The 2nd Presidential Debate


General Assessment:

Another occasion for progressive moderators to play to the American people's desire for a show vs. offering solutions - or the truth. If you missed the debate and want to watch it, Click Here.

Let's start with the moderators. Martha Raddatz sat on and hid from the public the ACORN-Obama connection scandal prior to the 2008 election. I would hardly call her "Not Biased". Anderson Cooper even had to apologize for his liberal bias against Trump. Apparently I'm not the only one to feel the moderators were biased.

The second issue raised during the debate was on the "Trump Tape". This is - or should be - a non-issue. It affects not one single issue facing us today. Not once was the question of the Clinton Foundation scandals raised or asked. The political scene has become a reality TV experience. The real issues are given a short shift.

Throughout the debate the moderators continually interrupted Trump and peppered him with supposed clarification questions. Did they do that to Clinton? No!

Hillary went on about fact checking things Trump said during the debate. Laughable! Let's see about just one issue on fact checking. Clinton, in response to a statement by Trump, said she was not Secretary of State when Obama did his Red Line In The Sand thing re: Syria. "No I wasn’t. I was gone," she said. "I hate to interrupt you, but at some point we need to do some fact-checking." Facts: Obama did the "red line in the sand" statement in 2012. Clinton didn't leave the Secretary of State job until 2013. Even More Fact Checking.

As an aside, Hillary has lied so frequently on so many things, her statement didn't bother me that much. However, here's a truly scary thought. Suppose her lying is that she really can't remember or actually believes what she says - a total disconnect from reality? To have someone as president with either of those things going on is frightening.

During the debate the audience was asked to remain silent. Trump took a minute or so detailing facts re: Clinton's email scandal. When he was done, she replied. Her response caused the audience to moan and groan very audibly. Click Here for her response and the audience's reaction.

Click Here to see what a focus group of undecided voters thought.

Today facts and the truth seem to mean nothing - perception and TV ratings seem to be everything.

Watching this debate was as much a waste of time as the first presidential debate. I am waiting for the actual issues to be addressed.

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Politicians today seem to be focused on what the polls have to say. The American people seem most interested in that which is "sleazy". It's fun to watch and listen to. You know, just like reality TV. Personally, I would much rather hear about solutions to our country's problems and not all the gossip that may or may not be true.

Here are 7 examples of the "sleaze" going around:

1. I personally don't care about what Trump said 11 years ago. It affects not one single issue facing us today. Plus, speaking with some sort of supposed bravado/macho language at the type of venue in which he spoke in no way implies what one does or would actually do. And, it's very naive to assume otherwise.

Take, for example, this report on statements allegedly made by the Clintons when they thought they were in a private setting. Do you honestly think they act, or would act, per what they said?

2. I personally don't care that President Obama made truly offensive, racially based statements in his past. It affects not one single issue facing us today - or even when he was running the first time.

3. I personally don't care that there is evidence that Obama may be gay. That would be no one's business but his own AND it affects not one single issue facing us today - or even when he was running the first time. (As an aside: The man in this video is named Larry Sinclair. If you want to find out more, go to google and type in "Larry Sinclair dead" and see what you get.)

4. I personally don't care that Hillary Clinton may be bi-sexual. It affects not one single issue facing us today. And, whether she is or isn't is not anyone's business except her own.

5. I personally don't care that Hillary may have been abusive toward those around her including her husband. That would be her husband's and those she may have abused problem, assuming that is true, and it affects not one single issue facing us today.

6. I personally don't care how many women Clinton's husband has had sex with as long as it wasn't rape. His sexual exploits, past and present, may possibly be interesting to the legal system but affect not one single issue facing us today.

7. I personally don't care that a presidential candidate says something different in public than in private, especially to donors, but ONLY if they don't PROMISE different things depending on where/with whom they are. Words have no impact on any issue facing us today - promises or otherwise. Politicians will say what is necessary to gain money or election results. What one does - not says - is what is critical.

I do personally care when our Nation's security is put at risk by a presidential candidate not following our laws on handling of such information as is evidenced by Clinton's email handling. By her own admission Clinton has broken the following US Laws: 44 U.S. Code 3101 On the handling of government information, 18 U.S. Code 1924 On the handling of classified information and/or documents, and 18 U.S. Code 2071 On the concealment, removal, or mutilation generally of government/classified information. And, by the way, Mrs. Clinton, the "mistate(s)" you admit to often, re: your handling of emails, were, in fact, mistakes - as you said; but, they were also crimes.

I do personally care about a presidential candidate with political connections which allow her to escape the legal system and justice.

I do personally care about a presidential candidate who finds humor in her legal handling of the rape of a 12 year old child.

I do personally care about people residing in the White House with this kind of history.

The list goes on and on. Today's political scene resembles The Jerry Springer Show. I long for the days gone by where political issues were the focus; such as between William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal.