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The Many Holes in the Denver Debate

Alexander Reed Kelly
Associate Editor
In December 2010, Alex was arrested for civil disobedience outside the White House alongside Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, Pentagon whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg, healthcare activist Margaret Flowers and…
Alexander Reed Kelly

The bloated Pentagon budget, the mounting ravages of climate change and governmental threats to civil liberties were among the issues that were missing from the presidential debate this week.

John Andrews at Daily Kos lamented the fact that Green Party candidate Jill Stein and Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party were not allowed to participate in Wednesday’s debate. Had they been, the public might have learned that “[h]alf of Americans are living in poverty or close to it,” that [climate change] “is killing a lot more people than terrorists” and that the “indefinite detention bill, the Patriot Act and the growing spying network of the Department of Homeland Security” are making a joke of the notion of “consent of the governed.”

— Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

John Andrews at Daily Kos:

If the two-candidate presidential debate from Denver proved anything, it was that President Obama is a terrible spokesperson for progressive values. Romney’s fervent claims that free market capitalism solves all problems could not be rebutted in any convincing way by a president who has spent the last four year betraying every progressive constituency that elected him.

At one point the president made the Romneyesque assertion that ” The genius of America is the free enterprise system.” Really? I thought the genius of America was that just power is based on the consent of the governed.

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