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Finally for the first time Ralph Nader will be on a presidential debate. Although he is not debating John McCain or Barack Obama, he is still debating. Chuck Baldwin will be an excellent opponent. Ron Paul recommend that his supporters abandon the mainstream candidates and instead support a 3rd party, to which he recommended Baldwin of the Constitution party.  Tune in tonight live at 9pm EST to see them compete for the 3rd party vote. It will defiantly be more inspiring then those parallel interviews from McObama.

http://www.cspan.org/ has it live

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Independent Presidential Candidate, Ralph Nader, was interviewed on PBS NewsHour today. I wanted to post a link to the mp3, so that it would be easier to find. (it took a bit of searching to come up with it.)

Listen to the Nader’s PBS interview October 18th 2008

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Independent President candidate, Ralph Nader, wrote a letter today asking the debate commission if they would allow him to at least be in the audience and access the press and offer his responses to the questions that will be asked. The Commission on Presidential Debates is a corrupt and biased establishment that is owned and operated by the Democratic and Republican parties and has consistently raised the poll requirement used to qualify for a spot on the debate. Furthermore, the poll that the commission has used in the past, Gallup, doesn’t include Ralph Nader or any of the other third parties in their questions, instead they choose to generalize and just ask whether the person is going to vote for someone else.

What is the media’s logical argument for blacking out the third parties from any major coverage? Could it be that their motives are monetary? Could it be because the third parties candidates are publicly against corporations? If this is true then the public broadcasting would offer air time, but they don’t. Could it be that the public air waves are biased as well? I urge you all to ask yourselves these questions.

When we retire our opposition and accept the Democratic and Republican candidates, we are effectively destroying our democracy. These smaller voices that come from the third party candidates speak on behalf of the majority of Americans. They are asking for single payer health care, an end to the wars, getting the budget under control, and holding Wall street accountable. Yet, we don’t here anything from them. Yet our news doesn’t cover them. Yet they don’t win.

There is a good example behind the bias of American media it it goes by the name of Ron Paul. I recommend that you go to Google Trends and see the comparison between Internet searches for Ron Paul and his mainstream news coverage. The difference is outstanding. Had the news media covered Ron Paul equally to the demand of the public, then we could very well have Paul for the Republican nominee. Now that would be someone worth our vote.

Despite that fact the Ralph Nader isn’t going to win in 2008, I am convinced that what he is doing is for the betterment of our democracy. If things are ever going to get better, then we need to open the debates and allow these third parties to have a voice. The duopoly of government is the cancer of our society. As the third parties push harder and achieve more and more votes and get on more and more ballots, they are making it easier for a third party to one day be in the White House. Then and only then, my dear Obama supporters, will we really have change.

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The national poll Gallup, which is the poll that the Commission on Presidential Debates uses to judge whether a candidate has reached the 15% goal in the national polls in order to get on the presidential debates, refuses to put Ralph Nader, Bob Barr, Cynthia McKinney, and Chuck Baldwin on their questionnaires stating “internal judgment” for the reason.  Here we have another obstacle to get anything other then the evil and the lesser evil on the debates. I suggest that everyone writes an email to Frank Newport at frank_newport@gallup.com or you can call him at  609-924-9600. Help me open the debates.

I suggest this for a template for your email:

I am writing this email in order to persuade you to include Ralph Nader and other 3rd party candidates in your polls. Your poll is vital to the American democracy because it is your poll that the Commission on Presidential Debates uses to determine whether a candidate has reached the 15% cap in the polls. If you never include the 3rd party candidates then how will the Commission ever know whether they can be on the debates? The second reason is that it is unreal. Nader and Barr are on 45 state ballots and write-ins in 4 other states where the only exception is Oklahoma where write-ins are not allowed. Mckinney and Baldwin are on 32 state ballots which is still enough to theoretically win the presidency.

I’m not aware how much power you have over Gallup polling system and whether or not you can make or influence this decision, but Mr. Newport I’m now going to address you personally. Don’t you think that a two party system is biased and undemocratic? There are over 300 Million people in our country and our voices cannot be summarized by just two parties. Look at history Mr. Newport, it was smaller parties that helped pressed the controversial issues, like woman’s and black’s suffrage, until the major parties were forced to adopt their issues. History shows that 3rd parties are an integral part of our democracy. Even the Republican Party was originally a 3rd party until it gained enough support. As of recently, 1988, 3rd parties have been ever more restricted from taking part in our government, when the control of the debates was taken from the League of Women Voters and given to the Commission on Presidential Debates, owned then by leaders of the Democratic and Republican parties. At first there was 10% cap in the polls in order to get on, I’m sure you remember Perot in 92 on the debates. Then the Commission raised the cap to 15% and when Perot met that limit in 96′, they barred him anyway.

