Un-presidential debate

What was that? It looked more like a couple of toddlers having a fit over something, and the parents lost total control. Last night’s Presidential debate was anything but presidential. Chris Wallace of Fox News tried to host the event. He was an utter failure, losing control of the format, siding politics against President Trump with his “commentary” type questions, and not holding any sense of decorum befitting a presidential event. President Trump, while making his points, was a man appearing to fire off the pent up frustration of being lied about and attacked over the past four years. Joe Biden acted childish, and looked as if he didn’t really know what was going on—confusing topics and not completing sentences.

In short, the debate was a fast frame microcosm of the past four years. Biden did what the Democratic Party has done all along—accuse Trump relentlessly of what the Democrats have been doing. He was smug, arrogant and talked over the President throughout the debate. Declaring, “I am the Democratic Party,” Biden called the president a “clown,” a “racist,” a “fool,” a “liar,” and asked “will you just shut up, man?” Biden touted the benefits of the Green New Deal, and then said he didn’t support it, that he had the “Biden” deal. Saying “here’s the deal” repeatedly, Biden contradicted himself a lot. At one time, he started talking about his son Beau when it was his son Hunter’s business dealings that were being discussed.

President Trump came in hot. From the onset, he refused to allow Biden’s falsehoods and went about “correcting” him real time. And there was a lot to correct. Biden lied about his son Hunter using the Biden vice presidency to enrich the Biden’s. He also made false claims about crime, the economy, and the Supreme Court nominee. Biden actually said that Antifa was not an organization, but rather an idea—tell that to the homeowners and businessmen who lost everything when that “idea” burned them out in Portland, Seattle, New York and other places. No, there was a lot to correct or Wallace would have just let it stand. It seems, though, Trump often came across angry. He is definitely a fighter.

The one thing that came out of the debate that was glaring: Chris Wallace, as a representative of the news media, showed that the media is part of the problem America faces. The content of his questions, the way they were asked each candidate, show implicit bias. At times, Wallace even got into a debate with Trump on issues, not just whether Trump should allow Biden to continue to lie. My takeaway on the debate was that it was hard to watch, it was indicative of the state of our nation, it didn’t change my mind, and I’m not sure I will watch any of the rest of them. It was hard to sleep after listening to that morass. 1 Corinthians 13:1 comes to mind: “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.” That said, enough said.

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Bill Wilson