There is less than a week to go in the grueling 2016 election cycle. We have been at this for a little over 19 months. With one scandal after another making headlines, it’s not surprising that Americans are feeling mentally and emotionally fatigued. Even as the election dwindles to its last days, the drama continues to ramp up.
Though the election has dragged on for well over a year, there has been very little discussion of policy. Instead our attention has been focused on sexual assault, misogyny, racism, hatred, emails, servers, adultery and so on. Grammy award winner Sheryl Crow has had enough and she hopes that Americans will sign the petition she has created to urge both parties to shorten the US presidential election cycle. According to Crow:
This election cycle has been extremely damaging and has incited fear and hatred in a country founded on the beauty of our differences and the desire to lift each person, no matter race, religion, political party, or economic status, to reach his or her fullest potential. The American people have been extremely disrespected in this campaign season with the ugliness that pits us against each other and with nonsense and fear-mongering. It is time this comes to an end and that we demand better for ourselves. We cannot sustain another lengthy slugfest like what we have witnessed for the past two years and ask both the DNC and RNC to reform the process and shorten our election season.
As we know, the DNC and RNC do not agree on much, but wouldn’t it be nice if they could put the good of the nation above the need for division. There will be push back, of course, from media giants who have enjoyed sky high ratings thanks to the mayhem. Do we really need three debates to understand the candidates positions? Or is it a tactic to add to the circus and increase viewership?
Hell, as a political blogger I’ve benefited from the perpetual onslaught of bizarreness. I haven’t had to search too far for a good story as the pickings have been ripe. In the end, I can acknowledge that 19 months of detractive and repugnant news stories have done more harm than good for our nation. I’m ready to focus on the policies and move away from the spectacle.
The truth is, regardless of the length of the election cycle, the responsible voter will complete their due diligence. They will read the platforms, seek out the articles, and make an informed decision. The casual voter will listen to the sound bites, read the headlines, and come to their own conclusion as well. Carrying the cycle on for a longer or shorter period of time will not change these voters’ dispositions.
What do you think? Are you going to sign Crow’s petition to shorten the election cycle? Sound off in the comments section.