A side note: Perot was a self-made billionaire and was able to put himself on national television, where as the candidates we have today just don’t have that kind of money. The prime networks create the Catch-22 by saying, you’re not going to be elected so why should we give you airtime. But there are many voters who will not vote for a candidate regardless of their political sentiments if they think that candidate isn’t going to win. One clear indication of this is access, the people being aware that they are running. Thus the catch is, a candidate needs a network attention to win but they won’t put them on because they’re not going to win.

Today I’m doing my part to make our democracy better by email you and reasoning with you. Please, help me open these debates. As you read above there are so many obstacles already in the way to stop the 3rd parties. Please, don’t create another one. I’m not asking you to use something objective to judge Nader and the other three instead I’m trying to change your “internal judgment” which, you said, is what you use to decide.

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As expected the first presidential debate was deprived of content, meaning and effective moderation and full of biased rhetoric. Overall I’m convinced that the two senators where not even debating, let alone debating the topics that needed to be debated. If one observes the finer details, then it’s possible to see how both McCain and Obama avoided debating each other and avoided discussing key points that would have given the debate any significance. In this critique I want to cover some details that had a large impact on how the debate was conducted and I want to point out a particular instance where senator John McCain had neglected to raise a major issue to avoid actually debating.

A large part of the debate was focused on the financial crisis that is affecting Wall Street. It is clear to see that the failures of Wall Street were the result of a lack of oversight in the housing market. As Marx says, “if you give them enough rope they will eventually hang themselves with it.” This topic in the debate contained many issues where McCain had a chance to shine but when asked about the financial crisis on Wall Street John McCain outright avoided debating.

In 2005, John McCain along with many republicans proposed legislation to regulate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac but it never passed because the democrats blocked it. The bill returned in 2007 only to be opposed by senator Obama and to die on the senate floor. Take a look at Obama’s recent and present economic advisers: Jim Johnson was the managing director of Lehman Brothers between 1985 and 1990, CEO of Fannie Mae 91-98, and now on the board of Goldman Sachs; Franklin Raines was the vice chairman of Fannie Mae 91-96 and CEO of Fannie Mae 99-04, who received a $25 million golden parachute when he left Fannie. As the second highest person of all the senators to be paid-off, Obama received 45 times more money in contributions from these Wall Street crooks than McCain had.  The republican candidate had many opportunities to expose Obama for his poor judgment. But they didn’t debate, instead they talked about earmarks for 15 minutes and ended up comparing their bracelets.

The language expressed by the two senators was in the wrong voice for a debate. If one observes, they were using proper nouns and rarely to almost never addressing one another. In wasn’t until 20 minutes into the debate that Obama began to refer to his opponent in the 2nd person. Although as the debate progressed he slipped back into the 3rd person, which seemed to be the only way he could address the republican senator. As Tim Daily had said “like a 6th grade drama teacher”, Jim Lehrer, the moderator, tried to get the two candidates to debate.  Despite Lehrer’s soft nudges, McCain failed to acknowledge the notion while Obama was coerced once or twice only to find his way back to the comfortable and safe 3rd person voice.

The very construction of the stage was designed in order to keep this sham from being a debate. The podium was topped with a desk whereby they could conceal and refer to notes. A podium without a desk, or at least an open one, would force them to use what they know and not refer to what they don’t, thus they would have debated their points instead of just listing them. The podiums were positioned pointing inward 20 degrees to ensure that the candidates look at the moderator and not at each other, hitherto distorting the face to face ambiance. McCain barely looked at Obama and instead just stared out into the black of the audience rarely acknowledging the senator from Illinois.  Not just the positioning and form were problems, but the quantity of podiums represented the biggest intended obstacle. We have 6 presidential candidates this year who are on enough state ballots to win but only two podiums to conduct a debate.

I cannot call this a debate without paring my index and middle fingers together and putting them in the air. They weren’t debating; they were giving speeches as though this were a press conference. My favorite part of the “debate” was when the candidates thanked the commission for hosting and having them on. As the presidential candidates of the Democrat and Republican parties, they effectively run the debate commission. That’s like the boss thanking his employees for allowing him to come to work and manage for the day.

This was a mockery of a debate. If it has one merit, it shows just how the Democrats and Republicans play the American public for fools. What these parties need to understand is that they are the fools, because we are aware of their game. The news media that regurgitates their sloppy dialog and one liners doesn’t represent us. It is only caricaturing our opinions with blunt crayons. We the people don’t care about lapel pins or lipstick; we can tell when responding to a problem that Sarah Palin is as Paul Krugman said more like “a freshman in college who hasn’t read the material and is failing to answer an essay question”; we the people know that these two parties aren’t worried about us – the homeowners and taxpayers – in this crisis, because they are putting the burden of their advisor’s and colleague’s poor choices on our backs and on the backs of our children. Instead what we the people care about is our future and our children’s future and what we the people know is that these aren’t going to be debates until the commission allows the 3rd parties to attend. When we called and wrote to the commission, to the sponsors of the commission, to the Democrats and Republicans who own the commission and demanded that the 3rd parties debate, we were speaking with one voice that reflected our cognition exclaiming “open the debates!”

