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Thursday, January 21, 2016
My Decision: A Simple Primer for my Adult Children and Grandchildren
A post recently seen has called one of our candidates for President of the United States a liar. This post was directed at Mrs. Clinton. I do hope Secretary Clinton is a very good liar. This nation has a habit of electing liars because sometimes we just don't want to know the truth. The liar is elected because the liar has the experience to shade the truth about this awful world. In order to maintain our special American ignorance and our image as a toddler in a world full of adults, a good liar often makes the best President. When the United States has a thousand years of turmoil and confusion under its belt, having a liar as a leader will not be as necessary as it is now. We've been privy to some of the dark secrets a President will keep from us. We've seen Secretary Clinton in a picture shocked at the happenings thousands of miles away in a Pakistani town full of American enemies. Live video, audio, and photos of our military powers in action are secrets she has experienced first hand. She's met more leaders of their nations than any other Secretary of State. The truth has crossed her desk. Demands for this or that special attention by a foreign leader has widened her eyes in the special knowledge only our trusted national representative can appreciate. Secrets we'll never know. Some of our soldiers die in battles about which we'll never hear. Mistakes, too, get made in war. Any leader has to be strong enough to take the heat. Only someone who has felt the heat gets qualified to be hot again. It's the nature of war that blame gets tossed in every direction and more often in just one. The object of war is to bash your enemy until he says he's had enough. Or until our side gets what it wants. What we want is often privileged information. It could be dollar fifty gas or something we'll never know. War is confusing. We need a leader who can choose the best people to assist in seeing through the confusing fog. No Presidential decisions are made entirely alone or without advice, often from many corners. My vote will be for Secretary Clinton in the Presidential contest. It's not about anything other than the most difficult decisions a President must make: the decision for military action. Many will think a woman can't and shouldn't make those decisions. The following histories will never be explained, considered, or understood by younger voters. We have seen the history of Golda Meier in Israel and the United Kingdom's “Iron Lady” in during the Falkland's War. I won't be afraid of Mrs. Clinton's decisions when it comes to the security of the United States just as these strong women led their nations. Will we be lied to about details and about secrets? Yes. I'll of approve of it and never know of what I am approving. It's the nature of accepting a person's leadership. We must follow with blinders covering part of the view we see. It is the nature of being a citizen in this large and still young nation. Yet, we know more than any other citizens have in past generations. We have the Internet to thank for that. Being an informed citizen is knowing when a lie is presented to you. In every election there are many sides tugging at a citizen's vote, mostly from some emotional base of fear. This election is no different. Get your “bullshit” detector's out. Mine have been running for some time. I'm certain of my decision based upon what I've detected. President Obama was criticized by right wing advocates for a few tears about victims of a school shooting and perhaps many more victims beyond that. I want to vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton for President because I think she can take the father who yells at her from a crowd about how she sent his son to die in a somewhere hellhole. I think she'll be ushered back to her armored limousine thinking about that incident. There is very likely to be a tear appear in a corner of her eye. It's the same tear we all have when we can't do anything to make something better, in her case, to relieve the pain of that grief-driven father who can't see the people his son helped before a bullet found its mark. This nation needs people in leadership who have scabs covering some of the emotions and experiences inside of them. They aren't removable scabs. They never fall off. They protect the scab owner from getting infected. So many of our Congressional leaders only try to infect their vocal followers with the lines created in some conservative think tank. Once someone sits in the big chair of the Presidency, all of that jargon has to flow away in a great flood. That person has to put their head above water in a hurry to save this nation from its enemies. We have many enemies inside and outside. She may be smart. She may be tough. I am certain she realizes that sitting in the Presidential chair the words of the Constitution of the United States will blaze in neon across her dreams.
Barry G. Wick worked for many years in the broadcasting and advertising industry. A native of The Black Hills, he retired to Coralville, Iowa next to Iowa City in 2014. He writes poetry and some fiction. Most everything he's ever written is unpublished. This writer's poems are available to the whole world free of charge though your gifts are welcome.