioning public as they trudged from factory floor to coffee shop shaking hands and looking people in the eye. Followed by a semi-vigilant press that was often embedded in the candidates’ campaigns. The schedule was grueling and candidates needed to effectively allocate their resources. True grass roots organizing was necessary to spare the candidate from arriving at a thinly attended whistle stop. Overwhelming media buys (print, radiio and television) were limited due to quick saturation of the populace with conflicting messsages which were often ignored altogether.

Now, there is a major change, nicknamed “Super Tuesday,” when some of the most populous states will vote on their choices for political office — effectively replacing the traditional states as first selectors.

The above article provides a historical context for the changes.

While campaign critics have complained about Iowa and New Hampshire, with their small populations, setting the national election tone, the truth is somewhat different. The new changes appear to be based on a “big lie.” It appears that it is not so much about giving more people input into the decision than it is about the parties wishing to dictate the terms of candidate selection.

It is more about designing media-driven campaigns where the biggest money spenders win; where the campaign can manage the message and the candidate does not have to physically face unfriendly crowds with important questions.

Consider for a moment the number of free-wheeling exchanges between the public and the candidates in the last major election cycle? Even the town hall meetings often had participants selected from “safe groups,” and mostly came off being bland and uninformative. Even the so-called “debate” was little more than a media love fest with posturing candidates. Any controversy was generated by the press, not the candidates. Who was sweating under the hot lights was often a major talking point.

True discourse has died, having been replaced by sound-bite platitudes.

What can YOU do?

Continue to become involved in the election process. Write “letters to the editor” and suggest topics to your local stations. Join your local political group … and if you don’t like what you hear, switch to voting as an independent. Don’t get sucked into the “us versus them” and we need to vote for the lame candidate because they actually have a chance of winning. Consider that any candidate who receives a vote under “they can win” circumstances is probably wrong for the office and may perpetuate party politics as usual. Consider shaking up the system. Ignore each party’s fear-mongering and dire predictions of catastrophe if their candidate is not elected. Ignore the racial manipulation that occurs when politicians pander to a particular ethnic group. Candidates should be for the people, all the people, all the time. Not some of the people, some of the time — while they spend their hours mostly fundraising and extorting the willing special interests.

If you must remember ONE CAMPAIGN SLOGAN, remember mine: It’s not about right or left, it about right or wrong.

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