by Michael O’McCarthy
LA Free Press
Dec. 13. 2007
Today it happened in Des Moines, Iowa. The Des Moines Register, owned by the corporate controlled media monster, Gannet, and Iowa Public Broadcasting, yet another dumbed down version of the Peter’s Principle PBS, banned Dennis Kucinich from its debate.
Not One. Not One of the pretenders to democracy from the Democratic Party hierarchy protested.
The petty reason given for the Kucinich ban was: 1- his state campaign headquarters was located in the home of the state coordinator. There are now hundreds of thousands of professionals who tele-commute, housing their offices in their homes. Approved by both state and federal tax agencies.
2- He didn’t have a full time paid campaign employee. This is not the rich persons campaign of Clinton, Obama and Edwards. This is a people’s campaign where every penny counts. This is simply class war now being played by the Democrats against their own ‘base.”
What we have is a perfect example of what that “progressive” change candidate Edwards touts as his dissenting theme: a “rigged” government that is totally “corrupt.” Thanks John. Not a peep about the rigged debate.
Not a peep from any of them: this served their interests. No more squirming in their thousand dollars designer suits next to the humbly dressed candidate from the working class. It was yet another time when they didn’t need to sit silently by as TV anchor after TV anchor avoided including Kucinich in the debate. One more time when they could avoid the obvious: when he answers questions the audience knows the difference between the truth he speaks and the lies they spin. One more time when they could play pass the ball amongst their peers to the exclusion of anyone outside the club.
These pols represent that very worst of the Democratic Party Machine that wants power for itself and its clients: the corporate controllers of the United States government. And the cowards they are, they will easily consent to anything that will limit the chance that Kucinich might be “electable” too if his message is heard. And its not just shame on them. Because these parasites have no shame.
Its shame on the progressive community for not standing up for both principle and ethical politics. AND lastly, shame on the Kucinich campaign for not taking this issue to the streets. If they won’t fight the fight, then there is no fight left in this campaign.
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