New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | October 30, 2020

Editorial: My comments on the first Presidential Debate

By Robb Johnson | October 2, 2020 12:22 am

The first Presidential Debate was something fit for a Saturday Night Live skit that either had you laughing out loud or scared to your core.

We are in times where we do not know if we will be shut down again because of the coronavirus. And here today, we have these two 70-plus year old men acting like complete fools on a debate floor. Former Vice President Joe Biden was out there throwing numbers that had your mind searching for the truth, and we have President Donald Trump who loved interrupting in a disruptive way who could not denounce white supremacy in 2020.

We have the issue of younger people watching this stuff hoping that could learn something. After the first debate, some adults are contemplating if they want to tune into the next one. As an Independent, I have not made my choice yet and quite frankly, after seeing that performance by both candidates, it’s hard for me to come to a conclusion.

I understand that I am African-American and the narrative of voting exclusively Democrat. Well my friends, I shatter that stereotype with a hammer. This is a problem that this country is doing by putting people in boxes of what “they are supposed to do.” We call folks bad names when they do not meet the expectations of a certain narrative. We must do better in America. The narrative has left many of us with bad and corrupt leaders on a local level, and these leaders had been part of both parties.

This November, you can choose to continue to be ignorant and let others influence you or you can make your own decisions. There are two debates left and after the first crap show, both candidates must prove to all of us why they deserve our vote. Let’s assume the first debates is a tie and hold these men accountable for having the privilege to potentially work for the people of the United States America for the next four years.

We must demand better because no American wants a repeat of 2020. Anything close to that in 20201 may result in consequences that we may not be able to come back from. The people are tired and are ready to rise up even more.

Both candidates better deliver and make sure that they do what they say they will. America is very combustible right now and we need closure and peace, not more division. Anything less is unacceptable. We do not want politics as usual. We want a true leader. The question we should ask is which man is willing to step up and take that responsibility.