A Senior Moment
Hillary or Donald?
by Rev. Bob Johnston
November 13, 2016
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Sam was an older fellow who had just ended a relationship with his partner. The eight-year union admittedly had experienced a few rocky bumps along the way. Sam’s nephew recently shared this story about his favorite uncle.
It seems Uncle Sam was being wooed by two would-be suitors who recognized that being free, Sam was now available to consider some new options. The problem was that Uncle couldn’t decide with which suitor he wanted to begin another committed relationship.
Hillary would surely be the safer bet. She was experienced, determined, hard-working and very logically persuasive. She described a future together with Sam which would make him even more healthy and prosperous. She always spoke carefully, at times sounding scripted, being cautious never to weaken her case by offending him. Uncle Sam had known her in several other roles she played in past years. Hillary did come, however, with a bit of baggage because of her “history.” There were those unsavory allegations, some proven and others merely speculative. Her public personality was not the warmest either; she once referred to some of Donald’s good friends as “deplorables.”
Donald was a newcomer to this courtship business; brash, labelled as narcissistic, extremely wealthy and at times foul-mouthed. Initially, Uncle Sam saw Donald’s overtures as a joke, just another way to boost his public visibility through blatant self-promotion. Yet, gradually over time, Sam felt drawn to this most unlikely candidate for a relationship. Perhaps it was the enticement of something different, the lure of a personality totally unlike his previous partner.
With Hillary it was certainly never going to be a risky bet; no surprises ahead with that choice. By contrast, in picking Donald, Uncle Sam might have to ignore or learn to live with those sometimes misogynistic comments and that unsettling unpredictability, not to mention his many irrational and radical promises.
To everyone’s shock, in the end Uncle Sam
chose Donald. It was partly the promise of a good, high paying job; his
reassurance of living in a neighbourhood safe from “dangerous
newcomers”. There was perhaps something refreshing about that lack of
politically correct language. There was also this outsider’s recognition
of and appeal to Uncle Sam’s deep sense of having felt that his voice
had been, in part, ignored in that previous relationship. So, Uncle Sam
mustered up just enough trust to accept Donald’s proposal and those
accompanying promises---even with some ambivalence. Whether Sam’s choice
will prove to be a disaster or a pleasant surprise (and relief) will
unfold over these next months. While many of Uncle Sam’s friends look
forward to celebrating his January wedding, others remain frightened,
dismayed and even violently angry.
The press takes him literally, but not seriously;
his supporters take him seriously, but not literally.
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