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While polls show Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are among the least popular major-party candidates to ever run for the White House, it appears no third-party candidates will be invited to take part in the first presidential debate next month. The debates are organized by the Commission on Presidential Debates, which is controlled by the Democratic and Republican parties. Under the commission’s rules, candidates will only be invited if they are polling at 15 percent in five national surveys.

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein have both witnessed recent surges in support, but neither have crossed the 15 percent threshold. More than 12,000 people have signed a petition organized by RootsAction calling for a four-way presidential debate. We speak to Green Party presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein. Four years ago she was arrested outside a presidential debate protesting her exclusion from the event.

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AMY GOODMAN: Preparations have begun for the first presidential debate. It’ll be held September 26 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. While polls show Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are among the least popular major-party candidates to ever run for the White House, it appears no third-party candidates will be invited to take part in the debates. Debates are organized by the Commission on Presidential Debates, which is controlled by the Democratic and Republican parties.

Under the commission’s rules, candidates will only be invited if they’re polling at 15 percent in five national surveys. Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson and the Greens’ Dr. Jill Stein have both witnessed recent surges in support, but neither have crossed the 15 percent threshold. Johnson has polled as high as 12 percent nationwide, while Stein has peaked at 6 percent in recent national polls. But in some demographics, they’re both beating Donald Trump.

McClatchy recently polled voters under the age of 30 and found 41 percent back Hillary Clinton, 23 percent support Johnson, 16 percent back Jill Stein, while only 9 percent back Donald Trump. Among African Americans, polls also show Trump behind all three other candidates, polling at either zero, 1 or 2 percent. More than 12,000 people have signed a petitionorganized by RootsAction calling for a four-way presidential debate.

In a moment, we’ll be joined by the Green Party’s Jill Stein and her running mate, Ajamu Baraka, but first I want to turn to George Farah, the founder and executive director of Open Debates. He spoke on Democracy Now! a few years ago about how the Democrats and Republicans took control of the debate process.

 

GEORGE FARAH:
The League of Women Voters ran the presidential debate process from 1976 until 1984, and they were a very courageous and genuinely independent, nonpartisan sponsor. And whenever the candidates attempted to manipulate the presidential debates behind closed doors, either to exclude a viable independent candidate or to sanitize the formats, the League had the courage to challenge the Republican and Democratic nominees and, if necessary, go public.

 

In 1980, independent candidate John B. Anderson was polling about 12 percent in the polls. The League insisted that Anderson be allowed to participate, because the vast majority of the American people wanted to see him, but Jimmy Carter, President Jimmy Carter, refused to debate him. The League went forward anyway and held a presidential debate with an empty chair, showing that Jimmy Carter wasn’t going to show up.

Four years later, when the Republican and Democratic nominees tried to get rid of difficult questions by vetoing 80 of the moderators that they had proposed to host the debates, the League said, "This is unacceptable." They held a press conference and attacked the campaigns for trying to get rid of difficult questions.

 

And lastly, in 1988, was the first attempt by the Republican and Democratic campaigns to negotiate a detailed contract. It was tame by comparison, a mere 12 pages. It talked about who could be in the audience and how the format would be structured, but the League found that kind of lack of transparency and that kind of candidate control to be fundamentally outrageous and antithetical to our democratic process. They released the contract and stated they refuse to be an accessory to the hoodwinking of the American people and refuse to implement it.

 

And today, what do we have? We have a private corporation that was created by the Republican and Democratic parties called the Commission on Presidential Debates. It seized control of the presidential debates precisely because the League was independent, precisely because this women’s organization had the guts to stand up to the candidates that the major-party candidates had nominated.

 

AMY GOODMAN: That was George Farah, founder and executive director of Open Debates, speaking on Democracy Now! in 2012. He’s the author of No Debate: How the Republican and Democratic Parties Secretly Control the Presidential Debates.

 

 

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Presidential Debate Commission Inc needs to be eradicated STAT!

