Yes, as I said, I was glad I went, but I will admit, I came away pretty disillusioned. The hype and presentation were all for show, and were seemingly of no consequence. I seriously doubt that anyone there walked away having changed their mind at any level about the coming election. I felt a little like a junior higher at the assembly where they introduce candidates for student council. The candidate with the most locker signs or the one giving away candy usually wins.
I am overwhelmingly thankful for the freedoms we have in this country, but I sure wish we had a better way of electing our leaders, rather than playing the game of generating support through mega-hype. It's such a serious responsibility. I know, and I am again thankful, that there is a sovereign God who sets up and takes down rulers to accomplish His own purposes. I also know, if "my" side doesn't play by the rules that have somehow been tacitly established, "we" are unlikely to win. I just wish we didn't behave like it was just a game.