As always, I try to bring to my readers important issue that are significant to protecting and fostering Democracy, regardless of which side of the US/Canadian border. Here, in short, is the story of who stole the US Presidential Debates. ( You can read “The Issue”, and the links for the whole story below).
Until 1988, League of Women Voters (an independent group) sponsored the Presidential Debate, when the debate was highjacked by the Democratic and Republican Parties. It is presently run by Washington lobbyists from the tobacco, alcohol and gambling lobbies for both the Democrats and the Republicans. What a strange alliance if you do not consider the reasoning that by seizing the Debate, the leaders could could restrict questions to soft topics. Perhaps as important is the fact that other parties are eliminated from the debate, therefore the Democrats and Republicans have virtually created a monopoly for the 2 parties, which would essentially block other parties from forming.
This year, Libertarian Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson, was blocked from the Debate. A Ohio poll in September showed that Gary had 10% of the eligible vote. Why wasn’t he invited to the debate? George Farah, Executive Director of Open Debate, an organization to shine a light on the openness of the debates, stated in an interview with Canada’s CBC Radio (As It Happens), that the reason Gary, and other Presidencial Candidates were excluded was because the criteria of the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), have set the criteria too high for any candidate to meet the criteria. In fact, when one candidate did match the criteria the bar was raised to exclude him. In George Farah’s words about the process “It is antidemocratic”.
George Farah is the founder of Open Debates and an antitrust attorney at Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll. He is the author of the book No Debate: How the Republican and Democratic Parties Secretly Control the Presidential Debates by Seven Stories Press.
Authors note: So who won the 2912 Presidential Debate? Certainly not the American people, or Democracy. The American people, and Democracy lost due to a fixed debate.
The Issue (reposted from the Open Debate website )
The presidential debates — the single most important electoral events — should provide voters with opportunities to see the popular candidates discussing important issues in an unscripted manner. Unfortunately, the presidential debates often fail to do so, because the major party candidates exert excessive control over them.
Presidential debates were run by the civic-minded League of Women Voters until 1988, when the national Republican and Democratic parties seized control of the debates by establishing the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). Posing as a nonpartisan institution, the CPD has often run the debates in the interests of the national Republican and Democratic parties, not the American people.
Since 1988, negotiators for the Republican and Democratic nominees have secretly drafted debate contracts that dictate how the presidential debates will be structured. The CPD, which is co-chaired by leading figures in the Republican and Democratic parties, has implemented those contracts.
CPD control of the presidential debates has harmed our democracy. Fewer debates are held than necessary to educate voters. Candidates that voters want to see are often excluded. Restrictive formats allow participants to recite memorized soundbites and avoid actual debate. Walter Cronkite called CPD-sponsored debates an “unconscionable fraud.”
Supplemental information on America’s so-called Democracy can be found on a You Tube Clip entitled “Representative Democracy IS NOT Democracy”. It speaks on the fact that Big Business has bought the politicians all the way up to the White House and control the political system of the USA.