Cops Nab Liberal, Green
Party Presidential Candidates
By James Donahue
If you think those publicized
debates between George W. Bush and John Kerry weren’t highly controlled, and this election rigged, think again.
Believe this or not,
two other presidential candidates, Libertarian Michael Badnarik and the Green Party’s David Cobb were arrested and handcuffed
by police just outside the Oct. 8 debate at St. Louis, Mo., because
they dared to cross a police line.
The two made a planned
political protest because they were excluded from the debate, even though their names will appear on the ballots beside those
of Bush and Kerry in most states.
Badnarik said he was
attempting to serve the Commission on Presidential Debates with a court order from an Arizona Superior Court judge. This judge
ordered a representative from the commission to appear in court and show cause why the debates show special treatment to Democrats
The two candidates were
placed in handcuffs and taken to jail where they were held for several hours before being released sometime after midnight.
This incident clearly
points to the fact that America has secretly
grown into a police state where its citizens are more tightly controlled by big government and big business than most people
It also makes a mockery
out of the so-called democratic system of government that Americans have boasted about for over two centuries.
In the media-frenzy to
portray an exciting horse raise between candidates representing the two major political parties, we seem to have forgotten
that several other legitimate political parties exist. They represent a growing number of people who have become disillusioned
by the old guard and would like to make a change.
Unfortunately, it is
big business that really runs America
these days. The elections, especially on the federal level, are so rigged that candidates like Badnarik, Cobb and Nadar rarely,
if ever, get press coverage. Most people don’t know they exist or what they have to say. Voters are quite conditioned
to slide their hand right over their names when they finally get to the polls and see a ballot.
It is a disgrace to think
two presidential candidates were actually cuffed and tossed in jail because they dared to approach a nationally televised
presidential debate from which they were excluded. Both men should have been offered a podium before television cameras during
all three debates. And they should have been afforded the protection of the secret service, just like Bush and Kerry get.
If this were a real democracy,
all of the presidential candidates would be receiving equal treatment on all levels. Had this been the case, we would have
had a real debate over issues, and the voting public would be given real choices on Election Day.