Letter: Democracy

January 20, 2014 

The powers that be in America allow democracy to flourish at the local level, but not at the national level.

In the 2008 election, third-party candidate Ralph Nader was barred from participating in the debate in Indianapolis. When he and his entourage arrived to watch the proceedings, they were surrounded by police and escorted out of the auditorium.

In the 2012 election, Green Party candidate Jill Stein and her female running mate were also barred from participating in the televised debates. When they showed up to watch the debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. , they were denied entrance. They engaged in a peaceful sitdown strike to protest. They were surrounded by police, handcuffed, arrested for trespassing and taken to jail.

Is democracy in America fixed? If we had a true democracy in America at the national level, the Green Libertarian, Constitution, Freedom, America First and other established political parties would all be on stage participating in the democratic process; not just Republicans and Democrats.

Ex-Navy SEAL and former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura is running for the presidency in 2016. I urge all Americans seeking a real populist leader to demand that he be heard.

WOLF HOFFMAN, Boise

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