Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The Presidential Debate - "Who won..."

The question keeps being asked, "Who won? Who won?" I watched the debate, and I continue to be thoroughly underwhelmed by both candidates. If nothing else, rather than answer the silly question that all the news channels ask, think about this. Nothing was said. Absolutely nothing, and neither strikes me as presidential. Rather than ask who won, I think what has become painfully clear is who lost. It's us; we all lose.

Maybe we are on the precipice of becoming a third world country, if not there already. As the rest of the world's income rises relative to ours going forward, who knows? Maybe innovation will arise out of those countries we used to look down upon, and maybe, if we are lucky, we'll be the low cost labor pool for the world. We better figure some things out, and stop promising entitlement programs that are bankrupting this country. If the last 8 years blew so bad, fine, but I still don't think that a symbol of change equates to a leader of change. Especially from someone we have never heard of prior to now.

In recent times, maybe that's all a president really is, a promise of change if things are bad, and a promise of status quo if things are good. But ask yourself this, where are the WMDs? There's lots of good young people making the ultimate sacrifice so we can borrow beyond our means, and no one seems to remember Colin Powell's speech to the UN General Assembly. No matter what affiliation you profess to be, you have to ask whether we are really ever told anything. As I watch this slow moving train wreck unfold, I have the distinct feeling that the rest of the world is laughing at us. I don't have the answers, but the debate left me feeling very sad about the leadership vacuum that we are about to enter into.