What a lost opportunity. What a disappointment for our kids. Before the debate started, one of the people introducing it mentioned there was supposed to be 120 million people tuning in. How many kids were watching? The display I saw last night was embarrassing, frustrating, and honestly nauseating.
Here we had an opportunity to sit with our kids, caramel corn in hand, ready to enjoy a good debate. We had the opportunity to show them a monumental presidential moment. Instead, they were lambasted with an elementary game of petty arguments and insolence.
HOWEVER, what we saw on TV is exactly what is going on in our country. What they displayed last night was just a publicized, played-out version of what is happening on social media right now; people yelling at each other, talking past each other, cutting each other off…no one able to actually engage in a debate on the issues. People are so firm in their stances that they can’t even speak respectfully to each other. We have lost respect for each other as humans.
Yes, we should blame Trump and Biden (and Chris Wallace, too) for the display they put on last night. But we should also be taking a good hard look at ourselves too, because this is exactly what many of us look like from the outside as well.
The debate was a sad reflection and representation of where our country is right now. We can do better, people. Change often starts at the grassroots level, and this is our moment to shine.