The quest to find the woman who would be President of the United States.
I decided last week to find Hillary. Prompted by a couple of my friend’s entreaties to vote for someone to keep someone else out of the Oval Office, I have decided to challenge myself. Because frankly I just could not come up with a concrete reason that wasn’t informed by the media. I have never read any of her books. And I haven’t read any books written about her. I have seen her on the news but I know very little about her life and career. I never listen to radio talk jocks and I rarely watch television shows with hosts who interview “celebrities”. It’s all too boring.
But there are two things I can confidently say that I think about Hillary Clinton.
- I admired the way she handled her husband’s public philandering.
- Her voice annoys me.
So, for me this is a quest. I am going in search of a leader. I believe a person’s truths are echoed in their writings, so my goal is to read at least two of her books, probably Hard Choices and “It Takes a Village”. Because enemies help define all of us, I will read two books from among those who find fault with her, “The Case Against Hillary Clinton”, by Peggy Noonan “The Final Days” by Barbara Olson. (All of these books have been chosen because they are available at local libraries) I’ll interview a couple of my friends and family who will not vote for her and I’ll also continue to listen to two of my friends who are ardent supporters. I’ve read some articles in the N.Y. Times but I usually prefer the Washington Post, so those will contribute in my search to find the reality behind this iconic woman. And maybe I can catch a video or two, including Clinton Cash.
During this journey I would like to find the answers to the following questions?
Do I agree with her ideologically?
How was her job performance as the Secretary of State?
What part does corruption play in her leadership?
What role does misogyny play in my perceptions of her?
I am prepared to accept that I might not find the leader that I would like to find. But I am also prepared to find a leader that I have neglected to give a chance. My journey begins…join me.
Expect a new post every week, probably Tuesday or Wednesday. And I invite appropriate and respectful referrals and comments.