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Christina Tobin of Free & Equal interviews Amber Lyon, Emmy Award winning journalist and whistle blower. Free & Equal has been on the fore front against the limited choices that We The People have been stuck with thanks to the two party duopoly sitting in D.C. Please visit Free & Equal and support their actions as best you can. The lead in and interview to follow.
Emmy Award-Winning Whistle Blower Amber Lyon Broke Away from CNN; Here’s Her Side of the Story!
Free & Equal empowers people to demand liberty, honesty and integrity from those they vote for. Amber Lyon is encouraging Americans to demand the same from journalists. Together, honest journalism and open elections can transform America – and that change is already beginning.
Amber Lyon, a three-time Emmy award-winning journalist, became famous during the Arab Spring, when she reported on Bahrain’s human rights violations and couldn’t get CNN to air certain stories; she investigated further and discovered that CNN was in fact was taking money from dictators worldwide in exchange for content.
Since Amber Lyon was fired after over a year of conflict with her bosses, she has been pursuing her vision of journalism by acting “as a watchdog of government and a muckraker, not a puppet.”
Free & Equal is dedicated to supporting integrity like Amber’s by uniting all honest media, musicians, authors, leaders, and providing support for grassroots movements and causes, including breaking the stranglehold of the two-party system.
Free & Equal’s next two podcasts will feature Intellectual Revolution’s Ty Loomis and Matt McKinney (www.intellectualrevolution.tv). Then 2012 Presidential Candidates -Gov. Gary Johnson of Libertarian Party (www.garyjohnson2012.com) and Jill Stein of the Green Party (www.jillstein.org). Stay tuned!
Creating honest media can only be done with the help of people who are tired of mainstream misdirection.
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Please note that the debate has been rescheduled for November 5th due to hurricane Sandy.
Libertarian Party candidate Gov. Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein will sound off once more before Election Day, with both presidential hopefuls now slated to debate live from RT’s Washington, DC studio on November 5.
Tens of thousands around the globe watched earlier this week when broadcasting legend Larry King moderated a debate between the top third-party candidates live from Chicago. As those politicians continue to be shunned by the mainstream media and political establishment alike, though, they remain excluded from presenting their platform to the country on the eve of a historic election. RT aims to make a difference, however, and will host Johnson and Stein to speak their minds on the topics Americans really care about in 2012.
Following the success of this week’s Third Party Presidential Debate broadcast on RT live from Chicago, the top candidates as selected by voters on the Free and Equal Elections Foundation website will move on to a second debate from the nation’s capital, this time answering questions dedicated solely to foreign policy.
“The voters have spoken, and we are pleased to announce that Gary Johnson and Jill Stein will advance to the second debate,” Christina Tobin, founder and chair of Free and Equal, tells RT.
When Johnson and Stein took the stage to participate in the first third-party debate this year, the candidates sounded off on questions that, while vital to the voting public, were absent from the discussions held between President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney during the televised debates that selected only Democrat and Republican politicians to participate.
The debate, which was originally set for October 30, was postponed as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
The second and final third-party presidential debate will be held on November 5 from 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Eastern Time, (November 6, 1:00 a.m. – 2:30 a.m. GMT) and will be aired on RT America as well as RT.com and on RT’s YouTube channel.
Following the Free and Equal 3rd Party Debate held on October 24th I was asked about my thoughts on the candidates outside of the scope of topics covered. As all my support and efforts in these last two presidential election cycles have been devoted to promoting Dr. Ron Paul my history on these third party candidates is limited. For a bit of historical perspective I did remember an excellent Gary Franchi interview with former NM Gov. Gary Johnson that I had watched early on in March 2011.
Below is the Gary Franchi interview mentioned above to offer a deeper look into Gary Johnson for those that inquired. I am sure with simple efforts interviews with the other 3rd party candidates is available.
A reminder for those interested, the second Presidential Debate of 3rd Party Candidates by Free and Equal will be held on October 30th from Washington D.C.
Remember, NO vote is a wasted vote when cast for who you truly believe in!
