Herman Cain announced that he is suspending his presidential campaign. He said that he would be endorsing one of the remaining GOP hopefuls soon. He plans to remain active in the political arena, promoting his economic plan.
He remained defiant about the allegations of sexual misconduct, and continued to deny all charges.
Endorsements do not automatically transfer supporters to another candidate. Many of his supporters seem to be supporting Newt Gingrich now, who has risen in the polls as Herman Cain’s stock was falling.
Whether Herman Cain was guilty or not, we still need to do something to remove the TV networks control over our electoral process. Letting the networks stage these debates is unfair to third party candidates as they usually exclude third party candidates.
They also try to slant the debates toward a liberal or conservative viewpoint, and the network provides the questions.
Politics is big business for the TV networks. In 2008 candidate Obama spent nearly a half billion dollars, most of it on TV advertising. John McCain spent around 85 million dollars as he chose public financing for his campaign. Both parties also pay for the races of congressional candidates in tight races, and the total for all political advertising is really big money.
As I have said before, every big city has a convention center. There is no reason the city or the state couldn’t sponsor these debates. The candidate’s expense would be transportation from one debate to the next, and hotel accommodations. If the networks want to cover that news, they can cover it like any other news story, at their own expense.
Third party candidates would get a fair shake in that arrangement. They are discriminated against by the TV networks now as third parties can’t spend the hundreds of millions of dollars on TV advertising the two major parties can.
Where do the parties get all of that money? They get campaign money from big corporations, Political Action Committees, wealthy individuals, and perhaps foreign countries. Why would anyone contribute millions to these political parties? They expect to gain an advantage over their competitors from legislation passed by that party.
Then who really controls the two major parties? It isn’t we the people. It is whoever is paying the bills. We have seen that our congress is powerless to make any change that might benefit the country and its citizens for fear of angering these campaign contributors, and big voting blocks.
They are willing to watch the 14 million unemployed Americans suffer because they do not pay the campaign bills.
Our most urgent task is to change the congressional culture in Washington D.C. We have tried writing our congressmen, signing petitions, calling them, and sending them letters and telegrams. They have completely ignored us. We do not pay the bills.
Congress and our president passed Obamacare over the protests of 75 percent of the American people. Your congressman and my congressman voted for that legislation without even reading it. They have bailed out big banks, automobile companies, and solar companies. Are they now going to bail out Europe?
There are two things we the people can do to get their attention; we can vote the whole bunch out, and we can all join the Libertarian party.
As a card carrying Libertarian you can vote for anyone, as long as you don’t change your voter registration. So it doesn’t really change who you can vote for. If the ranks of the Libertarian party start to grow by leaps and bounds, that will get the attention of both parties, as they watch that sort of thing.
If you really want to get their attention you can register to vote libertarian too. Unfortunately that will prevent you from voting in the democratic or republican primary elections, although you can still vote in the general election. You can vote in the Libertarian primary election, if they have one.
The shape the country is in it wouldn’t hurt to fire both barrels, that would send a message to the guys we can’t vote out this election cycle.