Hate-filled and disrespectful “free speech” is alive and well in the Democratic Party, which has been my party for 50+ years. The so called “debate” the other night was filled with nasty and embarrassing moments – again. No order, no self-control, no facts or fact checking, way too many straight-out lies, and the moderators quickly lost their grip on the process – again.
You may not like Fox but they run the best debates – go back and look. They ask hard questions of all candidates, enforce the rules of debating, and they never let people talk over each other – all to make sure the audience can hear and understand what is being said.
Like what is being said or not – that isn’t the point here. Saying what you disagree or agree with using facts and reasoning – that’s debating. Pushing forward just points of view and facts that you agree with and ignoring, rejecting and disrespecting everything else – that’s not debating or learning
A debate should be about people discussing facts and ideas, making reasonable even if passionate arguments, and listening to each other. We did not hear a debate the other evening because of the lack of control by candidates and moderators alike, the hateful bickering, accusations and innuendo, and all the shouting and “look at me” grandstanding to grab attention. Again.