Sometimes the Elephant IS the Room
I’ve been thinking about this for some time. There are still a lot of unanswered questions in my mind about the current GOP candidate for the Presidency of This Great Nation.
Yes; he’s been hounded to show more than two of his Federal tax returns, and has held fast to not doing that. We’ve given up on that. (Shame on us.) He’s been asked about what exactly he did at Bain Capital; not much information there, either. Did Bain “create” jobs, or destroy them, under his leadership? Or both? Was he still involved with Bain while he headed the Olympics in Salt Lake City? Not really clear. Maybe yes; maybe no. Did he vote in Massachusetts when he was actually a California resident? Could be; could not be. Maybe he really did live in one of his son’s basements for a while… We seem to have given up on knowing quite a lot about this person who promises so much, so glibly, and so vaguely.
It has long seemed to me that this is a man who would really rather be doing almost anything other than going out there, sometimes even amongst the forty-seven percent of us who are, in his opinion, indolent slackers, shaking hands and holding up the babies of people he doesn’t even know, for heaven’s sake. Why is he doing it? What’s in it for him? There must be something.
Here are a couple of thoughts… He’s doing this because he’s had a lifetime of success ferreting out businesses that can be stripped down, made to look financially promising, and then selling them at a great profit for himself and his partners. If that’s what he does, and does well, then the many States of this country must look like the greatest plum of all. Just ready for the taking, and the stripping, and the selling, one by one, to whomever makes the best offer.
Or, he’s doing it for his faith – to legitimize his historically-persecuted Church in the eyes of the nation, and the world, at long last. This is, in my opinion, the Something That Dares Not Speak Its Name – the elephant that may be the actual room. I believe that his faith is very important to him. But he won’t speak about that, either. If his faith is driving him, we deserve to know that. It matters. It would impact his governing, if he’s serious, and all of us would be the subjects of that governing. The beliefs of his faith would be legislated to rule the lives of all of us – maybe slowly, but inevitably.
When I am presented with someone who will not, or cannot, speak about what matters most to him, about what he holds closest to his heart and soul, I find myself facing a cipher, an unknown quantity. And this is not a person I would choose to lead my country, or myself. Anywhere. Ever.