Michigan has officially lost my confidence in every returning to a people first state. Today we learned that the two major party candidates for Governor are going to bless the people with one gubernatorial debate on October 10th, but the public will not be invited to attend.
Furthermore, neither of the other candidates running for Michigan Governor will be there either, a complete violation of their 1st Amendment rights and voter disenfranchisement. What is especially dubious about this public free debate is that it’s being funded by Michigan taxpayer’s dollars, and being recorded inside the Detroit Pubic Television station in Wixom.
How could such voter treachery go unnoticed? Well, it’s a sad day in America and has been for quit some time. In my research on why all party candidates running for governor are not included in the televised debates, I learned that a few people, not voted into office or even serving in public office decided who the voters get to see and hear in the gubernatorial debates.
This is voter blasphemy especial in a year when independent candidates are finally getting the recognition and votes they deserve because in most circumstances those independent candidates are for average American families and not special interest and big business sweethearts that the Democratic/Republican team is so fond of supporting.
Green party Governor Candidate from 2002 Doug Campbell recalled how he was actually arrested for showing up to the governors debate in which he was a viable candidate in. After an illuminating discussion with the Oakland County Green Party Chair, I furthered learned that the reason why those third party candidates are not invited to the debate is because they received less than 10% of the vote in the polls ran by – yep you guessed it the mega-party tyranny knows as the Democratic and Republican parties. Those same polls in which the third party candidates never appear on, so how could they ever get 10% of the anticipated vote? Furthermore he informed me that only the Bureau of Elections can decide who a legitimate candidate is, and at the time of his shameful arrest by the Brighton Police Department, not only was Doug Campbell a completely registered candidate with the State he received over 20,000 votes in the Governor’s election that year.
This catch-22 created solely to mislead and keep the voting public in the dark about their real choices for public office is criminal. Unfortunately true patriots like Doug Campbell and the third party candidates running for Governor do not have the mass financial resources it would take to bring a law suit in order to end this fraudulent practice in Michigan and across our nation.
If I have learned one thing about politics, I learned that if you don’t have the money, then you better have people power. I hope you, like myself, will contact the Public Television station in Wixom at 248.305.3700 or email Detroit Public Television by visiting their website at www.dptv.org, and demand all candidates are represented in the only televised debate for governor in Michigan, your vote is your voice, don’t remain silent.
Sources: Doug Campbell / Oakland County Green Party Chair / 248.542.5216
Letter from the Brighton Jail / Doug Campbell / http://www.greens.org/s-r/29/29-08.html
Detroit Public Television Wixom / 248.305.3773