Thursday, September 08, 2011

The Debate

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My wife and I watched the Republican debate last night. The whole thing. Start to finish. We skipped the post debate commentary on MSNBC.

However, I was interested in how the print media presented the debate within minutes after it was completed.

"Sparks fly," "Perry, Romney clash..." and so on and so on.

I was struck by two things.

First, while there are clearly front runners emerging at this time, there was not a person on the stage that I personally could not support for President of the United States over our current President.

My preference is developing. I'm sure yours is as well.

I, as you, have seen the media repeatedly refer to the cast of candidates as boring, no clear leader, not impressive, etc.

I saw a very diverse group of personalities who all love their country and believe they can serve and help the country as President. I believe they are all qualified to be President.

Perhaps the most memorable comment was from Newt Gingrich. He probably said what many of us were thinking.

"I for one and I hope that all my friends up here are going to repudiate every effort of the news media to get Republicans to fight each other to protect Barack Obama who deserves to be defeated. And all of us are committed as a team. Whoever the nominee is, we are all for defeating Barack Obama."

The performance of NBC's Brian Williams and POLITICO's John Harris was pathetic, designed to advance their own personal agenda rather than to facilitate the event. And Harris should stay with writing. Television does not seem to be his strong suit.

Predictably, HUFFPOST and other similar news outlets defended the moderators with, "The debate organizers were simply trying to help voters determine the differences between the candidates."

I don't think so.

The news media confirmed what most of us already knew, while the candidates affirmed what many of us have hoped for: Better days are ahead.

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Active. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.

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