Tuesday, September 16, 2008

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

That’s right, it’s presidential debate season. Some may argue that the song is about Christmas, but that is not really the point.

We live in a democracy, and in order for true democracy to survive and function it depends on a population of educated voters. I am a big advocate of voting, but I do believe that voting is meaningless and can even be detrimental if we are not educated about what we are voting on.

This is why the Gonzales household is hosting debate parties, and all are welcome. There are four debates showing throughout the next month. Each debate starts at 6:00 pm and will last for 90 minutes. We will watch the debate, and then for anyone interested we will eat together once the debate is over so there is time to discuss what we observed. Matt and I will be making soup for each meal, so I do need to know about how many people will be coming.

To RSVP, simply leave a comment on this post, and say which nights you will be there.

Debate Schedule:
September 26, 2008: Presidential debate with foreign policy focus
October 2, 2008: Vice Presidential debate
October 7, 2008: Presidential debate in a town hall format
October 15, 2008: Presidential debate with domestic policy focus


  1. Hooray!!!!!! What a great activity. I will be at all of them, though on the last one (Oct 15) I will likely be a half hour late (6:30-ish)

  2. Colin and I will be there for all but the first....

  3. i will not be square, because i will be there

  4. Sounds like we are all waiting on McCain to RSVP…

    But yeah, I won't be making it to the dinner on Friday, but I am going to try and make it for the actual debate, should it actually happen.

  5. Check out http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2008/09/26/opinion/20080926_opart.html
    for some classic debate commentary.

  6. Wish I could have been there. Hope it was lively!

  7. what do you say to those who think voting only perpetuates the current socio-economic disparities? and what does an educated voter look like? -- meaning, isn't one's electoral education quite subjective?

    but in spite of my many objections to our current democratic institution, i'd most definitely be there if it wasn't such a drive.

    have fun!

  8. Joel,
    I can always count on you for asking intriguing questions! Thanks for that. I will address them in an upcoming post, so don't worry, I am not ignoring you.