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Of Donald Trump, the Presidential Debates and What’s Missing

We are in Presidential Debate season, and the eventual narrowing of the field. Donald Trump has made a lot of noise—literally. Some like his straight talk albeit without specifics. Others like Bush, Rubio, Carson, Fiorina are trying to edge their way in.

For much of America, we’ll turn off the debates because of all the constant “noise” they seem to represent. But the real underlying issue is not the noise but the political rhetoric without an underlying value system.

We can fight over politics all that we want. We can argue the defense. We can argue foreign policy. We can capture the sound bites that may well make tomorrow’s headlines which will sell more newspapers. We can fight over the economy and how we’ll get from where we are to where we should be.

But these arguments are not enough to sustain us. Instead, we must do more debating about the underlying values that sustain us. I’ve heard it said that we are a society that cares far more about our comfort and our convenience. And when our political and economic system are about lifting up those values then we decay. Stated plainly, if they system is about what I’m going to get out of it, we fall.

Our crisis in this day is far more about returning to the idea that we are making sacrifices for future generations. It is more about the notion that we must give up our desire for immediate gratification for the long slow cultivation of the tree that will provide shade for future generations.

When we make decisions and debate about what is good for the future with these ideals of sacrifice, honor and nobility, we’ll reset our compass settings. No doubt there are some who are trying to inject these underlying values into the debate. But in our modern world, the discussion of values is almost a non-starter.

In it’s return, we’ll welcome a more civil and enduring society. What’s your opinion of the real debate that needs to take place?

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