[I write about politics because of the direct link I see between the words and actions of politicians and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. America’s political class manipulates our military as though they were pawns in a global game of chess. To them, PTSD is merely an unfortunate cost of war.]
Clinton Does What Clinton Does
He didn’t change any minds in his convention speech about how people feel about him personally. With former President Bill Clinton there is no middle ground: people love him or they hate him. But he did manage to weave a convincing tale of spouse Hillary’s personal/professional life of helping others, whether in or out of office.
His delivery was pure Bill Clinton: finger wagging, pregnant pauses, and a bit of lip biting. Clinton haters tuned him out if they ever tuned him in at all. But for those who listened to him–I among them–his (a bit rambling) mingling of their love affair and her public works dove-tailed into a (again, for me) convincing argument as to why this woman, Hillary, his wife, former senator, former secretary of state should become the next president of the United States.
Clinton never mentioned Donald Trump.
Speaking of Whom …
Republican opponent, Donald Trump, said at a press conference that “if” Russian Intelligence hacked into the DNC’s servers to release the internal e-mails that brought down DNC Chair, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, he hopes that they go further. He would like RI–or whatever group hacked the DNC–to dig deeper to see if they can find any dirt on Hillary Clinton while she served as Secretary of State. This is serious stuff, folks. Think about it.
Meanwhile, Trump refuses to release his tax returns, as 100% of candidates for the presidency have done in the past. This only leads to speculation … which I will leave to the speculators … except for his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Wednesday morning Trump vehemently denied several times that he ever met the man. However, I remember him saying not so long ago that he and Putin shared a “green room” while waiting to appear on television. I can only paraphrase, but I remember him saying that at the very least this was a man he could “deal with.”
“Before the cock crows twice you shall deny me thrice,”
Jesus said to Peter, his rock. It’s a hyperbolic metaphor, I know. For me, however, it demonstrates the frailty of all humankind, the primal instinct of survival. Peter remembered his leader’s words, then wept in sorrow. I honestly do not believe that Trump and Putin are plotting against America as we know it. Putin aside, however, I do believe that Trump will say, and has said, outrageous things in the past for reasons known only to him. I doubt he cries.
Trump was one of the original “birthers,” many of whom continue to believe that President Barack Obama somehow came to this hallowed ground not as an American, born in Hawaii, but as a Muslim, born in Kenya. He even claimed that he sent a team to Hawaii to set the matter straight. To this day, his team, whose names have never been revealed, has not issued a declaration, an indictment, or statement of any kind regarding Obama’s citizenship. Yet the myth lives on.
Things to Come
As I compose this blog on Wed. afternoon, I look forward to seeing tonight’s heavy hitters, Vice President Joe Biden and President Obama. Gifted speakers both, I expect more unabashed optimism at this convention. In addition to touching all Americans, in general, I sincerely hope that entrenched Bernie Sanders supporters will embrace Hillary as the party’s nominee and turn their disappointment into affirmative action and work for Clinton’s election.