Apparently even the people facilitating and participating in the Republican debates are getting tired of them. In a video featured at Mediaite, Fox News anchor and debate moderator Chris Wallace says that the decision to have 19 Republican debates is “ridiculous” and “insane.”
Sometimes, even Fox News gets it correct. If someone such as Chris Wallace can realize that all of the GOP debates are “insane” and “ridiculous,” surely it shouldn’t be difficult for everyone else. But, I think many are missing the point of the debates. As with many of today’s media, the dominant idea is to sell something. Now, you must realize that the Republicans, funders, and backers are attempting to sell something–a message.
Have you ever watched a commercial and heard a ridiculous tune only to find yourself later singing the melody and/or lyrics of the featured jingle because it is “stuck in your head”? The point of the GOP debates is to have the messages that they sputter resonate in your mind so that you can remember their talking points and ideas. The objective of the debates is not to choose a candidate; it is to flood the airwaves and bandwidth with ridiculous and insane neo-conservative, radical extremist, bigoted, and hateful views. So, at least once a week you hear those same ideas of hatred and bigotry, and the more you listen the more those messages hit your subconscious. Now you can recall those ideas on a subconscious level–not exactly in the conscious where you are aware.
Any information that enters your mind is used and interpreted by your brain. As a result, when messages of distaste for working/poor people and other-than-white people enter your mind twice a week for hours (and re-distrubuted throughout the week), your mind uses that in developing arguments/logic/ideas/thoughts or shaping the way you think and what you believe. This is why conservatives/Republicans use the debate platform to amplify their message. Thus, it does not matter who is (s)elected; what matters is that the people hear their messages and rhetoric, so it becomes commonplace–as we’ve seen successfully implemented by the Tea Party and attempted by the various Occupy movements.
Now that right-wing extremist views have become so prominant, even politicians on the other side who call themselves Democrats, liberals, or progressives have those same messages and views broadcast to them–and, they listen to messages of hatred and bigotry all the time, possibly, to be able to dispuste them and argue against them. But having continually listened to those messages, their brains are being manipulated by those ideas and views–even their methods of argument. As a result, that stupid song from the commercial is playing in their minds, thus they incorporate reminants of the melodies and lyrics into their own policies. The Barack Obama (and Clinton) presidency is a clear indicator of this. Barack Obama’s rhetoric concerning ‘smaller government,’ deregulation, ‘tough’ stance against immigration, foreign affairs, ‘the middle class,’ small businesses, and even issues of race reflect the ideas of his Republican counterparts.
This is not a recent phenomenon. What we are seeing is a newly crafted technique that is used in the form of debates. Throughout the years Republicans and conservatives have pushed one broad, closed connected message that is cohesive among all of them. Those ideas trickled into the more liberal or progressive Democratic party. Now to appear more mainstream–or moderate–those Democrats or liberals use some of those same ideas they have been hearing over the years. Thus, the conservative Democratic party.
The bottom line for those who push GOP debates is that it does not matter who is elected. What matters is that a message was amplified to the world and the same stupid song is stuck in everyone’s heads. That is not only the way to shape a nation, but the world–not by electing officials. It is done by causing others to adopt certain ideas–forcibly or otherwise. It is done by influencing others’ own ideas by those ideas that were broadcast to them. All of the GOP debates are commercials. Their messages are amplified and become commonplace and mainstream via our own subconscious processing of ideas.