 

http://www.opendebates.org/theissue/whatisthecdp.html

 

 

https://www.ouramericainitiative.com/presidential-debate-commission.html

 

 

 

The League of Women Voters served as a genuinely nonpartisan presidential debate sponsor from 1976 until 1984. The League courageously included popular independent candidates and prohibited the major-party campaigns from manipulating debate formats.

 

In 1980, for example, the League invited independent candidate John B. Anderson to participate in a presidential debate, even though President Jimmy Carter adamantly refused to debate him.

 

Rather than acquiesce to the President’s objections, the League hosted a debate between Anderson and Republican nominee Ronald Reagan that attracted over 55 million viewers.



 

Four years later, the Republican and Democratic campaigns vetoed 68 of the moderators proposed by the League to pose questions during the first debate.

 

The League held a press conference and lambasted the campaigns for having "totally abused" the process. As a result of the ensuing public outcry, the campaigns accepted all of the League's proposed moderators for the next debate.

 

And in 1988, the George Bush and Michael Dukakis campaigns drafted the first secret debate contract -- a "Memorandum of Understanding" that dictated who could participate and under what conditions. The League of Women Voters refused to implement the contract and issued a blistering press release, stating that "the demands of the two campaign organizations would perpetrate a fraud on the American voter."

 

It is precisely because the League had the courage to resist the demands of the major-party candidates that the CPD was created. The Republican and Democratic parties would not tolerate a debate sponsor that insisted on challenging formats or the inclusion of third-party candidates.

 

In 1986, the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee ratified an agreement "for the parties to take over presidential debates." In 1987, the chairs of the Republican and Democratic parties incorporated the CPD. In 1988, the CPD seized control of the presidential debates from the League and has sponsored every presidential debate since.

 

http://www.opendebates.org/theissue/whatisthecdp.html

 

https://www.ouramericainitiative.com/presidential-debate-commission.html

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This is what status quo politics does for America year after year after year after year. Yes the net result of keeping the same names in office as if they can do no wrong.

 

Several reasons to vote Jill Stein for President!!!

 

 

We already arm the world terrorist or not. Dictators or Not.

 

http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/4120/we_arm_the_world/

 

http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0208-05.htm

 

In addition to:

 

Meet PNAC:

 

"Rebuilding America's Defences," openly advocates for total global military domination” (Very dangerous position which threatens this nations economy, OUR freedoms,the nations security and world peace.)

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Project_for_the_New_American_Century

 

 

• WHY do we need to increase defense spending significantly to carry out our global protection for Wal-Mart,Oil,Coca Cola,Pepsico,diamonds,gold etc etc etc

 

• WHY do we need to strengthen our ties to dictator regimes friendly to American interests and Bogus values;

 

• WHY do we need to promote the cause of the political right wing and economic rape for corp USA abroad;

 

• WHY do we need to accept responsibility for America's unique role in forcing others to accept our corrupt multi national principles.

 

Such a war mongering policy of military strength and immoral clarity may not be fashionable today. But it is necessary if the United States is to build on the extortions of this past century and to ensure our security and our greatness no matter how many innocent USA soldiers and innocent mothers,children and fathers abroad die.

 

The Plan

 

Strategic Errors of Monumental Proportions

http://www.antiwar.com/orig/odom.php?articleid=10396

 

http://www.antiwar.com/orig/stockbauer1.html

 

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Project_for_the_New_American_Century

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1312540,00.html

 

http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0208-05.htm

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This is what status quo politics does for America year after year after year after year. Yes the net result of keeping the same names in office as if they can do no wrong.

 

Several reasons to vote Jill Stein for President!!!

 

 

We already arm the world terrorist or not. Dictators or Not.

 

http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/4120/we_arm_the_world/

 

http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0208-05.htm

 

In addition to:

 

Meet PNAC:

 

"Rebuilding America's Defences," openly advocates for total global military domination” (Very dangerous position which threatens this nations economy, OUR freedoms,the nations security and world peace.)

