Why You Shouldn't Pick Your President Based on Debate Performance
Candidates for the presidency are featured in a number of debates that are televised, but these are largely meaningless to the actual work that is required of the president. Viewers tune in solely to watch the mistakes and facial expressions that are offered by the candidates, and we are all anxiously awaiting to see something exciting in the next televised installment.
These may be fun to watch, and there are numerous news clips that feature the gaffes that are made by the candidates. However, there is actually little substance that is provided, and it does not highlight the ability of a candidate to make the informed decisions that are required of the president on a daily basis. The real decisions that are made by the people in charge of the country occur only after numerous debates within the camp and include research that ensures an informed decision is made.
A debate largely features scripts that are carefully crafted, and they require no thought on behalf of the candidates. There are also opportunities in the televised debates for candidates to show their quick wit, and this provides little insight into the actual ability of a person to make the informed decisions that are used to govern the country. A witty comeback makes for great television viewing, but does this provide the candidate with the power to govern the entire country? Presidential choices take time, and no one wants the president to rush into a decision that will affect the entire world after seconds of forethought. One can easily see the disastrous consequences that would be provided with this type of response. Imagine if a candidate had three seconds to decide if the country should go to war or institute measures to help the economy at home.
Monumental decisions are ultimately the president’s sole responsibility, and there are a number of considerations that are included in these choices. These should be thoroughly informed and well thought out in advance. In addition, there are numerous advisers that should be included in these decisions. How about if the next presidential debate included two oval offices full of candidates and advisers and we could actually see the thought processes that were used by the entire team. Decisions may be the sole responsibility of the president, but there are several people that are involved throughout the entire process. Who would want this otherwise either? Citizens want the president to make the best decision possible, and this cannot be done in a three second blurb.Continued on the next page