At The Hofstra Debate There Was No Winner But There Was a Looser : American Democracy [APNFD Nr. 7]

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September 27, 2016 by Alfred

This is an Argentum Post News Flash Digest (APNFD) composed minutes after the Hofstra debate.

From the perspective of the millions of Americans who cannot countenance voting for either Clinton or Trump, it can be said that there were no winners in this debate, but there was definitely a major looser, namely our democracy which was violated at Hofstra while the debate was taking place.

The reason there were no winners is that basically both candidates did not adhere to the truth.

Donald Trump’s lack of adherence to the truth is so frequent that it has become his trademark.

Hillary Clinton evades the truth less frequently and  it may require a bit more attention to detect her lies,  but one example which is emblematic of how she did it a Hofstra was when she dishonestly took credit for the diplomacy with Iran which yielded the agreement on the nuclear issue impasse, even though it was an agreement conducted by six nations,  and yet a fact check undertaken by this writer reveals that during Clinton’s campaign against Obama, Clinton opposed  Iran diplomacy with Iran which Obama promised he would undertake if elected, and went as far as stating that Obama was “naive” for doing that.

The reason the event at Hofstra was a loss for our democracy is that the Commission for Presidential Debates (CPD) made up of Republicans and Democrats, not only barred the eminently qualified Green Party candidate, Jill Stein,  from enriching the debate by participating in it, but to boot had security agents escort her out of the Hofstra University campus where she was going to give a prearranged interview to MSNBC prior to the debate, and this is scandalous.

A democracy made up of two establishment parties which nominate two unacceptable and probably the two most unpopular presidential candidates in history, for the American people to decide on voting, presents the voter with  a veritable choiceless option, particularly because the system is rigged to not allow for a third-party nominee to join the national debate, and furthermore does not provide the necessary  Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) system, and this state of affairs, in contradistinction to that of other democracies such as (e.g.) the Australian one,  in effect mocks and undermines the fundamental principles of the democratic electoral process concept.




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