I’m watching the debate tonight, and it’s different from the other two. I must be tired. My ears seem to hear a lot of ocean waves when either of them talk. I keep having to rewind and listen again to be sure what I heard. A voice inside my head moans that it can’t stand anymore of the rhetoric from either.
I am sitting in front of the T.V., with my computer in my lap, pausing and rewinding while I “fact check” all the things both men are saying. It’s not pretty. No wonder my head is spinning.
Palestine, Israel, Afghanistan, Turkey, the UN, Somalia, Yemen, reform, corruption, respect and dignity. The last two items we’ve seen little of in the last few months. As I watch these two for the last time, and as my head swims with all the allegations, and as I am astounded a little more with each thing I hear that I KNOW wasn’t really what the other said, having heard them both originally, I could only come up with one solution.
What we really need here is Professor Snape and a bottle of his best batch of Veritaserum. I allowed myself a few moments of daydreaming about what that would be like, to sit down with both and actually hear the truth. Just a few drops in their pumpkin juice, and we could hear what really happened, and what their plans for the future really are. Confirmation and clarification about deals under the table, about mistakes made, about bad decisions, good decisions, global trade, jobs, health care, the economy, and maybe even the truth about Watergate, Area 54 and the Kennedy Assassination.
I wonder too, if it has to do with what people hear, versus what is said. You know… “What lies in the road ahead?” or, “What lies in the road? A head?” He said this, I heard that. He said, he said, he said. I blame most of the misconceptions on the media. Journalism has devolved into the art of presenting information with a personal bias of the writer rather than reporting the facts, something I find most deplorable. If they can’t uphold the sacred trust of non biased reporting, they should hang up their typewriters–er, keyboards and call it a day, because if they are passing on their bias, then they are no different then anyone else with an opinion and have lost he right to call themselves a journalist.
If we could just get our hands on some of that potion… Where is Snape when you need him?