Who is Doug Schoen and why does his opinion on our U.S. election matter?
Douglas Schoen graduated magna cum laude from Harvard, and holds a degree from Harvard Law School as well as a doctorate in philosophy from Oxford University. He has lectured at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.
Perhaps most of all, we may want to listen to what he has to say because he is a Democrat who has known the Clintons since 1994. He was a strong Democratic supporter and adviser to them. He is now reassessing his vote and tells us why in the video below and in his writing for The Hill.
Let’s be clear. Schoen is not a supporter of Trump…but he does care about what will happen to our nation and the turmoil or even “stand-still” or “Constitutional crisis” that our government will face if there are trials in the future…after the election… for supposed wrong doing.
Schoen wrote the following: “…Moreover, we simply cannot face a situation where the president elect may need or want a pardon from the president to govern. Or worse yet, need to pardon herself after she takes office. As of now, I have no confidence that either of those questions will be answered by Election Day or that we will have full clarity on an investigation into what could be as many as 650,000 emails that found their way to Weiner and Abedin’s computer. However, in good conscience, and as a Democrat, I am actively doubting whether I can vote for the Secretary of State. I also want to make clear that I cannot vote for Donald Trump as his world view and mine are very different. I remain a Democrat and proud of the work I did for six years for President Bill Clinton between 1994 and 2000 and I write with extreme sadness. But I cannot in the waning days of the election make the case that Secretary Clinton should be elected. I still share her worldview and am much closer to her approach to policies than I am to Donald Trump. That said, with America facing a potential constitutional crisis after her election, I am not able, under the circumstances we are now facing, to vote for Secretary Clinton….”
You listen and see if you think he makes sense, then read Mr. Schoen’s full article in The Hill .
Most Americans are saying they are sick of everything being said before we actually get to vote for the President of the United States. Some wonder where did the decency go…the honor of the office? The word “FIT” to be President is being batted around like we can judge who actually is fit. Who knew that former presidents would be committing “un-presidently” acts…even in the Oval Office? (Democrat) Has anyone ever listened to the Nixon tapes?(Republican) Unless you are used to “locker room” talk, Nixon’s words may make many blush and say, “Yiks…did that come out of a President’s mouth?” It is fair to say we are not electing a Pope…or even a Billy Graham. We might want someone with those high ideals, religious faith and leadership…but we most likely won’t get all of what we want in either case. We hope we won’t have someone so weak that they will not stand up for us and against those who would like to destroy us…. or so “bullish” that we pick a fight with everyone around the globe. We’d like to have someone with wisdom and a regard for the Constitution of the U.S., but even that is in question. Who actually can know? It is a slim choice. Through our system for electing candidates, we usually go on what we don’t know. We are then stuck with whom we have and do not have the ones we left behind. In our world of mass communication, the ability to look at what is being said to the American public as truth, lies, or slanted is a full-time job! Some have stopped looking at the “news” completely. Can we blame them for the slant is steeper than the highest roller coaster in the world. (My son should know about that since he rides and sells roller coasters internationally.)
The candidates for President say anything and everything to get you to push the right button or color in the little circle on your ballot. If they win, they will then do and say whatever they want to do for there is power in the almighty pen. It is also true with most state and local politicians. Sometimes they don’t even try to appeal to their own supporters…just talk…talk…talk… and let the chips fall where they will. (A well written article on this subject may be of interest.)
All of the this may sound too pessimistic to some readers, but many will agree…that we are about to float a ship whose Captain does not know the destination…let alone the crew elected by the people. Hopefully they will depend on a crew that is well versed in the ways of the world and the homeland…and have some who will pray, as did our forefathers. If they don’t, we may all be in a sinking ship with no one out there in the storm to come to our rescue. Do the best you can when making your choice. Think about the bigger picture…than the Oval Office…”deciders” for us in choosing our Supreme Court Justices…our Military Leaders …and many more important positions.