Uploaded by lonelantern on Mar 24, 2011
If you want to know where Gary Johnson stands on the issues, this is the interview to watch. Gary Franchi sits down with the former New Mexico Governor to discuss Libya, Obama, 2012, Abortion, the United Nations, Small Government, the Federal Reserve, the deficit, Militias, the Second Amendment, Immigration, the Border, Drugs, Civil Liberties and the Constitution. Join the discussion at RTR.org.
There is no democracy in the United States.
American political life is dominated by one party with two heads, often called the “Republicrats”.
Republicans and Democrats agree on core issues and only argue on technicalities. Obama, who was portrayed as a peaceful saviour in the last presidential elections, has demonstrated during his four years in office that he is not much different from his predecessor.
Nobel “Peace” Prize Laureate Barack Obama’s “war record” is worse than that of George W. Bush; the civil rights of Americans have shrunk further in the last four years and President Obama has shown that that is he is closer to Wall Street than to Main Street.
Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are more of the same on key issues as Glen Ford explains:
To any objective observer, the consensus that exists between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on the fundamental issues of war and peace, Wall Street’s dominance of American life, and fiscal austerity, has been made crystal clear in the two “debates.” In the absence of effective popular resistance to the duopoly of money, the economic and social crisis fails to create a corresponding political crisis for the rulers. As a result, there is nothing important for them to debate. (Glen Ford, Obama-Romney: The Duopoly Debates Itself)
But how are Presidential debates regulated? The history of the Commission on Presidential Debates sheds light on how and why other parties are excluded from the political debate and kept away from the public’s eyes and ears:
The Commission on Presidential Debates is a private corporation headed by the former chairmen of the Republican and Democratic parties. The CPD is a duopoly which allows the major party candidates to draft secret agreements about debate arrangements including moderators, debate format and even participants. The result is a travesty riddled with sterile, non-contentious arguments which consistently exclude alternative voices that Americans want to hear. (VIDEO : SpartacusMoriarty, The Truth About the Commission on Presidential Debates)
In 2008, while the Republicrats agreed on bailing out Wall Street, ALL other presidential candidates were against this massive institutionalized fraud. Thanks to the Commission on Presidential Debates, Americans were led to believe that the bank bailout was not only inevitable but in the public interest. Americans were not prevented from hearing the dissenting political voices, who were opposed to this odious debt. The same goes for the Republicrats’ Imperial design fueled by “the war on terrorism and regime change, defended by both Romney and Obama as a legitimate “humanitarian” undertaking
The 2012 Third Party Presidential Debate participants include Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson, Green Party candidate Jill Stein, Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode, & Justice Party candidate Rocky Anderson.
The debate was moderated by Larry King & hosted by the Free And Equal Elections Foundation at the Hilton Chicago. Topics discussed include war on drugs, legalization of marijuana, foreign policy, civil liberties, economy, education reform, & domestic policy. For more about the Third Party Presidential Debate, click here:
All credits to: ORA TV
Remember to go to http://freeandequal.org/ and vote for who you feel won the debate. Then standby for the top two candidates to face off in a debate next Tuesday to be held in Washington D.C.
The defense bill that lets the government indefinitely detain any US citizen without charge or trial wasn’t mentioned once during the three presidential debates, but that didn’t stop activists from sounding off: #StopNDAA went worldwide Monday night.
A campaign aimed at drawing awareness to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 and a draconian provision that provides the government the power to lock-up any person on mere suspicion of terrorist ties succeeded during Monday’s third and final presidential debate. “#StopNDAA” was among the most popular hashtags included in messages sent over Twitter Monday night, at one point entering the list of top worldwide trends.
The action was coordinated thanks in part to a grassroots campaign orchestrated by Revolution Truth and Demand Progress, among others, advertised through StopNDAA.org and endorsed by thousands of activists across the globe.
“Both parties are colluding in denying you your First and Fifth amendment rights under the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, and both candidates refuse to discuss this bipartisan assault on civil liberties,” a message posted on the Stop NDAA website reads.
