posted on Oct, 12 2012 @ 09:57 AM
(Wanted to write this here to avoid a barrage, also avoided the rant forum because I wanted this to be an essay of sorts. Mods, always to your
discretion, of course)
What constitutes a win? A check in the plus column? Do we use points, polls, word count or applause?
(How easy would it be to S&F a presidential candidate?)
In earlier times the opponents would meet at the field of battle. Bloody disembowelments, torn limbs, dismemberments took the place of polls or
In the arena of ideas, it is not that simple. An opinion is a vague weapon. Weilded against an opponent, it can tear a person apart. To an ally, it
is as soft as a down comforter.
In the political arena we have now had 2 debates. Two battles have been fought. But who won? Opinions are tallied on both sides. No quarter given.
So we remain at a standstill.
If one were to enjoy a polite, reasoned debate, about the only place to get that is on ATS in the Debate Forum. You won't find it in politics.
The winner of the political debate will be the last man standing on November 6th.
Not so different from the arenas of old. Until then, it'll be nothing but the swords of opinions weilded in the arena of ideas.