by Leanne Ogasawara
On the day of the second presidential debate, my mom and I decided that it would be just too lewd for my son to watch.
I suppose I should mention my son is 14!
Never in my life, have I seen anything like the insane circus that is surrounding this presidential debate, have you? With 24 hour a day coverage and the wild reaches of Internet, it feels like the election is going to take down the entire country with it. I mean, I was just walking my poodle this morning, and I heard two guys in spandex shouting about Trump's latest outrages as they screamed past me on the their bikes.
You can't get away from it. Not even in the days of Bill Clinton was there this level of lechery.
And so I totally agree with John Oliver, when he said we have reached a point so low in this election that we are now breaking through the earth's crust, where drowning in boiling magma will come as sweet, sweet relief.”
Of course, Oliver had taped his show before the world had started gleefully repeating “that word” over and over again. All of a sudden, “that word” was everywhere, to the point that the detestable Trump surrogate Scottie Nell Hugh was seen demurely asking CNN's Ana Navarro to, “Please stop saying that word, because,” She explained, “My daughter is listening…”
Suffice it to say this did not go over well with Navarro, who angrily responded,
“You know what Scottie? Don’t tell me you’re offended when I say ‘pussy,’ but you’re not offended when Donald Trump says it!” Navarro shouted at Hughes. “I’m not running for president. He is.”
The CNN panel –along with millions of viewers– sat there stunned, because TRULY, you just can't make this stuff up!
And as if Trump was not enough, we are now being made to re-live Bill Clinton's antics, who Trump tells us, “has said far worse to me on the golf course — not even close….” This being all insinuated as some of the women from Clinton's past were paraded in front of us on TV to describe how Hillary aided and abetted Bill's exploitative behavior to women.
Along with John Oliver, We the People are left wondering, “what on earth did we do to deserve this?”
Can't we all just slowly start backing away from these two total nut-jobs and pretend that the 2016 presidential election never happened? Or at the very least, can't we make it known to the world that the American people themselves hate these candidates, who have record negative numbers.
Better yet, is it too late to get Bernie back? How about Colin Powell? I wouldn't even mind seeing Anderson Cooper run. Anything has to be better than these two (well, almost anything).
So, my friend Paul J. Scalise, who is an academic mainly based in Europe and Japan, thinks that Americans have lost all ability to distinguish between public and private. And suggests that perhaps the real problem is the media. Right now, He is reading a really fun book called, Party Like a President: True Tales of Inebriation, Lechery, and Mischief from the Oval Office, by Brian Abrams.
— I don't think we realize how impossible and unrealistic our standards of personal perfection are today in searching for a leader.
Some of America’s most popular presidents would never have stood a chance at election in today’s environment.
Would Teddy Roosevelt be elected today with revelations that he enjoyed big game hunting in Africa? Would FDR be elected today with revelations that he suffered from polio? Would JFK be elected today with revelations that he was a serial womanizer? Would Dwight Eisenhower, Gerald Ford, FDR, Grover Cleveland, Warren Harding, Lyndon Johnson, or even George Bush, Sr be elected today with revelations that they all had extramarital affairs? Would Chester Arthur, James Buchanan, and several others be elected today with revelations that they were borderline alcoholics? Would Abraham Lincoln be elected today with revelations that he never went to church or even cared about God until he ran for public office?
The list goes on and on…
America's very unique insistence on scrutinizing the private lives and private conversations of candidates — something that is laughed at as irrelevant in most European and Asian countries –would likely have cost us a lot of good former presidents if today's standards were applied to the past.
Given the current climate where Americans do seem to care and judge each candidate by the strict standards and morals of our time, and given that Americans seem to like just fine this relentless scrutiny of candidate's private lives, then I think it is safe to say that both candidates are deeply problematic. Neither candidate meets the moral purity checklist–not by a long shot. So, if the media as it exists today won't go away and they continue to poke at the personal lives of politicians and if that is okay with people, then maybe these current candidates should bow out? There was a meme on Facebook that suggested we pay Obama month to month to keep going until we work this all out…
By way of a conclusion here, I would suggest that when one removes all the smoke and accusations of transgressions, we will be left with the worst kind of entitlement attitudes ever seen in the history of our country. Banana Republics levels of double standards, being above the law, and getting away with all manner of behavior because you have “power.” This is what is most revolting about the entire mess.