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Reader's View: GOP debates turning into schoolyard brawls

The recent Republican debates rapidly evolved into arguments revealing each candidate's shortcomings, flip-flopping, untruths, temperament, decorum, inexperience and indecisiveness. There were character assassinations and veritable "yes, you did!...

The recent Republican debates rapidly evolved into arguments revealing each candidate’s shortcomings, flip-flopping, untruths, temperament, decorum, inexperience and indecisiveness. There were character assassinations and veritable “yes, you did!”/”No, I did not!” schoolyard exchanges that ended in debacles.
The most prominent participants revealed their kinship with the Bush-Cheney era: never serving in the military by using questionable ruses and deferments and then, through warmongering, launching seemingly unsolvable conflicts that caused grave unrest and turmoil throughout the western hemisphere
The candidates’ solution to “bomb the hell out of them” would cause indiscriminate devastation and the annihilation of innocents.They stressed deploying more troops, calling them “boots on the ground:”  just another government-issue dispensable war machine and not the heroic patriotic soldiers issued by loving parents and families.
Displaying great bravado, the candidates continually uttered the words “terrorism” and “terrorists,” keeping the fear factor alive. Never in their discourses did I hear the words “diplomacy” or “negotiation” for a peaceful solution.
They all agreed that purging affordable care, defunding or eliminating vital beneficial social needs, and nullifying foreign policy achievements were top priorities. Included also was the undoing of any proposals gained by President Barack Obama through perseverance and tact.
Making our country great again and “taking our country back were the battle cries. Was it great back during the Bush-Cheney era of false premises for waging war, controversial executive power, stock market collapse, deregulation, millions without health care, obstructionism, government shutdowns, a Senate so dysfunctional it resulted in an internal conservative revolt that spawned Tea Party and caused stagnancy, malaise, distrust, discontent and insecurity?
The debates clearly exposed a lack of decorum and statesmanship needed to instill trust, confidence and respect in government and governing.
Frank Abbott
Oliver

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