Update Jan. 12, 2018. Bloomberg News also sees the need for psychological checkups.
It’s important that citizens vote. It’s essential that they have the right information to base their choices on.
Presidential Candidate Requirements
Some thoughts about presidential elections to ensure we have adequate information to make informed selections.
People need relevant information in order to sensibly evaluate candidates. For instance, all candidates must release:
- Results of a current physical exam by an objective physician. Only major impediments to the strenuousness of the duties
- Results of a current psychological exam by an objective physician. Only major problems in decision-making capability
- Income tax returns for previous five years
All House seats should be at-large elections across a state. This change is mainly intended to limit the power of gerrymandering. As a side benefit, if an issue has broad support spread across the state, its advocates would have a better opportunity to bring it to the fore and occasionally elect a candidate who supports their views.
If the candidate wants to focus on a particular area of the state like the current congressional districts—ignoring the rest—that’s a choice they could make.
Instead of scrapping the Electoral College, which would be a major challenge because it’s directly in the Constitution, each state could decide to proportion their electoral votes to align with that state’s popular vote.
That would remove the intense focus on a small number of battleground states and their particular issues. More states and more issues would receive national attention.
Multinational corporations have allegiances that are not necessarily in the United States’ interest.
- Multinational corporations cannot act in US campaigns or elections
- US corporations limited to individual limits
- Multinational corporations forbidden to contribute
Mass Media Role in Campaigns