Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Debate

Donald Trump is wrong for not participating in the debate. The debates are not about him or whether he likes a reporter or not, it’s about us, the electorate, to see and feel where the candidates stand on the important issues facing our lives and living.

Fox News, a misnomer in itself, claims they adhere to journalistic ethics so no candidate can choose who gets to question them. Fox News, or better yet, Fox Opinion is no paragon or upholder of anything journalism, let alone ethics, but I agree with their decision in this case only.

I have been a long time writer and critic of congress as a do nothing, snipe and snip, self-serving body of mostly arrogant members. I’ve suggested it’s time to “throw them out” and bring back statesmen and stateswomen; a common core of citizen legislators who do their job and go home and not make serving the public a career.

The body politic frustration with Washington has led us, not to the rise of statesmen-like leaders, but to the rise of Trump and to the iconoclastic campaign of Bernie Sanders. Trump is the buffoon in the political room and Sanders is the maverick; the rest are either charter members of the status quo elite or are new-bees and want to bees.

The responsibility for the future lies with us. We must do our diligence and choose for the good of the whole or we will end up with what we deserve. We are the creators of this reality.

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