The Presidential Debate tonight was exceptionally eye opening and informative to the American People, who got to hear not 2 views but 6 visions for America and the Presidency. Including all six candidates that are on enough ballots to win a majority of the electoral college, the American People witnessed a lively and rich panoply of ideas and were offered a true spectrum of political options to consider.
I know that not all will agree with me, but in my opinion, Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney was the most effective at offering true change this election, followed closely by Mr. Nader. If I had to rank the rest, I would put Senator Obama in third, Senator McCain in fourth, followed by Congressman Barr and Mr. Baldwin.
In the first part of the debate, I felt that McKinney’s 14 point plan to address the fiscal crisis facing America right now was right on target. In regards to Nader, I think America understands quite clearly that if Nader were the Chief Executive, like McKinney, government would be working for the people and not the corporations.
On Iraq, McKinney, Nader, Barr and Baldwin were all adamant about bringing the troops home immediately. Obama gets some props for opposing the war ‘before’ it began, but he couldn’t justify his continued funding for it or his urge for the transfer of troops to Afghanistan. McCain was the only one that claimed that we were winning the war in Iraq.
All in all, the debate between all six candidates for President that met the minimal requirements of being on enough ballots to be able to win a majority of the electoral college (sorry, Socialists, I would have loved to have seen you included), was invigorating, entertaining, and lively. America is a better informed democracy (small ‘d’) than it was before it took place.
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