I ask that anyone who votes and/or is planning on watching the TV Presidential Debates, please watch this short film.
Or go to Youtube and search for "No Open Debate" and watch it there.
It's a whole 26 minutes out of your life, but it's worth watching to the end.
If you don't care to watch it then let me give you the Cliff Notes on it.
What we call Presidential Debates are a sham....and I am not talking throw pillows here!
The Presidential Debates are run by a private corporation founded by past chairmen of the DNC and the RNC.
The corporation is staffed by Dems and Reps only but they dare to call it a nonpartisan affair.
The Debates and the Commission on Presidential Debates(aka CPD) that runs them is a Duopoly and they keep out any candidate who isn't Dem or Rep. in a myriad of ways.
One way is by "polling" statistics. First, the PDC never discloses which pollsters they use. Then many polling companies don't even give those who are polled a choice other than Dem, Rep or Undecided.
***We got a call just last night from a polster. When Hubs responded that he was voting for Gary Johnson, the woman didn't know what to say/tick off.....it's like whomever trained her to call didn't even imagine the possibility that someone would answer something other than Rep, Dem or Undecided. She ended up just hanging up on Hubs. I guess we don't count. 8-(
It's impossible to poll high enough for inclusion for ANY candidate if you aren't even included in the polling choices!
They also have secretive contracts which the debaters(and their handlers) construct so that they can NOT actually debate each other nor be forced to answer any real questions since they screen ALL questions and pick and choose which ones they'll answer.
It's really just a big old press conference and a 2 party system lovefest.....and it has got to GO!
And the people, as in "We the People" need to let this CPD and the business entities that sponsor(meaning pay out loads of money to the CPD)these non-events that it's a load of bullshit.
And we're not going to take this anymore!
If you want things to actually change in this country for once, you need to stand up and speak out.
If you think the PDC should actually let every viable candidate into the Debates, call/write/email the Commission on Presidential Debates--google to get the contact info. or go to their website and leave an email comment.
Also contact the business sponsors of these Debates. Tell them you will boycott buying their products unless they support a fair and truly open debate format.
In 2012 these companies would be.....
* Anheuser-Busch Companies
* The Howard G. Buffet Foundation
* Sheldon S. Cohen, Esq.
* Crowell & Moring LLP
* International Bottled Water Association (IBWA)
* The Kovler Fund
* Philips Electronics North America
* Southwest Airlines
* YWCA USA
Write the news networks too......ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN, FOX, etc. and likewise let them know that the Debates are rigged.
It's time to stop letting political insiders and big business collude and push the little guys(US!) around.