The State of our Debates

“Let me say something that may not be great politics. But I think the secretary is right, and that is that the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.”

Vermont Senator and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders gave this statement Tuesday night at the first Democratic debate, missing out on an opportunity to knock down Hillary for her email scandal, but succeeding in what people seem to value nowadays in politics: not following traditional or “great” politics.

There was a clear contrast between the first democratic debate and the previous two republican debates, and that is the democrats had class. You didn’t see the constant mudslinging and insults that members of the GOP took part in and the democrats kept their focus on the issues of our country instead of the issues with each other.

Of course there are plenty of republican candidates who would like to take things more seriously and have a meaningful discussion, but they can’t seem to be able to raise their voices above the rhetoric roars of some such as Donald Trump and Ben Carson, both of whom most likely wouldn’t be missed by any of the candidates if they exited the race. But that’s the issue, they currently lead the pack by a wide margin and to be perfectly honest it looks bad.

Sure, listening to Donald Trump bash Rand Paul for his polling numbers and Carly Fiorina describing a gruesome Planned Parenthood video that may or may not exist is entertaining, but the debates are not meant to be a circus show, they’re suppose to be a forum to discuss solutions to issues that actually matter to the American people. Not topics like defending Planned Parenthood and denying the right of marriage to gay couples, but instead topics like foreign policy, college debt, climate change, and the economy.

I feel that Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley summed it up best.

“On this stage you didn’t hear anyone denigrate women, you didn’t hear anyone make racist comments about new immigrants, you didn’t hear anyone speak ill of anyone because of their religious belief,” O’Malley said. “What you heard was an honest debate of what will move us forward.”


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