It must be said: Sunday night's presidential debate was embarrassing for our nation. It was a crude display of personal attacks, insults and in the case of Donald trump, threats. It lacked the dignity of the office for which the two candidates are running.

As hard as it undoubtedly was, we would have liked to have seen Hillary Clinton respond to Trump with more substance and style. But then she was dealing with the most unqualified person to ever be a major party candidate for President. And she is dealing with a man whose character is indefensible.

It hurts to think how we are being viewed by our allies around the world. Our image, reputation and history have been damaged. It will be repaired. The Republic will survive. But Sunday night's debate was ugly and undignified.