33 DAYS TO GO
To the Presidential Election in the USA. I watched the first debate. I will be generous, it was awful, truly awful. Who won? Frankly my feeling was who cares? Neither candidate came across as competent, or nice. They came across as a couple of nasty old pensioners, filled with hate for each other, who had lost any ability to debate without juvenile catcalling. As an advert for democracy it was a disgrace.
How come a great country like the USA can end up with a choice of these two losers for President? The solution in the next debate is for the chair to have a card system where after a few warnings against interruptions he can brandish a yellow card warning either candidate that any further infringement will give the other candidate two minutes unchallenged delivery with the other candidate having his microphone switched off. Even graduating to a final red card if necessary.
They need to find a way to make the candidates behave or else there is little point in having further debates as nobody learned anything other than the electoral system that allowed these two to emerge as the main candidates is seriously flawed.
Maybe I am naive but I think politicians at this level should have a responsibility to act as a positive example to people on how candidates who disagree and have different ideas and priorities can debate in a civil manner and allow the audience, which at the beginning was estimated at 100 million people, hear the arguments and would become informed by both sides and able to evaluate the worth of their argument. Instead they got a slanging match from both sides, where neither candidate made any attempt to do anything other than badmouth the other. There was no positive message from either. Neither was worthy of my vote was my conclusion. I would be amazed if a tenth of the audience were still watching at the end. It was that bad.
I felt sorry for those experts whose job was to evaluate who “won”. Fortunately they had in the main the good sense to admit the honest answer was nobody and like me they were pretty disgusted by how I’ll mannered, disruptive and totally negative each candidate was. Both candidates should be deeply ashamed. I hope young people don’t get the impression that this is what politics is all about.
Money corrupts and the US system is full of money and if you ever wanted proof that cash does not produce quality then this US presidential election would be the prize exhibit. I thought it was bad enough last time with Trump and Hilary Clinton but this one, on last nights showing, has reached new depths.
Who will win? Who knows. There are new issues arising all the time not least if Trump can succeed in getting another Conservative justice appointed to the Supreme Court before the election. That would make it a 6-3 majority in the Court and the Democrats are making a lot about how Obama Care could be endangered. As tens of millions of people are affected, not least those with pre diagnosed conditions this seems to me to be a potentially vote swinging issue for the Democrats. The polls have Biden ahead, both nationally and in the swing states, but not by much. So it looks likely Trump will be defeated but it is nowhere near certain and there is still all to play for. O
I find it hard to be enthused about this contest, not because it’s not important,it is but because I have very low expectations of either being much of a President which is tragic for such a great and important country.
I am, as always
Yours for Scotland
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