10 Intelligence Building things You Could of done Tonight Instead of Watching the Debate
Now, I’m always ready and willing to be surprised, but I’d take out a fairly large bet against anything that happens during tonight’s 90 minute shared Trump and Clinton press conference being particularly informative, responsible, or moral. Indeed, you’d probably be spending your time better if you just make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and dance to Beyonce in your kitchen.
But a lot of people I know are putting enormous moral weight on whether one chooses to watch the debate tonight or not.
So here are my suggestions for some things you could do tonight—none of which should take much more than the 90 minutes dedicated to the debate—that actually will help make you a better informed voter, a more responsible citizen, and maybe even give you a little moral lesson or two along the way.
They’ll also give you a really good answer for anyone who asked what you had to do tonight that was more important than the debate.
- Read Mark Twain’s War Prayer. Attune yourself to the kind of rhetoric used to whip a nation up into a martial frenzy. Learn to recognize when that kind of rhetoric is being used on you.
- Watch FEE’s Sean Malone’s documentary films, “Locked Out,” “No Van’s Land,” and “Farming in Fear.” Do a little thinking about the difference between what legislation claims to be doing and what legislation actually accomplishes.
- Enjoy some of my favorite political cartoons from “A Softer World.” Like this and this and this and this and this and this.
- Read James Madison on the dangers and the importance of political factions. “Complaints are every where heard from our most considerate and virtuous citizens, equally the friends of public and private faith, and of public and personal liberty, that our governments are too unstable; that the public good is disregarded in the conflicts of rival parties; and that measures are too often decided, not according to the rules of justice, and the rights of the minor party, but by the superior force of an interested and overbearing majority. However anxiously we may wish that these complaints had no foundation, the evidence of known facts will not permit us to deny that they are in some degree true.”
- Learn how to write an op-ed. Write one and submit it. Or try a letter to the editor. Or send something to us at FEE!
- Read some of America’s great founding documents, like the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, or the Mayflower Compact, or Washington’s Letter to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, Rhode Island.
- Have a look at Davy Crockett’s Speech on Electioneering. “Promise all that is asked,” said I, “and more if you can think of any thing. Offer to build a bridge or a church, to divide a county, create a batch of new offices, make a turnpike, or any thing they like. Promises cost nothing, therefore deny nobody who has a vote or sufficient influence to obtain one.”
- Check out some protest music by Frank Turner (if you don’t mind cursing), like “Riot Song,” “Something of Freedom” and “Love, Ire and Song”, and by Lindy Vopnfjord, like “After the Surveillance State,” “No Knock Raid” and “May Not be Right.”
- Watch CEI’s beautiful film of “I, Pencil” and Hans Rosling’s “Magic Washing Machine” lecture and remember that “we are perishing for want of wonder, not for want of wonders.”
- Take a walk to the Little Free Library nearest you. Borrow a book. Leave a book. Take a breath.
Sarah Skwire is the Literary Editor of FEE.org and a senior fellow at Liberty Fund, Inc. She is a poet and author of the writing textbook Writing with a Thesis. She is a member of the FEE Faculty Network. Email
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Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, who is barely making a blip in the polls, is desperate to get into the debates — and by Monday afternoon she had already been escorted off the Hofstra University campus.
During the 2012 election, Stein was arrested at Hofstra University after handcuffing herself to a chair in a attempt for press and a spot on the stage.
Hours before today’s debate, Stein was spotted boarding the media bus used to shuttle credentialed media through the premises. As she is not credentialed to be there, law enforcement officials sought to track her down.
The Stein campaign claims that they had a legitimate reason to be going to the media area, as she was about to do interviews with the press.
“We were there under legitimate pretenses,” Meleiza Figueroa, Stein’s press director, told USA TODAY. But as the group walked from one broadcast outlet’s setup to the next they were approached by Hofstra security and Nassau county police. The officials told the Stein contingent that after the interview they “would be escorted off campus immediately, so that’s exactly what we did — we complied,” Figueroa said.
