Saturday, April 19, 2008

About the Election

I'm over it.

Seriously, does it have to be this long, drawn out ordeal? I'm bored with it already, as I'm sure much of America is.

It's a system that was obviously invented, ohhhhh, 200 some years ago. Back when everything was boring and took forever and it was all uncharted territory.

So, being the "do-er" that I am, I have come up with a solution.

A Reality Show Election and Presidency.

But of course we need a twist...no prior political experience is the first prerequisite for candidates.

People across America will brainstorm on who they think is the smartest, wisest, nicest, fairest, whateverist candidate for the job and submit their videos of said candidate.

Somehow we would narrow it down to five, or something manageable, we'd get to know them via "reality television" + "media microscope" for a couple of months, then we vote for the winner. Runner up is vice-president.

Now obviously we don't want to be stuck with some psycho for 4 (or even worse 8) years (been there done that) and your average Joe or Jane would probably need some guidance, so they will have a team of advisors.

I'm thinking: the Vice President (aka runner up), the Bestfriend, 1 Republican, 1 Democrat, 1 Libertarian, 4 Political Reporters/Anchorpeople, 1 Environmental Advisor, 1 flamboyantly gay personal assistant/stylist, and America will get to call in and vote on the more major issues that he/she needs advice on.

Also, after 2 years we decide whether or not we want to keep them, via phone/internet/postage paid postcard. It's just too easy to get comfortable for 4 years.

I don't know, I don't think it's that crazy. I think many of us are ready for a change and who doesn't love reality television?? Plus, it's wonderful accountability, being filmed all of the time, and you know more people would vote and be involved and informed regarding politics.

I'm just sayin'.

It could work.


18 comments:

Life, Love & Lola said...

So I can even text my vote. Great idea. No more waiting in lines at the precinct. Will they mail us our "I VOTED" stickers?

adamandkaylasmommy said...

This is a GREAT idea. Really the way we do it now is so backwards. I'm just pissed I didnt think of this.

mrs said...

Clearly more people would vote just because of the convenience factor. We'd have to limit the campaign time to six weeks on tv...just like Rock of Love.

I also like the VP idea. I've always thought we should elect them separately.

And definitely, most votes wins.

jenn said...

There should definitely be a talent component. And a makeover at some point.

Yeah, this could work!

Mamalicious said...

This is the best idea I have EVER heard.

I'm so over the whole thing that I'm not even listening to the bullcorn that is the election season.

I'm even thinking of not voting just to protest my hate of this whole process. It isn't the president that runs the country, IMO. The Oil Biz runs the country.

Haulee

Donella said...

I definitely think that the presidents/vice pres, etc should be evaluated every 2 years to see if we still like them. Genius :)

Ami said...

I've suspected for a long time, but you've now confirmed it... Ashley is a genius!

BramlettBear said...

I might watch it if Tyra Banks can do the elimination. I can see it now....."Barack Obama, you're still in the running to become America's Next Top Commander-in-Chief".......but they'd need to bring Janice Dickinson back as a judge...........HA!

Renee said...

I LOVE the idea of Tyra Banks handling the eliminations - LMAO. In her breathy, dramatic voice. This whole concept is genius!

-The Renee

Mo said...

I'm LOL at the Tyra Banks idea.

Life, Love & Lola said...

Maybe we could get Donald Trump involved...If in two years we don't like you anymore...YOU'RE FIRED!

Rachel said...

This is brilliant! Today my husband and I spent about two minutes discussing how fed-up we were with the campaign and then seguayed into a lengthy conversation about Survivor. Our Survivor knowledge probably even surpasses our knowledge of the three presidential contenders.

Ashley, if you run for politcal office on the platform of presidential election reform, I will change my legal residence to Florida.

Jeni said...

love it!

Jenn said...

Brilliant!

The first component of the show would be passing a first grade reading test.

Had this been enacted eight years ago, look at what we could have avoided.

(Tattooing password on my ass as soon as I'm done typing this)

Amy said...

Where do I sign? I especially love the fagalicious assistant - a stoke of genius that!

Angry Julie said...

I'm totally over the election too!

Jeri said...

I've already cleared the date for the cruise. Whatever the date is, consider it cleared and me available. I'd also like to see the candidates in a swimsuit challenge! That oughta be good for a few more votes, doncha think? (well, maybe not votes, but certainly laughs!)

Alissa said...

OMG this is such a great idea!! I love it!! I think it would work really well!!