I attended a local candidate forum yesterday evening. This was the second of three forums scheduled before the election in a few weeks. There wasn’t anything really new.
The ‘Pubs spoke about individual liberty, personal and governmental fiscal responsibility and service to people. The dems spoke…well, of everything else.
Once dem candidate running for the state Senate bragged about being a union member—as if that was something to brag about. He wasn’t clear want he wanted to do in Jeff City other than toe the dem party line. Another dem running for the legislature spoke about “cooperation.” He, too, wasn’t clear why that was a good thing nor who would cooperate with whom. Every time there’s “cooperation” in Jeff City, it seems our taxes go up, the state spends more, and there is less liberty for everyone.
At the local level, the ‘Pub candidates spoke about service to the people, insuring the county spent no more than the revenues it received and methods of implementing real transparency in government. I noticed the dems didn’t once speak about service nor serving the people of the county. One bragged about getting more federal funds as if that was something to brag about. Being a government bureaucrat, to me, is not an endorsement of competency.
The two candidates for Sheriff is an example. current Sheriff Dwight Diehl simply read the Sheriff’s Office Mission Statement he created when he first took office 16 years ago. Throughout the statement, the constant theme was service, respect, enforcing the law and maintaining the peace. When Diehl’s opponent rose to speak, he repeated the same tired theme from his last forum appearance—build alliances, cooperate with other agencies. At no time did he mention service nor serving the residents of the county. The contrast between the two was stark.
The forum ended at 8PM. I arrived home when the Ryan-Biden debate had been on for thirty minutes. It was disgusting!
Instead of being a one-on-one debate, it was Ryan against Biden and the moderator. All the speculation about the moderator’s bias before the debate was verified. Biden appeared to be a laughing, grinning fool, constantly interrupting Ryan as did the moderator. I watched about 10 minutes of the farce and turned it off.
Question: why are the debates always organized by the partisan MSM? Why can’t there be at least one debate organized by us or at least a neutral party? As lib as he is, at least Jim Lehrer treated both Romney and Obama equally.
From the reports from CNN and FOX, Biden’s and the moderator’s antics have back-fired. The liberal core thought it was great. Everyone else, including the independents and undecided thought Biden’s performance was arrogant, condescending and disrespectful. The early morning reports today appear to confirm those opinions. Ryan held his own against the laughing hyena and his handler.