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The Ohio Left, Out Of The Gubenatorial Debate

So Hackwell and Strickland plan a series of five debates. As always, they don’t invite the other parties, in this case the Libertarians and the Green candidate for governor (me). I suspect that the debates will span the political spectrum from A to B. Strickland will increasingly head to the center right as news articles indicate that he’s now picking up Republican money from lobbyists and corporate interests who see him ahead in the polls and want to invest in the next governor. As Strickland takes this Republican-tainted corporate money, he’s essentially to preserve the “pay-to-play” culture of corruption in Ohio, where donations to the governor are made in expectation of state government contracts being steered back to the firms that donate or to the interests represented by the lobbyists.

Ohio should become a clean money state – with matching funds to candidates who qualify on the ballot. Political candidates should be beholden to the people, not to the wealthiest 1% who give 90% of the money to the politicians. In the long run, this will save the state billions of dollars. Hopefully, I can talk the Libertarian candidate into joining me in crashing the planned Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-dumb debates. You know my bias, Hackwell has to be Tweedle-dumb.

On the other hand, I wouldn’t count Hackwell out. As long as he plans to count the votes, I’m sure he already has November’s election results pre-programmed. So the Democrats were right recently in calling on Hackwell to step aside. Hackwell plans to do everything in his power to shrink the Ohio electorate. That’s his only way to win. So, we might expect Hackwell to throw red meat to his far-right-wing Christo-fascist and theocratic debate, during the debate, and drag Strickland to the right. Real issues should be discussed in Ohio, from renewable energy to improving Ohio’s educational system and guaranteeing universal health care for all citizens. Strickland and Hackwell won’t do that. Only by including all candidates will a real democratic debate ensue.

8 replies
  1. coyote
    coyote says:

    Is it time for the other parties in Ohio to be heard? They were the ones contesting the last election theft and perhaps the others before.

    Where then is the support for truth in the recent past from either of these behemouths (Dems and Repubs) of the oligarchy?

    Will Blackwell implode before the election? If he does, is he prevented from stealing it again??

    The groundswell of election fraud facts and criticism grows everyday in the mainstream media.

    Stop the theft of democracy. Let The People speak. (for God’s sakes!)

  2. Dave Kovacs
    Dave Kovacs says:

    Can we have debates between Bob and the Libertarian?

    Can we protest outside the debates to let Fitrakis and Pierce debate?

    Lets get something going.


  3. 48thRonin
    48thRonin says:

    That’s a great idea to have Bob and the Libertarian debate. Preferably two days before the other debate so it can get some news play before the “big event.”

  4. coyote
    coyote says:

    Monday, June 12th On WOSU 820 AM open line Archived

    11:00 AM
    Is American democracy being stolen? George Washington University Law School Professor Spencer Overton about the “new politics of voter suppression.”


     Windows Media

  5. dael4
    dael4 says:

    Blackwell is a real threat to the root of our security/democracy because he has bought into the electronic voting ripoff and continues to railroad the innocents in the state AND the country.

  6. Dave Kovacs
    Dave Kovacs says:

    Here is my idea for the debates between Fitrakis and Peirce (the Libertarian).

    Since the Democrats and Republicans will be having 5 debates:

    We have one debate between Gubernatorial Candidates a day or two before the first “official” D-R debate.

    After the second or third “official” D-R debate, we have a debate between our Lt. Gubernatorial candidates.

    Finally, we have one more debate between Bob Fitrakis and Bill Peirce after all 5 “official” D-R debates have taken place. In this final debate, we could use exclusively questions from the D-R debate, and even use sound clips of Strickland’s and Blackwell’s responses to simulate a 4-way debate!


  7. cmconliff
    cmconliff says:

    I like the idea of taping the “official” debate and splicing replies by Fritakis and Pierce as though they were invited, but why wait until all five are over? Do it immediately after the official one airs, and then the Green and Libertarians can buy T.V. to air it — perhaps an hour after the next one airs. To avoid questions about the “appearance of impropriety”, place a frame around the video with a disclaimer that the debate has been “amended”, with a statement that the Republicans and Democrats have declined the Green and Libertarian request to participate in the debate. Media coverage over the major party hypocrisy will then be forthcoming, and may spur an invitation to the later debates…but even so, the coverage will generate interest in the future “amended” debates.

    Chuck Conliff

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