Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Debate Duopoly: "Dumb and Dumber" Democracy
Instead, only two candidates will have the opportunity to address the public via radio and TV -- the two candidates from the two political parties that have delivered us into our current international, national, state and local train wreck. One Democrat. One Republican. That's it.
You won't get to hear anything from the candidates from the other four bona fide political parties registered with the Secretary of State, namely: Chelene Nightingale of the American Independent Party; Laura Wells of the Green Party; Dale Ogden of the Libertarian Party; and Carlos Alvarez of the Peace and Freedom Party.
Why do we tolerate this duopoly of political power, especially given the consistently abysmal results these two parties deliver?
After all, according to the latest statistics from the Secretary of State, a whopping 20.2% of us -- including yours truly -- are "decline to states." We're not wedded to any political party. The number of "decline to states," moreover, has nearly doubled since 1994, when they constituted 10.3% of the registered voters.
Don't tell me the other candidates aren't worth listening to merely because their parties are small. They haven't had the opportunity to pitch their ideas to you. Plus, more and more of us -- the "decline to states" -- aren't sold on either of the two parties any more. Neither one of them is consistently advocating a bundle of policies we find acceptable.
Let's start having real debates, with all the candidates. Let's start giving those "little" parties the opportunity to grow their numbers. If we keep doing the same old thing -- namely, listening only to candidates who have raised millions from special interests or who have spent millions from their own bank accounts -- we're going to keep getting the same abysmal results.
Posted by Walter Moore at 11:46 AM