A Mudslinging process (or lack thereof)

By Edward Fillinger

Senator Joseph Biden and Governor Sarah Palin debated each other
Thursday, as the economy and war provided for the only real
debate.

While many people originally saw this particular debate to be
important, and could potentially allow viewers to decide who should
be vice president, it completely fell short.

With debates, we should expect some heated arguments, a variety
of answers each of the candidates promise for the nation, and most
importantly pertinent information relevant to each and every one of
us.

I saw very little of any of that.

Granted, there was no mudslinging process either.

But for some reason, unless I see emotions run high, information
be uttered continuously, or a little rage, I assume it is not a
real debate — rather a scripted guide explaining the positions of
the candidates.

We see this everyday. We already know their positions.

This was ample opportunity for the candidates to prove to the
country what they would like to change about policy.

The American public has been watching this election since
nominees were first announced, and we still have some ambiguity and
blurring of the distinct lines between the candidates.

Why should we make an educational decision based on the charisma
or a leader or past history of a war veteran?

We shouldn’t.

We have to see there is a difference in views. They don’t always
have to be conflicted, but they need to be diverse. We need to be
able to find understanding and assurance both candidates are here
for the American people, and not for their small amount of
constituents.

We must ask questions.

Biden and Palin discussed the war, the economy, etc., but did we
really see a clear winner from the debates?

No.

Obviously we think our choice of candidate would be the clear
winner. Sounds a little bias, which it is, but admiration for the
candidates seems like it’s the only course of decision we have.

Asking the hard questions will allow us to become more
enlightened with views. It should give us guidance in one of the
most important elections ever.

With the economy in its present state, the neverending war, and
all of America’s future at stake, we cannot afford to make the
wrong decision this time around.

Obama’s right. We need to see change – in the debates and in our
leaders.

Issues such as the war in Iraq or the nation’s economy will show
us two distinctive views: one is for the war, and the other is
against.

But coping with that top layer is not enough.

In any debate, watching the individuals attack each other
endlessly should not be a result, either.

But a formal discussion illustrating the basic moral grounds
from each of the candidates’ platforms will allow us to find
answers we so desperately need right now.

Become educated on the issues.

The second presidential debate will air tonight at 6 p.m. from
Nashville.

Here’s hoping the country’s next leader does a little more than
state his opinion in another drab commentary.

A Mudslinging process (or lack thereof)

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A Mudslinging process (or lack thereof)

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