Any American citizen who is truly interested in better understanding the critical position in which the last seven year have placed our nation, was able to do just that. As importantly, any America Citizen who wants to understand the positions of those seeking the presidency, was able to get a much clearer picture of the similarities and the differences between the candidates.
I was personally disappointed that every candidate was not asked to answer the question about what they would cut from government and how they would propose those cuts take place. Only Chris Christie answered that question and his answer was telling. Christie said that not one more dollar would go to Planned Parenthood. That is a good thing, but there are so many unconstitutional departments and agencies that should be eliminated. The first one that comes to mind is the Department of Education. Nowhere in the United States Constitution is the federal government given the authority to control education. That power was reserved for the states and the people. And we could and should go on and on. If you listened, and if you did not you should have , you were given the opportunity to learn much. We had many other telling exchanges and comments including Rubio and Cruz explaining what could have been construed to be inconsistencies. The resulting clarifications were illuminating. Having Rand Paul back on the stage was great. Rand Paul clearly defines his positions. His position on defense spending is a good one. We hear all the time about the wasteful spending of the Pentagon as well as the politically motivated wasteful spending on weapons and bases the pentagon is forced to produce or maintain because of members of the house and senate. If the pentagon were well managed, and the waste of politics was removed, we could achieve many of the goals outlined by the other candidates, perhaps without little or no increase in spending. Fiorina’s zero based budgeting could produce miracles.
The best about the debate was that it centered on the problems of the United States. It did not center around an individual whose answers had no substance but were fifth grade bully taunts. With that element removed, we also learned that the so called front runner is a narcissist who has no understanding of how the United States was designed to work and has as much regard for the United States Constitution as does Obama, Hillary, and Sanders.
These debates should not be about individuals or their thin skin. The debates should be about, and were in this debate, the problems our country has and how they can best be solved. Those who insist on making everything about them, reveals that they have the same type of personality as Ivan the Terrible or George III and share none of the remarkable qualities of that true and humble servant, George Washington. Americans, do we need an Ivan the Terrible or a George Washington?