Last night, June 26, 2019, was the first Democratic Presidential debate and it was a mixed bag. You could practically see the anxiety on the faces of the participants as they went back and forth while reciting dueling answers. Courteous and generally polite, the goal seemed to be to distinguish themselves from their competition on stage. Unfortunately, last night was only half of their competition. The remaining half will continue the debate process later tonight when the remaining contestants debate on stage. Unfortunately, last night's debate did not necessarily build bounds of confidence that having a good night debating is somehow equal to being a good President of the United States of America.
Be that as it may, I think all of the participants tried hard to remain viable following tonight's debate continuation with a new group of participants. Apparently, there are high hopes that the debate tonight will be even more substantive because higher ranked candidates are participating and they will have had 24 hours to analyze and rerun the debate from last night.
But as July 4th weekend moves into view, I find it difficult to remain focused on political parties and their back and forth disputes. More and more, I am feeling gratitude for those determined and bold individuals among us who aspire to seek such a challenging and powerful office. Indeed, there will be many more losers than winners, but a healthy democracy relies upon highly skilled, dedicated, and hardworking individuals to throw caution to the wind and dedicate all of their talents to seeking to lead this great and complex nation.