I watched the debate between HRC and Trump. I’ll say right off the bat (old bat?) that I’m not crazy about either of them, but I don’t think Trump has the job training to lead a nation. To me, he’s the Kim Kardasshian of Bidness. HRC? My strong aversion to her has always been visceral more than logical. When she yells, she sounds like my mom and THAT’S not good. As for the emails, etc, well, having grown up during the Cold War, with a dad who was a wargamer with super-secret government clearance, I accept that there are things going on with government that I don’t need to know, will never know, and will be glad I don’t know.
The debate was a “consciousness raising” experience for me. After thinking about it I realized that we’re involved in the first ever moment in which a woman is a serious contender for the presidency. It’s the first time we’ve seen a woman’s face, heard a woman’s voice and watched the interaction between a male and a female on that platform.
I’ve never been a feminist. I’ve always been a “personist”. I believe seeing gender and skin color is pandering to the obvious, and that inside each one of us is a unique individual who deserves to be seen and heard on his/her own merits. As I watched the debate, I realized that my beliefs are probably out there in the stratosphere. I’m still keeping them, though. Shoot for the stars, right?
Trump bullied HRC in exactly the way some of the men — husbands, boyfriends, bosses — in my life have bullied me. He talked over her. He contradicted her without presenting a reasonable argument. He shifted questions from the topic under consideration to what he wanted to talk about. He yelled over her, “Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.” He interrupted her while she was making significant points.
Seeing that dynamic played out in that forum made me feel sick. That’s bad, but the strangest — worst — part of all was that he wasn’t called on this behavior. I wondered afterward if he wasn’t called on it because the moderator didn’t notice it, that kind of male behavior being just another attribute of manliness or if the moderator sensed that calling out Trump every time he did that would paralyze the debate…
I don’t know.