Debate time

The debates are part of the unconscionable fraud that our political campaigns have become. Here is a means to present to the American people a rational exposition of the major issues that face the nation, and the alternate approaches to their solution. Yet the candidates participate only with the guarantee of a format that defies meaningful discourse. They should be charged with sabotaging the electoral process.” — Walter Cronkite

As I mentally prepare myself for tomorrow’s presidential debate between Hillary Clinton & Donald Trump, I’m reminded again of this quote from Walter Cronkite, which I shared at the start of the primary debate season last year.

Given Trump’s performances during the primary debates, his behavior at his rallies, and his often demonstrated tendency to throw tantrums when he feels insulted, I suspect this debate is going to be less about issues or policy than it will be about personality, and possibly composure.

In any case, it should be interesting…

Image is of an etching of the original design for the White House taken from the White House Museum website – http://www.whitehousemuseum.org/overview.htm.

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3 thoughts on “Debate time”

  1. So true, Carol. Like so many, I am fearful about how this US election is proceeding and from this great distance, it seems to be bringing out the worst in them all.

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  2. Thanks, Rowena – yes, we really do need to be our own detectives (but even then we need to beware of our sources). One of the drawbacks to the flood of information that we live with is that everything seems to be taken at face value, and no one really emphasizes corrections (when they are made at all) – we’ve become a culture of sound bites – and alarmingly, ‘a lie repeated often enough becomes the truth’ is proving disturbingly true.

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  3. That’s a great quote to raise, Carol and thanks for sharing it. It’s worth keeping in mind with all our news and celebrity interviews as we search for “the truth”.
    Years ago I read a book by Australian author Patrick White and I still remember a line about how the truth is what we overhear. That has always resonated with me. I now think that the truth lines in between the lines. In what is not said, rather than what is.
    That leaves us needing to be real detectives if we’re serious about finding out what’s going on and that all our newspapers and TV reports could well be redundant.
    xx Rowena

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