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Demonstrators wear masks of U.S Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama at a march during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina September 6, 2012. \
Demonstrators wear masks of U.S Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama at a march during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina September 6, 2012. \
(JOHN ADKISSON/REUTERS)

Taking cue from conventions, democracy buried by untruths in U.S. election

The American presidential election is playing itself out pretty well as the two parties’ conventions indicated they would. Democracy-wise, it leaves something to be desired.

I was first fascinated by the obvious similarities between the two extravagant party spectacles. Both, for example, presented the spouses of their candidates as credible sources on their husbands’ fitness to be president. To paraphrase America's greatest Marxist, I wouldn’t vote for a party that treated me that stupidly.