Frankie Goes to Hollywood was one of the new wave techno bands that had a few hits in the 1980s. They were famous for their song “Relax.” However, they also had a hit that made it to Number One in the United Kingdom in 1984. It was called “Two Tribes” and their MTV video showed U.S. President Ronald Reagan and then Soviet Premier Konstantin Chernenko fighting it out in the arena which symbolized the Cold War.
Tomorrow there will be a similar battle between two tribes but in this case it will be a “debate” between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton who won their respective nominations for the office of President of the United States. CNN has drummed up the battle by showing the faces of the two nominees up close with an ominous tone stating that they face each other head to head for the first time. This publicity sounds as if it were a big fight on the UFC circuit.
No doubt we will hear the bromides from each of the candidates stating that if one is elected that women and blacks will be chained in cages for years to come while the other accuses the other of being soft on crime. It is essentially going to be a two hour slug fest with no new ground being plowed. We will have analysts scoring points for each side that would make the judging from the Roy Jones-Park Si hun fight from the 1988 Olympics look remarkably honest by comparison. No meaningful issues will be discussed like the never-ending war in Afghanistan, the disastrous interventions in Libya, Syria and Yemen that has cost hundreds of thousands of lives and the massive $20 trillion debt that weights on our country like a one ton iron yoke on one’s neck. It will all be cosmetic fluff with “solutions” that no one really believes in.
However, the viewers in selected audiences will be amused with the antics and bloviations and will be asked who “won” the debate via satellite from CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and other outlets. The people are hungry for solutions, but they will not find them in Washington. They must find them from inside themselves and their communities for the politicians care little for them anymore. It will be a non event that I will not miss. However, if they bring back the great boxing announcer Jimmy Lennon from the dead to officiate the debate, I might reconsider.