- with the sound turned off. It was the only way I could handle it.
I know I shouldn't comment on the politics of other countries but I am puzzled.
There must be millions of people in the United States who are eligible to be President - i.e. they were born there and hold US citizenship - and at least a hundred or more of those should be able to get the financial backing and power to run for President. So, how did Americans end up with the current two candidates?
One is completely and totally and utterly unsuited to the job. The other may not be much better. Seriously. One appears good simply because the other is so appalling.
"It wouldn't have happened if voting was compulsory" someone told me. I disagree. We have some pretty appalling politicians in Downunder and we have compulsory attendance at the ballot box. It doesn't stop dangerous people running for office, indeed it may encourage them.
"It's all about money," someone else at the same conversation told me.
I agree - up to a point. You need money to run an effective campaign. It costs millions to run an effective campaign.
"And you need the media on your side," the Whirlwind's father said. I agree with that.
Yesterday there were mixed comments about the debate, especially in the media. Some people are saying one candidate should simply get out of the race - not likely to happen - and others are saying the candidate did well enough to still be in the running. Who said what in the media was entirely predictable here.
It is why I watched some of the second debate. That failure to shake hands? Interesting - and rude on both sides. Both candidates lost me there but I persisted a bit longer. Camera angles, close ups, body language and facial expressions caught - and lost - were all interesting.
Yes, I did learn more about both candidates, much more. No, I did not like what I was learning.
That tip from the PR expert to watch without sound was a good one, a very good one. If you are not distracted by the sound then you can learn a great deal about what someone is saying.
It told me both candidates were lying.