04 October 2004

The Debate about Debates

One thing that makes America great: the right to choose. Coke or Pepsi, paper or plastic, white or wheat. One thing that isn't great is the bi-partisan Commission on Presidential Debates. They say only Democrats and Republicans can debate. The only way another party gets on there is if the candidate is polling 15% nationwide on a consistent basis. The last time that happened was in 1996 when Ross Perot participated, and that was when the non-partisan League of Women Voters ran the debates.

This is supposed to be the country where freedom of choice is supreme. Why doesn't the League of Women Voters reclaim the debates or make the rules a bit more relaxed. If a candidate is on enough state ballots to theoretically claim the White House, then the candidate is in. That would include Michael Badnarik (L), Michael Peroutka (C), and Ralph Nader (I). David Cobb (G) would be on the outside looking in, along with Roger Calero, the Socialists' Workers Party. Calero cannot even be President according to the Constitution, simply because Calero isn't even a citizen of the United States.

This would give citizens the opportunity to hear all of the candidates, not just a joint press conference as I like to call it. But I got a better chance of seeing Johnny Cash in concert tomorrow than I do of seeing this debate commission come to its senses.

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