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Goodman writes: "You may have noticed that the Green Party presidential candidate, Dr. Jill Stein, was absent from the 'town hall' presidential debate at Hofstra University the other night."

ill Stein and Cheri Honkala, the Green presidential and vice-presidential nominees, were forcibly prevented from entering the grounds of tonight's presidential debate organized by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). (photo: Green Party)
ill Stein and Cheri Honkala, the Green presidential and vice-presidential nominees, were forcibly prevented from entering the grounds of tonight's presidential debate organized by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). (photo: Green Party)

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+9 # Helen 2012-10-18 23:59
This year's debates are a sham. An honest and sincere presidential debate would have included ALL presidential candidates and would have addressed:

1. The enormous inequality of wealth that has occurred within our country during the past few decades, as well as the causes of this growing disparity and its effect on our democracy.

2. Proven scientific facts about global warming and related extreme weather conditions affecting our entire planet, as well as sober mitigation efforts. This very serious threat gets far more media attention in foreign countries than it gets in the United States.

3. The extent to which our country's God-given soils and air are being poisoned by toxic products, insufficiently controlled, that continue to generate profits for large corporations.

4. The fact that our drones are killing innocent bystanders in foreign countries, and that our bloated military budget is consuming funds that could be used for education, social programs and the improvement of our deteriorating infrastructures.

Debates on these topics would be much more in keeping with the values that most Americans cherish.
0 # brux 2012-10-21 05:45
I agree with most of what you said, but I keep trying to impress on people that what is really urgent is not so much global warming, although this surely happening and we have to do something about it .... the big thing that is going to cause us major, major problems is ocean acidification.

Changing the PH of the oceans such that shellfish cannot create shells and krill and other crustaceans cannot develop normally can have huge effects of countries that rely on harvesting food from the seas ... this is really scary.
+4 # Glen 2012-10-19 07:48
This is far more serious than most citizens realize. There isn't true representation, and hasn't been for decades. Rather than insisting on including third party candidates, citizens should be insisting on a new system. Period.

There are numerous suggestions for a new system that would assist in organizing a country as large and the U.S. It would entail a huge effort, but would be worth it. Sadly, Americans are deeply schooled in the present system and all the mythology included. Breaking traditions that are crumbling anyway is preferable to caving in to corporate and corrupt takeovers of an antiquated system.

There is no way to truly represent all citizens in a country this large with a population of size, without getting rid of a system that excludes half the population.
+7 # VoiceofReason613 2012-10-19 08:12
I suggest that people in states where polls show one presidential candidate leading by double digits vote for Green party candidate Jill Stein, as an indication that there is much interest in getting climate change and other issues on the nation's agenda.
+5 # reiverpacific 2012-10-19 11:06
Don't forget Rocky Anderson's Justice Party.
Perhaps -just perhaps- if he and Stein's Greens formed some kind of coalition they might just have a more critical mass to get on more ballots and if we shouted loudly enough, to the national debate.
Hell George Galloway's "Respect" party actually won the Bethnal Green seat in the early Blair Years of "New (as in more rightist and deeply compromised) Labor" after he was kicked out of that mockery of it's title for his strong socialist stance. All the European and other nations have several parties across the political spectrum which present broader more diverse perspectives, as well as equal press time and spending ceilings, so that extremes in one direction or other are headed off by statute.
Stein and Anderson between them provide strong voices for the issues the main candidates are skillfully avoiding, especially environmental, social justice and realistic stances on health care, also recognizing that there is poverty in the "Middle Class" USA.
And get rid of the wildly impractical mockery called Electoral College, which is based on the amount of slaves the early, limited in number master-power-cl asses owned that gave them a vote per so many slave bodies owned.
What a concept for thge 20th and 21st centuries, eh?!
+3 # SMoonz 2012-10-19 13:14
If candidates are being arrested what can we as citizens hope for?
+2 # Corvette-Bob 2012-10-19 15:05
Hey just like Russia and China. Elections are just an illusion that we live in a Democracy. We are being minipulated and told that we matter when in fact we are the fodder for the rich and powerful. I still believe we need to vote for Pres Obama to slow down the slide into Plutocracy that is coming.
+1 # cordleycoit 2012-10-19 18:59
Simple, we are a sham democracy which republics become just before the one party seizes the government. We see a narrowing of dissent that is 'allowed.' The men who own the earth only allow men to compete for the prearranged election. According to most observers the fraud in this election will be on the mass level like in the Bush era. You notice no one went to jail for Ohio-Florida machine rigging but a few illegals gets them Republicans blood to boil, they will make Florida a White voter only State.
+1 # futhark 2012-10-19 21:59
I like candidates who demonstrate their convictions with actions as well as words. Hooray for Dr. Stein for standing up for the Bill of Rights! Boo on the Republicans and Democrats for trying to muzzle the voices of those offering real alternatives and exclude dissenters from political dialog.
0 # Corvette-Bob 2012-10-20 14:49
Did you know that everything that Mitt Romney said about the binders was untrue? He did not order the compilation of the binders regarding qualified candidates for employment by the Mitt Romney's governorship of Massachusetts. The binders were provided by the state as part of the transition of the new administration. It was already compiled and was provided to him. The man lies about virtually everything that he says even when it is not important.
0 # orwell, by george 2012-10-20 16:36
who is the president?
why blame romney?
0 # brux 2012-10-21 05:50
Judging by the wasting of time with hellos, backslapping, waving to the family, and thanking everyone, as well as the interruptions and stupid stock phrases, there are only about 1 or 2 minutes of actual information in this so-called "debates" and both candidates seem like they would be happy to dispense with information content altogether.

It seems like it would be even more impossible to get anything done in debates with more people ... or maybe the inclusion of some new ideas would spark the two deadbeat mainstream party candidates to get off their asses and explain their agendas.

God I am so sick and tired of our politics in this country, meaning I am sick and tired of people thinking they benefit from this Republican police state.

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