Bob Meade - More things to ponder . . .

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Back in 2008, in Davos Switzerland, Herbert Meyer, former special assistant to the director of Central Intelligence and vice chairman of the CIA's National Intelligence Council during the Reagan administration, gave a speech to CEOs of international companies. It was/is, hands down, the finest speech of its kind that I have ever read. He spoke about the major transformations that were happening in the world . . . The war in Iraq, the emergence of China, the shifting of demographics in western civilization, and the restructuring of American business. He then went on to talk about the implications of those four major transformations and how they will and are affecting the world.

The speech wasn’t political. It dealt with the actualities of the changes that are taking place in the world. While I am ever so tempted to relate what he said, I don’t want to take away profound impact that reading the speech yourself could have on you. The speech is entitled, “What in the world is going on?” Please set aside a few minutes and enter this address into your internet browser: As you read the speech, one of the things to take note of is the impact of those four major transformations and the implications they have on this country.

(If you have any difficulty signing on to the website, e-mail me and I will e-mail you a copy. If you don’t have the internet, send me a note with your address and I’ll mail you a copy.)

The next thing to ponder is the question of how long is it going to take our elected politicians to understand that, collectively, they have lost the trust of the people? All the polls showed that Hillary Clinton was going to win by a landslide, but the people didn’t agree, they picked a non-politician who was running for office for the first time. Now the people get to see their elected officials being exposed for what they are; professional politicians more concerned about themselves than they are about doing what is right for the citizens. Partisanship is replacing the rule of law. For example, the current issue of DACA has created some chaos as Democrats rage about the potential that some young people who were brought into this country illegally, may wind up being deported back to their native country. The left ignores the fact that prior to his issuance of the executive rrder permitting those people to remain in this country, President Obama himself argued that it was an issue that, constitutionally, could only be settled by an act of Congress and not by executive order. Now that President Trump has taken the steps necessary to address the issue in a way that complies with the Constitution, the politicians on the left are throwing one fit after another. The politicians on the right seem to be relatively silent on the issue and would also prefer that it go away. Can it be that neither side wants to put on their big-boy pants and do the hard work necessary to provide a reasonable and lawful solution?

It seems beyond comprehension that those elected to follow the Constitution would rage against doing their job, preferring that a non-constitutional and some might say dictatorial edict stay in place. It is time for profession politicians to understand that the people want to be heard and their views respected . . . they want politicians to put the country before party or self.

And then there’s Secretary Clinton’s forthcoming book. From what has been written and shown on television, the book identifies all those people who brought harm to her chances of becoming this country’s first woman president. That list includes Senator Sanders and President Obama and, of course, current President Trump. While I can understand her being devastated over losing what had been predicted to be a certain victory, she is diminishing herself by trying to assign blame to others. The fact is that there is a wide-spread segment of the population that is anti-politician and, given the choice between a non-politician or a politician, particularly one with a lot of questionable baggage, that segment chose to take a chance with a non-politician. The bottom line is not how well she ran her campaign, or who was not supportive, it is simply that a large segment of the population was/is fed up with politicians . . . and rightly so. In the aftermath of the election, instead of politicians on both sides working to reunite the country, we see them widening the divisions as each tries to protect itself. Likewise, Secretary Clinton.

The march to anarchy continues.

(Bob Meade is a Laconia resident. He may be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)