The Coming Election

     I have not, as yet, decided for whom I will vote, although I have a very good idea who I will NOT vote for. The 'debates' are supposed to be for us to see which candidate expresses our views best. The League of Women Voters use to sponsor these debates .

NBC - whose parent company is General Electric - has changed the rules. In a recent political debate, GE decided who can and cannot be present in the debate televised on NBC. Dennis Kucinich was invited, and accepted. At the last minute GE said no, he could not be present.

The lower court ruled otherwise. In the 11th hour, GE had the Nevada Supreme Court rule the debate was private and NBC could decide who could, and who could not, be present in a nationally televised presidential debate.

This is fine, if NBC had said at the beginning of the debate they only invited certain people to attend. Instead, NBC tried to give the impression this was an open debate and all candidates were invited to be present.

This led to a lot of questions in my mind. GE - those people who bring good things to life - also happens to be the biggest arms dealer in the world. There is more profit in bringing death to people than good things to life. Now, why would they not want Dennis Kucinich present at the debate they sponsor? Could it be because he is against this 'war' in Iraq?
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If America started pulling out now, then GE would sell fewer weapons to kill people with and therefore make less profit?

The next question that came to mind is - exactly how much behind the scenes influence corporate America has on the coming election? If they say who can and cannot be heard expressing views does that not mean they have already decided who will win primaries and the general populace basically has no voice in the decision?

What can we, as average citizens, do to counteract the influence of corporate America? I strongly suggest forget who the media claims are the front runners and read the views and positions of the ignored candidates.

We recently heard there seems to have been a problem with the voting machines in New Hampshire's primary. This did not surprise me. In the 2004 presidential election, I was a volunteer in one of the poorer neighborhoods in West Palm Beach. There were three voting machines, one which did not work. People were lined up for up to four hours waiting to vote. Of the two machines that did work, one automatically changed every 50th vote to G. Bush. In my neighborhood, which is a little more affluent and heavily republican, there were 12 voting machines and they all worked fine.

I am not going to list all the illegal things done in the last two elections. Either people remember for themselves or ignore the obvious. It is the coming election that is important. We all have to vote this year. The more people that vote, the less likely the election is manipulated. If Iowans could turn out in record numbers in below freezing weather to vote in their caucus, there is no excuse for the rest of the country not to vote, unless of course, people like the direction this country is headed.    

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