Hey, Mr and Mrs America, as a Canadian sitting here in my igloo, eating moose stew with maple syrup and getting ready to go out and feed an RCMP horse, I can’t help but notice your electoral system. Speaking as an outsider, you really have some crazies using the system legally.
One good thing to come out of your process is, it’s kept comedians and media commentators working, which I’m sure are reflected in the US employment numbers. I’m pretty sure your forefathers never imagined how the system could be twisted into such a circus.
If there’s accident after accident at one intersection, some form of government will put up lights or a stop sign. They change the law for that intersection.
If a company can hide money and not pay taxes, the government moves to plug the loop hole. The same should hold true for your electoral system.
Let’s look at what could be done.
Come on America, cut down the time it takes to pick Presidential Candidates. Let’s say 6 months tops. The way it stands now, the Kardashians could go through at least 5 marriages in the time it takes you to pick a candidate.
Change your Constitution to supply the American people with a “Guarantee” for the winner of this Presidential pageant. Something like;
“If for any reason, I cannot complete my term or if I do or say something utterly ridiculous, I will step down and the runner up assumes the responsibilities of President”.
You could even add some rules, using Donald Trumps Miss Universe Pageant as a rough benchmark.
— must be over 5 foot 3
— You must look good in a bathing suit.
— remove all unwanted body hair
— must not father or give birth
— If mouthing off turns out to be your “talent”…out you go
— If your ego is larger than the country you represent… it’s runner up time.
Common sense dictates something has to change in America. Just change the rules. You’ve even got other World leaders asking Obama, what the hell is going on. As a Canadian, I have to say that this American Election is supplying the World with lots of great conversations and a ton of laughs. So for that, I thank you. Oh, I have to go, “Hey, you damn beavers, “GET OFF MY LAWN !”
Bryan Cox (Radio Host, Author, Comedian and Speaker)
Looks like a DUI criminal charge isn’t as bad as a free speech comment on Facebook. It’s election time in Saskatchewan. The NDP have 2 candidates with DUI charges and 4 with Facebook charges that make you say, “Just how stupid can a person be.” The NDP have dropped the 4 Facebookers, but allowed the DUI’ers to run in the election.
The Sask Party have 3 DUI’ers that are running in the election.
Some of the candidates have multiple DUI charges, which means they can’t even enter the USA, for example. Why would you let a person that can’t enter a country due to criminal offences, help run a Province and Canada?
It’s been proven that drunk drivers have driven this way many times before getting caught. As you all know, drunk drivers put lives at risk, yes, people die because of their actions. They show blatant disregard for human life. Yet the NDP and the Sask Party let them run. How can either party stand up against drunk driving now?
We all agree that Facebook comments can sometimes be cutting and above all, stupid. If one was going to be a candidate in an election the first thing they should do is take down their Facebook page. Why they didn’t think of that in the first place, really shows stupidity. The NDP has dropped 4 candidates because of stupid comments they made on Facebook. Sure the comments were ignorant, but we have free speech in Canada. We are allowed to show the country just how ignorant we are. People have died to protect free speech. The NDP have now come out and said, that free speech in not within party guidelines. Let the people decide if those comments are worth ruining a persons chance of helping a Province.
As voters we are now left to vote for drunk drivers, who are way above stupid but can’t vote for just ignorant candidates. Both the NDP and the Sask Party should remember the old saying, “Sticks, a drunk driver and stones will break my bones even kill me, but names will never hurt me.”
To the NDP and The Saskatchwan Party… “Hey, Get Off My Lawn”
Bryan Cox (Author, Comic, Speaker, Radio Host)