Editorial: Government, electoral process change over time

With the successful and peaceful completion of the recent presidential election, this column focuses on two concerns — the election process and the role of government.

The election process is too long, too expensive and too negative. Also, is our government too big and too powerful?

A distinguished scholar once said that the American election process should be classified as a human miracle.

During the campaign period, our country is torn apart by the furious attack by both parties. As part of the competitive process, it is understandable to not like the other candidate, but at times it seemed like they hated each other. However, once the votes are counted and the electoral votes have been allocated, the loser will make a concession speech and congratulate the winner, while the winner will give a victory speech and praise and promise to work with the other candidate for the good of the country. Afterward, everything returns to normal.

It is no wonder that people in this country and around world think that American democracy is the best the world has ever seen. As a political scientist, I cannot agree more.

American democracy, especially the presidential election process, has evolved but not necessarily in a good way. The process has become too long, too expensive and too negative.

First, the election process is too long. By the time the campaigning, party primaries, national conventions, debates and election are completed, we are tired, exhausted and can’t wait for it to end. The election was just minutes over and analysts already were discussing the possible candidates for the 2016 election.

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