Thursday, August 28, 2008

Why are the Candidates Silent?

At least some of the media are catching on to the fact that the candidates for president of the United States are avoiding the real issues that concern ordinary Americans. As reported on Yahoo! news ("Financial Crisis Is Absent From Agendas of Parties, Candidates" 08/27/08), neither McCain nor Obama is addressing what some authorities are calling the worst financial catastrophe since the Great Depression.

Even the media pundits, however, are a little vague on why this is so, although they have managed to come up with a few glib responses: "Many Democrats shy away from tackling the credit crisis because of the party's historical support for Fannie and Freddie. The Republicans, for their part, are reluctant to draw attention to a crisis that occurred on their watch."

These rather flabby excuses, however, just don't cut it. The real reason that nobody is addressing this crisis is that neither candidate nor any party has any idea what to do about it. They do what in their minds is the next best thing: keep their mouths shut, ignore it, and hope it goes away.

Any regular reader of this blog can probably recite the rest of this post verbatim, without even looking at it.

The candidates should immediately study and begin advocating some version of the platform of the American Revolutionary Party. If they want information about specific problems, there is nothing to stop them from taking a look at:

The Homeowners' Equity Corporation to solve the subprime lending crisis.

The Iraq oil proposal to end the war in Iraq.

Capital Homesteading to stabilize the U.S. economy and open up democratic participation in the free market to all.

And so on, and on, and on. What is stopping them? The only thing they have to lose is the air of vacuous circumlocution pervading the current campaign.

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