I'm an elitist
by bruh21, Mon Jul 23, 2007 at 08:27:58 PM EDT
I'm an elistist. I know all democratic voices should be heard, but I came from tonight thinking- we need to limit this debate to only a few candidates per debate. It doesn't have to be the same candidates each time, but there needs to be more time given.
Here's the reality. Right now, we are getting sound bites. I support Edwards. I loved his sound bites. But, they were still sound bites.
So does this desire for longer answers make me an elitist? Over the last few years, I have begun to view a lot of things differently than I did in my 20s. I thought back then that everyone's opinion should be heard, and is equally valid. But, now I realize that they aren't.
I don't need to hear the health insurance company's views, for example, because I know it would be an exercise in bullshit and spin. I don't need to hear a lot of things. I do want to hear a lot of things. I would love to hear Kucinich for more than 2 minutes.
I would love to see these candidates forced to stick with one topic for 20 minutes or 30, grilled by the public and grilled by other candidates. No answers under 5 minutes. No avoiding questions. To do that means, realistically, some voices will get left out. Why? Because if you are going to limit it to an hour or 2 hours, you only have so much time for each candidate to talk.
Edwards got me with his passion tonight for healthcare, but I wanted to really hear him and Obama go at it on this issue. They both have good ideas. But this isn't simply about ideas. As they all tried to get at, but didn't have time to point out. This is about implementation. I've heard it all before. So have most American voters. We want to get to the heart of things. To do that takes more than soundbites.
Those championing their candidates as winners tonight amuse me. What did they win? I suppose voters, but did they convince you of anything? If so what? Because I was left without being convinced.
I want someone to go at Sen. Clinton on this issue of healthcare. I wanted her to do more than show she could remember the names of those who sent in youtube videos. I wanted to know whether Edwards had thought through his ideas. How he or Obama would have shown leadership?
I want people go after Edwards on the subject of poverty and his views of foreign policy. That's not a soundbite. Are our standards so low that we thought tonights 60 second commercials constitute real debate?
I know- I know. That means no Kucinich or Gravel in some debates. It may mean no Edwares in others. I like them both. They are entertaining, but that's not what we want from debates, is it?
I know there are people who think Biden is a serious contender. I guess he is. The same with Dodd and Richardson. I get it. I really do. I want them there too , but that elitist part of me wants to see a serious debate.
Tonight wasn't a serious debate on healthcare. It was a sound bite. I loved Edwards soundbite. But it was just a sound bite. The same is true of all the other candidates on just about every other issue.
Don't you want more? Don't we deserve better?