Well, I simply couldn’t let the week go by without at least touching on that dumpster fire of a debate on Tuesday night.
And believe me when I say that I know full well that by doing so, I am dipping my toe into a potentially explosive pool of water. But then, when has that ever stopped me.
I, like the rest of America, watched the debate with dismally low expectations, and left the program emotionally exhausted, and utterly dejected.
Now look, I’m not going to get into the nitty gritty here. If you’re looking for in-depth political commentary, there are a myriad of more highly qualified minds than this noggin to nit pick and fact check every grossly uttered phrase from the three debaters on stage last night — and yes, I’m including Chris Wallace’s horrific and blatantly biased moderation in that, because he clearly had ulterior motives.
And while I would really love to get into the weeds about how Biden avoided answering whether or not he’d pack the Supreme Court; how he never denounced Antifa, and how he completely avoided answering what Hunter did to warrant the mayor of Moscow’s WIFE to gift him 3.5 million dollars…
And not to mention Trump’s ill-worded denouncement of white supremacy….
I’m going to approach the debate from a different point of view.
Is this demonstration of behavior really what we want to be holding up to our children and future generations as “celebrated behavior” – and character to aspire to?
Turning off the debate, I was so demoralized, quite frankly, at just the abject disrespect and disgraceful behavior put on display by both parties — and Chris Wallace, for that matter.
Here you’ve got President Trump, who was being a complete bully — incessantly interrupting Biden, taking reprehensible cheap shots at Joe: bringing up Hunter’s drug problems, calling out Biden’s position in his graduating class: calling him “not smart”; and coming off with simply an air of superiority.
While, Biden – was just completely disrespectful with childish name calling, like you’d find on the middle school play ground. He called President Trump a clown, a racist, “the worst president we’ve ever had,” and at one point, brashly muttering, “Will you shut up, man?“
Are you kidding me? How can we tell our children not to say “shut up,” when our candidate for President is spewing it on national television?
It was downright embarassing for our country. Period.
These are really the men that we want to elect to run our great nation?
What does that communicate to our young people about the values we esteem, and the moral character we champion in this nation?
Look – I know I’m opening up a big ol’ can of worms with that one, and our current President — but that display during the debate was downright disgraceful.
And Chris Wallace was no help. Sure, he was there to moderate, and at times it was like he was trying to hold back snapping rottweilers. But Wallace, himself, set out to debate Trump, and defend Biden – even at one point feeding Biden the answer as he was grasping to remember the question.
It was a shameful display of juvenile energy, all the way around. Any good, intelligent discourse was completely lost on us, due to their petulant behavior and bombastic delivery.
Is it too much to ask for respectful dialogue? Is it too great a request to demand CIVIL exchanges in debates? Sure, I understand that things can get heated, and passions can bring out the bulldog sides of people, but you can communicate your argument without personally attacking the other person.
Honesty. Integrity. Respect. A willingness to listen. An openness to creative compromise and bridge building. A steadfast moral compass.
Is that too much to ask for from our politicians? Politics have become such a hotbed of fierce divisive energy, where differences in ideas or political beliefs translate to personal hatred, distrust, and animosity. When did that ever become okay?
Call me crazy, but I have faith in humanity, that we are able to peacefully coexist, despite political/religious/personal differences.
Romans 14:13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way.
I pray that we can all take the mature step to be willing to listen to others with differing opinions and political beliefs. That we may have the courage to hear one another, and harbor respect and understanding.
And please, God, may that be exemplified by those we are electing to our highest office.
What were your thoughts on the debate?
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