Brought To You By “Clean Coal:” All You Need To Know About the 2012 Obama- Romney Debates


A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon


What do we do when choices between major presidential candidates aren't real choices, and debates between them not real debates? Real or not, the scripted and controlled events put on by the corporate “Commission” on Presidential Debates are heralded by corporate media as the opportunity to compare Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, as if a meaningful “choice” existed between them.

Brought To You By “Clean Coal:” All You Need To Know About the 2012 Obama- Romney Debates

A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

A few weeks ago, we wrote about the top 15 things that Mitt Romney and Barack Obama agree on. It was a list that easily could have been longer.

Both agree on more money for the military, more wars in more countries, more drone killings, more privatizations of schools, roads and everything else in sight, and more bailouts for banksters, and continuing the 40 year war on drugs. Both say no, though in different language to minimum wage increases and the right to organize unions and strike. Both say no to climate change treaties, or even negotiations that might lead to such treaties, and both say no to foreclosure moratoriums, WPA style job creation programs and Medicare For All. Neither one will prosecute banksters or torturers, or talk much at all about poverty, although the last time there were this many poor a Democrat called for a War on Poverty.

Given their areas of agreement alone, the presidential debates won't be real debates. The so-called Presidential Debate Commission is a private corporation founded by leaders of the two corporate parties, who choose the format, the location, the moderators and the questions, and explicitly draw up the rules to exclude candidates and parties other than Democrats and Republicans.

Although the broadcast airwaves have existed longer than the sun, and cable networks everywhere run beneath public roads and streets, US law lets private corporations determine on their own what political messages reach the population by controlling news and demanding large sums of money for a few seconds of commercials. These large amounts of money can only be gotten from the same plutocratic shot calling individuals and corporations who make the careers of Republicans like Mitt Romney and Democrats like Barack Obama possible.

How irresponsible, how locked down, how deceitfully scripted and divorced from the real world in which most of us live are these presidential debates? Besides everything the candidates agree on, and who runs the so-called debate “commission”, all you need to know is that one of the marquee sponsors of the 2012 presidential debates, and the 2008 ones as well, is an industry front group called the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. Both Republican and Democratic presidential candidates are deep in the pocket of “clean coal,” as they are in the pockets of Big Ag, Big Insurance, military contractors, Wall Street and other centers of real power.

One answer to the lack of real discussions presented us by the rigged “commission” on presidential debates will be Occupy The Debates, a project undertaken by Occupy activists in multiple cities, in which a live meeting will entertain live questions from a live audience. Occupy the Debates' first scheduled public meeting will be in Denver CO, the same evening as the first so-called “debate” between the two corporate candidates. Occupy the Debates will be streamed live on the internet that evening, and will include the participation of Black Agenda Report co-counder Glen Ford. Several occupy movements around the country are expected to follow suit and organize their own local events over the next few weeks. For more information on real debates on real issues, visit Occupy the Debates, either on FaceBook or at That's

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Bruce A. Dixon is managing editor at Black Agenda Report, and a member of the state committee of the Georgia Green Party. He lives and works in Marietta GA, and can be reached at bruce.dixon(at)


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Iyanla: Please, pretty please, "fix my life"

The Grand Compromise, coming to a theater near you.

The cheering after Obama's re-election will be short lived, the tears of ectasy will soon turn into tears of sorrow and teeth gnashing.

 An excerpt from the article below:

"An agreement in the spirit of the Simpson-Bowles deficit recommendations should be the focus of post-election work but will have to include tax increases as well as reductions in entitlement programs, Sperling insisted.

"One has to hope there will be a great spirit of compromise, a great willingness not to see compromise as a dirty word," he said.
From The Detroit News:

Boy you gotta love ol Abe Lincoln 2.0.  The poor, working and Middle Class, especially persons of color, are about to witness one of the greatest betrayals in U.S. history.  This will occur on top of one of the greatest wealth transfers (and destructions) in the history of mankind.

 Obama is gonna F***k them up so bad, it's going to be a ratings bonanza for the OWN network and Iyanla Vanzant, she gone be fixing a shit load of lives as folks walk around in a daze, trying to wrap their minds around the betrayal.

And Rev. Al and Jesse won't say a peep, it's the White boy from Vermont that's sounding the clarion call, not the "Brothers from the Hood," they too busy "integrating."  LOL

Happy New Year boys and girls!

"Iyanla, Fix My Life"  LOL