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About 65 million people tuned in Tuesday night for the debates between President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

Meanwhile, downtown, two less fortunate candidates were in police custody.

Green party candidate Dr. Jill Stein and her running mate Cheri Honkala were arrested outside of the debates, where they peacefully and professionally were trying to gain access to the event.

They were detained for eight hours for “blocking traffic” and were kept with plastic handcuffs strapping them to their chairs.

These women are on 85 percent of ballots across the country, enough to be elected.

They have innovative ideas for the country, and have a well-developed platform.

Why does our electoral process insist on bi-partisan debates between multi-million dollar campaigns. These voices are already heard across the nation. There are 4 presidential candidates with ballot access to 440 or more electoral votes. A candidate must win 270 in order to win the election. In addition to the Republican and Democratic parties are the Green Party and the Libertarian party.

Gary Johnson, former New Mexico governor is the candidate for the Libertarian Party.

Call me old-fashioned, but isn’t this exclusion kind of, well, er, un-American?

We are at a time where we the people are ready for some major changes, but for some reason we have a system that wont even allow every eligible candidate for our country’s highest office access to the debate process.

Even if these candidates stand no chance of election, their ideas are invaluable as we try to develop solutions to very complex and dire problems.

There is no harm in letting them speak. The constitution said so first.

 

The Libertarian party: http://www.lp.org/

The Green party: http://www.gp.org/index.php

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