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What Is The National Past Time Of The U.S.?

Updated on April 30, 2015

The preseason is underway. The competitetors are making their way to battle one another. The victor wins the most important prize in the world. What competition could be that important? Baseball has been call the nation past time of the United States, but that not it. The Super Bowl is watched by millions of people world wide, but its not the countries longest running and most important sport. Some have named Mtv's The Challenge as the countries most imortant sporting event but its not even close to being the favorite sport of country. The countries biggest, and longest running sporting event is the presidential election.

Seriously

Presidential politics have been around since the founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. The Super Bowl is a very popular event, but is only fifty years old. The game of baseball is hugely popular, but the game was created over a century ago. Lastly the Challenge has only been in the public eye in the last decade.

Numbers

Super Bowl thirty-nine was viewed by roughly 114 million people. Although a huge number they do not compare to the number of votes that were cast in the 2012 presidential election. That number was over 129 million people. More people were registered to vote but chose not to vote for a presidential nominee from either party.

Candidates Needs

Every Presidential season seems to start earlier and earlier. There are various reasons; 1. The candidates needs to raise money 2. They need to get more notoriety 3. They need to rebuild their reputation because the candidate was the focus of a scandal 4. They need to build up their electoral teams. It is important to note that not every candidate has to go through the ritual of meeting every person in the various caucus states, but if they don't talk to everyone and shake hands and kiss babies, would you really want to vote for that person anyway. Going into the state of Iowa is kind of a rite of passage for the future leader of the free world.


Fantasy Game?

Life is meant to be fun. So is our political system. The founding fathers even put it into the preamble of the constitution(Life, liberty, and yada yada). There is no better way to enjoy presidential politics then creating a fantasy league. If one was to have a presidential fantasy game here are a few rules that could work for any league.

.5 points for dollars spent. 1 point for each caucus the candidate participated. 10 points for each caucus won. 2.5 points for each debate the person participated. 20 points for winning the parties nomination. 50 points for wining the office of the President.

When the league is set then you have draft the candidates probably four. It does not matter what party they are from you're picking people based on their credentials as a candidate, and their chances of getting elected to the office.

Conclusion

Presidential politics is long and can be tough. The people that in charge of the elections (the voters) sometimes get caught up in all of the negativity that can come from those elections. That can all change by starting a fantasy league. Sometimes to pick the right people to fill out the roster spots, the team manager is going to have to do some research. Well at least if they want to win their league. Getting the right people on your roster also means that the right people are going to hopefully get elected. Isn't that what The United States really needs. The right person at the right time. Who do you think it is?

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I love this! I think our forefathers would want us to be happy. Evil as some were. LOL.

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      Alan R Lancaster 2 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      It's showbiz not politics, although sometimes the definition is blurred. Sometimes showbiz becomes politics. Over here the leader(s) of the party(ies) that pull the greatest number of votes over all the constituencies get(s) to be Prime Minister (PM) or Premier. Recently we had two leaders sharing the top job but only one (Cameron) got to wear the chief's feathers. That ought to be a one-off, because the outlook of one party put the brakes on the other. We usually tend to have power-sharing in times of war, as in WWII, when Churchill was PM and half his cabinet were from the Opposition.

      Over your side of the Pond there's only ever going to be one bum on the chair in the Oval Office, no power-sharing.

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      Judy Filarecki 2 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      Great Hub, except that it reminded that it is time for another year of candidates making stupid statements and promises they never will keep.

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      Robert Beyer 2 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      Thank you Kristen.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Robert, this was a well thought out hub between politics and sports, when it comes boiled down to the numbers. Voted up for interesting!

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      torrilynn 3 years ago

      thanks for the informational and interesting hub that you have presented. best of wishes.

    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Interesting take on the concept of past time. I'll stick with football though:-)

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      Laurel Johnson 3 years ago from Washington KS

      The thoughts you express here are intriguing, Robert. Regardless of whether it's professional sports or politics, far too much money is spent. That's strictly my crochety opinion. Money should not be a deciding factor in political campaigns. And re: professional sports, I'd rather see firemen, police officers, soldiers, nurses aides etc. etc. be paid more and sports "stars" less.

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      Robert Beyer 3 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      Thank you Rachel. I have always wondered how the voters could change the way the candidates are allowed to run their campaigns.

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      Rachel L Alba 3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      I'm always fearful of the presidential race. You never know what we are going to get. I do wish that they would concentrate on what they can do instead of what they think we want to hear or just trashing each other.

      Voted up.

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