Well, I spent a very interesting ninety minutes watching the Vice-Presidential debate last night. I didn’t watch any of the spin afterwards, just the debate. When the debate was over I turned off the television and mulled their words over, letting their opinions, ideas, gaffes, etc. pinball around my head as I tried to make sense of what they were each espousing. I don’t really give a crap about the spin that any of the major news networks engage in, just as I don’t care for them to tell me who won the debate and by how much. If I can’t figure that out on my own, by weighing the weight and the content of their speeches along with their body language then I am either, clueless, didn’t pay attention, or bought into party demagoguery. Yeah, I don’t do that. Rational thought people, this is all about rational thought, rational ideas, and above all actions that will and do speak louder than words.
Well, as I mulled over the ninety minutes of verbal sparring I came to the following conclusions: first, their handlers must be really happy because they both managed to jump through the same hoops, second, they all managed to hit the big buzzwords seemingly saying something of substance, without saying anything of substance that they haven’t already said before, wheeeeee. Biden came out as fired up and as on the ball exactly opposite the President who was flat and uninspired in his first debate. He came across as knowledgeable and full of wisdom, seemingly, although he smiled and laughed inappropriately much like a hyena. It was disconcerting and almost distracting to a point, which was either a sly political trick or the onset of dementia, not really sure which. Ryan too came across as fresh and knowledgable, only a few times slipping into a robotic kind of super budget man jumping through numbers that most ordinary Americans are going to glaze over listening to. He slipped out of this quickly, but at times seemed a tiny bit lost, again not sure if this was him trying to look like a leader reaching for the appropriate answers coming from the heart or if he was put off his game by the interruptions of the VP or the Cheshire cat sitting across from him.
The debate…a virtual draw. I didn’t see anything that would force one candidate over the other. They really kind of stalemated over the course of the debate. They both came across as competent and professional without being overbearing or appearing like an idiot. No one made a major gaffe, and the only zinger came from Ryan when he made fun of the oh so very famous Biden gaffes and diffused the 47% comment from Romney when he told Biden, “I think the Vice President very well knows, sometimes the words don’t come out of your mouth the right way.” This drew actual laughter from the audience and I think scored big with viewers, of all party affiliation. It was funny. That being said, meh.
Unfortunately this was not an intellectual exchange, this was the pure recitation of fact. I could get that from a white paper, or a two paragraph executive summary. I actually wanted some debate. I wanted to see two people engage each other with the ideas, substantive ideas, what I got was this:
Yeah, you see the circular arguments that go nowhere and solve nothing while frustrating the protagonist, which in our case would be the entire freaking electorate. Dear God in heaven, they could have been telling us that Brawndo’s got what plants crave and the commentators afterward would have probably told us which argument about electrolytes was more effective. That is not the whole damn point! I want them to debate the substance of the country, not bs details. Debate the state of the constitution, debate judicial activism, or the usurpation of the legislative branch’s power by the other two branches. I want some substance, I want some depth, I want these debates to mean something.
Instead, the sheeple watch and bray interesting, look how we made our point. Yay, watch for more of the same in the next two debates. Wonderful, bread and circuses for the people. awesome, platitudes. Sweet, demagoguery. Maybe, just maybe someone might say something substantive, but I sincerely doubt it. Come on people, demand something more from your leadership whoever it might be. Demand something more than a handout for someone, an empty gesture, or ineffective words. We as the inheritors of the greatest country in the history of the world deserve more.