I don’t plan on watching the Republicans’ “debate” tonight. Even if I were a Republican I doubt that I could do it without snickering. However, over at Gallup Frank Newport has a good post on the questions that would be asked if the people of the United States were asking the questions. Based on polling data, here are the issues that the American people want to know about:
First question: How do you propose to fix the U.S. economy?
Second question: How do you propose to deal with the people’s record-low confidence in Congress and the elected representatives they send to Washington?
Third question: What do you propose to do about race relations in this country?
Fourth question: What do you propose to do about immigration and individuals living in this country illegally?
Fifth question: What do you propose to do about jobs?
Sixth question: How do you propose to deal with declining moral, family and ethical values in this country?
Seventh question: How do you propose to deal with the federal budget deficit?
Eighth question: What do you propose to do about poverty?
Ninth question: How do you propose to deal with crime and violence?
Tenth question: How do you propose to improve the education our children receive?
Eleventh question: How do you propose to make healthcare more accessible and affordable?
While I think those are all good questions, those aren’t the questions I would ask. I think those are questions they should be asking the governors of their states.
Limiting myself to just four questions, the questions I’d ask are:
- Under what circumstances should the U. S. use force against another country?
- Under what circumstances should the U. S. enter into treaties with other countries?
and two questions I honestly never thought would need to be asked:
- How do you interpret Article II, Section 2, Clause 2
[The President] shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur…
of the U. S. Constitution?
- What does Article II, Section 3, Clause 5
he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed
mean to you?
To pile absurdity on top of banality, NPR has asked the candidates what questions they would ask each other. It has been a common observation that the candidate who offers the most optimistic view of America and its future generally goes on to win the general election. Which candidate, depressingly, accomplishes that in the question asked?