The Problem: On July 25, 2014, National Public Radio ran a story titled, “As Political Disenchantment Soars, Lines at the Polls Grow Shorter”. The essence of the story was that voter interest is at an all-time low; anti-incumbent sentiment is at an all-time high; and voters, of every stripe, are deeply discontented, disenchanted, disengaged and disgusted with politics. The reason for these five D’s is, in large part, because of the way political campaigns are now conducted. Voters are turned off by:
- The length and excessively negative tone of campaigns;
- The candidates giving “Dodgeball” (i.e. “Dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge!”)* answers to questions;
- The candidates speaking in meaningless general platitudes that sound good but which have no substance and and provide no particulars (e.g. “We need to cut waste.”);
- Feeling that what they say or think makes no difference; and
- The need to raise so much money to run for office.
In a nutshell, voters see politics as a rigged game that favors the rich, special interests and their lobbyists but leave them, the common citizen, out. Most citizens feel that they are powerless to change the system. Fortunately, nothing could be further from the truth.
The Solution: So what do we, the Electorate, need to do differently to stop the insanity? The answer is that we need to demand that candidates change the way they run for office. We need to make candidates run campaigns that are:
- Empowering to the voters; and
- Something we care about.
So, how do we accomplish that? The answer is very simple: an Internet website that allows voters to ask candidates questions and then to easily compare and contrast candidates’ (C3 ) answers
*From the movie, Dodgeball