Barreling downhill

Debate done right in the Olden Days.

I did not see the presidential debate Tuesday night. Wednesday, however, I decided to watch it on YouTube. After about 10 minutes, I turned it off. It was just three guys talking over each other endlessly, making little sense. It was annoying. I probably would have continued had I not known the entire debate would continue in the same vein.

What is happening with the world? Where is decorum? Where is civilization? Where did it all go so completely wrong? We holler at one another. We curse one another. No one is allowed to have a different opinion. We firebomb businesses over stupidities.

Skim through the debate between Jack Kennedy and Richard Nixon, sensibly just one hour, not one-and-a-half to two. Then remember what happened on Tuesday night. The contrast is extreme. And the moderator for Kennedy-Nixon’s match in no way indicated his personal political leanings. He moderated.

A couple of years ago, I watched the presidential debates we held here in Mexico. They were far less unruly. And they are Latinos! Known for emotion.

I restate my long-held preference for enlightened monarchies.

19 thoughts on “Barreling downhill

    1. Holly! Hi. I’m back on again. You joined, then vanished. Is that the other site you mentioned? Easy to recover your password if you remember the email you used.


    1. Mike: The American citizen, civilization, you name it. I’m just really pissed off at everything. As I’ve mentioned more than once, it’s a great time to be in one’s Twilight Years. Alas, for you and your family, that does not apply. But, in any event, it’s better to live down here than up where you are, even with the megalomaniac president we have right now.


    1. Ricardo: Yep. I imagine the people who watched the whole thing live Tuesday night kept hoping something useful or informative would happen, but from the news items and personal reports I received, it just barreled along in the same manner all the way to the end.


  1. Totally agree, was a total waste of time. Shut it off early. Now both sides claiming they were the winners, and the other side was totally out of control.
    I have my own opinions, but others are allowed to have their own. I don’t want to burn them to the ground because of their opinion. My mother would kick my ass for behaving like that. It’s a sad state of affairs.


    1. Kirk: ALMO says all manner of nonsense. There is no chance whatsoever that he will resign. None. He is a megalomaniac with delusions of grandeur, and that is not an exaggeration.


    2. Kirk, P.S.: Not only will AMLO not resign, I would not be shocked in the slightest if he tries to have the Constitution changed so he can become “president for life.” Don’t discount that possibility for a moment.


  2. I watched the whole thing. There were a few good moments but I thought the moderator, Chris Wallace, ruined the debate by interjecting way too much. I’d rather see no moderator and the two candidates have allotments of time to get their message across or counter their opponent’s statements. Only one mic on at a time so no interrupting. Hopefully, a second debate will be more respectful. Donald has to resist the urge to interrupt Joe’s ranting. It was a mess with no winners.


  3. America loses all comity and sense of common purpose just as a major geopolitical challenge rises in the form of China. From a long-term perspective it’s frankly hard to imagine things being worse. While the USSR could well have vaporized us atomically, they were never an economic threat. Frighteningly, the Chinese are both, yet one side of the aisle seems rather oblivious to this threat.

    Honestly, I find it hard to be too pessimistic.


    Kim G
    Ajijic, JAL
    Where we suspect even being in Mexico provides little insulation.


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