Monday, October 10, 2016
SO, WHO WON ?
So, who won the debate last night?
That's what Clinton supporters will say.
That's what Trump supporters will say.
What do I say?
I think that this second presidential debate was much better than the first one - and the "Town Hall" format is far superior to the stuffy, stale "conventional" format.
A town hall-style debate is less formal and allows the candidates to present themselves more naturally, affording a much better connection with the audience.
But who do you think won the debate, Jon?
Ssssshhh! I'll never tell. But I'm smiling.
I'd like to interrupt this crappy political blog post by saying something that probably won't be understood or appreciated by some people, but I want to be honest.
Whether you love Donald Trump or hate him - there's something about his personality that I've always connected with and it's this:
He has single-handedly broken down the detrimentally restrictive barrier of POLITICAL CORRECTNESS - - something that I've always adamantly opposed.
He often speaks crudely and bluntly, and (as his detractors love to point out) "puts his foot in his mouth" - - but he speaks with honesty and in layman's terms.
Yes, he's accused of being a chauvinist, racist, homophobe, bigot, Islamophobe, Latinophobe (I just made that one up) etc. etc. - - These are the same stale poisoned darts that are always hurled at people who dare to escape from the prison of political correctness.
And they are the same accusations that have been hurled at me by some of my personal "friends" (I'm not referring to bloggers).
Well - on second thought - there is one particular blogger who loathes me and equates me with the KKK. Curiously, he reads my blog faithfully, which is a rather masochistic tendency.
Trump often speaks sarcastically, tongue-in-cheek, with a crudeness that is partly intended to annoy the overly-sensitive, and partly a subconscious inherent quirk of his personality.
Most people don't understand this - it flies over their heads.
His bluntness should be taken with a grain of salt - - rather than so savagely berated. I speak from experience.
The crude and offensive remarks about women that he said eleven years ago to Billy Bush were definitely over the top, but - as I said in a previous post - the people who harshly condemn him are hypocrites, with a holier-than-thou attitude that is unbecoming to say the least.
My sole anger at Trump is the fact that he was so stupid for saying such things while connected to an open microphone. That is his only crime in my opinion.
I'm not God or Jesus, Mother Theresa or Gandhi.
If you want to cast the first stone, go ahead and throw it. Don't strain your arm.
In the past (and,well hell, probably in the present, too) I have more than occasionally infuriated my blog readers with things that I've said.
Fortunately my readers are polite and overlook my annoyances. I truly appreciate that.
I always write exactly like I think - and I often react before thinking. That's not wise, but it's me.
I don't believe in verbal assaults or personal insults (well, not much, anyway) - - but I do believe in free speech and in breaking down the lethal barriers of political correctness.
I don't like to walk on proverbial egg shells or have to carefully weigh everything I say.
And I especially don't like oversensitive people who are offended by everything and everybody. Over-sensitivity, in my humble opinion, is a sickness that has seriously tainted our country, in fact it has crippled us.
My thoughts expressed here are inspired by Donald Trump's brashness, and all those who so harshly and eagerly pounce on every syllable he utters.
You might not like the guy, but perhaps you'll admit that he marches to the beat of a different drummer. It's damn refreshing.
Thanks for enduring my rant.
Note: I'm FAR behind in reading other blogs this week, but I'll get there.