Debate Rules Reveal Presidential Puppet Show
October 17, 2012 by Sam Rolley
Americans are told that this is the Presidential election that will determine the direction for the Nation’s future. The populace is told that a contest is under way between two ideologues — each with a separate vision for the United States and its people, and each with a different plan of action.
The election is in the final moments of a battle royal of impassioned Presidential candidates, with the finer points illustrated for the citizens of the Nation via nationally televised Presidential debates.
The portion of the population that believes this — the greater portion, no less — is simply made up of useful idiots that, in their ignorance, deserve the fate that will befall the populace of this Nation.
The truth is that the Democratic Party and Republican Party elite are orchestrating every aspect of the Presidential campaign to the benefit of the two-party political machine and the corporate and financial monied elite that have assumed plutocratic control of the United States.
A copy of the 21-page memorandum of understanding signed by the campaigns of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney that establishes the rules the two candidates must follow in debates like that which took place last night was published by TIME’s Mark Halperin this week. The document makes it clear that Americans didn’t witness a debate so much as they watched a two-party press conference.
Here is a selection of the rules set forth in the document which was signed prior to the initial Oct. 3 Presidential debate:
- “The candidates may not ask each other direct questions during any of the four debates.”
- “The candidates shall not address each other with proposed pledges.”
- “At no time during the October 3 First Presidential debate shall either candidate move from his designated area behind the respective podium.”
- For last night’s debate, “the moderator will not ask follow-up questions or comment on either the questions asked by the audience or the answers of the candidates during the debate….”
- “The audience members shall not ask follow-up questions or otherwise participate in the extended discussion, and the audience member’s microphone shall be turned off after he or she completes asking the questions.”
- “[T]he Commission shall take appropriate steps to cut-off the microphone of any…audience member who attempts to pose any question or statement different than that previously posed to the moderator for review.”
- “No candidate may reference or cite any specific individual sitting in a debate audience (other than family members) at any time during a debate.”
- “Each candidate may move about in a pre-designated area, as proposed by the Commission and approved by each campaign, and may not leave that area while the debate is under way.”
Here’s the entire document:
The Commission on Presidential Debates (read: the Democratic and Republican Party elite controlling the debates) want no spontaneity or passion from either candidate.
The creator of the following video did a pretty good job of explaining why: