I realize for many POM readers this is nothing out of the ordinary. There is, however, the possibility that a little explaining may move others from their constant state of cognitive dissonance to a better understanding of the electoral fraud perpetuated every two years in the U.S. by an army of actors, “players” (and other predator types) and funders. Citizen-voters are the mark, always have been.
This particular example is being played out in Montana, USA. I will be short. Here https://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/news/2018/06/11/montana-senate-candidates-debate-forums/692623002/ we can see on public display another key element — media manipulation of political debates — of the anatomy of a “rigged election.” This element alone cannot sway an entire election, but helps enforce the myth that there’s an organic “two-party” system. No journalism, no democracy, no moral foundation, just power and money talking.
As a Green Party candidate, thousands of signatures of registered voters must be gathered just to qualify to appear on the ballot. Montana has cleverly created a petition deadline in March. I’m usually skiing from November through March. So, we can add the March (winter) deadline for third-party signature requirements to the other obstacles erected to eliminate competition. This year Greens qualified for the ballot.
Add the $1,750 filling fee for U.S. Senate and U.S. House candidates. In a state with a median annual income of less than $50,000, that can be a significant barrier to any prospective candidate.
Reacting to Greens qualifying for the November ballot, Democrats sued the Montana Secretary of State for certifying “irregular” signatures in key voting districts. Democrats are desperate to disqualify and remove the Green Party from the ballot. This lawsuit is pending in state district court, which effectively grinds any Green Party campaign to a halt because of the uncertainty it creates. Try fundraising in this atmosphere? Who wants to spend money promoting a Green candidate when it could all end tomorrow by judge’s order? There is a bit of irony to all this, of course. For decades Democrats have been screaming about voter suppression by Republicans. They even have an entire plank https://www.democrats.org/party-platform#voting-rights in the party platform on protecting voter’s rights. So, we can add the list Democrats suing to oust Greens from the ballot and suppress any possibility of voters choosing a Green Party candidate in November’s general election.
Now cometh the Montana Broadcasters Association, cheerfully putting its thumb on the scales of fair competition and open debate. Alone, this corporate meddling may not be a game-changer, but when added to the other obstacles thrown down to stop competition in American elections, it is significant. Rigging debates could be the final nail in Montana’s so-called “democratic-elections.”
The “our democracy” meme is a huge lie we all live with daily. Repeated ad nauseam in the mainstream media, we’re keeping the illusion alive for unsuspecting voters. This could be called the “Tinkerbell effect.” Clap if you want to keep democracy alive.
So, here in Montana, we’re working hard to make sure you cannot vote for the candidate of your choice (association and free speech). Third party candidates threaten the fake two-party system, and therefore cannot be treated equally under the law, or anywhere in the media either. The First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution have no real meaning in everyday American life. Free and fair elections simply do not exist today. And, yes, journalism is as rare as bird shit in a cuckoo clock.