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You have to give the GOP credit, they certainly do put on a show. Whether you think it is a good sow or not depends to a large degree on your perspective as just what the nation needs at this point in it's history. For the many who are mighty angry with the direction of the country and feel marginalized by the government and the elite establishment politicians the debate was possibly just what they wanted. For those who were looking for a debate with a lot of substance and specifics the debate fell, once again, far short of accomplishing the real purpose of a debate between presidential candidates.
Trump's populism with its undertones of extreme nationalism appeals to an angry party and Americans who view the answers to our national dilemma(s) as toughness, closed borders and a beautiful wall, starting trade wars with certain nations who trade with us in order to balance trading activity, deporting 11 millions undocumented (illegal) aliens, increasing defense spending to build up our military, the strongest and best equipped in the world BTW, into an even bigger and more awesome fighting force, crushing ISIS and using "enhanced" interrogation techniques (torture) to do so, and lowering taxes on business and individuals while balancing the budget and reducing the national debt. Trump telling it like it is. Oh, did I mention bringing back jobs to America?
All of the talk sounds good, and it would be good if it all works out like The Donald tells us it will, if we only believe and trust in his awesome abilities to make things happen. The problem is that Trump makes it all about personality, his, and how much he wins and how GREAT he will make America AGAIN. Without ever actually telling us specifically, point by point, how exactly he will accomplish his wonderful and beautiful vision for America. In fairness to Trump the other candidates, with possibly the exception of Kasich, aren't really giving us a lot of specifics either.
What we are seeing is a lot of canned statements (promises) we've heard over and over again with an increasing degree of personal insults and mud slinging, all of which does nothing to advise the American people in a positive way what they can expect. Trump insults and baits Rubio who of course takes the bait and off they go acting like the spoiled children they apparently are. Cruz, to his credit, tries to keep out of the dog fighting but nonetheless gets into it mixing it up with Trump. Kasich, to his immense v credit stays out of the insulting game and tries to redirect the debate to having some semblance of structure and substance. When the moderators give him an occasional question. At the end of the night we are pretty much right where we were before the "debate" started. Disappointed and somewhat disgusted. Hoping for better next time and knowing not much if anything will change.
American GOP politics has reached a new low with the candidacy of Donald Trump. Thoughtful and informative responses to questions asked on policy, deficit reduction, debt management, social; security, civil liberties, programs to aid veterans and the elderly etc. have been sacrificed as the republican front runner spends time focusing on how much he wins, how great he is and therefore how great he will make America and how he is going to crush ISIS and make everyone fear American should they interfere in our interests. It plays well with the angry middle class that has been squeezed every since the financial meltdown of 2007-2008 but it leaves a myriad of unanswered questions.
Perhaps when the nominating process is complete and the democratic and republican nominees square off America will finally get some meaningful answers from the candidates, if the moderators ask probing meaningful questions about issues important to the country. I for one won't be counting on it.