This is theatrical — not a real reform at all.
Washington Post, 17 March 2015
A group of political elders, concerned that the American public is losing faith in the presidential election system, is pushing for changes to general-election debate rules to make it easier for independent candidates to gain traction.
The group, called Change the Rule, recently wrote a letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates, the nonpartisan organization that runs general-election debates, urging it to eliminate the rule requiring non-major-party candidates to average at least 15 percent in public polling to participate.
ROBERT STEELE: This is cosmetic crap. Merely looking at the list of those signing is like reading an invitation list for the two-party tyranny. This is neither well-intentioned nor real. As long as Independents and small parties and unaffiliated are blocked from ballot access, as long as Diebold machines are used to steal primaries from the likes of Ron Paul and to manipulate the final general election votes, as long as gerrymandering cheats 60% of the eligible voters out of a meaningful vote, suggestions such as this one are infantile maliciously deceptive cosmetic crap.
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