Typical Campaign Promises


This time my kids did a video called “Typical Campaign Promises.” They noticed on the news during a presidential election that presidents typically will promise lots of changes that don’t end up happening when they actually get into office. My 16-year-old son wrote the script for this funny video, another son directed and filmed the video, and my third son edited the video!

The Notgrass Company has sponsored our series of government blog posts because we are using Exploring Government for our study of high school government.This is the ninth post in this series. We are very much enjoying dramatizing these concepts to help bring them to life for high school students worldwide!

Typical Campaign Promises

My kids drew a set of posters to illustrate the points that the presidential candidate was trying to make.

This is what our presidential candidate says: “Let’s face it, we don’t have very good options for this election. I was listening to all the candidates and I thought, ‘I could do better than that!’

“So vote for me, and I’ll raise government spending, looking for aliens and building pretty buildings, and I’ll lower taxes… by generating money out of nowhere! Because I’m secretly… Santa Claus! And Superman! So remember, America, vote for me, and you’ll never have any problems again!”


Running for Public Office (the real facts)

According to the Exploring Government book, the best way to run for public office is to start small by running for a seat in the city council or county commission. You need to get to know as many people as possible, especially people already in local government who could endorse you. You fill out the proper paperwork with the local election commission. Then you have to get the signatures of a small number of voters on a petition and pay a fee to have your name on the ballot. Ah, yes. Begin small and work your way up to the presidency by being a person of integrity and actually fulfilling your word.


Stay tuned for the final installment in our high school government series: How Government Gets Its Money!

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22 Responses to “Typical Campaign Promises”

  1. Erin says:

    This is awesome!!!

  2. Heidi says:

    Yet another fun and creative video!

    • Susan says:

      I thought they were incredibly clever in seeing the truth behind typical campaign promises. We’ve also studied economics, so I think they drew from that knowledge, too. Money can’t come out of nowhere, and increased government spending always means more taxes!

  3. Melissa says:

    This is so much fun! What a great way to allow for creativity but also get your kids involved in understanding government and policy.

  4. Jess says:

    Too funny! Your kids are hilarious! Unrealistic campaign promises are made every time, yet somehow people are shocked when they don’t follow through after winning.

  5. Keri says:

    What a fun way to learn! Looks like you’re doing something very right in their education 🙂

  6. Amanda says:

    This is great! I love how creative your kids are! Thank you so much for sharing.

  7. Alice Mills says:

    Those critical thinking skills will serve them in good stead in college!

  8. Katie says:

    Definitely true of most campaign promises!

  9. Kristi says:

    LOL! Yep, that sounds about right.

  10. Julie says:

    Love this! What a great way to teach kids about the real workings about government, promises and trying to make constituents happy! 😉

  11. Joseph Kennedy says:

    I was looking for mock campaign promises to parody the campaign process, and this site was perfect. Thank you!

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