The male versus female is now front and center, each in it's own side of the ring. My vision of the male versus female political match in the American presidential arena pitches two beautifully argued intellectual points, each about how to better America as a whole, sparring over how to further American leadership and minimize suffering around the globe. This election is not that.
We are amidst the very first presidential election that includes a female candidate for President on the mainstream ticket, poised in the ring for a good match while the male candidate takes his penis out and pisses all over the ring. The last election included a female candidate, though somehow it didn't seem to touch the historic level of iconic machismo we are seeing today.
Do these two people represent contemporary American culture? Are they representative of us?
I think about how the qualities of presidential candidates have changed over time depending on the major social elements going on at the moment. The clear example: JFK's suave charisma right at the time when television was entering American living rooms is arguably the defining quality that led him to defeat Nixon in 1960. Is that same thing happening right now? Argument, harassment, disgust, absurdity - are these the major social elements of our time and thus we want the presidential season to reflect these things - 'The Real World - Presidential Season'?
Did we create these monsters?