What the GOP Debate Taught Me

So….how about that debate?

I have to admit I love me some political debates. Especially when they are for elections.

As you know the Grand Old Party (GOP) Debate was last night. They held 2 debates for the 17 candidates, based on current standings in the polls. Candidates 11-17 debated at 5:00 PM and the top 10 candidates debated at 9:00 PM, both debates airing on FOX NEWS.

Now, I consider myself middle of the road, socially liberal and fiscally conservative when I’m forced to label myself.However I prefer to just exist and be able to pick and choose my candidates regardless of the party affiliation. Now, there are people who think this is a horrible practice, and have debated with me on going straight ticket and that is another blog post for the future.

Courtesy of Brian D. Proffer
Courtesy of Brian D. Proffer

Anyway, I sat down last night with my glass of cabernet, gallon of butter pecan ice cream and computer with my Tweetdeck to watch and engage in the 2016 GOP Debate.

Overall the debate was interesting. It really challenged me to think outside of my box and learn a different perspective. I was Googling just as much as I was Tweeting so that I could learn and understand what they were speaking of. While I think that the moderation was a hot mess and at times the debate was childish and more SNL than than debate, it confirmed a lot of things for me as well, I learned a lot.

I learned that tolerance is not within everyone’s moral compass. I learned that there truly can be political mavericks. I learned of the fine line that exists between politicians and zealots. I learned that passion can be misdirected. I learned that the need to win and dominate can overpower the need to be successful and purposeful. I learned that tolerant intolerance and intolerant tolerance is such a thing. And I learned that the good for an individual can supercede the good of the many.

Believe me, I had lots to say during the debate. Mostly intellectual but there were definitely snarky comments thrown in there too. However upon reflecting on the telecast last night, the GOP Debate taught me more than just about the loose stances on issues that the candidates may or may not truly hold. It taught me that there is work to be done with ourselves, our society and our country, and that I better roll up my sleeves and get ready to work for what I believe to be the type of nation I think we should have and need to have.

Until next time

Peace, Love and Pandas!

Published by Brian

I am currently the Assistant Director of Student Life for Registered Student Organizations and Late-Night Programming at Michigan State University. After earning my B.A. from the University of Michigan-Flint, I entered the Student Affairs profession. After a few years in the field, I returned to school and earned my M.A. in Educational Leadership-Higher Education Student Affairs from Eastern Michigan University. In my spare time I blog about my thoughts and musings on current issues in higher education, student affairs, digital worlds, identity development and general life inspirations and observations. I also volunteer a lot for my fraternity and multiple regional and national professional associations.

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