Time flies and so we find ourselves in the middle of a cool Florida winter here at the Van Kleeck Academy. Basketball season has just ended for us and it was great, filled with learning experiences and new formed friendships. Being part of a team is an amazing experience. Striving together through adversity to reach a common goal and building up those around us even in times of physical and emotional stress are powerful life lessons to learn. Taking my kids to practices and games and watching them interact with the players and coaches has been wonderful and I will miss our daily gym time together.
Besides watching, playing or coaching basketball, we took time to watch a few of the Republican Debates and I must say I’m a bit skeptical about this Donald Trump guy. He says things like, “I’ve got a plan, it’s a good plan, people like my plan.” And then people cheer. It doesn’t matter what topic he’s discussing, immigration, taxes, China, he’s got a plan, it’s good and people like it, next question. And I’m watching the screen and Donald is scowling and there are all these cheers and I’m thinking, “That better be canned applause, because I’m struggling to wrap my mind around the idea of a large group of educated adults cheering for this tripe.”
He sounds like that teenaged boy who obviously has not done the book report but throws something together the night before all that summer reading is due. “This book was amazing! I have never read anything like it. It is so amazing that I cannot even describe to you how amazing this book is. The plot, the characters, the setting…amazing! Thank-you.”
And then I look up and there are these “polls” that tell me that he is the guy. The “no homework kid” is winning. And the audience cheers.
I have to admit, I watched the Republican debates for the antics almost as much as to see who could legitimately run things around here. Between Chris “Fred Flinstone” Christie and Donald Trump’s bombastic, pseudo-answers it was chuckle time here at the Van Kleeck Academy.
Seriously, if I would have played and won the Power Ball there would have been a large sum of money at the ready for Governor Christie if he would have just condensed his opening remarks in any debate to a resounding “Yabba Dabba Doo!” Money well spent, my friends. Probably would have helped his campaign too. “He’s fun,” the pundits would say. “He tells it like it is,” say his constituents.
Look, I kind of get Donald Trump’s popularity. He’s rich. People like money. Direct correlation there. He’s had success, America needs more success. Let’s get the successful guy. But Donald Trump does not even seem to be a moral person. Being a Christ follower is light years away from what I’m talking about, I’m talking about just being ethically aware. I don’t see it.
There are better choices out there. Let’s not get caught up in who is the brashest or the orangest. Let’s at least agree on someone with some moral fiber, someone whose ideas are not entirely, logistically impossible(deportation of every illegal in the country). That’s not too much to ask, is it America?