Elsewhere on the site, examples of sample tweets were included alongside information about the annual Pentagon spending blueprint that was drafted last year to include a provision, Section 1021, that affirms that the president can use military force to imprison any person considered to have “substantially supported” a terrorist group engaged in hostilities against the US or its allies. Under the law, though, the commander-in-chief can also lock-up any individual until a vaguely defined “end of hostilities” without ever being required to try them in a court of law.
By Lori Stacey
During Gary Johnson‘s entire campaign as the Libertarian nominee, he has consistently been making the claim that he is the only 3rd party candidate that will be on all 50 states’ ballots even though that would be impossible for any candidate to claim as the ballot access battle continues to rage on for all 3rd party candidates. As if this claim has not been bad enough considering he was well aware last week that the Oklahoma Supreme Court already delivered their decision to not allow him on their ballot, he is not only continuing to make the 50 state claim but his false exaggerated claims about his other opponents’ ballot access has continued to grow to the point of being egregiously dishonest.
In a recent campaign swing through Minnesota, he now claims in a segment broadcast by Minnesota Public Radio, that his opponent Virgil Goode is supposedly only going to be on 8 states’ ballots and that Jill Stein will only be on 30. A simple google search will show you that the latest real facts are that Virgil Goode is now on 26 state ballots and counting and that Jill Stein has already secured 38 states and counting. When you add to these numbers the fact that these candidates are also being set-up as certified write-in candidates in states they are not successful in getting on the ballot, it would be more honest to project at this point that Johnson, Goode and Stein will all be available to vote for in over 40 states and that once again, there will not be any 3rd party candidate able to secure all 50 state full ballot access without relying on write-in status.
In his stump speech rhetoric, he continues to use these false claims about the other candidates supposedly not being viable to launch himself into a round of having to only compare himself to Obama and Romney. As his routine goes along, he then can falsely claim a long list of, “I am the ONLY candidate that……..” based on his own false claims that the other 3rd party choices should not even be taken into consideration, therefore they don’t count in his long list of claims comparing himself to the major party candidates.
By Jack Hunter
Last night’s Republican primary win for Ron Paul-endorsed congressional candidate Thomas Massie in Kentucky was simply the latest indicator of the powerful influence of Paul and his movement. Today at The Washington Times, Kevin Kelly runs down some of the ways in which Dr. Paul has influenced American political discourse:
In spite of the success of Paul’s strategy in accumulating delegates, many pundits insist that Paul remains a non factor… they miss the truly “big story” of the 2012 election. That is, that Ron Paul, mobilizing both young and old with his message of liberty tempered by personal responsibility, and government power tempered by accountability, has already won far more than the election. He has won the trust and the imagination of the people, Rocky Balboa-style.
Consider the issue of the Federal Reserve, where Dr. Paul has been an outspoken critic of the Fed’s policies for years. When Paul proposed a bill to audit the Federal Reserve in 1983, he had not a single Republican or Democrat who was willing to co-sponsor the measure. When he reintroduced it in 2011, every Republican and several Democrats in the House signed onto Paul’s bill.
Almost every Republican candidate vying for the nomination this year supported a full independent audit of the Federal Reserve, and many demanded that Chairman Bernanke be fired… Paul’s views on the Federal Reserve are no longer outside the mainstream. According to a survey published by Bloomberg in 2010, most Americans believe that the Fed should be severely reigned in or altogether abolished…
Some Republicans like Ron Paul’s ideas when it comes to issues that are economic, but most haven’t completely embraced his views on foreign policy. Despite GOP objections, most of the American people and American troops agree that it is time for the United States to stop policing the world and engaging in nation building missions. Several polls have shown that more than half of the American people agree that it is time for the United States to withdraw from Afghanistan… This probably explains why Paul receives more campaign contributions from members of our military than Obama or Romney.
