Wow – so I was reading a news story about McCain and/or Obama taking public financing (which I did a blog post on, available here: https://inkslwc.wordpress.com/2008/04/11/obama-reconsidering-taking-public-financing-and-its-85-million-spending-limit-pledge), and I came accross this statement by Barack Obama to reporters earlier today:
“I would like to see a system preserved and I intend, if I am the nominee, to have conversations with Senator McCain about how to move forward in a way that doesn’t allow third parties to overwhelm the system.” (emphasis mine)
Um … wow. If we don’t allow as many 3rd parties in as want to join, what does that say for democracy?
Obama says he wants change, but all he really wants is to keep the 2-party system the way it is, that way either a Republican or a Democrat is always guaranteed to be in power, so instead of hte Democrats having to fight off 5 parties, Obama only wants them to have to fight off 1.
This just left me speechless. I mean, I know that 99% of Republicans and Democrats who are actually IN POWER don’t want 3rd parties coming in (because that would mean more competition for them), but I didn’t think that somebody would actually come out and say it!