Republican debates have no substance and fail to amuse

The Republican “debates” were noteworthy for what they did not cover. One issue that was ignored concerns the education of our children.

Henry Giroux writes,

The rise of the punishing and police state depends on conformity, the squelching of dissent and the closing down of any institution capable of educating the young and old to hold authority accountable. More specifically, pedagogies of oppression are a central tool for dismantling critical learning and dissent and for increasing the power of the punishing state. Under the reign of neoliberalism, all things public are under attack, from schools to health care to public servants. The war on youth and public schools is part of the larger assault on democracy itself. The controlling elite view schools as dangerous to their interests. For the financial elite, right-wing ideologues and billionaires such as the Walton family, the Koch brothers and Bill Gates, public education must be defunded, broken and privatized because it contains the potential to educate young people to question authority and hold it accountable, and produce civically literate and socially engaged students and critically engaged citizens.

The so-called debates are bad entertainment. They have no substance and fail to amuse.

12 Responses to Republican debates have no substance and fail to amuse

  1. roderick2012 says:

    Americans vote based on emotions not logic.

    That’s why I didn’t vote at all in 2008 because l refused to get caught up in the hype of Obama’s Hope and Change, but l did vote for Obama in 2012 because l thought that Romney was not emotionally fit to be president.

  2. Trump supporters especially seem like a celebrity fan club. We’re still down the rabbit hole, of course.

    • Difficult not to despair. On the other hand, the Republican candidates are called a clown car. Not one of them is worth a damn and the party is an anachronism.

      Says a lot about this country that anyone pays attention to them.

  3. ed nelson says:

    I didn’t catch all the debate, but A good example of ”Political ”theater” is showbiz for the Ugly”… ”for the dummies”… !

    • The Republicans are so far out in right field that they can’t see home plate with the Hubble telescope and they haven’t even bothered to find out what issues are most important to a majority of us.

      Their willful ignorance about climate change and global warming makes them extremely dangerous. No one should be listening to what they say because they have nothing to offer except hate, fear and bad ideas.

  4. You are so right about the “debates.” I’d like to share something completely off-topic: I wrote an op-ed that appears in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch today (August 7, 2015).

    Michael Brown’s Killing: Why I still believe in ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’

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