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The US presidential debates' illusion of political choice

• http://www.guardian.co.uk, Glenn Greenwald
 Wednesday night's debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney underscored a core truth about America's presidential election season: the vast majority of the most consequential policy questions are completely excluded from the process. This fact is squarely at odds with a primary claim made about the two parties – that they represent radically different political philosophies – and illustrates how narrow the range of acceptable mainstream political debate is in the country.

In part this is because presidential elections are now conducted almost entirely like a tawdry TV reality show. Personality quirks and trivialities about the candidates dominate coverage, and voter choices, leaving little room for substantive debates.

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Comment by Stupid Amerkin
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Debates and elections. All the proverbial definition of insanity. When are the sheeple going to wake up if ever? As long as there are politicians and ignorant apathetic sheeple, there will always be suffering, misery, death and wars. The agenda remains the same.

 

On a positive note, change is coming and it sure won't be from the District of Criminals.


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