What The Debates Are NOT Teaching The Next Generation of Voters!

The presidential debates are bad for kids! The behavior that they exhibit would result in 'consequences' by most parents.

Regardless of whether you vote Democrat or Republican, I'm sure we can all agree that every person expecting to be a leader of a country should role model "good" behavior for kids and teens (and the rest of us!). Sadly, this does not seem to be a priority for our candidates. The list of what they are NOT teaching is extensive...

  • Take turns: None of the candidates is able to wait his turn without interrupting or talking over the other one.
  • Listen instead of 'waiting to talk': Are any of the candidates even attempting to listen to what an opponent is saying. Not a chance! Opinions are set, and no-one is listening respectfully to anyone else.
  • Be truthful, even when it is uncomfortable: Lies, half-truths and omissions are rampant during the debates. The message: It is more important to make yourself look good, than to tell the truth.
  • If you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything: Negative ads, harsh words and accusations are far more promiment than any time spent actually addressing the issues.
  • Work together for the good of all: This concept is completely lost on the candidates. Despite weak protestations to the contrary, the good of the people is a very far second to a win for the political party; and we would be very hard-pressed to tell our kids that the republicans and democrats work together for any reason at all.
  • STOP when someone tells you to: There has not been one instance of a candidate actually paying attention to the 2-minute clock as it counts down. Perhaps they all need to sit in the 'time-out' chair for two minutes?
  • Answer questions clearly and the first time: I don't think that I have heard one question answered clearly, succinctly, and the very first time it was asked.

I have the urge to take away their TV time, computer, phones and ground them for the whole week. But I'm not sure that it would help! 

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Susan Bartell October 18, 2012 at 01:12 PM
thankss :)
Chris October 18, 2012 at 05:20 PM
I would like to know if Dr. Susan Bartell spoke out when President Clinton was receiving oral sex in the white house.
Mary Rose Paster October 18, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Forgot one point: to condone lies is to participate in them. To be offended openly without response is to allow bullying. Dare say I could go on....Dr. Mary Rose Paster,Clinical Psychologist
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