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By Virgil Vaupel
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The Debate: Round One


Yikes, folks I haven’t heard so many unanswered questions, so much evasiveness and so many half truths and outright lies since my last face-to-face with my managing editor. The first lie was uttered by Hillary when she told Donald something like “Donald it’s good to be with you here.” In my opinion The Donald came off as extremely boorish, bullysome and rude to the maximum. I simply cannot see him sitting down with any foreign power without insulting that person and maybe putting a screeching halt to any trade deals he could have made. He constantly interrupted Clinton and the moderator, Lester Holt, and became quite combative at times, and he paid absolutely no attention to me yelling at the TV telling him to “Shut the Hell up, you’re killing me …. and yourself.”

Trump laid claims that he was going to bring back companies that have gone overseas with their manufacturing. Holt asked Trump three times HOW he was going to bring back jobs and companies who have gone to other countries to build stuff. Trump evaded the question three times and went on three rampages about how American jobs and manufacturing were leaving the country but he never gave Holt a definitive answer to the original question as to the HOW of things.

Hillary kinda’ insinuated that Trump would have us in a world war very soon after he was elected (should, by remote chance he would be elected of course.) She sniped at him a few times, citing the 12 million dollars he borrowed from his dad to get his own business started and the four times the Donald had filed bankruptcy. Those claims - however true - just slid off Trump’s butt like water off a duck’s back.

There wasn’t supposed to be any cheering or booing from the crowd, but at one point when Trump challenged Hillary’s “stamina” to be president, she answered something like this, and I paraphrase here, “When you travel to 120 countries making deals, putting out fires, brokering peace and when you have sat being questioned for 11 hours, then you can question my stamina.” There was cheering from the Clinton camp after that remark. There was cheering from the Trump side of the hall when he shot right back, “but you did it all wrong.”

I thought Hillary handled herself with restraint when after digging at Trump incessantly about why he doesn’t release his financials. The Donald called her bluff and told her he would release them the moment she “found” and made public the 33,000 e-mails. It was all very theatrical, comical at times, nasty at times and tragic to think these are the two best candidates we could conjure up for the most important political job in the free world.

I think if Hillary wins, it will be just because those female-type persons who vote for her “just because she’s a female,” and if Donald wins, it will be the fault of those red-necks who live and breathe NASCAR, wear their caps backwards and drink a prodigious amount of beer and who can drop the F-bomb as a noun, pronoun, verb and adjective in the same short sentence.

Friends, I fear for my children and grandchildren ... and yours. No matter who wins, we lose.

That’s it for now folks. Thanks for listening.


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