Doesn't anyone else believe we need campaign finance reform immediately? We need to make citizenship more of a participatory action rather than a subliminal corruption via advertising. If everyone knew the parties would debate every Sunday, or every other Sunday, or the first Sunday of the month, probably for the 6 months leading up to the election, it would be more of a "citizens" day for all to participate in.
We need to make "free" speech mean "LIVE" speech, not recorded speech, in terms of television, since it is too easy to get "brainwashed" from commercials on the air that lie to us about politics. If it was news, I'd be okay with it, as I can change the channel. Besides, I can hope that their journalistic integrity is at stake, and that people will be able to decide what channel to listen to for their news. But to have it on commercials during my shows that I like is a constant nuisance and subliminal harrassment!
We can make politicians debate every first Sunday and put it on PBS and NPR and C-Span, allowing people to have "live" speech, and to present their party platforms, as well as add their commercials in a format that allows the opponents to respond to their presentation. They can debate every first Sunday for the first 6-7 months, and then EVERY Sunday for the last few weeks before the election. It doesn't have to be the actual politician every time, as I'm sure sometimes they are busy, but to have a party member replace him allows others to explain the party platform and raise more awareness of the party as a whole.
There can be a free insert in every newspaper the day after, defining the platforms as the party defines it. As well as some of the developments from the debates the day before.
Meanwhile, politicians can speak anywhere they want to, and if it is carried by the news agencies, so be it. It's "live" speech converted into a news story, which is okay. Again, we can decide on our own news sources easily.
We NEED campaign finance reform. Allow them to debate on public media, to make presentations similar to commercials that the opponent can respond to in real time, and we can finally get rid of all the money in campaign finance corruption!