Overhauling presidential debates
The process by which we elect our president borders on insanity. Republicans bring to light issues ranging from our national debt to the eroding of our freedoms and liberty and offer commonsense solutions to our problems. But who listens or cares? I’m guess less than 1 percent of voters has a clue as to how much a trillion dollars is or what effect zero-percent interest rates have on the economy.
Democrats, on the other hand, simply claim they are the party of the little guy. They claim that Republicans are all racists, sexists, homophobes and xenophobes who want to destroy Social Security, pollute the air and throw your granny in a wheelchair over a cliff as their solution to health care. Who listens or cares? Everyone. It’s a no-brainer to make silly accusations and excite a dumbed-down population, presenting voters with an offer they can’t refuse: Utopia.
Let us as a nation demand better. For the 10 Sundays preceding the presidential election, the two candidates should engage in a two-hour debate with no moderators. They ask each other questions to be answered thoroughly and completely according to their ability. Each week would feature a different highly relevant topic. Since PBS is taxpayer-funded, they would televise the debates at no charge. All TV outlets, network and cable, would televise the debates in prime time as a public service.
Let’s educate the electorate and get the money out of elections by stopping the insanity.
Rudolph Puchan Sr.