Saturday, January 30, 2016

Demise of the Presidential Debate

Mudslinging season is in full swing and I don't see it letting up anytime soon...or ever.
Watching the debates begs the question 'who's in charge here?'. Glad you asked. From 1976 until 1988 the League of Women Voters, a civic organization, sponsored and moderated the presidential candidate debates. There were rules, regulations, policies and procedures that candidates were required to follow. Then in 1987 the Bush and Dukakis campaigns entered into a secret 'memorandum of understanding'. As you know, anything with the word 'secret' in it cannot be explained away logically. With that secret understanding in place, the League of Women voters withdrew their sponsorship stating the new debate format “would perpetrate a fraud on the American voter” and the organization did not intend to “become an accessory to the hoodwinking of the American public”. Hence, the Commission on Presidential Debates was formed, a non-profit, private firm headed by both Democratic and Republican parties.  (non-profit?  ya think?)

The presidential debates are more closely related to a Don Rickles roast than a debate of issues that impact the American public.

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