The Partisan Presidential Debates
October 2, 2012 § Leave a comment
Who is excited for the presidential debates?
We all are! It’s time for hope and change to either REALLY start hoping and changing this time!.. or we need to move in another direction COMPLETELY! Right? The national debates are virtually the only time most Americans will get to listen to the two presidential hopefuls duke it out, and tell us how they are different, how the other guy is wrong, and why we should vote for him. After the debates, it should be clear who we will be supporting come November!
Well… that’s just where it all begins.
This is the Commission on Presidential Debates Mission Statement.
The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) was established in 1987 to ensure that debates, as a permanent part of every general election, provide the best possible information to viewers and listeners. Its primary purpose is to sponsor and produce debates for the United States presidential and vice presidential candidates and to undertake research and educational activities relating to the debates. The organization, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan , 501(c)(3) corporation, sponsored all the presidential debates in 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008.
Seems legit right? “to ensure that debates, as a permanent part of every general election, provide the best possible information to viewers and listeners.” I could buy off on that… if it were true.
What the CDP is NOT telling us is that there is another very viable option for president. He is currently on 48 states ballots, and working on 50. He is and will be eligible to win the 270 electoral votes needed. He is a VERY eligible presidential option. His name is Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party. His motto is Live Free, and he claims that he is more socially accepting that Obama, and more fiscally responsible than Romney. There are also a few others, Jill Stein of the Green Party, and Vigil Goode of the Constitution Party to name two. Both lack sufficient ballot access to be viable candidates, although a look into each is time well spent. Principle over party is never a bad way to go…
So why is Gary Johnson, as a viable presidential candidate not included in the debate? If the CDP’s main mission is to ensure that debates provide the best possible information to us… well, unless the best possible information means, excluding 33.3% of the viable options for president… then they must have a very different interpretation of the “best possible information.”
The CDP will tell us that Gary Johnson is not being invited to the debates because he doesn’t poll at least 15% in the national polls. Well, the other thing they won’t tell us is that Gary Johnson is not even INCLUDED in the national polls to begin with! How can he poll in the 15th percentile if he hasn’t even been an option for us to select him in the polls? As of late he has been included in some, but too little too late, it would seem.
Have you even heard of Gary Johnson? Didn’t think so. Is it then a fair question to ask. Why? Why haven’t I heard of Gary Johnson if he’s going to be on at least 48 states ballots and is a very eligible candidate for president? Makes you wonder what the media is missing huh?
The CDP also lays claim to being a nonprofit, and nonpartisan organization. Well… nonpartisan if you fit into their mold. The CDP began in 1987 by the democratic and republican parties to establish the way that presidential election debates are run between candidates for President. If the CDP is run by Democrats and Republican, is it then honestly a nonpartisan organization?
Another vital question comes to mind. Why would an organization run by republicans and democrats want competition from another party? If you find an answer to that, then you just might be on to something…