2020 Presidential Debates
Well, it is the day after the 3rd and final presidential debate for 2020
Each side claimed their candidate "won" the debate.
The Democrats and Republicans both have news channels devoted to the respective sides. First of all, how could it possibly be "news" if they favor a particular side? News is, by definition, an accounting of what happened. There is no right or left to events that occured... but obviously the reporting of it is subject to formatting...
Anyway, there are several moments that stuck out:
- Microphones needed to be muted
- Each side calls the other "the enemy"
- The Presidential Debates were upended, another "norm" of American democracy no longer recognized as normal
The first debate was widely panned as a "shithow". That's the official description. Lots of talking over each other and not much substance. Donald Trump pussed out of the 2nd debate, so that left the 3rd debate as the final time the candidates would meet.
Each campaign described their candidate as the victor. The American voter had to judge for themselves, not being able to rely on accurate reporting. This also brings up a crucial point, IMHO: why do these outlets place such importantance on who "won" the debate? A debate is not a thing you win. The purpose of the candidates facing off is so the voter can see a slice of their personality, prior to the election. "Winning" is not the point. If you "win", but do so by behaving like a terrible person... then you have actually lost - because people will not like you (and you are there to be liked and succeed in the election, not win debates.)
Trump Presidency Plusses
Donald Trump was not to blame for much of this.
During his term in office, several things became clear:
- Evangelicals thoroughly discredited themselves.
- Civil War between left and right has been mapped out.
- The US government still oprates. Even with the concept "adult in the room" becoming a common thing.
- Racists revealed themselves.
- Homophobes revealed themselves.
- Civics became a thing (Election fraud, Constitution, laws, etc) Citizens learned about how our government operates, and politics became a common topic. Also, instead of venturing overseas and getting the USA mixed-up in an additional stupid and wasteful war, our President focussed our disagreements on DOMESTIC topics.
- Half of the voters did sadly choose party over country.
The United State of America has been heading in this direction for a matter of years. Decades, I would say. Since as long as I can remember. This situation was not terribly surprising, and much of my college study was in this area. From John Boehner opposing Barack Obama, to Mitch McConnell taking over power and doing blatently unconstitutional things (refusing subpeonas for example), this could be foreseen. Donald Trump was primarily an opportunist. He saw the future in a way others did not.
On California Nationhood.
California could take this current opportunity to become a nation.
This state no longer fits in with the other states, for a number of reasons.
- Electoral Power
While the 49 other states take tax dollars from CA, and Gavin Newsom delivers speeches that are substantially more reassuring than those at the federal level, it has become glaringly obvious government here is more effective than the national government. Also, if you really want to affect change, you hit people in theplace they care most about: the pocketbook. Once the citizenry realizes that they are being taken adantage of financially - they will be upset at the other states, and open to options. Inventions get taken from us, our culture is massively different, and electorally CA gets f@#*ed! Based on how the electoral college currently works we would have 190 something... now, that is slightly unfair to the rest of the country, but 190 compared to 55???
The California resident has a different public health scenario that other US States. Our coronavirus response here differs from rest of the nation, has been held back by it, and certianly differs from Washington D.C.
2021 is a perfect time for CA to become it's own country.
I will design the flag for free.
I believe historians will look back upon this era as when lying really came to cause problems in our national discourse.
The era has been marked by "alternative facts", allegations that the news is fake, and official press conferences that are not taken seriously by journalists. Also, said journalists (whether they were wrong or right) were attacked for having asked the question. The type of president that seeks to de-legitimize thought other than their own... well, that's not something an adult does. .
A lie is the result of HAVING to lie.
Nice to meet you my name a Borat
(This writing is nowhere near being done)
© KURT MILLER