How Obama Boosters Delude Themselves into Accepting & Ignoring America’s Two-Party System

By: Thursday October 25, 2012 5:45 pm

A show on Al Jazeera English called “The Stream” invited me to appear to discuss third parties, supporters of third party candidates and US electoral politics in general yesterday. They did a full show on the election and how it was a close contest, highlighted the views of voters who consider Obama and Romney to be mostly similar, and noted there are people who simply say third party candidates have no chance of winning. Then, they posed the question, “By refusing to endorse Obama or Romney, could these citizens decide the next president and what would that mean?”

I appeared on the program with Michael Moschella, a founder of the New Leaders Council and also a political director for the Truman Security Project, and Jason Brennan, a professor at Georgetown University and author of “The Ethics of Voting.”

 

Kevin Gosztola Discusses Contrast Between Third Party Debate & Obama-Romney Debates on Al Jazeera English (VIDEO)

By: Wednesday October 24, 2012 9:50 am

A nonprofit, Free and Equal, committed to promoting fairness in the US electoral process, hosted a debate last night, which included third party candidates running for president. The debate, held at the Hilton Hotel in Chicago, stood in stark contrast to the Obama-Romney debates put on by the anti-democratic and corrupt Commission on Presidential Debates. I appeared on Al Jazeera English last night to share some thoughts on the presidential debate.

Two Men Incapable of Having a Foreign Policy Debate

By: Tuesday October 23, 2012 2:00 pm

One hour and a half was the time the two campaigns agreed upon for the foreign policy debate. They had a moderator, Bob Schieffer, who would ask all questions from the point of view that America is justified in whatever it does so long as it does it. When and how to do it would be the discussion, not why or whether it was legal, moral or humane.

Leaked 2012 Presidential Debates Contract: Few Critical Points Worth Raising

By: Tuesday October 16, 2012 6:00 am

A copy of the secret debate contract the campaigns for Barack Obama and Mitt Romney drew up for the 2012 presidential debates has leaked. TIME has posted it. The contract includes express limitations related to other candidates qualifying for debates, not publicly calling or participating in additional debates, not mentioning people in the audience beyond family members or not addressing questions to each or asking candidates to take pledges.

It is what should be expected from a two candidates from the two most prominent political parties in America, which wrested control of the debates from the League of Women Voters back in the 1980s. The two parties launched the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), which has conducted itself like the corrupt organization it was destined to become by working to exclude third party candidates, debate moderators and key issues/topics for decades now.

Democracy Now! ‘Expands’ the Presidential Debate (WATCH)

By: Wednesday October 3, 2012 4:40 pm

The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) is holding its first presidential debate tonight with Democratic Party presidential candidate Barack Obama and Republican Party presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Excluded from the debate will be Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, who are both on enough state ballots to win the amount of electoral votes necessary to assume the presidency.

Obama Holds Seven Point National Lead

By: Friday September 21, 2012 4:10 pm

Nationally President Obama currently holds an impressive seven point lead over Mitt Romney, according to two new polls. That is equal to the margin by which Obama beat John McCain in the popular vote in 2008.

Issues the Two Major Party Presidential Candidates Refuse to Discuss

By: Friday September 21, 2012 6:00 am

The ten issues highlighted are: mass incarceration and the drug war, the housing market, the India/Pakistan conflict, overfishing, global disease and malnutrition, internet privacy, America’s security state and shadow wars, factory farming, civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and segregation by race and class in education.

Colorado: Where Obama, Romney, and Pot Collide

By: Tuesday August 21, 2012 12:00 pm

Colorado is among the swingest of the presidential swing states and could end up being the decisive state this election. It was selected to hold the first of the Presidential debates, which will be about domestic issues. As a result President Obama and Mitt Romney are going to be spending a lot of time and money in the state. While they could relatively easily ignore the marijuana initiatives in the other states, it won’t be easy for them to ignore Amendment 64, which would legalize cannabis in Colorado.

How Former NM Governor Gary Johnson Could Impact the Election

By: Wednesday August 1, 2012 11:20 am

Gary Johnson, the popular former Republican governor of New Mexico, is running for President on the Libertarian Party ticket. He is possibly the most popular third party candidate this cycle, though support is quite small at a national level. While Johnson currently seems to have effectively no chance of winning, he could still be a factor.

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