Editor’s Note: Guest writer Mark Wilkins is a terrific author who known as A Storyteller. He writes collections of short stories on Kindle e-books including A Week’s Worth of Fiction, Classroom Confessions, Stories of The Supernatural and Slices of life. His stories range from humorous to downright frightening. He has proposed a rather outrageous but practical solution to the sad state of political debates.
By Mark Wilkins
If you have been listening to the U.S. Presidential Debates you should have noticed that the two candidates spend more time talking about their opponent’s character flaws than addressing the issues that the entire Presidential Campaign are supposed to be about. I have a very simple solution that will incentivize both Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton to talk about the issues and their plans for addressing them, than about their opponent’s faults.
At the beginning of each debate, show a black line drawing of each candidate on plain white paper. Every time a candidate goes off topic and begins to talk about their opponent’s faults, drown them out by playing circus music. Then, change camera focus to the line drawing of them and show a hand drawing a colorful clown attribute on the face of their line drawing. Do this every time a candidate goes off topic or hammers their opponent. See which candidate goes “Full Bozo” first.
This should work to force each candidate to spend most, if not all of their time actually debating the issues and explaining their plans for addressing them. Neither candidate would want to be thought of as being a clown. Neither candidate will want to have the end result of the debate be that they went “Full Bozo”.
Don’t show the candidates shaking hands and congratulating each other, at the end of the debate. Instead, close with a shot of the two line drawings side by side so that the American People can see their real choices for President this election cycle. Then play circus music.
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