Thursday, October 14, 2010

Political Ads

I don't know about you, but I am really sick of political election ads on TV.  Each election ad uses some actors to make it sound like the end of the world is about to happen if we elect the wrong person.  Kind of a modern day "chicken little" plot.  Most are outright lies and distortions.  Both parties use them and they all suck.  Worst of all, they start two to three months before the election and they're on constantly.  Making matters worse, our Supreme Court has ruled that corporations have no financial limits on campaign donations.  Seems bribing candidates is now called "free speech".  This means you can fund all the ads you want and you really don't even have to disclose where the money is coming from. 

Well enough all ready.  When I am King, all political ads will be allowed on TV only during the last two weeks of the campaign. TV stations will be allowed to sponsor as many debates as they want.  Debates are great because you learn a lot about each candidate's views and philosophy.  But, best of all, you can change the channel.


  1. This. Yes. One of our gubernatorial candidates has his mother shilling for him on TV, and closes out with "He's a good boy."

    Because clearly I'm going to base my vote on that.

  2. Japan does it that way. It makes the preceding weeks weeks a little more chill, but those last two weeks are a blitz of perpetual political ads.
    Two weeks of ever increasingly hyperbolic hysteria sound like hell to me, your majesty.

  3. I like Great Britain's format. Elections only last a month!

  4. Um, when you're king, we'll be living in a monarchy, and there won't be political ads.

    Unless, of course, you plan to force the politicians to run for election anyway, despite no positions of power being available. That might be amusing to watch.

  5. Lets just get rid of campaign ads all together, and have it all replaced with Monday night debate. If we gussy it up with cool things and cash prizes it would be great to watch. Like each politician gets a team of three and needs to cite their sources, and a masked executioner takes you out if you just start shamelessly thanking people or rambling.