Change campaign rules
Dear Editor: Friends and I agree that never, in our years walking on this planet, have we witnessed such a deplorable, base, crude year of campaigning.
In England, campaigning lasts two to three months. It is sane, intelligent, dignified.
Our campaigns have become a three-ring circus. Cost? $1.5 billion. Those are wasted dollars that could have fed kids, protected and cleaned up the environment, repaired a few bridges, provided better home care for the elderly, and so much more. Campaigning for more than a year is stupid and wasteful.
Years ago, candidates had to meet strict rules and were scrutinized before campaigning. What happened to those standards?
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, when campaigning, said, “Do not mention my opponent’s name for good or ill. Each time you do, you give him free advertising. Focus on my accomplishments, my future plans for the people.”
Exactly! A set of rules must be created whose goal is to meet standards for a campaign of high-mindedness, integrity, honor; to provide an example of profound leadership; to define a campaign worthy for the world to admire. Break the rules? A heavy fine.
Our government has lost its way, and we people have lost respect and are ashamed. We have been cast adrift and left rudderless without a strong wind to set the sails and chart a new course.
Joyce Benedict, Hyde Park