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Published on October 19th, 2012 | by Leonard Jackson


Debates Are Debatable

Debates Are Debatable

The presidential debates have now become the nation’s newest competitive pastime and the media have jumped in with the greatest enthusiasm. What were once so staged and predictably boring have taken on new life and are being followed by people who never watched before. They’re right there with Dancing with the Stars and The World Series playoffs and generating the same strong partisan commentary that these events create. Every word is parsed; every movement, facial expression and strategy is evaluated as to how each candidate is doing; who won and how this will ultimately effect the presidential election.
This all started with the startling performance by President Obama in the first debate with Governor Romney. For whatever reason, the President was exposed in a way that surprised even his strongest critics. He was completely overwhelmed by Mr. Romney, who dominated the debate and was generally (except by the Star’s Steve Kraske and ABC’s extreme left-winger, George Stephanopolous) conceded to be a clear winner. Rarely do we have a clear winner in a presidential debate. Rarely do they matter much. But this one did. Romney’s poll numbers jumped overnight and kept improving for the next several days.
Emergency measures were called for to stop this momentum. Drastic measures were needed. So, immediately after debate number one’s disastrous result the Obama team plunged into action. The formerly “mainstream” media, the Democrat propaganda machine and the toadies of all ranks in the progressive movement went into attack mode. Scores must be kept and, unlike all the debates in the past, the winners and losers had to be announced. And most importantly, the winner in this purely subjective contest must be the Democrat candidate Joe Biden or Barak Obama.
Their narrative was written. In debate number two Biden had to save Obama’s miserable effort. Biden simply had to win. No matter what was said or how it was presented Vice President Biden would be declared the winner by these folks. There narrative was written probably in some quarters before the actual debate. Sure enough, the next day it was agreed that this debate went to Biden; although it wasn’t unanimous after even some liberals had problems trying to explain the bizarre antics and body contortions the Vice-President performed in his efforts to bait his younger opponent. Paul Ryan didn’t bite and acquitted himself well in the face of this circus and to most of the voters if there was a winner it was Ryan. Romney’s momentum continued.
The third debate might be the most memorable one of the three. Candy Crowley, CNN reporter and “moderator”, true to form, became Obama’s intercessor, interrupting Romney 29 times and erroneously correcting him when he was about to confront Obama on his Libya cover-up. It was later acknowledged that Romney had been correct, but the impact of the moment was diffused and the single most damaging chink in the President’s armor had been averted. When Obama seemed to be at a loss for words she continually helped him get back on track in his questions and answers offering him opportunities to reply or rebut.
It’s never been a secret that there is a media bias against conservative thinking concerning the nation’s politics, religiosity, moral values, military presence and the exceptionalism it espouses. But I believe it has never been more on display to the entire nation than it has been in these first three debates. This may be the point in time when it became impossible to seriously deny the progressive agenda that is constantly advanced into our everyday existence by the clamorous minorities in the media and entertainment venues. The fourth debate is scheduled Monday evening and with CBS’s Bob Schieffer moderating I don’t expect any different slant than what we have been experiencing in the earlier meetings.
But I believe things are changing. Most Americans have become inured to this incessant carping from the left. The progressive agenda is recognized more and more for what it is and what it is trying to influence. Most Americans now check the news’ reliability as to who wrote the story and where it was reported and then accept or reject it’s credibility. Hopefully this will make us better citizens and, most importantly, voters.

About the Author

Leonard Jackson

As I prepare my “reentry” into the e-world of blogging, I am advised that I should provide my prospective audience with a brief biographical résumé covering my life’s work and future aspirations so that I, and my work, can be properly categorized and thus judged in the proper venue. Since I will be joining a new group in just a few short months, it came to my attention that for a quick summary I can cover my life span in 20 year segments that pretty well sum up the route that I took to get to where I am today. In December, the Lord willing, I will become a member of that esteemed group known as Octogenarians. . Now that may be a disturbing, even scary, pigeonhole for some folks to find themselves assigned to, but I’m beginning to realize some real benefits from being maturity advantaged. The first 20 years I grew up, was educated and began my married life and my career. Second period was about 20 years in the cotton business in Memphis, TN. Trading this commodity in the world’s largest inland cotton market. Third period was spent in the municipal bond industry in Memphis, Houston TX Chicago and finally to my present home in Kansas City, MO. The fourth 20 years I served as a registered investment adviser to a number of individual clients which I continue to do in a semi-retired capacity. In addition to all this, over all these years, I have been blessed with a loving wife of sixty years, four children, four grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and a menagerie of grand horses, dogs, cats and a donkey. Providentially, none of these, except of course my patient wife, are still living in the family home. And now the fifth period will be consumed in my new career. For the first time in all the years I have an opportunity to share my opinions with the world. I can truly express my thoughts without regard to any extenuating conditions. I can just say how I feel about any subject. How liberating. Let the blogging begin!!!! By the way – what I do in the next period remains to be seen and depends on how well I do in the fifth period.

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