What should we do about this?
If the government has a rule regarding their debates that
you don't like, then the answer is to make your own competing debates.
They can't actually stop candidates from getting together
and arguing, unless they break the first ammendment.
So, host your own debates, and let anyone in that you want. Invite
all the candidates.
This has huge problems, of course:
But that's ok, because tearing down the mass media monopolies
is on the long-term agenda anyway. Put it on The Internet.
- most of the candidates won't show up
- your debates will not be shown on TV
If you can put on enough of a winning smile and you wear a
good tie, you'll get a couple to show up. Get the "big" third
party candidate to show up (this year, that is Nader, in 92 it was
Perot) and you win. I don't know how Nader and Perot managed to
get so much attention (I think they both suck), but they did it,
and if they debate opposing candidates (Libertarian and Reform)
in a presidential race, then it is news and people will
find out about it. The mainstream media will probably even
report that it happened.
Everyone will laugh at first, and say you're just jerking off and it's
pointless, because neither of the republicrats decided to attend.
Doesn't matter. You'll still get a little exposure, and it'll
help if you encourage the debaters to imply that the noshows are
"chicken." It's childish and stupid, but remember that millions
of people watch pro wrestling, so when it comes to media, there's
nothing wrong with being childish.
If it gets popular enough, then the republicrats eventually
have to show up to keep from looking bad, just like they
are required to say the word "tragedy" whenever there's an accident
where a lot of people die, they're required to kiss their wives in
front of the camera, required to state their belief in a
judeo-christian religeon, etc. (There's a huge list of requirements
for American politicians, and the goal is to make your debate
attendence one of them.) Figure out a way that your debate can be
spun as "for the children" and you've got a slam dunk.
Then, once you've got republicrats debating in public against
the other parties, all hell breaks loose and things get awefully
fun. Seeing Bush/Gore try to defend their view of the purpose
of government after a Libertarian (e.g. Browne) has had 2 minutes
to speak, would be very entertaining.
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