Let’s make choosing a presidential candidate less stressful
This election cycle has been exhausting. Yet I wonder how much of this is due to do with the candidates themselves vs. how long and drawn out the process of choosing a presidential candidate can be. Perhaps if we changed how the primaries are decided we’d all be a lot more engaged and less stressed. The DNC doesn’t have to worry. I’ve already thought of some pretty great ideas for how we can pick the perfect potential president.
Make a reality show called “Voting Blind”
People couldn’t get enough of the Netflix show Love is Blind. So let’s just do that. We, the voters, won’t be allowed to see the candidates but we’ll get to hear them speak. The producers may need to use voice-altering technology to keep it anonymous. To make it even fairer they won’t have access to our reactions and commentary. So throughout the month, everything they say will be truly authentic. At the end of the season, everyone will vote for the candidate of their choice and that person will be revealed and get to choose if they accept the role of presidential candidates.
The beauty of it all? It’s over in one month! And since they won’t need to pay for staffers or travel, everyone will save a bit of money that can be better spent in local communities.
Go really old school
We don’t give enough credit to the Greeks for their direct democracy. If we were to change it up a little so more people could participate, it might be a welcome dose of simplicity to our otherwise complicated delegate system.
How would we do this? Well, the Greeks used to vote using clay tablets or rocks. So let the person who knows their presidential choice cast the first stone!
Though if someone tries to hurt another citizen with their rock their vote void. Just think of it as a rule. if someone can’t control their rock-throwing they can’t make a mature decision about who gets to run the country
Have the candidates go on a quest
By having them retrieve a mythical chalice from a distant land we are all guaranteed a far more interesting primary. We’ll organize a quest for all the hopefuls. Reporters shall act as the minstrels and sing of their trials and ill-fated romances. From solving racial inequality among mermaid schools to showing their ability to fight corruption in dwarf politics, these candidates will prove that they are valiant before they get the nomination.
If television has taught me anything, it’s that any decision can be made by winning a basketball game. Everyone running will be allowed to assemble a team. Then it’s time to rumble! And really, won’t a basketball game be more fun than watching another month of this primary?
Presidential “beauty” pageant
If we still put women on stage to decide if they get scholarships then why shouldn’t we do the same for the presidential hopefuls? Plus it will be amazing to have the whole thing decided in one night of sequins, talent, and crowns. Though I’m not sure I wan to see all the candidates in the swimming suit challenge. But for my country, I’ll watch, and vote.
I’m not saying that any of the above ideas are amazing. Yet if we are still accepting coin flips to decide who gets delegates then why can’t we at least consider some new fun ways to hold the democratic primary?