Republican “debates” not debates, but revealing

The Republican party fosters different ideas; it's not monolithic.

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WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2015 – First, let’s get over the idea that we watched a “debate.” What we had was a very limited press conference. We heard things; we may have learned about the candidates; but we did not watch a debate. “Debate” was bait; FOX News did not deliver a debate, no matter what they called it.

And Democrat critics loved saying, “But there was no ‘message’ on debate night!”

That’s the idea: that’s why different Republicans were on the stage; the Republican party fosters different ideas; it’s not monolithic. Though that may seem confusing (especially to those who can’t hold more than one thought at a time), the election is 15 months away, not tomorrow. There is plenty of time between now and then to discuss many views.


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Unless, of course, your mind is made up and will never entertain or examine a new thought.

Did anyone get a “Republican view” out of this show? Of course not; that’s because Republicans are allowed to have (and do have) differing views. Call it a lack of party leadership, or call it a desperate search for meaning. Or call it a look at how a free society works out its problems. Really, how far has this country come under the present “leadership” of either party?

Did the stage yield a coherent message? Aside from an obvious position against Hillary Clinton, nope; and it shouldn’t, until maybe a year from now. Thanks, guys, for the opportunity to continue thinking, looking at policies and problems from different perspectives; and for the time to examine and discuss them.

Or you can keep to a monolithic party line, ridicule anyone who disagrees, and keep your eyes, ears and mind closed.

Your choice — but only if you’re unwilling to learn. Which, of course, is OK if you already know everything.

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Tim Kern
Tim Kern taught economics for fifteen years, and discovered that understanding life is easy; it’s recognizing reality that takes practice. He holds a music degree, and later earned an MBA in finance from Northwestern University. He has lived across the US, and now makes his home in Anderson, Indiana.