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Project_for_the_New_American_Century

 

 

• WHY do we need to increase defense spending significantly to carry out our global protection for Wal-Mart,Oil,Coca Cola,Pepsico,diamonds,gold etc etc etc

 

• WHY do we need to strengthen our ties to dictator regimes friendly to American interests and Bogus values;

 

• WHY do we need to promote the cause of the political right wing and economic rape for corp USA abroad;

 

• WHY do we need to accept responsibility for America's unique role in forcing others to accept our corrupt multi national principles.

 

Such a war mongering policy of military strength and immoral clarity may not be fashionable today. But it is necessary if the United States is to build on the extortions of this past century and to ensure our security and our greatness no matter how many innocent USA soldiers and innocent mothers,children and fathers abroad die.

 

The Plan

 

Strategic Errors of Monumental Proportions

http://www.antiwar.com/orig/odom.php?articleid=10396

 

http://www.antiwar.com/orig/stockbauer1.html

 

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Project_for_the_New_American_Century

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1312540,00.html

 

http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0208-05.htm

 

 

 

Bump in favor of removing all status quo politicians who stay on the tax dollar payroll forever = nothing gets better for the majority of USA stake holders.

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End the unfair rules disallowing 3rd parties from the Presidential Debates

 

This petition was created in order to eliminate the unfair requirements where a Presidential candidate must have a mathematical chance of securing an Electoral College majority in an election and the requirement that the candidate receive 15 percent of the national electorate to participate in the United States Presidential Debates. Republican and Democratic Presidential Candidates become household words because obscene amounts of money funded by Super PACS, millionaires and anonymous corporations pay for the lion's share of their advertising.

 

 

Since third party candidates like the Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson, the Green Party’s Jill Stein, and the Constitution Party’s Darrell Castle don't have the monetary resources to buy this overwhelming amount of advertising, then as long as these rules are in effect these candidates will never have a chance to be heard alongside Democrat and Republican candidates. By signing this petition we hope to bring this injustice to the forefront and begin a dialogue where the rules can be adjusted to accommodate viable third party Presidential Candidates.

 

https://www.change.org/p/the-commission-on-presidential-debates-end-the-unfair-rules-disallowing-3rd-parties-from-the-presidential-debates

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While polls show Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are among the least popular major-party candidates to ever run for the White House, it appears no third-party candidates will be invited to take part in the first presidential debate next month. The debates are organized by the Commission on Presidential Debates, which is controlled by the Democratic and Republican parties. Under the commission’s rules, candidates will only be invited if they are polling at 15 percent in five national surveys.

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein have both witnessed recent surges in support, but neither have crossed the 15 percent threshold. More than 12,000 people have signed a petition organized by RootsAction calling for a four-way presidential debate. We speak to Green Party presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein. Four years ago she was arrested outside a presidential debate protesting her exclusion from the event.

TRANSCRIPT

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.

AMY GOODMAN: Preparations have begun for the first presidential debate. It’ll be held September 26 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. While polls show Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are among the least popular major-party candidates to ever run for the White House, it appears no third-party candidates will be invited to take part in the debates. Debates are organized by the Commission on Presidential Debates, which is controlled by the Democratic and Republican parties.

Under the commission’s rules, candidates will only be invited if they’re polling at 15 percent in five national surveys. Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson and the Greens’ Dr. Jill Stein have both witnessed recent surges in support, but neither have crossed the 15 percent threshold. Johnson has polled as high as 12 percent nationwide, while Stein has peaked at 6 percent in recent national polls. But in some demographics, they’re both beating Donald Trump.

McClatchy recently polled voters under the age of 30 and found 41 percent back Hillary Clinton, 23 percent support Johnson, 16 percent back Jill Stein, while only 9 percent back Donald Trump. Among African Americans, polls also show Trump behind all three other candidates, polling at either zero, 1 or 2 percent. More than 12,000 people have signed a petitionorganized by RootsAction calling for a four-way presidential debate.

In a moment, we’ll be joined by the Green Party’s Jill Stein and her running mate, Ajamu Baraka, but first I want to turn to George Farah, the founder and executive director of Open Debates. He spoke on Democracy Now! a few years ago about how the Democrats and Republicans took control of the debate process.

