Okay, that’s over. Presidential Debates. Our mind is kind of blurred this morning but we think one of the most important results of these debates has to be that somebody fondled some emails and somebody else denied anything was wrong, whatever it was.
One of the things your faithful observer observes is newspapers as he travels about. A fellow named Craig Hastings, who writes for the Tuscola Journal, a paper in a small town a few miles south of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, has characterized the presidential debates as “three television special events that will break advertising revenue records for most all of the networks that aired the 90 minutes of not much.”
He touched on the PC issue—not political correctness, but political COURTESY, referring to both participants in a column after the first confrontation.
Neither have earned Mr. or Mrs. before their names when we speak of them. Most of us, and it’s what I hear daily, will simply refer to Donald Trump as “Trump” and Hillary Clinton as “Hillary.” The majority, which is inclusive of me, has forgotten our manners when speaking of the elitist holding the highest of government offices in the land. Like them, love them, or don’t care of them shouldn’t matter when we speak of them in conversation. It’s bad manners and inept of us to deny these people, whoever they are, our respect. After all, they have chosen to seek an office that enables them to pursue goals that might make the lives of all of the rest of us in America a little better.
And he probably captured the mood of a lot of voters when he hoped for the last two debates—
Not a word about Trump’s taxes, don’t care. Not a word about Hillary’s deleted emails, don’t care anymore. Extramarital affairs of Donald’s or Bill’s, don’t care…How much you’re worth Mr. Trump, don’t care. How much you think Mr. Trump is worth, Mrs. Clinton, don’t care. How many awful things Mr. Trump has said about women in the past 50 years, don’t care. How many deplorable people Mrs. Clinton believes are voting for Mr. Trump, don’t care.
It appears the participants didn’t care what he didn’t care about although he was undoubtedly far from alone in his feelings. He had some simple advice for the two of them:
Grow up and act like potential leaders. How about discussing the “what matters?” For instance: how do people find jobs that are not available? How will ISIS be contained somewhere in a sandy desert so they might dry up, die, and blow away? Will America start to harvest our own natural resources, reopen the countless closed coal mines, and produce the power for this nation or not and why? Will the police of the individual states remain governed by each states’ standard or will the Federal government step in and dictate how all police will conduct business as one giant “catch all?”
Craig Hastings wanted “answers and opinions on concerns that really matter and please, no more Soap Opera b. s.”
All three presidential debates are now done and we aren’t sure in our lofty perch if we have witnessed 270 minutes of “not much” or 270 minutes of “Soap Opera b. s.,” but we have witnessed 270 minutes of something. Whatever it was, we’re glad they won’t be back in the sandbox for still another 90 minutes. It has been amazing television (and radio), but enough in this case has been more than enough.
The day, however, that people such as Craig Hastings lose hope that it is possible our presidential candidates “can act like potential leaders”—despite the daily or hourly evidence to the contrary that inundates us this year—is the day we are truly lost.
Maybe next time, Craig. There’s always next time.
Craig undoubtedly knows the importance of being hopeful for “next time.” Tuscola is Chicago Cubs country.