Unless you live under a rock in the middle of no where in the United States, you have either seen, listened to or read something about the top 3 Republican candidates who are running to be elected the next President of the United States. And while I’m not an avid reader of newspapers, I have watched some of the Republican debates and I have to say that the one last week really took the cake – and not in a good way.
It’s sad that John Kasich seemed to be the only adult on stage. And while Ben Carson seemed to be sleeping (he even used part of the Pledge of Allegiance in one of his responses) the other 3 had at it. I had to double check my TV station because there were a few times when I thought I was watching one of the old fashioned WWF fight nights (yes, I used to watch that religiously – seriously, just ask my mom…). But I digress.
One of those 3 men, and I say “men” loosely because they acted like toddlers or even middle school kids on the playground for a majority of the time, will most likely be the Republican candidate for President of the United States. Let me say that again – one of those 3 men who interrupted one another, threw one-line zingers at one another and who kept asking for a turn while talking over the others – will be the Republican candidate.
A friend of mine recently posted this video on Facebook and it is some excerpts from the primary debate between Ronald Reagan and George Bush. Click here or on the picture to watch it.
While no argument is perfect, it is a far cry from last week’s debate. Click here for TIME’s 3 minute review or click the picture below.
I share both of these with you not to make a political argument or stance or debate. I have written about my boys asking me who I am going to vote for. The Massachusetts primary is tomorrow, we are one of the Super Tuesday states. And admittedly MA is a “blue” state. The recent poll numbers, as reported by the Boston Globe are that Trump is leading by over 40% of Republican voters and Democrats are tied. After Sanders’ showing in South Carolina on Saturday, the writing may be on the wall but we will know more tomorrow. And for the Republican side, there is the potential to widdle down to 2 candidates – or at least 2 front runners.
But here is my bigger question and one I like to research before voting. Yes, I do research before going into the polling station…Who are the people they surround themselves with? Who are their current team members? Who might they choose as part of their Cabinet and close advisors. Over the years, I have come to realize that it is more than just the person elected – but their whole entourage. Their team. Their people.
I was saddened last Thursday that so many names were thrown around and what seemed worse was some reporters applauded the efforts the next day. What does that say? And I go back to my kids. While I want them to learn about politics I would be embarrassed for them to watch the debate. Or even to take it a step further, I could show them clips and use it as a teachable minute on how not to act…
So, with all of that, I’m back to the beginning, to the title of this post today, “What are our options, really?!”