So this is the state of modern political campaign discourse in America.
When John Adams ran against Thomas Jefferson in 1796 they debated the issues of federalism, military action, and taxation. In 2015, we get sound bites like this from GOP candidate Jeb Bush.
Jeb Bush: The Time-Traveling-Dictator-Slayer
When talking to representatives from The Huffington Post Bush was asked whether or not he would kill Hitler as a baby if he could travel back in time.
“Hell yeah I would,” Bush exulted, “You gotta step up man.”
“It could have a dangerous effect on everything else, but I’d do it -- I mean, Hitler,” Bush added with a shrug.
What in the world is this? This is not an acceptable discussion to have with a man who could potentially become commander and chief of this country. This is a discussion you have with your college roommate after eating some of the special brownies he picked up at last night’s keg party.
The Idiocracy Is Real
Have we really become that much dumber since 1796? Has our attention span been so furiously shredded by modern technology that the most we can ask of our candidates is their take on what sounds like a terrible script pitch for Back To The Future 4?
Bush is, for all intents and purposes, a lower tier candidate. Nobody really expects him to become president. But this does not mean that he should be lobbed softball questions. The American media needs to treat its candidates as serious political operatives, not as punch lines. And the American people need to demand more from their election coverage than a funny sound bite they can tweet to their friends.
The stakes are too high for us to care so little.
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