Saturday, September 17, 2016

A rigged election in the USA

Many people in USA felt that their political system is rigged. Here is another event to support their view.

Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein have failed to qualify for the first presidential debate, and their running mates will not be in the vice presidential debate, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced Friday.

The decision means Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump will be the only two candidates on the stage, and Tim Kaine and Mike Pence, their running mates, will be the only participants on October 4.

Johnson has publicly said that being excluded from the debates would doom his campaign.The commission said it will review the criteria for the second and third debates in the future.
A fairer alternative solution is quite simple. Allow the top four candidates to participate in the debate, regardless of their share of votes.

In the Republican primary process, the debate was held with 17 candidates.

It is quite practical for the general election to have four candidates. Currently, the debate organiser set the bar at 15% of votes from the polls for a candidate to be eligible. Clearly, it is an attempt to restrict the process to two political parties.

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