It’s a shame that Americans no longer have a free press. If we did, the “average American” would understand that our Presidential elections are worthless, and the Mainstream News Media is choosing our next President, not the people. (When the average American does not possess the facts and understand the true situation that are country is in, their votes are skewed by lack of knowledge and are influenced by propaganda - not facts.) The issues being “debated” by Presidential candidates do not reach into the core of the corruption that affect the survivability of The United States as a free and democratic republic. Timothy Gatto covered some of the many issues that the Presidential candidates refuse to debate and/or even comment upon - even though the issues which are being avoided affect the ability of the Untied States to remain a free and democratic republic. While Mr. Gatto’s article was insightful - and the points he presents are spot-on, however are not specific enough to shock the conscience of those who still don’t understand the candidates are carefully side-stepping issues that are at the core of our problems, some which could result in the death of freedom in America!
The Issues The Candidates Won’t Touch (Part I)
1. The corporate hold on the American political system.
While some candidates decry the way that corporations have managed to control who gets nominated and thus elected, there is no candidate that speaks about how this nation can rid itself from corporate influence. Some candidates allude to the fact that corporate forces including the mainstream media that is owned by a small number of individuals and corporations including General Electric and Westinghouse as well as individuals such as Rupert Murdock and corporatists such as Mitt Romney (Whose company owns a controlling interest in Clear Channel Communications), they have not proposed anything to rectify the situation. The corporate PAC’s and the corporate donations through “bundling” have a stranglehold on Congress that has become accustomed to relying on this money to fund their multi-million dollar campaigns. Between controlling the media and the purse strings for campaign money, they have effectively become the deciding arbiter of who runs for office and who doesn’t. Meanwhile there isn’t a candidate that has proposed anything to stop the corporate excesses from continuing.
2. The erosion of our civil liberties.
In this particular area of American life, nothing has been as dramatic as our loss of civil liberties. We have had a President in office that has thought nothing of using electronic surveillance on American citizens without going through a secret FISA Court that was expressly set up so that the Federal Government could monitor conversations that could affect our national security as long as the government requested a warrant 90 days after the fact! Yet this President could not even do that and Congress still has failed to address this issue. Not one of the candidates has decried the use of electronic “eavesdropping” on American citizens. This isn’t the only case of our civil liberties being usurped. A National ID Card is scheduled to be implemented in May of this year. Now, as Americans we must prove to any government official that we are American citizens and that we have a right to be here. The Military Commissions Act of 2006 takes away the writ of Habeas Corpus from any individual suspected of being a terrorist. The Patriot Act allows the home of anyone suspected of being a terrorist to be searched without the presence of the occupant and without even telling the occupant that their home was searched. The Warner Defense Bill (The revamped Insurrection Act) takes the power of the States National Guards away from the Governors of the States by the President to be used as law enforcement in violation of posse comitatus, thereby letting the National Guards of each State to be used against the people in the event of martial law. Presidential Signing Statements in which the President has the ability to only follow those bills in which he signs into law that he agrees with. First Amendment Zones that are roped of or fenced areas that people are allowed to demonstrate in that are mostly away from sight of the media or the participants of the event that is being demonstrated against, effectively muzzling Americans First Amendment rights.
3. The Military Industrial Complex
The point here is not to blame everything on the MIC, but to take a good look at how much this nation chooses to spend on its military. When we spend 51% of our budget on military expenditures (this does not include the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan), we must also look at what we are sacrificing in other areas to compete with the two closest nations as it comes to military spending, Russia and China that spend 6% of the money that we do on their defense capabilities.* *http://www.globalissues.org/Geopolitics/ArmsTrade/Spending.asp
The only candidates that address this issue are Paul, Gravel and Kucinich. Where are the other candidates on this issue? If you listen to the Republican field of Presidential contenders, they call for more spending on our military. How can the candidates fund health insurance for all and better schools and better pay for teachers when fully half of our budget goes to military procurement? Who are we defending this nation from that we would sacrifice 50 cents out of every dollar? This is happening as the number of people in uniform gets smaller every year. How do we defend this massive spending to the other nations on earth? Since when is the way we manage our budget not part of the election rhetoric?
4. The Crimes committed by the Bush Administration.
This is not an attack section of this article. The facts are that President Bush and Vice-President Cheney have repeatedly lied about issues that led us into a war with Iraq. They have engaged in illegal surveillance of American citizens, they have condoned the use of torture on suspected terrorists and they have engaged in a practice called “extraordinary rendition” in which suspected terrorists have been put on an aircraft and delivered to countries that practice torture to gain information. Where is the outrage on this issue by any of the leading candidates? I could go on at length but I choose only to bring up those things that have been proven. Before I leave this particular subject however, I would also like to hear any of the candidates’ views on Administration officials that expose a covert CIA Officer’s cover.
5. The Truth about September 11th, 2001.
Some polls show that over 50% of the American people do not believe that the official report by the 9/11 Commission answered all the questions that have been asked about 9/11. There are many engineers and other professional people that believe that the timeline and the consequences of two jetliners crashing into The World Trade Center are flawed. There are many unsolved puzzles as to why people took out “puts” on the airlines the next day and made extraordinary amounts of money. There are also questions as to why the Bin Laden family was given preferential treatment to get them out of the country when all other aircraft were grounded. I will not get into any conspiracy theories but only wonder why these things that are known facts were not investigated. The Presidential candidates ask none of these questions and I wonder if when one of them takes office will these questions remain forever unanswered? MUCH MORE
The core issues the candidates refuse to debate or even comment upon are those the Bush administration and a complicit MSM have kept hidden from the American people, and if the candidates themselves are not honest or courageous enough to address those serious items that threaten our existence as a free society, then what good are any of the frontrunner’s if they refuse to acknowledge the real problems that are destroying our democracy and literally affect the nations ability to survive in a world that has changed beyond anyone’s wildest imagination? If we elect a President under the present environment that has been created by the Bush administration, the winner won’t be a President, but a King - something that most people simply refuse to comprehend.
How many of our Presidential candidates have advocated impeachment hearings on President Bush and Darth Cheney? Except for Dennis Kucinich, the answer is zero! If another President is elected, the concept(s) and underpinnings of a Unitary Executive are still in place; we know that power corrupts, and absolute power can corrupt even the most well-intentioned of individuals. Without impeachment hearings to hold Bush and Cheney accountable for their crimes against America and the world, our next President will know that if they follow Bush’s style of governance, they too will remain above the law - and our constitution, the rule of law, and especially our system of checks and balances will be compromised until America wakes-up to the fact that our Presidents only provide lip-service to the people, and corporations will still be making the laws and decisions that should be decided by the people.
To make matters worse, there’s evidence of major election fraud in New Hampshire, and it wasn’t just the Republicans who benefited for the alleged missing and/or miscounted votes:
Clear Evidence Of Widespread Vote Fraud In New Hampshire