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October 5, 2012

President Obama gives his first reaction to last night’s debate. {Video}

A rebuttal (a day late).

Well, he’s got some juice today. It’s been much remarked that he seemed a bit tired, flat, patient, even passive in the first debate—perhaps ’cause he’s got something of a day job, and a war broke out that he had to deal with, yesterday. Or perhaps he just wasn’t expecting a full frontal, enthusiastic assault on the fact.

That’s not me being partisan, that’s me being partisan based on the facts of what both gentlemen have said they’d do.

“When I got on the stage, I met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be Mitt Romney.”

“Don’t boo, vote” So awesome.

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Mark Ledbetter Oct 5, 2012 4:37pm

Colin and Ben got me thinking…

Politics doesn't actually have to be a boxing match where we choose leaders and use 'best boxer, dirty or not' as our standard of leadership. Take Switzerland, an important model to the writers of the US Constitution, and a model that, unlike America, stayed on the small decentralized, non-militaristic course that made it America's model.

Power in Swtz is, first of all, diffused. Taxes and local policies in general are decided at the local level. Central govt's power is kept severely limited, making aggressive warfare next to impossible. Since there isn't much power at the center, there isn't much motivation for the power hungry to covet the presidency or for verbal boxing to be the standard by which they choose, or for the president to even be thought of as a leader. Did you know that even many Swiss (so I have heard) don't know who their president is? That sort of irrelevancy is something like what the "founding fathers" had in mind for America. Important national issues are all decided by referendum, ie by all the people, not by the president or even the legislature.

Ben ponders, what if another Obama were running against another Obama. Near impossible to find two such politicians, but I imagine Obama against Ron Paul would work. Then you would have a debate of consequence, one where the point is not scoring knock out punches or trying to win, but simply talking the issues and then letting people choose based on the issues. Obama and Paul are far apart on the issues so there would be plenty to talk about. On the other hand, it wouldn't be a boxing match so maybe not too many people would watch.

Ben points out, "America is fooled by corruption again." Yep. Doesn't matter who the president is. Corruption will always win. That's an immutable fact of human politics if you have immense power located in a political entity. Corruption WILL win. No way around it except to severely chain the power of the govt. As our lost and long forgotten constitution intended.

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