A. An extremely loose knit collection of Democrats, Republicans, independents, Greens, Reformers, etc.; "average Americans" in other words. Even more precicely, at this particular time, we are a quickly growing blogroll and you are more than welcome to join our blogroll now.
Q. What is your agenda?
A. We all have our individual and private agendas. But as a loosely knit alliance, our agenda as a group, is to simply to pressure the Democrats and Republicans to include 1, 2, or 3, or whatever the "magic number" may be, "outsiders" in their Presidential debates. We see that only a POSITIVE effect can ensue as a result of more voices, with more ideas, more solutions, more challenges being put forth in the current, exclusive, two party Presidential debates.
Q: Is anybody else doing this?
A: Yes, but not bloggers (so far). Check out other bipartisan efforts such as...
We have made no official contact with these groups, but should our blogroll grow large enough, perhaps a time will come where we can propose joining forces with groups such as these to effect a positive change in the two party Presidential debates system; a change which will result in a more inclusive, or open system that will allow at least a small number of reasonably intelligent and popular third party candidates to participate and mount a fair challenge for the Presidency.
Who are we and why should YOU join ASAP?Who we are:
We are frustrated, average Americans who post regularly on a blog. We are Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, Independents, Reformers, and other third party supporters; political affiliation has no bearing upon one's acceptance for membership.
Some of us may simply be trying to send our beloved, Democratic and/or Republican Parties a crystal clear message to start representing we, who've elected them into power. Others members may belong to third parties and their interest may be to put their own party representatives into power; whatever each member's personal agenda for joining might be, it is no business of the alliance as a body.
Even though there is little chance of a third party candidate being elected to the nation's highest office, including these candidates in the Presidential debates pressures the Republican and Democrat candidates to address more diverse issues and points of view. When candidates from smaller parties are allowed to participate in Presidential debates, and are allowed to directly confront the major candidates before a national audience with tough questions, and/or fresh new ideas it forces the Democratic and Republican candidate to, in some cases, even adopt those ideas into their campaign.
The last time a third party candidate was allowed to participate in the Presidential debates was back in 1992, when Reform Party Presidential nominee, Ross Perot, debated Fmr. Presidents Clinton and Bush Sr. Although Mr. Perot had little chance of winning the election, his insistence upon discussing the national trade deficit; an issue neither Bush or Clinton were comfortable with; eventually forced both major party candidates to adopt, and even take a stance on the issue. The world and the nation were watching, so there was no room for the major party candidates to avoid the issue after persistent pressure from Mr. Perot.
Since that debate, Washington has zipped the Presidential debates, in all practicality, shut. It now takes literally, tens of millions of dollars and signatures for a Presidential candidate to enter the race and mount a challenge to the two major parties' candidates, and we believe this is wrong. It has resulted in a series of Presidential debates each election year where only two candidates, a Democrat and a Republican, discuss pre-agreed upon issues while other issues that most Americans would like to see them weigh in on are ignored because of the low "comfort factor" associated with those issues.
Regardless of the individual and ideological differences our members may have with each other, we have agreed to set those aside for this particular purpose. We would like to return our nation back to a day when anyone who met the general qualifications for the nation's highest office could realistically become the President someday if they had a reasonable number of backers and a platform. Under today's system, to have any chance at all, you must be a wealthy politician with the full backing and endorsement of one of the two major parties.
By standing together as one, in solidarity as patriotic Americans, our hope is to send a clear message to Washington and the mainstream media to let them know the time has arrived for them to allow the voices of all Americans to be heard in the Presidential debates. While forcing third party candidates into the debates may not be the cure, it is certainly a great step forward to having the voices of "average America" heard again.
As a team, we can regain control of our Government.
2. You should provide a hotlink on the front page of your blog, or website, with a link back to this main page for the American Bloggers For Inclusive Debates where the main blogroll for the Alliance will be continously displayed. Just click HERE to get the codes, then you can just cut and paste it into your sidebar or front page (refresh browser if the text doesn't display correctly). There are instructions on the codes page.
3. You should either choose to display links to all member sites manually, and/or you can opt to display the Alliance's auto-generated Blogrolling code (recommended) somewhere on your blog or website, preferrably on the front page, but this is not necessarily mandatory.
We highly recommend you place the codes on your front page to give better traffic and visibility to your fellow Alliance members, but it is not necessarily mandatory to do it this way. Instructions for placing the blogroll auto-generated script code can also be found on our "Codes" page.
4. Before being accepted for membership in our alliance, you must have entered the codes as detailed above and in our "Codes" page. Once you have completed these steps, email us and we will email you back as soon as possible to let you know when/if your blogroll membership has been approved, and that your blog has been added to the Alliance's blogroll.
5. Feel free to steal this image and place it on your home page, too (look for instuctions on the Codes page)...
We believe ALL Americans must be represented in our important, national debates. We intend to force our Republican and Democrat leaders to answer the tough questions and debate the tough issues that only 3rd party candidates have the guts to address in our national elections. Visit for more information and join our alliance now!