“The Presidential Debates are Fixed!”

I don’t know if I would call myself a conspiracy theorist, but I like to dig for the real truth.  These days too many things are shrouded in secrecy and deception, probably because so many of us are deceivable.  Do you remember when the Debates were run by the independent League of Women Voters who had long resisted the parties’ efforts to shield their presidential candidates from genuine surprise or challenge?  Well I guess the two political parties didn’t like that, so in the 1990s they joined forces to wrest control over the presidential debates away from them. Now run by the party-controlled “Commission on Presidential Debates,” these rituals are designed to do little more than eliminate spontaneity and exclude all viable third-party voices. the two campaigns have even secretly negotiated “rules” of the debates! Making matters worse still, the Commission is run by lobbyists and funded by large corporations.  One of this year’s major sponsors; Anheuser Bush.  I’m surprised there wasn’t a Bud-Light banner hanging from the podium.

Both campaigns are terrified at anything even remotely spontaneous happening. Under this controlling regime, the candidates aren’t permitted to ask each other questions, propose pledges to each other, or walk outside a “predesignated area.” Worse, the audience members are given the “pre-approved” posing questions, and aren’t allowed to ask follow-ups (their mics are cut off as soon as they get their questions out). Even moderator Candy Crowley wasn’t allowed to ask follow-up questions. The audience members have been reduced to props.

This is just another “Reality TV Show” that we are led to believe is real when in fact it is produced and staged for our entertainment.  I think they should have to have a disclaimer running along the bottom of the show.  This is my reality show!  It’s my opinion and I’m sticking to it!

Bill Bartok

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