Letter: An Alternative to Super PACs

by Letters to the Editor | February 20, 2012 6:18 pm

Personally, I think all PACs are a means of keeping the money’ed crowd in power so they can continue bleeding the people dry, stay in power, and keep making money.  The Democrat and Republican Parties are “birds of a feather.”  I don’t think PACs have anything to do with “free speech.”  It is all about POWER and CONTROL.

My idea for true campaign finance reform would be a national TV channel dedicated every four years to presidential election campaigns, every other year to mid-term elections.  During the presidential election years, the certified, vetted, qualified and eligible candidates (under Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution[1]) of the various parties would schedule hour-long segments each day to be seen and heard, with the opportunity to sell the voting public on their ideas and plans.  Voters could email or tweet questions for the candidates.  All candidates could be seen and heard daily during the specified (hopefully, only two months) campaign period.  All unused hours could be reserved by Representatives and Senators seeking reelection.  By this “campaign” method, no candidate would have to raise a dime, and consequently, none would be beholden to any special interests.

During the off-election years, this channel could be used as a “public service channel.”  Time could be reserved by individual citizens (screened), whereby their ideas could be presented and challenged.  Or they could debate the issues of the day with their elected officials (federal, state, county and local levels).  Since C-SPAN is sponsored by cable and satellite channels, they might also provide this service, which would be unique.  By this method, freedom of speech would not be violated; if a special interest group so desires, they could contribute toward the continuation of this “public service channel.”

What do you think?  Don’t you just know the politicians and their purchasers would love this idea?

— Ruth Petersen, Fairfield, IL

The opinions contained in this letter are solely those of the writer.

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  1. Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution: http://www.house.gov/house/Constitution/Constitution.html

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