The Obama/Clinton litmus test

Step 1:  Walk up to any person you know; family, friend, or total stranger.

Step 2: Say the following and ask them to simply react with their face and hands: 

  1. Hot Chocolate
  2. Copenhagen
  3. Hillary Clinton

Then try:

  1. Bananas
  2. Paris
  3. Barack Obama 

Just take note of the facial reaction of this person standing in front of you.  For the first two, I suspect the possible reactions wil be wide open, yet uneventful.  You might get a shoulder shrug with an “I don’t know” sort of expression, or a tilting of the head with an eyebrow raise.  The point here is that the reactions won’t be severe.

For #3 just make note of how many eye rolls or thumbs up you get.  If my suspicions are correct, Hillary Clinton will take over the lead in “eye rolls” with a possible sneering lip.

And herein lies the problem.  I don’t think Hillary Clinton is qualified or deserves to be President of the United States simply because people AROUND THE WORLD who hear her name, or see her face, have such a guttural reaction to her. 

This election is first and foremost about America.  But let us not fool ourselves; this election is about the World.  America has lost its way and lost its place in the world as a shining example of democracy, fairness, opportunity, and mother to the world.  Countries around the world, and people around the world, are all used to seeing a woman or a person of color as the head of a nation.  So this election is not about blazing new trails as far as the rest of the world is concerned.  We, here in America, have made this election about “firsts”, but the rest of the citizens of earth could care less about that. 

We need a President who understands our country’s issues,  problems, weaknesses, and strengths.  But we also need a good will ambassador whom we can trust to represent us, tell the truth to us, and reach out a hand to each and every nation around the globe.  That hand must be able to perform a simple handshake, or to lift someone up, or to ask for a lift. 

Try the litmus test; change up the first and second questions to anything you want that makes sense to you.  But I believe you will see my point for #3.  I want a proud smile, not an eye roll.  We have enough of that now with Bush and Cheney (and Rumsfeld, and Rice, and Libby, and Rove, etc, etc, etc.)


3 thoughts on “The Obama/Clinton litmus test

  1. “And the notion that somehow it’s cute or amusing, or a useful diversion, I think, is something that all of us have to recognize is just not the case. We all have First Amendment rights. And I am a constitutional lawyer and strongly believe in free speech, but as a culture, we really have to do some soul-searching to think about what kind of toxic information are we feeding our kids,”

  2. I think that your litmus test would be more sensitive for detecting emotions.

    I suspect in retrospect more Americans would vote for Gore now than did in 2000 and fewer people would vote for Nader.

    I am sure that many people who might have rolled their eyes at the mention of Gore in 2000 would not roll their eyes now.

    Why is that?

    Our school children are ranked so far down in terms of Math, Science , history, geography that it is pathetic. We are not evaluating our choices for public office very objectively.

    Collectively the USA has gotten the attitude that they had hit a triple when in fact , they were born on third base. Who better to resonate with them than GW Bush who is that to the nth degree?

    We decided that we wanted to have a beer with someone who could not even handle alcohol.

    The rest is history.

    (A bit rambling, I admit)

  3. To citizenwells: Luckily, I don’t have kids.

    To gasdocpol: I agree with much of what you say. Gore is not around right now so we have to play the hand dealt. And the beer question has hopefully been asked and answered (I think that is lawyer speak).

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