Last night’s CNN debate reminded me more of a school yard argument than of an actual political debate. I have said before that I don’t enjoy political talk, so I will keep this short and be sure to stay away from declaring any of my personal political views. My issue with the debate that took place last night was not the candidates, but the extreme lack of professionalism by the moderator. I have seen debates in which candidates attacked each other, but this is the first debate in which I have seen a moderator calling up the barbs aimed at each candidate in an effort to instigate arguments. There were a couple of times in this debate that it seemed like the candidates would come to blows, and while that would have made for some intriguing television, that is not the proper way to vet a possible presidential candidate. I understand that CNN is currently in a ratings battle, but I think they should stick to reporting news, and keep the sensationalization of the presidential debates to the tabloids. I would love to see the future president stick to the issues, but unfortunately it seems that childish arguments are the only way the media knows how to raise ratings. The President of the United States, is a highly revered and prestigious position, in the months leading up to the next election, I would love to see more serious conversation about where the candidate wants to take the country and less name calling.
The United States presidential election is right around the corner, and that means everyone has suddenly become a world renowned political genius. Politics is one of those topics that it is just best to steer clear of when it comes to relationship building. It is incredibly rare to see more than two people agree on multiple different political issues these days, and these small differences in opinion usually lead to huge arguments. I don’t think I have ever seen two people ever amicably discuss their differences when locked in an intense political debate. I don’t mean to say that politics can not be spoken about in a cordial and sensible manner, but I have never seen a political debate end until one individual’s voice gets a bit too loud. I have my own political views, but unless I decide to run for office, I generally keep them to myself. In my opinion most people should just leave politics to the politicians, too many people view their political party as they view their favorite athletic team, and frankly, it just isn’t that simple. There are too many variables in a political argument, and most politicians are most likely going to change their stance on an issue several times before a vote, so arguing for or against any candidate is quite pointless this early in the race. Political talk can be very divisive, and at times uncomfortable to those who are observing the argument, so please, if you feel you must have a debate, it is best to keep as calm as possible and remember, many of these politicians don’t hold as strong a view on an issue as their constituents think they hold.
Yesterday I was having a little debate with a friend about the role physicality plays in attraction with men and women. My friend was firmly in the camp that men are always physically motivated when searching for a mate, while women are exclusively emotionally motivated. Before I get into my rebuttal to that claim, I must state that this friend of mine is also a male, so I was somewhat shocked that he wouldn’t give his own kind the benefit of the doubt. I understand that throughout history men have been seen as only motivated by what they see, but as times have changed I have to argue that women are almost just as physically motivated as men when it comes to looking for a partner or mate. I have several female friends who have openly mused about the height and appearance of their optimal mate, and while that may not be as sexual in nature as what men dream about, I feel it is just as relevant to the argument that women care about what they see. There is a common phrase that states “sex sells,” and while I understand that many commercials and movies geared towards men prod at that factor of the male psyche, women are also the target of many sexually based advertisements. For every hooters commercial geared towards men, we have a superhero movie in which the male protagonist is inexplicably shown partially nude. The fact of the matter is that human beings, as a whole, are drawn to things and people based on what they see. With the advent of gender equality it is no shock that many women are just as open to express their sexuality as men have seemingly always been, and I feel as though that point on its own makes my argument. Both men and women are largely driven by sight, and while many may believe that women are solely drive by emotion, I think they are somewhat misinformed and their data is completely outdated.