Top Secret? Who Cares?
It’s a secret, you have to promise not to tell... Remember that from first grade? Secrets were a big deal.
Apparently, from the fuss over Hillary Clinton and her private email account during her time as Secretary of State, most Republicans and some Democrats think they still are. But all this brouhaha about Hillary and State Department secrets...forgive me if I don’t think it’s the biggest scandal since...well...choose your own personal favorite.
No doubt Hillary discovered during Bill’s administration how unimportant and silly most so-called Secret Information actually is, so who gives a shit which server or email account the stuff ends up on?
What important information political, cultural, scientific isn’t viral these days seconds after it happens? There’s nothing we don’t know that’s important enough to be kept secret, because if there was, we would know about it. Think about it the important stuff is common knowledge: We and the Russians and a bunch of other countries have enough nuclear missiles
aimed at each other to make the earth glow in the dark bright enough to be seen from Pluto. The Middle East is full of psychotic religious fanatics. Almost as many as in this country’s Christian Right. U.S. military industrialists instigate trouble between the U.S. and China, the U.S. andRussia, the U.S. and everybody else. We clone aborted fetus cells... Or maybe we abort fetal clones (I haven’t followed this one too closely). The Defense Department has a room full of disease cultures that make Stephen King’ssuperflu in The Stand look like your common head cold. The ocean is full of plastic bags. California is on fire. Scientists use the Supercollider to make mini black holes. Huddled masses yearning to breathe free swarm Europe. They are Muslims and unwanted. Including by us, and we caused most of the problem. With help from the Versailles Treaty, back in the day.
Surveillance is ubiquitous. We don’t need a guy named Snowden telling us that if you’re breathing, somebody’s listening... Or videotaping... Or drone spying. Etc. and etc.
I ask you: what’s left to be classified Top Secret?
Of course, just because we don’t need to give a rat’s ass about State Department Secrets on her private server doesn’t mean we should elect Hillary Clinton president. Her public career is a history of amoral selfinterest, narcissism, and straightfaced lies. That’s not much of a secret, either.
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Salt Lake City, UT -- Our America Initiative today announced the formation of the “Coalition for Fair Debates”, comprised of political parties, media outlets and advocacy groups who oppose the exclusion of qualified candidates from nationally-televised presidential debates.
Fair Debates (https://www.fairdebates.com), is a project of the Our America Initiative (https://www.ouramericainitiative.com), a national advocacy organization, which has long supported opening the general election presidential debates to all candidates who are constitutionally eligible to serve and who appear on enough states’ ballots to potentially achieve a majority in the Electoral College. In 2012, those criteria would have allowed participation by the Libertarian and Green Party nominees in addition to the Republican and Democrat candidates.
The private Commission on Presidential Debates, created by the Republican and Democratic Parties in 1987, uses polling criteria that effectively limit participation in the nationally-televised debates to only the Republican and Democrat nominees.
Joining in the Coalition for Fair Debates are the Libertarian and Green parties, as well as organizations ranging from the Liberty Roundtable to Downsize DC. Independent media outlets joining the coalition include Truth in Media, the 1787 Radio Network, Ballot Access News and others.
The complete list of coalition members, along with background information regarding the presidential debates, can be found at https://www.fairdebates.com/the-coalition.html
Announcing the coalition, Ron Nielson Senior Advisor said, “For more than 20 years, the Commission on Presidential Debates -- a private organization created by the Republican and Democratic national parties -- has monopolized the nationally-televised general election presidential debates. They have intentionally excluded other qualified candidates from participating by applying arbitrary polling criteria that are virtually impossible to meet by independent or ‘third party’ candidates.
"Today, a majority of Americans do not believe the Republican or Democrat parties represent their views, and are more ready than ever to consider alternatives to the status quo. They deserve the opportunity to see and hear from all the viable candidates -- not just the Republican and the Democrat. The Our America Initiative is fighting for fair, open debates, and we are proud to have such a diverse group of organizations, political parties and others joining that fight.”
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