Friday, September 23, 2016

Farcical US Presidential Debates

Farcical US Presidential Debates

by Stephen Lendman

On September 26, the first of three farcical presidential “debates” will be held, Independent candidates Jill Stein and Gary Johnson excluded, American-style “democracy,” assuring duopoly power stays unopposed. 

So-called debates are political theater, nothing else, featuring pre-arranged questions, excluding ones most important to ask and demanding answers, not evasiveness.

Trump and Clinton alone will deliver pre-packaged, pre-scripted, well-rehearsed statements devoid of substance, excluding what voters most need to hear, leaving them uninformed, in the dark on where both candidates stand on vital domestic and geopolitical issues.

The charade is much like what goes on campaigning - hyperbole without substance, featuring lots of one-upsmanship tactics.

Don’t expect high-intensity screaming. Both candidates want to appear presidential. It’s part of the charade.

In August 2012, Jill Stein and her vice-presidential running-mate Cheri Honkala were lawlessly arrested, trying to enter the grounds of a Romney/Obama debate - both aspirants detained for eight hours, painfully shackled to chairs - police state viciousness. 

At the time, Stein condemned what she called “mock debate(s),” reflecting fantasy democracy, not the real thing, absent in America throughout its history - tragedy and farce instead.

Duopoly party bosses control the so-called Commission on Presidential Debates. Information of the Stein/Baraka web site said the following:

We're writing to ask you to join us at the first presidential debate on Monday, September 26, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, Long Island (25 miles east of New York City).”  

“Please RSVP below to come to Hofstra and participate in the protest.” Details to follow at the event. Signing up risks arrest. “Let us know if you want to participate in civil disobedience.”

“We may decide to have supporters attempt to escort our candidates into the debates.” On Sunday, September 25 in Manhattan, “nonviolent civil resistance training” will be held.

Supporters of fundamental rights in America know what they’re up against, denying them what’s constitutionally mandated.

When is a debate not one - when duopoly power rules prohibit democracy in action, when police state brutishness targets activists demanding their rights, when election outcomes are pre-arranged.

Dirty business as usual wins every time, governance of, by and for everyone equitably unattainable - self-delusion to think otherwise.

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