As I was doing an early morning Google search, I noticed something interesting in the “suggestions” dropdown. My search started with the letter O. And one of the suggestions was “opinions on debate.” So, of course, my first thought was, “Who’s debating?” Seems like the natural first response. Right?
Turns out the phrase, opinions on debate, led to a presidential election debate.
What?! Would you believe there was an actual debate between presidential candidates last night?
And from some of the opinions I’ve read on a couple of social media channels, it wasn’t much of a debate. Apparently it was more like one guy giving answers and information while two other people asked questions and interrupted the answers.
But, like I said, that’s according to what I read. Because I didn’t watch the debate.
Because election debates, these days, and most other kinds of debates for that matter, are mostly a way to move carbon dioxide around a room. I like a definition I read years ago. A debate typically is thesis versus antithesis. And that equals synthesis…or, no problem solved.
Another way to look at it is: Point versus Counterpoint which equals “what’s the point?”
Still no problem solved.
The irony of what goes on in presidential election debates is how so many in the media think our political parties are so polarized. And if only that were true.
“True?! You mean you want the political parties to be polarized and not get along, Tony?”
Yes. I’d love that. At least if the polarization highlighted the difference between right and wrong. Good and evil. Life and death. But our two main political parties are so similar, these days, it’s basically impossible to say it’s good guys versus bad guys.
Debates are no longer about right and wrong.
Now they simply showcase how much each candidate is willing to steal from hard-working citizens to pay for social programs. And, not so coincidentally, that’s called socialism, which has been in place, here in America, for decades. And just because your candidate has an R or a D after his name doesn’t make that right. It will always be wrong regardless of dollar amounts.
So, as you can see, I have opinions on the debate even though I didn’t watch it.
But just because I didn’t watch it doesn’t mean what I say isn’t true. It is true.
And the sooner people wake up, the better.
Because when you follow laws to the letter,
They’ll transform you to an unwilling debtor
Who then turns into an aiding abettor.
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