I’d just like to take a moment, now that the presidential/vice presidential debates are finished for the year, to stop and thank all the things that made it possible for me to not have to watch the debates. There are many to thank, so if I miss a few please don’t take it as a slight. I am grateful to all.
First off, I’d like to thank the fact that I didn’t actually need to watch the debates to find out what happened in them. Even without watching a second, there was enough coverage that I was able to feel well enough informed. This really helped me not have to watch the debates, and for that I am grateful.
There is also all the other things I would rather do with my time than watch a debate. Read books, write, talk to friends, play games, watch TV, work…the list goes on and on. I’d like to thank each and every thing that distracted me from tuning into a debate this year.
Mind you, I consider a presidential election to be extremely important. However, I already know a great deal about candidates by the time debates occur. To me, they seem mostly to be posturing and I can skip actually watching them. I will inform myself, and I will vote, but I generally do not watch debates. As such, I must also thank my cynicism regarding the debates themselves. Without that, I probably would not have been able to not watch the debates.
Regardless, the debates are over for the year. In fact, I’ve already voted. Still, I didn’t have to watch the debates and I just thought a few things deserved thanks for that. This election is highly important, but I don’t think the debates really were (though they could, of course, influence the way that the election comes out for the country).