I do not wish in any way to condone what went on in the Presidential debate last night. But I do think it would be good for America to sit back, think a bit, and maybe watch Spielberg's Lincoln, or listen to Miranda's Shakespearean Hip-hop tragedy of Hamilton.
You could even Google a few of these historical nuggets:
Washington campaigning with alcohol.
Benjamin Franklin's children
"Ma, Ma, where's my Pa? Gone to the White House, Ha! Ha! Ha!"
"Pink right down to her underwear"
Anything about the private life of the KennedysAnd I'd better stop right there because I don't want to stir up partisan passions any further. Please be assured that I absolutely do not condone any of the actual moral failings of our Founders or political leaders up to the present. But I do find it interesting as a student of history and current politics to see how partisan passions seem stronger in defining moral outrage than the outrages themselves.
Sometimes I even think maybe we should be just a little more French -- but absolutely not abusive to women in word or deed. I draw the line at so-called "locker-room banter" and what it implies.