3 years ago
Tonight I watched the two-hour Democratic debate put on by CNN in Flint, Michigan. Because it competed with the final episode of Downton Abbey, I'm afraid not many people watched it. And that is a shame because if one were to compare last Thursday's Republican debate in Detroit with tonight's Democratic debate in Flint, there would be no question about which party to support in the presidential elections. In my opinion, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders would both be a good choice for president. Their debate was substantive, respectful and informative. It was a real debate not just an excuse to trade insults.
Although Bernie and Hillary disagreed on several issues, never did the disagreement become personal. They also showed compassion and commitment to the people of Flint and insisted upon holding Michigan Governor Rick Snyder accountable for permitting the lead poisoning of Flint's children to go unchallenged and publicly unacknowledged for two years. They both called for Gov. Snyder to resign or be recalled.
Tonight just made it more clear how polarized the American people are this year. It's hard to imagine we will ever come together. But whenever I encounter innocent children like these two young brothers whom I saw today at the Detroit Institute of Arts, I know that for their sake we must do everything we can to raise the standards of discourse and make the expectations we have of our elected officials more stringent. If we settle for less, it is the children who will suffer in the long run.