I recently watched Rumble 2012 with John Steward and Bill O'Reilly. I understand that both of these men are performers, and there was most likely a, not un-substantial, amount of money paid to each of them from appearing. There were a couple of big take-aways from that video. Opinions, if you will, but ones that I share. They are:
- This nations problems are complex
- There is a lot of "fear mongering" going on as it relates to said problems.
- Simple answers are being offered as solutions to these complex problems.
Let's look at the recent "real" debate of the issues between Mitt Romney and President Obama. Mitt Romney was declared the winner by using a debate tactic known as the "Gish Gallop". The tactic is that you spew so much BS at your opponent, so fast, and so furiously that there just isn't any sane response that doesn't make you look aggressive and/or contradictory.
Mitt Romney was declared the winner of that debate by using an underhanded debate tactic. If we choose our leader based on theatrical performance, rather than facts and information, we are in sad shape indeed. This election is our opportunity, in the US, to make a statement that we are concerned about real issues and not overblown hype and theatrics. We don't have a good track record on this one, but maybe the tide is changing. I have to agree with John Stewart's comments about this generation, that there has never been a better prepared generation to face the challenges that lay ahead. We as the older generation need to remember, we just rent this place from our children. Let's leave it at least as livable as we found it.