Justice Scalia is gone. May he rest in peace. He sure wasn't going to get any in court! There was a ton of air time given to him hallowing him as both man and Supreme Court Justice. What I take away from it is that he was a good, devout man and maybe more importantly a Constitutionalists, where words matter more than personal philosophies. We're not likely to see the likes of him again, whether or not you agree with his decisions.
Then there is the Republican presidential field. I couldn't watch it. It was like a bunch of grade school kids having a squabble on the play ground. C'mon guys. You're trying to convince us you can lead the country back to greatness? Well, I've got a hot flash for you, trying to out shout and out besmirch your fellow candidates, you're in danger of losing your audience.
If I never saw Donald Trump smirk again I don't think my world will fall apart. If Cruz and Rubio don't cut it out I'll file them in my "Don't even bother" file.
Sure I understand why they are behaving the way they are. They want to oust their opposition. But at what cost? Will it get more civilized? I doubt it. Will people really tune out? They may continue to watch for the entertainment value if nothing else is on but to choose a candidate from the singed earth doesn't cut it.
I have some friends who are staunch Democrats who vow to vote for Hillary or whoever the nominee is. I'm not so staunch in my beliefs. I find myself moving more and more to the center, leaving most of these guys behind. Maybe it is time for "None of the Above" on the ballot. Or that ever elusive third party.
Both parties would do well to revamp their debate format. I haven't yet seen one where the candidate defends his own policy rather than demonizing their opponents. They are not debates in the true sense anyway so why give them a platform to have screaming matches?
Tomorrow is Presidents Day. It makes me think of Mount Rushmore. What giants of American politics have been immortalized in that stone. None of them perfect to be sure, but as a whole they're a heck of a lot better than the current batch of want-to-bes.