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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Why the Democrats Fear Kucinich

Given today's news that Dennis Kucinich has been barred from this week's Iowa presidential debate, you might be asking yourself: what could someone do to get barred from a debate?

The answer: not being a "serious" candidate.

... which, according to the Des Moines Register, is proven because Kucinich doesn't rent office space in Iowa. Instead, his campaign organizers there work out of a home office.

Evidently, NOT wasting money on needless office space and transportation costs makes a person a false presidential candidate. Really? Sounds like good fiscal and environmental judgment to me...

The larger problem is that Kucinich receives no mainstream media support, precisely because his entire progressive platform goes against the regressive / centrist politics of the existing Democratic party. Kucinich must realize he can't actually win the party's nomination, but he DOES realize his true value is to ask the hard questions of his fellow candidates, forcing them to explain their questionable choices.

Funny thing: he can't do that if he's not on the same stage they are.

Say what you will about choosing between "the lesser of two evils" in the "two-party system" next November, but America's best chance for political and environmental progress is getting shut out of the race by those whose interests would be disrupted if he were granted a louder voice.

Democracy in action?

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  • Moreover the failure of any sort of checks and balances.

    Guy's got to do something to get people's attention. Whether it be a well thought out internet campaign, or something scathingly sensationalistic that it makes ratings interest for the media to let him in, yet doesn't go against these values that have made him an easy target to bury in the first place.

    By Blogger sirpsychosexy, at 1:02 PM  

  • Great post, make you wonder if the decisions have already been made for us. And who is taking all these polls that dictate everything? It's getting scary out there...

    By Blogger Angryjed, at 1:07 PM  

  • This whole election is frustrating - it's hard to even figure out what the candidates stand for amidst the lies and rhetoric.

    By Blogger Paul Merrill, at 9:58 PM  

  • This is democracy in action. Kucinich is not popular. That's it. It seems really silly to me to think that something is wrong with the political system in the US because particular candidates who aren't well known and don't hold majority opinions aren't given the same opportunities that those who do are. That's why its called "the majority". You don't see me complaining that I'm not in the debates.

    Our political system works perfectly: biggest man (or woman) gets to be chief. The world is filled with injustice and I think all the people who complain about US "democracy" being either "not what its supposed to be" or somehow "less than it could be" are incredibly naive. Its exactly what it should be. And even if magically, some unpopular candidate who was held by this minority to be intelligent and effective became president, it wouldn't change a single thing. The president is the cherry on top of a giant bureaucracy of power. A figurehead, if you will.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:02 AM  

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