Once again, the Commission on Presidential Debates – a private corporation founded by Republican and Democratic party bosses, run by lobbyists, and sponsored by big corporations – has locked the door to all presidential candidates outside the two corporate-sponsored parties. Sorry, little Billy.
The good news is that people are starting to take notice and fight back… and if that Ron Paul/Ralph Nader/Cynthia McKinney/Chuck Baldwin joint news conference didn’t convince you that change is coming, then ThirdPartyTicket.com just might. Inspired by the “Third Party Unity” press conference, ThirdPartyTicket.com is holding a money bomb to sponsor an open presidential debate with all six ballot-qualified candidates – Baldwin, Barr, McCain, McKinney, Nader, and Obama – invited to participate.
What is a money bomb, you ask? Here’s how it works: visitors to the site pledge to donate on a set day, which in this case is Wednesday 8 October 2008. You don’t have to commit to a certain amount – it’s enough to simply pledge that you’ll donate something. When the day of the money bomb arrives, pledgers will be reminded by email to donate, and visitors to the site will be able to watch in real time as the open debate fund surges upward. Raising a large amount of money in a short period of time generates media buzz, which means more people hear about and watch the debate.
If ThirdPartyTicket.com reaches 10,000 pledges by October 8th – and they’re already at 7,500 as of October 3rd – then the plan for an open debate in New York City will go forward. The debate will be broadcast online at BreakTheMatrix.com. As Cynthia McKinney put it: “If not us… who? If not now… when?”