Thursday, 16 October 2008

"And the question goes to..."

debate Unabridged (v 1.1) - Cite This Source - Share This
de·bate [di-beyt] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation noun, verb, -bat·ed, -bat·ing.
1. a discussion, as of a public question in an assembly, involving opposing viewpoints: a debate in the Senate on farm price supports.
2. a formal contest in which the affirmative and negative sides of a proposition are advocated by opposing speakers.
3. deliberation; consideration.
4. Archaic. strife; contention.

So the final of three debates between the US presidential candidates aired last night. It is the first full debate that Monkeypipe had seen, having been working during the other two, but seeing plenty of the replayed “highlights”.

I’m no fan of politics, and I’m unable to vote anyway, so watched with a detached eye. It’s interesting that for a debate very little actual debating took place. For the most part the debaters turned the questioning to suit their rehearsed stump answers. If I was to pick sides I would say that Obama at least presents something like a plan, where as McCain seems to be acting part angry old man part injured party (and the switch is unnerving enough to make both moods seem totally unnatural and fake).

The complaints have been that Obama is too aloof and removed emotionally (a problem because?), however the pampering to the lowest common denominator that both have been guilty of highlights what my problem with politics is, at least political debate – the constant fear of upsetting one of the many diverse interest groups out there means that honest debate will never happen, as neither person wants to actually admit what they would actually need to do.

Instead of actual debate we have had repeated mentions of Joe: Plumber, Six-Pack, Public – so we see pampering to a drunken labourer who probably has little interest in actual world politics, national politics, state politics, who would vote for which ever candidate lowered the price on beer, monkey wrenches and KFC family buckets.

In other news Saw, the awful torture franchise horror series, sees it's fifth outing hitting the big screen soon. Rated M for mature...seriously...

1 comment:

pdore said...

Good points about the debates Jamie. It would be interesting to talk to you more about them one of these days. The Saw thing is horrifying though. Have you guys seen the posters. Man, I have to distract the kids whenever their around so they don't have nightmares :(