There's an old saying, "Eat a live frog first thing every morning and nothing worse will happen the rest of the day."
I'm eating that frog by watching the third debate between Trump and Clinton on YouTube while I write this.
They have just moved to abortion and Trump is waffling and propagandizing on Roe v Wade while Clinton is being specific and strong. I think she has won this point.
Now Trump is denying that Russia has conducted cyber attacks on the US (seventeen US intelligence agencies have said Russia is doing so).
The live frog is kicking. They've moved on to nuclear weapons, and it looks as if every pretense of civility has disappeared.
One of my correspondents suggests that Millennials are not educated about the election. They may not be educated, but they’re not the only ones. A couple of elections ago, a big deal was made about the large number of people who got their news only from John Stewart’s “Daily Show.” That concern is trivial compared to the large number of people today who get their news from Twitter and other “social media.” The mis-information machine is a monster that grows as it feeds on itself. Despite claims otherwise, there are no gatekeepers on the internet.
How can one find the truth? It will take more than a lantern to illuminate an honest man.
I follow both Breitbart and Huffington Post (covering the far, far right and the far, far left). I also read, daily, online news sources including AP, BBC, Al Jazeera, Reuters, UK Telegraph, Christian Science Monitor, Drudge Report, UPI, and Politico as well as a random selection of other sources. Occasionally, I’ll watch one of the late-night comedians. And I still don’t know what is true. I can only hope that I have surrounded it.
Whether or not we know the truth, you and I must make a decision. It’s too late to change anyone’s mind, and what was said at this last debate likely won’t make any difference.
I voted on Monday, the first day the polls were open for early voting. There was a large turnout while I was there. My sister and her husband went Tuesday afternoon, and said there was only a trickle of people. I’m looking forward to seeing how the contest turns out.
There are only twenty days remaining before the November 8 election will be over. I hope the results will put to rest the bitter, derisive and divisive debates both formal and informal, on the stage, in rallies, in the so-called social media, and in advertisements. Please vote.
Registered Curmudgeon, scientist, skeptic, humanist, and writer.