I, however, did not watch that debate. Instead, I was attending a meeting of like-minded individuals and carrying on various conversations about how to solve the problems of today. The debate did happen to be on in the room where the meeting was held so I was able to catch a few things that were said.
However, once I got home from that meeting, I did read up on what happened during the debates. I browsed through the Internet to see what sort of things were said and found some of the key points that were made during the debate.
Based on what I saw and what I read, I learned something that wasn’t necessarily new to me. The rhetoric that was given only solidified what I have known for some time.
Both of the major parties that control our political institutions have rigid platforms that do not change. Candidates from these parties are expected to go along with the platform that their particular party stands on. The money that is donated to these parties is used to maintain the pressure on candidates to keep them within party lines. Both parties are constantly bickering while at the same time they are both responsible for bad legislation. They are both responsible for reducing the rights of American citizens. They are both responsible for our nation's outrageous debt. They are both responsible for multiple wars that are driving our country further into that debt.
To continue on this current path would be disastrous. Instead of bowing to the political functions that have dominated the country since its inception, we should be focusing on facing the problems we have and presenting solutions for those problems.
What can be done to resolve this problem of a government dominated by the two parties that are hardly distinguishable anymore?
To start, we can decentralize the government. Remove from the federal government those powers that are not specifically assigned to them and give those powers back to the states.
Let the federal government focus on defending our country. Let me reiterate that. Let the government focus on the defense of OUR country, not a country halfway across the world that most of our school children can't even find on a map.
Stop federal government from enacting regulations that are not specifically geared toward ensuring personal freedom.
Stop the federal government from attempting to legislate morality. The government's attempts at controlling what people ingest into their bodies, for instance, have created several billion dollars in debt and have achieved no positive results. Let people choose what to do with their bodies. Give the people back their God-given free will, as long as their free will does not interfere with the personal liberties of another human being.
Let the government focus on protecting the liberty of its citizens and protecting them from violence from others.
The answer to America's problems is the same thing that earned America the distinction of being the greatest country in the world to live:
(1) A free-market based economy and the prosperity that this economy brings to its people. In a free-market economy there is no corporate welfare. There are no tax loopholes. There are no government subsidies.
(2) A dedication to civil liberties that sets our country above all others. People will be free to live as they choose as long as it does not interfere with another person's civil liberties.
(3) A foreign policy of non-intervention (not isolationism). Yes. There IS a difference between those two.
Only together we can bring this country back from ruins. The Republican Party can't do it. The Democratic Party can't do it. Only the people can put this country back on the right course. Only the people can stand up to their government and demand the end to the ongoing power struggle in America between the Republicans and Democrats and insist on real solutions to the real problems facing us every day.
The bottom line to all of this is what is the difference between the Republicans and the Democrats?
From the looks of things these days, I would have to say very little.