Friday, October 3, 2008

Shame on you America!

The vice presidential candidate debate, or debacle last night was a complete mockery of the US political system. I am absolutely amazed that Sarah Palin is actually a vice presidential candidate. While this complete failure of a debate reinforced my hope that Barack Obama and Joe Biden will emerge victorious on Tuesday November 4th, it actually made me ashamed to be a citizen of this great country. Is this the best the US political system is capable of? It is very clear who dominated this "debate," it is also very clear that there was only one legitimate participant. Sarah Palin simply avoided the moderator's questions most of the time and the moderator made no attempt to "moderate" the debate in this respect. What is the point of even asking a question if Sarah Palin is allowed to talk about whatever she pleases? It is completely absurd that last night's showing was passed off as a debate! Even in her "topic of choice speeches," Sarah Palin struggled to display the ability to formulate any rational thought and seemed capable of merely tossing out buzz words, often times in a completely incoherent manner. This is certainly not an isolated incident, check out the poetry of Sarah Palin. Human nature may have many of us laugh at her comments, when it may actually be more appropriate to cry. Check out the treatment of Sarah Palin's logic and decor in this New Yorker article by George Saunders. Very laughable, until you realize this is a vice presidential candidate of THE UNITED STATES of AMERICA, then the shame sets in. America!? You are ignorant by choice! Please wake up from your slumber!


3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Shame on John McCain and his advisers for picking her. there are a lot of qualified Female politicians that are leaps and bounds more prepared. John's been known to fancy the lookers. dirty old man...

Green Ninja said...

Shame on John McCain and his advisors indeed! My apologies, I do not think my post is articulated very well at all. There are certainly many more female politicians vastly more qualified than Sarah Palin!

1. I think it is absurd that the vice presidential debate was passed of as such and that most Americans accepted this as a debate. The "show" the other night did not meet the fundamentals of debate at many times.

2. Most pundits and other American citizens applauded Sarah Palin's performance and did not call her out for failing to debate on many points. This is unacceptable for a Vice presidential candidate.

These two points are why I felt America should be ashamed after the vice presidential "debate" the other night.

Kristopher Hite said...

Hey Jim as a follow up to your thoughts you should check out this article in the New york times written by one of my favorite contemporary philosophers Steven Pinker. he was a professor of linguistics for 20 years before he became a prof of psychology at Harvard.he does a nice job of breaking down how she responded to gwn's questions during the debate.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/04/opinion/04pinker.html?_r=1&em&oref=slogin