After the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) Facebook page had been bombarded with pro Gary Johnson comments, demanding that the forum invite Gary Johnson to the debate stage against Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the IAVA finally caved in after hundreds of comments, e-mails and phone calls to the organization. Only one caveat, the IAVA has invited Gary Johnson and Jill Stein to the debate stage, two notable third party candidates, but they will be on a separate debate stage then Hillary and Trump.
A lot of people are understandably frustrated or downright pissed that credentialed and viable candidates would be put on a separate stage against their two mainstream rivals, but it actually makes sense. When Presidential candidates agree to appear on a debate, their campaign signs a contract with the forum ahead of time, they set guidelines to the debate, agree to certain onsite arrangements, and ask to filter out any sensitive questions. The most likely reason for the IAVA putting Johnson and Stein on a separate debate stage is because the Hillary and Trump campaigns do not want to give name recognition to or debate third party candidates.
Third parties are a threat to the establishment and the well connected, we are a rising force in America that is poised to subvert traditional politics and shake the status quo to its very core, the Democrats and Republicans are obviously well aware of this; and they literally don’t want to be in the same room as our candidates. When Ross Perot ran in 1992 as an independent he took a considerable amount of support away from the two old parties, after the election was over the Republicans and Democrats joined forces to lobby the Commission on Presidential Debates to push back the goal posts required for Presidential candidates to appear in the presidential debates. The CPD is a 501 C3 organization that is not supposed to discriminate by favoring certain political parties or politicians, there is currently a joint lawsuit in place by the Libertarian Party and the Green Party to remove these barriers to entry.
The fact that the two party bipartisan duopoly does not want third parties to compete in American politics is discouraging, but also equally enlightening. They know that if Americans have a third, or even a fourth choice that their power is threatened, and they will not stop until they feel safe that they are the only options for Americans. The two old parties have a lot in common despite their separate labels, they are both pro wars, pro ballots, pro corporatism, pro war on drugs, pro Federal Reserve, pro PATRIOT ACT, pro NDAA, pro IMF and anti-third party. The illusions don’t stop there, the two old parties offer no radical change and will stop at nothing to keep third parties out just like they’ve done in the past.
Third parties give a voice to the voiceless, they provide sanity in an insane situation, they offer radical solutions over the status quo. If you want to empower yourself with political equity, if you want to take the power back that’s been stolen from you, if you want real change and real self-empowerment, it’s time to stop supporting the two party system. To give your vote to the old two parties is to support their undignified moral crusade on our rights and plunder of our wealth, it is to mount their narcissistic visions of grandeur and self-delusional whim on the backs of our children as debt to be carried for generations. It is time to get educated, to take up your own political sword and carve out your future. Take off the shackles of your dependence to the state and stop outsourcing your power to a three-piece suit on capitol hill. This is more than a political revolution, it is a revolution of the mind, body and spirit. We are in charge of our own destiny, and as a country we must unite and seek change in each other not politicians. Take back the power and support a political movement rather than a political party. The difference between Libertarian Party and the big two, is that they give power back to where it originated, the people, not take power away. To realize that we are the source of power and that ultimately real change has always come from the people, not government, is the first step to political enlightenment, and the old two powers are very, very afraid of you finding out.