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Complaint Filed Against Moving Company That Allegedly Low-Balled Consumers and Threatened to Withhold Possessions
Thursday, 24 July 2014
NEWARK, NJ – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs today announced the filing of a complaint... Read More...
Keeping Kids Healthy this Summer
Thursday, 24 July 2014
The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association want kids to stay heart-healthy this summer. Robbinsville, NJ, July 24, 2014—School... Read More...
IMAGE Long Branch Native a ‘Rising Star’ on ABC Singing Competition Show
Thursday, 24 July 2014
Long Branch, N.J.  –  24-year-old Audrey Kate Geiger is preparing for her second performance on “Rising Star,” ABC’s newest hit... Read More...
Globe Awards New Turnout Gear to Highlands Fire Department as Part of 2014 Giveaway Program
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
HIGHLANDS, NJ - Globe, in partnership with DuPont Protection Technologies (DuPont) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has made the... Read More...
Overnight Closure of West Front Street Bridge
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Work to advance replacement of span continues MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Beginning tonight, from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m., the bridge on West Front Street over... Read More...

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IMAGE Skewed View - July 24, 2014
by Tom Brennan
Thursday, 24 July 2014
I created a page called "Fact Jack".  If you want, like it on Facebook http://bit.ly/FactJackFb or follow on... Read More...
IMAGE Christie Should Help Fellow Republicans
by Jack Archibald
Thursday, 24 July 2014
Governor Chris Christie  revealed quite a bit about his political ambition and philosophy this past week.  In case you haven’t been... Read More...
IMAGE Review - Tammy
by David Prown
Sunday, 20 July 2014
It's amazing to me how lame the movie selection was this week. I'm not even sure if there was anything new out...amazing. Have you noticed how I'm... Read More...
IMAGE The Importance of the Small Things, such as Commas
by George Hancock-Stefan
Sunday, 20 July 2014
I came back from a two week trip through Romania and Turkey.  It was a great trip visiting old and new churches and monasteries, and meeting in... Read More...
IMAGE Traumatic Brain Injury Was Devastating
by Daniel J. Vance
Saturday, 19 July 2014
Four days after getting his driver's license at age 16 in 1975, Todd Bode was coaxed into joining his big brother on a road trip. The hook was that... Read More...

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mikolay_headshot_2011_120               For the first time since Ross Perot’s campaign twenty years ago, it seems as though a third party presidential candidate could be allowed into the televised debates. Gary Johnson, the former Governor of New Mexico, has gained a large enough following, sufficient ballot access and (theoretically) adequate poll numbers to be granted a spot on stage alongside Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, a prospect that has invigorated alternative party enthusiasts and independent voters from all ends of the spectrum. But these celebrations, egged on by the jubilant activists who are readying themselves for an electoral revolution, may be a bit premature.

               As of this writing, Johnson still hasn’t been invited to Wednesday’s debate. Time is rapidly running out, and even after three sponsors rescinded their financing in protest of Johnson’s exclusion, the bi-partisan Commission on Presidential Debates is trying to pretend as though the former governor doesn’t exist. It’s the same old song and dance voters have endured for the past sixteen years. The thought of a three-person debate sends chills down the calculating spines of both major parties, which aside from controlling the American electoral process are also actually in charge of the debates. Long gone are the days when the League of Women Voters, completely neutral and civic minded, selected who could bring their message to the masses. Now the Republicans and Democrats control the show, and both are wary the ardently anti-war and rigidly fiscally conservative Libertarian could pull enough votes from either nominee to “spoil” the election.

               It was this logic, a devotion to the two-party duopoly, which locked previous third party candidates out of the debates. In recent years, famed consumer advocate Ralph Nader, columnist Patrick Buchanan and Congressman Bob Barr were all refused a podium alongside their peers, though logic dictated they should have been present because each had the ballot access in enough states to feasibly win the election. The preservation of the corrupt status quo triumphed over the public good, over your rights and best interests. Each debate has remained a two-candidate show, mildly entertaining at best, a farce at worst.

               After Perot’s powerful showing in 1992, deals were made behind closed doors to assure no independent candidate would ever be given the opportunity to challenge the major party candidates on their own turf. During a campaign season this uninspiring, where a Democratic nominee is trying to rehash the promises he failed to keep four years ago is squaring off against a Republican who has shown almost no understanding of economics or foreign policy, the chance that Gary Johnson could have an impact is very high. After all, Johnson is the only anti-war candidate (he has gone to great length to assure voters there wont be a strike on Iran under his watch). Unlike Obama, he is pro-gay marriage and in favor of marijuana legalization; in contrast to Romney, he has a track record of actual fiscal conservatism during his time as governor. In summation: Gary Johnson actually stands for something. He is the real deal, and as such, he would likely shine during a debate which will otherwise only feature two empty suits. 

               American voters need to stand up and demand Johnson be allowed to debate, even if they don’t personally agree with his politics. The philosophy of freedom is too noble to be thrown away for the preservation of a corrupt duopoly; if you believe in the principles that made this country what it was (and could be again), then there is no justifying the censorship of a candidate who could secure enough electors to become president. Contact the debate’s sponsors and let them know you are outraged they are supporting a corrupt, closed event. Let them know there are two additional candidates, Governor Gary Johnson and Dr. Jill Stein, who have just as much of a right to be on that stage as our failed president and a snake oil salesman from Massachusetts.

America has been pushed far enough. It is time we stop letting the two major parties tell us what we can think, which candidates we can vote for, and how we should exercise our Constitutionally guaranteed freedoms.