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Letter: Let Johnson participate in presidential debates

Let Johnson participate in presidential debates

Last week, the Commission on Presidential Debates decided to extend invitations to two of the candidates in this year’s election. The Democrat and Republican candidates will appear on the stage presenting the narrow visions of the two most unpopular options for president in the history of the United States. Americans might believe that they have to choose one or the other because this is their only choice. Our democracy is boiled down to the “lesser of two evils” with people voting for a candidate they don’t like or believe in simply to stop the other.

However, there are candidates who are being shut out of the debate. Their voice and their vision have been deemed irrelevant by the commission. This comes as no surprise. The commission is a private organization run by the Republicans and Democrats.

In a free country, the interests of liberty and democracy are served when we the people are able to hear and choose for ourselves. President John F. Kennedy once said, “Without debate, without criticism, no administration and no country can succeed – and no republic can survive.” The debates should draw attention to the issues and present a clear plan for our nation from the people who aspire to lead it.

The Libertarian candidate, Gary Johnson, should be on the stage. He is on the ballot in all 50 states and has a proven record. Let him debate. After all, we are adults and we can handle it.

Karl Zielezinski


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