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  By William Fisher  


Thank God, we are almost finished with the stupidest, least helpful, most irrelevant, presidential contest in living memory.


Garnished with the most brainless series of "debates" in the history of Presidential candidacy.


At least, when it began -- during the primary -- some of it was fun, in a prurient way. Women came forward to accuse Herman Cain of crotch-grapping. Rick Perry couldn't remember the third of the three Cabinet departments he was promising to abolish. And so forth.


Funny? Yes, up to a point. After that, downright embarrassing. Not for the candidates; they're free to make total fools of themselves -- and they did. Embarrassing for the country.


Just think of it. The people who thought they would be absolutely dandy leaders of the richest, most powerful country in the world, unable to enunciate a simple declarative sentence!


But what there was of fun soon melted into disaster -- when people began to realize what wasn't being debated. Climate change. Immigration. Our off-the-charts incarceration rate. Our so-called "war on drugs.' Racial profiling. Our military-industrial complex. Our vanishing middle-class. Our abandon of the mentally ill. And on and on and on.


There is arguably only one other kind of issue so elemental that its omission conceals the incendiary material that could actually bring us down.


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William Fisher has managed economic development programs in the Middle East and elsewhere for the US State Department and the US Agency for International Development. He served in the international affairs area in the Kennedy Administration and now (more...)
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