“In a Democracy, someone who fails to get elected to office can always console himself with the thought that there was something not quite fair about it”.
“If you can’t accept losing, you can’t win.”
“The road to easy street goes through the sewer.”
Respectively, the utterances of Thucydides, a 411 BC, Athenian General, considered the father of the school of political realism; Vince Lombardi, who needs no introduction; and John Madden, the earthy NFL coach who knows a thing or two about competition, are captured in these quotes.
It is ugly out there, folks, and it is time to cut to the chase and move on. The press facilitated agonizing about every abstract detail of this election is an affront to the dignity of America, a democracy where folks can differ with passion, argue intelligently, arrive at an end point and work for the common good. We have negotiated the sewer that comprises partisan politics today, listened to the ridiculous arguments about who or what is responsible for Hillary Clinton’s loss, and can accept the inevitable finger pointing that Thucydides so aptly acknowledged back in ancient times. My plea is directed at both sides of the “aisle”………..
It is time to rely on what we, to the best of our ability, know to be true, not what the media, in conveniently packaged, obviously biased fashion, sells as truth. Did Russia hack the Podesta, Clinton, and DNC email accounts? Somebody sure as hell did, as there has been no attempt to deny the ugly contents of these accounts that have been made public. Did Obama know this cyber phishing was occurring, yes, he has admitted telling Putin some time ago to “knock it off”. Did our intelligence network know about this? Yes, it is where Obama got his information. Are we surprised that foreign interests are attempting to monitor the American cyber sphere? No. Espionage is a game that has been played before America became a Republic, we are engaged in it and every other sovereignty is also engaged, whether they be friend or foe. Did the release of the undignified and sometimes vitriolic internet commentary have some affect on the election……undoubtedly so. Likely no more of an affect than the unauthorized release of Trump’s tax returns and the tape of him engaging in ugly, sexist commentary. See the quote about sewer above. (I am still amazed that intelligent, educated people are oblivious to the significance of recorded commentary, whether it be voice tape, pen and pencil or keyboard generated. This is not a new phenomenem, each of these mediums has sent folks to the electric chair, gallows and never ending sleep on the gurney.) I am at a loss to explain the shock and feigned surprise by members of Congress, again on both sides of the aisle, that a foreign interest has probed our cyber world and attempted to disrupt our lives and systems. Why they would be so appalled is beyond comprehension, as we do the same thing every day. I suppose it makes for good television and increases their relevance…..I’ll leave this judgement to the reader. So, if we are over analyzing and agonizing what we have just been through, then what is the answer? It’s simple really……..
“A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.” Wayne Gretzky
Time for another cup of coffee……