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US Repressing 3rd Party Alternatives: Analyst

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TEHRAN, May 12 (ICANA) – The US Democratic and Republican Party will “desperately” try to prevent a third party from running in next year's presidential election, an analyst says.
Thursday, May 12, 2011 10:51:07 PM
US Repressing 3rd Party Alternatives: Analyst

Press TV interviewed author and investigative journalist David Lindorff about the possibility of a third independent party candidate running in the 2012 presidential elections against the Democrats and Republicans.

Q: Do you feel the Republican and Democratic parties do an adequate job of representing the American people, or do they do such a poor job that a third majority party is needed?

Lindorff: They do such a poor job that not only is a third party needed, but they are going to desperately try to prevent a third party, which is what they have been doing for years very successfully.

Just look at what happens when someone like Ralph Nader tried to run a third party campaign for president. The media, which is all licensed by the federal government, which is run by the two parties, barred him from being involved in any debates.

So the people want to hear him, and want to get a broader perspective on what is happening and what the issues are. The media blocks these people out, and they simply don't have any access to the public.

It is short of only retail campaigning where they have to go and talk to each person. However, you can't do that in a country with millions of people.

Q: Some of our guests have talked about a kind of chokehold on the system by the Zionist regime, and of course promises that are never really followed through, or failed at best. One out of six Americans today is classified as being poor. That is unprecedented in US history.

Do you think it has reached a point it is time for America to break out of that through their politicians? We can in a sense compare it to what people power does in other parts of the world such as the Arab uprisings. People are so fed up that they take to the streets. What is your reflection on that?

Lindorff: Well unfortunately it's absolutely true that one out of Americans are poor, and there has never been so many people depending on food stamps and so on.

However, it's not correct to say that this degree of poverty is unprecedented. We had much greater poverty back in the 19th century and early 20th century. What we are doing is falling back into that era. The thing is back then we had a very strong labor movement, and a lot of immigrants that came from European countries where they had been involved in socialist movements and labor parties that were very political.

That provided a kind of critical mass so we had a very strong labor movement developed in the early 20th century and it grew through the depression. Now the middle class is so large, that what you didn't have back then is this strange phenomenon where the majority of Americans still have their jobs.

They may be nervous about losing their jobs, and may be falling behind in terms of their pay versus inflation. But they are still pretty comfortable. They've got their two cars and two-week vacations, and their kids are going to college. It may be harder to do than it was ten years ago, but that's what the situation is.

They don't really care about the 20 percent who are living on the edge, or who are even falling over the edge. That is what's different from these countries where you see the people power movements.

Those people are desperate. They are being crushed whereas the majority of Americans still aren't being crushed. I think until they are being crushed, which could happen, then it's hard to see these people becoming the kind of activists who take to the street, and march in the millions in Washington; who do political action.

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