by Scott Creighton
In America we enjoy the most democratic process of any other country which is why people like Hillary Clinton can run around condemning Iran for their hacked elections (which were observed and deemed fair and open) and Russia for their crooked elections (which were observed and deemed fair and open) and Venezuela for their rigged elections (which were… well, you get it by now) or at least we like TELLING OURSELVES we enjoy the most democratic election process in the world…
1. Here is a PDF of the actual contract signed by both parties prior to the election “debates” this year – “The 2012 Debates – Memorandum of Understanding Between the Obama and Romney Campaigns“
About this little agreement, Glenn Greenwald says:
“… within this one process of structuring the presidential debates, we have every active ingredient that typically defines, and degrades, US democracy. The two parties collude in secret. The have the same interests and goals. Everything is done to ensure that the political process is completely scripted and devoid of any spontaneity or reality.
All views that reside outside the narrow confines of the two parties are rigidly excluded. Anyone who might challenge or subvert the two-party duopoly is rendered invisible.
Lobbyists who enrich themselves by peddling their influence run everything behind the scenes. Corporations pay for the process, which they exploit and is then run to bolster rather than threaten their interests. The media’s role is to keep the discourse as restrictive and unthreatening as possible while peddling the delusion that it’s all vibrant and free and independent and unrestrained. And it all ends up distorting political realities far more than illuminating them while wildly exaggerating the choices available to citizens and concealing the similarities between the two parties.” Glenn Greenwald
2. While the corporate charade is taking place inside, presidential candidates are being forcibly arrested outside…
“Police arrested Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and her running mate Cheri Honkala as they tried to enter the second presidential debate at Hofstra University on Long Island. The two candidates were protesting being barred from participating in the debate despite being on 85 percent of ballots nationwide in the 2012 presidential election. The Commission on Presidential Debates, which sponsored the debate, requires a third party candidate to poll at 15 percent or higher to participate. The Democratic and Republican Parties set up the Commission in 1987 and have run it since.” In These Times