Republicans are beginning to slowly come around to Paul’s view of foreign policy. This was evident when many conservatives stood with the Congressman in opposing the Libyan conflict overseas. In a recent speech, Florida Senator Marco Rubio talked about the growing divide in the Republican Party between interventionists and non-interventionists. He went on to say: “Until very recently, the general perception was that American Conservatism believed in a robust and muscular foreign policy … But when I arrived in the Senate last year I found that some of the traditional sides in the foreign policy debate had shifted. On the one hand, I found liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans working together to advocate our withdrawal from Afghanistan, and staying out of Libya. On the other hand I found myself partnering with Democrats … on a more forceful foreign policy … I recently joked that today, in the US Senate, on foreign policy, if you go far enough to the right, you wind up on the left.”
Paul’s adherence to Austrian economics is also meeting with greater acceptance in mainstream America. This theory of economics, once unknown and obscure, is now beginning to receive interest and respect. In fact, Austrian economist F.A. Hayek’s “The Road to Serfdom” was recently on the bestsellers list…
Every day, more people are coming around to Ron Paul’s way of thinking. Paul’s message continues to attract and inspire many young people, challenging them to question their government and to change the status quo. These leaders of tomorrow will take the ideas that Paul espouses and inject them into their respective professions, be they academia, politics, business, law, health, or other. This timeline will ensure that Paul’s ideals will continue to enter into the mainstream long after Paul’s campaign for the presidency ends. Ron Paul may or may not win the Republican nomination, but he has won the battle of ideas. Many are moving in Paul’s direction, and that is a victory larger than winning the Republican nomination.
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By Justin Sink
Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman faced off for a televised debated on fiscal policy Monday afternoon in a battle likely to appeal to policy wonks on both sides of the political spectrum.
The two staked out positions that predictably offered sharp contrasts, with Paul emphasizing his belief in “very small government” during the appearance on Bloomberg TV.
“I emphasize personal liberties. I don’t like a managed economy, whether it’s through central economic planning or monetary policy or even Congress doing it. It’s a completely different philosophy that markets are supposed to work, you know, in a natural way,” the Texas congressman said.
Krugman, meanwhile, described Paul as “living in the world that was 150 years ago.”
“History tells us that in fact a completely unmanaged economy is subject to extreme volatility, subject to extreme downturns. I know this legend that some people like that the Great Depression was somehow caused by the government or the Federal Reserve, but that’s not true. The reality is it was a market economy run amok, which happens repeatedly,” the Nobel Prize-winning economist said.
That prompted Paul to one-up Krugman, saying the columnist “wants to go back 1,000 years or 2,000 years just as the Romans and the Greeks and all other countries debased their currency.”
“What did the Romans do to their currency? The Byzantine Empire had a gold standard for a thousand years and they did quite well and they didn’t fight wars. But the Roman empire eventually destroyed their currency. They put in wage and price controls before they diluted the metals. They inflated. They thought wealth could come by fooling the people,” Paul said.
Krugman, offering a wiry smile, quipped that, “I’m not a defender of the economic policies of the Emperor Diocletion, let’s make that clear.”
While the two ideological foes broke little new ground, the conversation nevertheless provided a fairly substantive discussion for mid-afternoon cable news.
Paul also pledged to stay in the Republican presidential race until “all the votes are counted.”
“Just look at this last week. The news is very favorable to us. We could even end up winning Iowa, ironically enough. In Minnesota, we’re doing well, and Maine, Nevada and Missouri. We’re doing very, very well. Some of the states we could very well win or come up very much because the delegate process is completely different than these straw votes. We’re pleased … It’s another month or so until they count all the delegates and we find out where we stand,” Paul said.
The Texas congressman added that his support for presumptive nominee Mitt Romney “depends” on what his platform would end up being.
“If I disagree with every single thing in his platform, it’s going to be tough. If it’s 100 percent opposite on everything I have said on civil liberties, on war issues, on spending cuts, on monetary policy, you know, what can I do?” Paul said. “We have millions of people now supporting our campaign, and millions that haven’t been heard from because they’re independents and Democrats that are unhappy with Obama. To support somebody that might have 100 percent opposite views of mine would be difficult. Hopefully [Romney] sticks to his guns about not raising taxes.”