We have another Republican Presidential (candidate) debate tonight. Are we really learning anything from them? Do we get anything new out of them? Do any of the folks on the stage actually talk about anything meaningful? Like, say, policy points? Or maybe, just maybe, what the candidate’s idea is to change the direction of the country? Concrete ideas, not just ‘I’ll turn this country around’ nonsense. Or is it all nothing but carping about the format, the media representatives, the questions, how much/little time they have to respond, the lighting, . . almost everything. As for the carping about the so-called liberal media bias in the questions, the last debate was nothing new to the candidates because they’ve complained about each debate and the moderators.
Oh, and while I have your attention, let’s get past the idea that the criticisms made during the last debate, starting with the inimitable idiot Ted Cruz, were in any way spontaneous. Many organizations – press type organizations – tweeted long before the debates that attacks on the press, media, moderators, and questions would be the general theme of the night. So Cruz’ carping, haughty complaint about the questions was no surprise.
Back to my point: it’s pretty tiresome listening to the garbage, the lies, the prevarications, the inherent stupidity each candidate spews forth like a sewer spitting out refuse after a rainstorm. We’re not learning anything from these candidates, other than their faux outrage at everything they oppose (which means almost much every Democratic initiative). We hear, each time, how ‘by God’s grace’ or some such nonsense they’ll change the culture in this country.
Sorry, folks, but that’s what Obama said when he was running in 2008. It’s what George W. Bush said when he ran in 2000. Clinton in ’92 and so on back generations. Every election season we get more promises, less hard data on what the policy positions will be, less information on what they’ll do specifically to improve the lot of the least of us in society.
Do we really need another debate? Or are they aired and held solely for entertainment purposes? We get some haughty remarks, such as the aforementioned idiot Ted Cruz made about the ‘liberal media,’ others jump on that bandwagon, and we get . . nothing more.
We’re not going to have anyone’s feet held to the fire over stupid comments (see Carson, Ben re: pyramids) or the lies (see Carson, Ben re: Mannatech) because those kinds of questions – questions that go to the very nature and character of the men (and one woman) running – are called “gotcha” questions, and the candidates think they shouldn’t be held accountable for their comments, ideas, and beliefs. Even though we need, really need to have clarification, exploration and explanation of positions. But we won’t get them. Because the Republican candidates are afraid of the light, afraid of having their sordid little idiocies exposed to the bright light of truth and critical review.
So there’s no point to having a debate. And, if they are held, there’s no real reason to watch them. We’re learning nothing from them. They’re not even entertaining. We’re wasting our time.
And I’m tired of this garbage.