In a debate there are winners and losers. And as the independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader had said about this the first of three presidential debates “Militarism won. Nuclear power won. The bloated military budget won. Corporate crime won. Bailing out Wall Street crooks won. Peace advocates lost. Workers lost. Tax Payers lost. Solar Energy lost.”

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One more bank down. Washington Mutual fell today and was bought out by JP Morgan Chase. This means, in effect, that the debts and bad loans of a speculative investment firm have been merged into a commercial bank. This cannot be good. When we look back at one of the causes of the great depression, the investment firms and the commercial banks were allowed to merge. When you combine a high risk investment firm with a commercial bank it is inevitable for there to be problems without any government oversight. The first thing FDR did to get us out of a depression was to separate the two types of banks from each other and pass legislation stating that they were not allowed to merge anymore. Then he insured the commercial banks and told the investment banks that they were going to be on their own.  The Glass Stegall Act was created to oversee the investment firms and make sure that they were not gambling and taking impossible risks.

In 1999 under President Clinton the Glass Stegall Act was repealed.  The advice to remove this Act came from Barack Obama’s campaign advisor and then Secretary of the Treasury Robert Rubin.  I bring up this point to remind Democrats that they are not free from fault in this crisis and that it was under a democratic
president where the problem got out of hand.

Now we are seeing these investment firms falling and being bought out by commercial banks. It is only a matter of time before the bad loans catch up to them and they fall to. When Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase come crashing down, it will be Main street that will be in trouble. The government buy out of these bad debts will just put the burden on the tax payer. Should this bail-out occur there needs to be more oversight, complete transparency, equity for the government, and penalties for the banks that participate.

I recommend everyone to check Ron Paul and Ralph Nader on what they advise should be done about this crisis. Here are some videos that are worth watching.

Ron Paul:

Ralph Nader:

With these great opinions on what could be done to save our economy, how come Ralph Nader isn’t going to debate. Nader is on 45 States ballots. He’s a write in for all the other states but one, Oklahoma where you can’t write someone in. He is polling 9% in most polls.

How about Bob Barr a libertarian, America’s oldest third party. Those that are worried about Nader “taking away votes” should consider demanding that Bob Barr be included in the debates.  He is also on 45 State ballots and is polling well without any media coverage.

Here is what you can do to get these guys on the debates:

– AT&T (Main corporate sponsor of the first debate) 210-821-4105
Jim Lehrer (Moderator for First Debate) 703-998-2138
Commission on Presidential Debates 202-872-1020

– Call Barack Obama at 866-675-2008.
Hit 6 to speak with a campaign volunteer.

– Call John McCain at (703) 418-2008.
Hit 2 or 3 to speak with a campaign volunteer,
6 to leave a message in the general campaign voice mailbox.

– Email the executive director of the Commission on Presidential Debates.
E-mail Janet Brown jb@debates.org,


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This is in response to the following article:
http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080920/NEWS01/809200491/1008

I’m an US citizen, who has lived on the East coast and the West coast of our beautiful country. I have also lived in Germany and Spain. I have seen first hand the difference of the health care industry when it is nationalized, how it is in Spain and how it is for the most part in Germany.

Here is the basic concept. Two sectors: private and public. The United States has its health care industry (for the most part) in the private. The sole purpose of the private sector is to make money. In the health care industry this results in adverse effects. It is more profitable for people to remain ill and continue to need medication than it is for the people to get better and no longer need any services. Thus a privatized health care system is counterproductive to the health of the people. There are ways around this. In Germany the private sectors is under strict regulation from the public sector, which ensures that contradictions like the one above don’t exist. In the US we pride ourselves on our free market economy, where the government imposes little to no restrictions on the private sector: allowing more fluidity in the market and increasing trade and commerce. That is all changing now. With the government buy out of Freddie Mae, Fannie Mac, and AIG, these private institutions are effectively now nationalized, thus a part of the public sector. The free market economy that the US was once so proud of is now a thing of the past.

That being expressed, I pose a question:
If were are willing to nationalize the worst of the gamblers and risk takers of the speculative investment firms, whose negligence has brought on a disaster in the market, then why don’t we nationalize the health care industry, an industry which will profit the government and ensure the health of the people?

Listen to Ron Paul; you know he’s a rare breed of a politician. Vote third Party. A vote for Nader is not futile, in fact it has more impact because along with being counted like a vote for the other parties, it also sends a message: no more two party system; we will no longer be slaves to the least worst candidate.

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