Stop Giving the Presidential Candidates Your Time, Energy and Money

Many Americans are fed up with the long-drawn out and emotionally consuming Presidential campaigns. The constant fighting, contrived chaos and sound & fury is simply too much. Then there are all those 100s of millions of dollars in political TV ads followed by “apply directly to the forehead,” whoops, I mean; “I approve this message.”

First, they tell you that they are broke and they need your money to win the election, next they play all these silly commercials and invade every part of your private life, it’s just outrageous and folks are sick of it. Everywhere you go people have campaign fatigue. As if all those ads during the nomination process were not enough, not the general election has them potentially spending 300 million dollars each and most of that will come across on your TV set bombarding your living room; enough is enough.

Thankfully, Presidential hopeful Barrack Obama is on vacation in Hawaii, like all his counter parts in the US Senate and US Congress. I hope it is a long-extended vacation as well. But we all know that the Democrats and Republicans are going to have their big conventions and totally dominate all TV for weeks on end after that, it’s inevitable and historically what happens.

Many believe that we should shorten the Presidential election process to six months, to give people a break and allow things to stay normal as long as possible. But is that realistic? Well, what if we all stop giving the presidential candidates our time, money and energy and resolve to turn off the TV once in a while? And in doing so we will send the message that we are tired of these long drawn out campaigns that end up dominating our lives and yes, as a matter of fact; I do approve this message!

BEST STORY EVER: Jackie Chan Picks A Fight With Bruce Lee… And Loses

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight gets Jackie Chan’s Best Story Ever: for a young martial arts performer, getting to act opposite Bruce Lee was a huge honour – and Jackie Chan got the chance on the set of ‘Enter the Dragon’. But things didn’t exactly go according to plan.

When Bruce accidentally hit Jackie in the head, he felt awful. Which allowed Jackie to spend a little quality time with his idol.

Jackie’s in Toronto to introduce screenings of three of his classic films, ‘Drunken Master’, ‘Police Story’, and ‘The Legend of Drunken Master’. All three are screening at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight airs Weeknights at 7 PM on CBC Television


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