Lowering the Voting Age & Google’s Debate

Ralph Nader has quietly been releasing a series of articles recently that offer some really interesting ideas for policy changes. His latest discusses lowering the voting age to sixteen. The logic is that sixteen year-olds are able to work and thus, pay taxes. Without their right to vote, that’s “taxation without representation.”

In other Nader news, a recent AP poll shows Obama 47 percent, McCain 43 percent and Nader 6 percent. That’s a pretty impressive 6 percent considering the Nader/Gonzalez campaign has gotten no mainstream national press coverage. The Nader/Gonzalez campaign blog also points out that this is significant “because this might be the year when the presidential debates are busted open.” Google has shown an interest in hosting their own Presidential debate, and they would extend an invitation to Nader if it shows that he has a significant amount of public support.

This would be a really interesting development because Google’s popularity and influence could effectively undermine the sham that is the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), the corporation that runs all Presidential debates. These debates used to be run by the League of Women Voters until 1987, when the Democrat and Republican parties formed the CPD, which is funded entirely by corporate donations. It is no wonder then that the CPD chooses to exclude progressive candidates from the debates, and asks really shallow and superficial questions with no substance.

Google has proposed to invite the Presidential candidates to New Orleans in September for a “forum” in which questions are sent from the people instantly over the internet. How dope is that? How dope is Google for being a huge corporation that has actively participated in innovative new political endeavors? As much as I love the energy that the Obama campaign has achieved, his policies are moderate at best. Thus, I would want Nader in those debates as the “progressive voice” that could push the other candidates to the left, something he has done many times in the past.


5 responses to “Lowering the Voting Age & Google’s Debate

  1. That google debate idea would be fantastic. There other debates have been pretty damn weak-dressing, and it would be fantabulous to get some questions from people around the country. I think Nader will play a huge role in making things interesting in this years’ election and I am slowly beginning to realize that him pressuring both candidates will make things better (and not just for the republican party).

    As it stands today, I dont think MCcain has a chance in hell. He is too old, too close to Bush and stands for everything Amerikans are sick and tired of. Google goes for this one. I just hope the idea doesnt get shotdown somehow…=T


    p.s. On another note, Walter Mosley and Dave Zirin have both just been hired by “The Nation,” magazine! I would def reccomend subscribing as it contains hella dope writers besides them, such as Alex Cockburn, Naomi Klein, Betsy Reed, etc. Its a good one to have by the toilet.

  2. p.s. Lowering the voting age to 16 is a great idea. I was definitely a bit “slow on the upkeep,” but also a working person who was driving a car and capable of making informed decisions at that age.

  3. Yo, I totally feel you on thinking McCain’s chances are slim. I’m not saying we don’t have to do our job and get people out to the polls, but just on a superficial level, he’s a wrinkly, balding old white man who is obviously pushing the same Bush policies that people are sick of.

    So dope that the Nation hired Mosley and Zirin. Mosley’s book/film “Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned” is like my favorite shit ever, Lawrence Fishburne is a beast in the movie. I’ma have to subscribe once I get some ends.

    Thanks again for the blog squad shout out on KPFA!


  4. Yee! Mosley goes. If u aint seen it, check out “Devil in a Blue Dress,” w/ Denzel (also writen by Mosley).

    peace cheddarman,

  5. Awesome – thanks for this news.

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