The Green Party is now bussing in supporters who are scheduled to gather outside the debate at 5:30 and attempt to help Stein crash the event.
“Our supporters are going to attempt to escort Jill in. We are expecting they will be unsuccessful,” Figueroa said. Since it is unlikely she will make it past the door, her press director stated that she “be holding a people’s debate outside the crowd.”
Desperate to grab some of the jaded Bernie Sanders voters, Stein was also arrested earlier this month for spray painting a bulldozer at a protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. She is facing charges of trespassing and vandalism.
While some of Stein’s methods may seem, well, petulant and some have even said “pathetic,” it is pretty disturbing that all four major parties are not allowed in the debates. The magic number to get a spot on the stage is a 15% average in the polls, and unfortunately, Stein is averaging barely 3%.
On the other hand, Gary Johnson has been generating much more buzz, though he has not broken 10% either. His recent national polling average stands at 9%. He is still attempting to reach the threshold to be included in the later debates this Fall.
Either way, it is kind of amazing that in a race with the queen of corruption, Hillary Clinton, Stein is the only one potentially facing charges.
On Friday afternoon, the perfect time in the news cycle to make an announcement that you want buried, Donald Trump announced that he has decided not to debate Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
Trump had originally accepted the challenge, provided that proceeds from the event would go to charity, even stating that he would “love to debate Bernie,” at a campaign rally in North Dakota on Thursday.
“He’s a dream,” the real estate magnate said. “If we can raise for maybe women’s health issues or something. If we can raise $10 or $15 million for charity, which would be a very appropriate amount.”
“I understand the television business very well. I think it would get high ratings,” Trump continued.
The plan for the debate began on Wednesday evening, when Trump appeared on Jimmy Kimmel. During the interview, Kimmel read a note from the Sanders campaign inviting him to debate in California.
“How much is he going to pay me?” Trump asked.
“That could happen, I’ve been saying that should happen anyway,” he added. “If he paid a nice sum for charity, I would love to do that.”
Immediately after the segment aired, Sanders took to Twitter and proclaimed “game on.”
In a statement the next day, Trump — suddenly concerned about what is acceptable behavior — wrote that debating Sanders would be “inappropriate.”
“Based on the fact that the Democratic nominating process is totally rigged and Crooked Hillary Clinton and (Debbie) Wasserman-Schultz will not allow Bernie Sanders to win, and now that I am the presumptive Republican nominee, it seems inappropriate that I would debate the second-place finisher,” Trump’s statement read.
The presumptive Republican nominee also asserted that networks “are not proving to be too generous to charitable causes,” despite the fact that several have made offers — including the Young Turks, who offered a million dollars.
Boxing promoter Bob Arum also offered double the $10 million figure that Trump had thrown out. Arum explained that he would produce and distribute the event live on pay-per-view with 80% of the net profit going to the charities of the candidates’ choice, with a minimum donation of $20 million. He would also allow the candidates to approve the moderators.
“It’s the debate of the century between two of the top pound-for-pound politicians in the country — Mr. Trump, the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee and Senator Sanders, the Democratic candidate,” Arum, the CEO and Founder of Top Rank, told USA Today on Thursday. “We have two contenders ready, willing and able to go mano a mano over the most important issues facing the United States. And I am ready to promote it.”
Sanders responded to Trump’s statement by telling reporters “well, I hope that he changes his mind again.”
“Mr. Trump has been known to change his mind many times in a day,” he continued.
The democratic socialist then added: “Well Mr. Trump, what are you afraid of?”
Clinton had previously agreed to debate Sanders prior to the California primary, but has opted not to fulfill her end of the deal as she essentially asserted that the state’s votes do not matter and that she will be the nominee regardless of the outcome.
Naturally, Twitter jumped in to let the former reality star know that he looks like a coward, and before long #ChickenTrump was the top trending hashtag nationwide.
Amusing how a man who claims he will take on ISIL is apparently afraid to take on septuagenarian senator from Vermont in a simple war of words.
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