 

GEORGE FARAH:
The League of Women Voters ran the presidential debate process from 1976 until 1984, and they were a very courageous and genuinely independent, nonpartisan sponsor. And whenever the candidates attempted to manipulate the presidential debates behind closed doors, either to exclude a viable independent candidate or to sanitize the formats, the League had the courage to challenge the Republican and Democratic nominees and, if necessary, go public.

 

In 1980, independent candidate John B. Anderson was polling about 12 percent in the polls. The League insisted that Anderson be allowed to participate, because the vast majority of the American people wanted to see him, but Jimmy Carter, President Jimmy Carter, refused to debate him. The League went forward anyway and held a presidential debate with an empty chair, showing that Jimmy Carter wasn’t going to show up.

Four years later, when the Republican and Democratic nominees tried to get rid of difficult questions by vetoing 80 of the moderators that they had proposed to host the debates, the League said, "This is unacceptable." They held a press conference and attacked the campaigns for trying to get rid of difficult questions.

 

And lastly, in 1988, was the first attempt by the Republican and Democratic campaigns to negotiate a detailed contract. It was tame by comparison, a mere 12 pages. It talked about who could be in the audience and how the format would be structured, but the League found that kind of lack of transparency and that kind of candidate control to be fundamentally outrageous and antithetical to our democratic process. They released the contract and stated they refuse to be an accessory to the hoodwinking of the American people and refuse to implement it.

 

And today, what do we have? We have a private corporation that was created by the Republican and Democratic parties called the Commission on Presidential Debates. It seized control of the presidential debates precisely because the League was independent, precisely because this women’s organization had the guts to stand up to the candidates that the major-party candidates had nominated.

 

AMY GOODMAN: That was George Farah, founder and executive director of Open Debates, speaking on Democracy Now! in 2012. He’s the author of No Debate: How the Republican and Democratic Parties Secretly Control the Presidential Debates.

 

 

Con't

http://www.democracynow.org/2016/8/18/open_up_the_debates_green_partys

 

 

Bump for real democracy!!!

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End the unfair rules disallowing 3rd parties from the Presidential Debates

 

This petition was created in order to eliminate the unfair requirements where a Presidential candidate must have a mathematical chance of securing an Electoral College majority in an election and the requirement that the candidate receive 15 percent of the national electorate to participate in the United States Presidential Debates. Republican and Democratic Presidential Candidates become household words because obscene amounts of money funded by Super PACS, millionaires and anonymous corporations pay for the lion's share of their advertising.

 

 

Since third party candidates like the Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson, the Green Party’s Jill Stein, and the Constitution Party’s Darrell Castle don't have the monetary resources to buy this overwhelming amount of advertising, then as long as these rules are in effect these candidates will never have a chance to be heard alongside Democrat and Republican candidates. By signing this petition we hope to bring this injustice to the forefront and begin a dialogue where the rules can be adjusted to accommodate viable third party Presidential Candidates.

 

https://www.change.org/p/the-commission-on-presidential-debates-end-the-unfair-rules-disallowing-3rd-parties-from-the-presidential-debates

 

 

One more very good reason to VOTE JILL STEIN!

 

 

White supremacists,christian fundamentalists and American Legislative Exchange Council all anti American teamed up about 30 years ago to drive the GOP into extinction and have successfully completed that agenda.

 

Now these anti americans have infiltrated the DNC and are taking over. The Clintons,Lieberman and few others have been quite skillful at duping we American patriots who damn sure believe in democracy. Who helps these phoney republicans and democrats pull off this shady operation?

 

 

Aegis Strategic

 

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/01/koch-brothers-candidate-training-recruiting-aegis-strategic

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And in 1988, the George Bush and Michael Dukakis campaigns drafted the first secret debate contract -- a "Memorandum of Understanding" that dictated who could participate and under what conditions.

 

 

The League of Women Voters refused to implement the contract and issued a blistering press release, stating that "the demands of the two campaign organizations would perpetrate a fraud on the American voter."

 

It appears as though we have some Clinton supporters who believe fraud should be part of the campaign landscape ... surprise surprise.

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