Tonight’s presidential debate could be way more interesting if McCain isn’t there. The absence of the Republican nominee would clear the way for a more diverse representation of U.S. political philosophy — that is, a debate amongst the Democratic nominee and the nominees of at least three minor parties.
Presidential debates in the U.S. are usually carefully orchestrated by the leadership of the Democrat and Republican parties to exclude all other political parties in the country. Their reasoning? They say it’s justified because they are the most popular (or “largest,” “most powerful,” “most bankrolled by lobbyists and corporations”) parties and therefore are the only ones to deserve access to the national stage. But if average voters felt they had a choice other than these two parties — the ones busy right now orchestrating a $700 billion giveaway to our country’s dumbest business leaders — would the Republicans and Democrats still enjoy their mainstream status?
Like those dusty mortgage backed securities grumbling deep down in the belly of the next gigantic financial firms we will soon see tank; the political vision of the Democrats and Republicans are never tested, by design, “on the open market.” Voters are seldom given the option to compare the centrist views of the two dominant parties with those of the Greens, Socialists, Libertarians and others. And like those dusty mortgage securities, the true value of the Republican and Democrats’ Centrist Neoliberalist Capitalist outlook for our nation and world is largely unknown and becoming more and more risky to “bank on” for main street voters.
If McCain does chicken out, I mean bows out of tonight’s debate, the event should still happen and its organizers should make history, correcting the deficit in political perspectives we find this and every presidential election cycle, by inviting the presidential candidates Cynthia McKinney (GP), Bob Barr (LP), and Brian Moore (SP) to the televised debate.