The first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump laid bare the competing visions the two candidates have for the future of our country, on everything from our economy to national security. But one issue that wasn't asked about--something that undergirds all these issues--is the state of our democracy.
Why a swimsuit competition was ever necessary to fund a scholar is beyond me, but it continued because of tradition; the Miss America pageant began in 1921 as a bathing beauty competition to extend the tourist season on the shores of Atlantic City, after all. But at some point, it becomes time for tradition to give way to evolution.
Well, it's true. I'm close to Rome in that I'm in Lucca, in that I'm in Italy. And I'm close to home, in that I'll be in Colorado tomorrow evening, in time for the presentation at the American Colosseum (metaphorically speaking), which in this case will be the uber attended, anxiously awaited and rehearsed, and media success of prime time. This would be the Presidential Debate, between you know who.