The Lion’s Den – Presidential Debate #2


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Sunday’s debate was a pivotal 90 minutes in an edge-of-your-seat election with 27 days left until midnight. These clashing personalities and ideologies are more than opposites—they are suicidally bent on each others’ annihilation. Anything can and will happen before November 8.

It is important to reiterate as context to this analysis the daunting complexities facing the American voter—in case you’ve put off putting it all into perspective. Certainly what I am about to review is only a fraction of the issues and not representative of all that is truly at stake.

To so much as acknowledge $19.6 trillion of debt is to stand at the base of a volcano and look up. To face down the national debt and organize the necessary response as the chief executive would be to stand before a star and see clearly enough to win against all odds.

This insurmountable sum will be the definitive challenge of the next POTUS and the infected inheritance of a preposterously short-sighted and disappointing Obama administration that saw hundreds of executive orders and over $9 trillion added to the already-astronomical national debt. That is nearly double the accumulation of debt of over 232 years of American financial independence.

How can this possibly end well? How do we teach the next generation of thinkers how to find the formula needed to solve a problem we so spectacularly have failed to address?

All pundits predict catastrophe. Unseen forces are at work on government servers, likely as you read. If it can be brought to light, it will be, and so the old rules are out the window.

Information is now a commodity as quick to fill the space of mystery as it is hard to contain—each of us is a journalist with the power of exposure held constantly in the palms of our hands as we file towards the cliff’s edge, eyes buried in our devices, as yours are now.

In fact, we have too many facts—too many sources of information with inner workings mysterious to us until later, when they, too, are exposed as corrupt. We are young voters with a trillion watches and no idea what time it is—or how much time we actually have left to remain comfortably disconnected to a situation we feel we cannot control.

Every day, more corruption becomes obvious; hacks and leaks arrive weekly. How can we digest this much information effectively? Perhaps we should start naming leaks alphabetically, like hurricanes.

Which brings me to Sunday’s debate: a spectacle that delivered both substance and shock. I will forego a complete play-by-play analysis, as that content has been covered extensively by other news outlets already.

Hillary brought up Russia multiple times, calling them at one point our “adversary” who would never come to the negotiation table. Donald again highlighted the fact that her campaign deleted e-mails after receiving a subpoena to surrender them. The effect of this debate on independent voters remains to be seen.

On Friday, a now-infamous video of Donald Trump was leaked to the Washington Post by an unknown source. The mainstream media are certain it wasn’t Putin this particular time. It was likely meant to derail the debate away from the issues.

Derail, however, the Trump train did not; at the end of 90 minutes, he had crafted a power play out of what many predicted to be a blowout.

Mr. Trump lost several of his most losable Republican backers on Friday—one of whom, Paul Ryan, is of course Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. This, also, failed to sink the madman. It is rumored that over half of the Trump campaign is now trying to sabotage the bid.

Tuesday morning, Mr. Trump was bringing attention to the pivot on his Twitter account, which currently has more followers than @POTUS.

The story of the election remains the incredible slant of the mainstream media. This debate continued to highlight CNN’s bias against the Republican nominee. Obvious to everyone was lopsided moderator scolding and questions aimed at putting Trump on the defensive about what he has said in the past—irrelevant to the issues, just like in each debate prior.

It’s a surprise that no one of Hillary’s has developed a more effective strategy—or read “The Art of the Deal.”

Again, almost all polls except CNN—host of the debate—showed the Republican nominee way ahead post-debate. The difference between what you saw and what you saw reported illustrates the importance of independent news publishers like the Lone Conservative and social media platforms that don’t censor users or manipulate trends like

CNN openly admits to stacking focus groups against the Donald, assuming perhaps we wouldn’t notice if they wrote the percentages differently, reporting:

“The results showed a clear victory for Clinton, with 57% saying Clinton won… The results Sunday also track closely with watchers’ pre-debate preference. Fifty-eight percent (58%) of debate watchers said they were supporting Clinton before the debate.”

Correct The Record—the paid shills you can meet personally by clicking here and here—have been manufacturing outrage and confusion on various social media sites, as Google doctors autofill suggestions and runs over-sensational headlines 24/7; the spin cycle will only accelerate as the week progresses.

The unlikely celebrity underdog that had never debated a politician onstage before the primaries defeated Hillary Clinton, lifelong lawyer and politician, with a brilliant performance—in the eyes of this scrutinizing viewer, at least—that immediately reset the tone for the critical upcoming weeks. The gloves are off and the people’s choice is a formidable opponent, winning at his opponent’s game.

Madness from Sunday included a pre-debate press conference with three Bill Clinton rape victims and a fourth woman whose rapist was defended in court by Hillary Clinton; a video that obviously catches a CNN focus group being coached on how to respond to Mr. Trump’s comments; multiple zingers from the Republican nominee, including a well-timed quip immortalized forever by a galvanized basket of deplorables—you’d be in jail; a fly landing on the face of Hillary Clinton; and a Drudge report photo of Bill Clinton mortified, with eyes fixed on the rape victims the camera refused to put in frame.

Transparent post-debate spin tried to illustrate Mr. Trump as imposing and creepy, editing “Jaws” music behind clips of the man as he loomed behind compact Clinton to remain in the camera’s shot. Camera crew caught on and later in the broadcast Hillary is captured many times from an awkward angle, Trump-free but with the answer clock ticking behind her.

There was even a fascinating deflection on Twitter, where #KennethBone, an audience member who asked a question about alternative energy, was trending for hours, their candidate having been so clearly identified and belittled by a prepared and disciplined Trump.

It was a night to remember.

Yesterday afternoon, rumors of a Trump rape accuser—notably predicted by this anonymous 4chan user, who also claims to have knowledge of another tape set to leak this week, this one of Trump making a racist remark—promise a very interesting and messy week ahead. Keep your eyes open for more desperate attempts by the Clinton campaign and the corrupt establishment to appeal to the emotions of a gullible public.

The third debate takes place on October 19, 2016. Check back in to the Lone Conservative as the drama develops and America selects the next President of the United States.

The Pack—and the world—will be watching.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.

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