Political restrictions threaten freedom

Monday, October 31, 2016

At this time in our four-year election cycle, there are complaints about the length of the presidential campaign season, which starts about two years out from the election.

This year in particular has been a long and bitter competition.

People are naturally fed up, but we don’t know how the season could be shortened by government action without restricting constitutionally protected free speech.

To some extent, the pain of the election season is-self inflicted. It brings to mind the joke about the patient who tells his doctor, “Doc, it hurts when I do this,” to which the doctor replies, “Then stop doing that.”

We suspect that many of those who complain about being fed up with the election are news junkies who can’t look away. A person should consider restricting broadcast news intake, particular during election season, and it is even easier to control the type and quantity of news consumed from print media.