by Andy Weddington
Monday, 23 November 2015
"It's not bragging if you can back it up." Muhammad Ali
This morning a Facebook post caught my attention. It has my vote for 'Post of the Year.' In fact, it may be the best Facebook post of all time.
"When you are dead, you don't know that you are dead. It is difficult only for the others.
It is the same when you are stupid."
Over the weekend I read news our brethren in Iowa were beginning to shift (their) support from Dr. Carson to Senator Cruz.
Because Senator Cruz gave a tough talk about immigration, "refugees," and dealing with our enemies. The Iowans swooned. And they believe though Dr. Carson is a nice accomplished guy he seems too soft-spoken, mild-mannered, and inexperienced to be commander in chief.
Thus two hasty assumptions: 1) That Senator Cruz will walk his talk; 2) That Dr. Carson will not walk his talk.
Need Iowans et al., be reminded of "Speak softly, and carry a big stick,"?
So was the foreign policy of President Theodore Roosevelt who translated his simple sentence and strategy as, "the exercise of intelligent forethought and of decisive action sufficiently far in advance of any likely crisis."
Peace through strength.
Today in America, and about the globe, we live chaos and life-threatening danger because of weakness (America's weak [or otherwise] president and commander in chief).
Senator Cruz has done a few things in office that would lead one to conclude he might walk his talk. But with politicians there is always reason to doubt. Good reason. Always. No exceptions.
But there is no basis whatsoever to conclude Dr. Carson will not walk his talk - regardless of tone, volume, and passion with which he says it.
Walking point - leading Dr. Carson and Senator Cruz - is the bombastic (talker) Mr. Trump.
I like Mr. Trump.
I like his no nonsense way.
And I have no reason to conclude that he will not walk his talk.
Surprise, Mr. Trump's weekend talking made headlines.
He said bring back waterboarding.
Did I say I like Mr. Trump?
I love Mr. Trump!
Because Mr. Trump has for all intents and purposes presented a foreign policy strategy necessary for the times.
From Muhammad Ali, a bombastic talker, too, who walked talk earning him heavyweight champion of the world and President Roosevelt there's basis for deducing and setting our national security strategy: Speak boldly and swing a great big stick!
Clarity is beautiful.
May our enemies fear us round the clock - especially as midnight stalkers.
That may not necessarily be the only way to safeguard America and exterminate savages but it is damn sure better than the stupid approach now in place leaving many, including innocent Americans home and abroad, dead. For the rest of us it's difficult.
Mr. Trump may be a talker. But there is no reason to conclude he, like Dr. Carson, won't too be a walker.
On the other hand, all politicians are talkers. And balkers. Only some walk. All are lame.
Our country today still has game but for a game leg in our White House we're losing. Nonetheless, there is no requisite experience to be president and commander in chief. None. Research the diaries of presidents past (some experienced some not but all haunted by self-doubt), don't take my word for it.
In less than a year we vote - for "Life. Liberty. And the pursuit of happiness." Literally.
Think about it, Iowans!
You too in the other 49.