“As for politics, we don’t need a messiah so much as we need an antidote.”
The Notorious PD, CLP
I have an admission to make. I like watching politics, political speeches and, particularly, political debates. Watching a political debate is like watching a soccer match where a 0-0 draw is as likely an outcome as any. Perhaps skill and a lucky bounce of the ball will result in a goal and a 1-0 victory. Perhaps the candidate will try to compare themselves to Jack Kennedy (Dan Quayle), or forget the name of one of the three agencies he had previously sworn to abolish and that, strangely, he’s now in charge of (Rick Perry at the Department of Energy.) Every second of every minute carries the opportunity for drama. The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Everyone will remember the names of those who stand out. The striker, the goal keeper, the candidate with the zinger and instant headline and the one who watched their ambitions go up in a fog of forgotten facts, lines or lies.
Last night’s democratic debate was no different. There were clearly winners and losers. Those who will move onto the next round, the next debate. In many ways quite typical, if you can call a cattle call, rodeo full of candidates a debate (that is debatable). Except for one thing. The poison 300+ pound orange elephant in the room. Mr. Ebola himself, or more precisely, the deadly virus running through the nation’s collective political veins.
America. The city on a shining hill. Where mentioning a “malaise” can get you kicked to the curb style thrown out of office and replaced by a mean spirited doddering faux cowboy who is so petty he can’t even keep the solar panels his predecessor placed upon the roof of the White House. (Carter and Reagan, respectively.) Where most aspiring presidential candidates have an opportunity to roll out an expansive, visionary in every way vision of our nation, so bright we gotta wear shades future and, at a minimum, the continuation of the American dream. Tonight, not so much.
Last night’s debate was not so much about the star players as it was about the pitch. Not so much about the candidates, but what they are up against. The fear, loathing, angst, and anger currently infecting our country. The purposeful divisiveness and the ensuing artificially manufactured division and turmoil we have come to expect. We all know who and where its coming from. It is futile to continue to blame Trump. We all know that. Every hopeful contender on that stage knows who they must defeat and why. Additional outbursts of righteous indignation or even outright hostility would be a waste of energy. I hate him more than you, as much fun as that might sound is not an answer. And tonight, we needed answers to some tough questions.
We know the way forward. Renewable energy, sensible gun control laws and a comprehensive, humane solution to our immigration problems and asylum crisis on our southern border. We know access to affordable, comprehensive healthcare is a human right. This includes access to a safe termination of pregnancy for any woman who, in her own opinion, perhaps in consultation with her doctor, requires one. But the patient has been poisoned. The venom of hatred and vitriol, or racism, sexism, homophobia and religious intolerance is spreading into parts of our brain, spinal cord and extremities. Our limbs and extremities cannot move, having gone numb. No longer can roughly 1/3rd of the voting population utilize rational thought as a basis for change. Pollution has become a solution. Coal is the goal and we need to boil yet more oil.
As for politics, we don’t need a messiah so much as we need an antidote. Take away the poison, the virus, the disease and we will not only survive, we will thrive. Thrive as a people, thrive as a country. Don’t get me wrong, there is no such thing as a political panacea, but there is a cure for what ails us. It’s not what, but who, who will that be? After tonight’s debate? Ella puede hacerlo? Yes, she can.
PS: I am indeed an Elizabeth Warren fan.
[Ed.’s Note: Ah… our good Professor has watched and then, for our edification, has herein given us his thoughts. Without a doubt I say he will also watch ‘the’ debate this evening, and once again post his thoughts. Perhaps he will then tell us who he thinks won in each group and, more importantly, who the ‘over all’ Winner is.
Frankly, I can hardly wait till that moment – to exercise my Editorial Privilege and weigh in on who I think should actually be nominated to go onto Round #2, the Primary. Am looking forward to quite the discussion on that, Mr. Drucker, out back in Facebook. See you there on Friday? Yes, yes… you can accept (or not) that challenge in tomorrow’s Rant.]