OPEN DEBATESIn 1858, in the first of his famous debates with Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln said:
"With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed. Consequently he who moulds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes or pronounces decisions. He makes statutes and decisions possible or impossible to be executed."
However, these debates are currently run by an organization known as the Commission on Presidential Debates. This "commission" is actually made up of Democrats and Republicans and headed by the former heads of these parties. Thus, not surprisingly, third-party candidates are almost completely excluded from the debates, and they are structured in an extremely controlled fashion that keeps many difficult questions from arising.
There is a movement to create an alternative to these debates, run by citizens rather than members of the two major parties. This would allow the American people to see a wider spectrum of candidates address a wider spectrum of issues under less fabricated and tightly controlled conditions.
If you've ever wondered why the debates seem so uninspiring, why you rarely see anyone but the two major party candidates involved, and why so many important issues are never even discussed, you aren't alone. If you'd like to see this change, read about the organizations below:
Visit Open Debates and The Citizens' Debate Commission to learn more.
Read about Open Debates' FEC Complaint Against the Commission on Presidential Debates.
Get a copy of No Debate: How the Republican and Democratic Parties Secretly Control the Presidential Debates by George Farah. Farah is the Executive Director of Open Debates.