Something is happening in America.
The Iowa caucuses are today and the gun has fired officially for the presidential election. This cycle was supposed to be about Super PAC funding pushing establishment-friendly candidates to the forefront.
Instead, on the left and the right, Sanders and Trump are thus far out-polling Clinton and Bush. Sanders features a grass-roots funding movement and Trump is funding his own campaign. And their visions for America are pretty extreme.
I’m writing all this because Mrs. T. and I this weekend saw The Big Short. It is an interesting and entertaining movie about the 2008 financial crisis, and how unfettered capitalism led to the meltdown of banks which U.S. taxpayers then bailed out.
It’s no wonder that people today are angry and feel that the system isn’t very transparent and is perceived as “rigged.” It’s no wonder that many citizens who aren’t usually politically active have become so in this election cycle.
I think a thorough debate and airing of ideas is healthy, good, and needed. I don’t support either Sanders or Trump. I think H. Clinton is by far the most capable candidate running. I wish Michael Bloomberg will run for President (the New York Times has reported he’s thinking about it).
My ideal candidate for the next “CEO of the U.S.” is someone who has been CEO of something before. So, that’s why I lean towards governors and people with prior leadership experience. I don’t believe in on-the-job training for such an important position. No O.J.T.
This will be an interesting election cycle.
It’s been a day of driving back from our ski vacation, unloading luggage, going to the gym, doing laundry, and preparing dinner. All today, I kept thinking whether I was doing “the right thing” to remember a very brave and revolutionary person.
But, then, I read a New York Times article on other brave African-Americans and read this quote:
I would rather have honesty and character than prestige and wealth.
I love that quote. It comes from Samuel Battle, New York’s first African-American police sergeant. His obituary, with more details on his life, is here.
So, I decided to write this post to commemorate better all for which MLK, Jr. stood. Heroes are everywhere. We just have to look.
After whooshing and swishing down some trails this morning at Killington, we passed through the beginners’ area as we headed to the lodge for lunch.
I smile every time we do so. Many years ago, when I was 22, my first ski runs were in that area. It was extremely painful and exhausting, but I had a great time.
I was part of a young adult Bible study back then. About two dozen people. All of us were a year or two out of college and belonged to all sorts of Christian denominations.
It was really fun. We talked about various parts of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures. We also did social events on the weekends. The group eventually grew to about 50 people.
So, there was a weekend ski trip to Killington, and knowing nothing about anything about skiing, I went along.
I remember Matt McIlwain cooking a huge and awesome pasta dinner for all of us. I remember a sauna room. I remember everyone being so energetic and positive about everything.
To this day, some of us stay in touch. Matt is now a senior partner at Madrona Ventures, and he and I were on the same panel a few years ago. Jon McNeill is now Tesla’s head of global sales, and we periodically ping each other.
And, a young lady and I started dating a few months after that ski trip and are now married.