Friday, November 17, 2017

Idea of the Week: Vetting Political Candidates

This idea goes with this week's Book of the Week suggestion. Since the recent talent pool of political candidates has been wanting in some cases for a variety of questionable acts, maybe each state should develop a process to conduct background checks on political candidates before they run for office. This process would include what normally happens when people are vetted for cabinet positions. This would also include an interview with prospective candidates chaired by a Democrat, Independent, and Republican. In order to be able to run for office, the candidate must pass the background check and get unanimous approval by the committee of three to run for office. The Committee could approve up to three candidates. That way, we would be virtually assured that pragmatic forward-looking centrists would run instead of looney tune extremists on both sides. We would also reform the campaign finance system through a constitutional amendment so these candidates receive an equal amount of money to make their case to the people. It is a tad utopian but the system we have now is not ensuring the recruitment of the best, the brightest, and the clean. Why not give it a try.

Documentary of the Week

This week's Documentary of the Week is a click away with the link below. It is the National Geographic episode of American Genius: Tesla vs Edison. It tells the story of two titans of science and the immoral depths one of them took to out maneuver the other.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kgf81Y3wXHA

Book of the Week

This weeks Book of the Week is Anthony Gidden's 1998 work The Third Way: The Renewal of Social Democracy

This work, among others, helped start a movement that blends the positive aspects of conservatism and liberalism. This is a viewpoint that we need today because our people are becoming more polarized and tribal than ever.

Editorial Cartoon courtesy of Ken Catalino


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Idea of the Week: Vetting Political Candidates

This idea goes with this week's Book of the Week suggestion. Since the recent talent pool of political candidates has been wanting in so...