Our politicians, in the past, may have accomplished much in building this nation, but their ways of resolving disagreements was less than agreeable. (We certainly don’t think this “gentlemanly standoff,” as with Alexander Hamilton, is the way for our politicians to resolve their differences…or yours with your neighbor who votes differently. Hamilton was, however, the first person in our country to balance the budget. Now, that is a novel idea for the next President who is elected!)
HAPPY VOTING…or you may look like this guy in your voting booth!
Throughout history and in more modern history, there is a lesson of rising above rejection. Let’s look at the meaning of rejection and how it affects our lives.
Rejection: The noun rejection can refer to the actual act of rejecting something or to the feeling one has after being rejected. In other words, you might have feelings of rejection after experiencing the rejection of others.
When we are finding love in our lives, we may have experienced rejection when someone turned us down for a date…or even a marriage proposal. Rejection is also felt when a person may ask for a divorce. It could even mean when family members decide not to be part of the family unit. These are all hard experiences. Many people experience; feel terrible about it and then decide that life must go on and rise above it.
In history, we read about the lives of very famous people who have experienced rejection in the public arena and made amazing comebacks. Here are a few to consider:
Abraham Lincoln is one of our most famous Presidents. His heart-aches, illnesses, and rejections should encourage anyone to keep trying. This list is long, but worth reading:
- 1832 Lost job Elected company captain of Illinois militia in Black Hawk War
- 1833 Failed in business
- 1834 Elected to Illinois State Legislature
- 1835 Sweetheart died
- 1836 Had a nervous breakdown
- 1842 A jealous man challenged him to a duel. Abraham Lincoln traveled to Alton to meet James Shields in a duel. Friends of both opponents negotiated a truce, and the duel was averted.
- Reelected to Illinois Legislature and received license to practice law
- 1837 Led Whig delegation in moving Illinois state capital from Vandalia to Springfield. He became law partner of John T. Stuart
- 1838 Defeated for Speaker, but was nominated for Illinois House Speaker by Whig caucus Re-elected to Illinois House (running first in his district)
Served as Whig floor leader
- 1839 Chosen presidential elector by first Whig convention and admitted to practice law in U.S. Circuit Court
- 1840 Argues first case before Illinois Supreme Court
Re-elected to Illinois state legislature
- 1842 Admitted to practice law in U.S. District Court
- 1843 Defeated for nomination for Congress
- 1844 Established own law practice with William H. Herndon as junior partner
- 1846 Elected to Congress
- 1848 Lost nomination (Chose not to run for Congress, abiding by rule of rotation among Whigs.)
- 1849 Rejected for Land Officer Admitted to practice law in U.S. Supreme Court
Declined appointment as secretary and then as governor of Oregon Territory
- 1854 Defeated for U.S. Senate
- 1856 Defeated for nomination for Vice President
- 1858 Again defeated for U.S. Senate
- 1860 ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A few other modern-day Presidents had their setbacks before winning the Presidency.
Former California Gov. Ronald Reagan ran for the 1976 Republican presidential nomination. Incumbent President Gerald Ford beat him in the crucial New Hampshire and Florida primaries. Though Reagan was able to win some of the later contests that year, Ford edged him out at the convention.
In his first race for office, Bill Clinton narrowly lost to incumbent Republican House member John Paul Hammerschmidt of Arkansas. He later became attorney general and then governor. But he lost his first gubernatorial reelection race in 1980.
George W. Bush also entered political life by challenging an incumbent House member. In 1978, he ran against Texas Democrat Kent Hance, who mocked the Yale graduate as a clueless preppy from Connecticut. Hance won.
Photo by Eric Draper, Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library
- Barack Obama ran in an Illinois Democratic primary against Representative Bobby Rush. Like George W. Bush, he found that an Ivy League education was not necessarily an advantage. Representative Rush exploited Obama’s Harvard law degree to suggest that he was out of touch with the district. Rush smashed him by a two-to-one margin.
To all aspiring writers, take hope from some of the best and most successful.
Rejection Letters from publishers:
JK Rowlings got 12 rejections before making a billion dollars on Harry Potter.
Dr. Seuss’s rejection said “Too different from other juveniles on the market to warrant its selling.”
William Golding wrote The Lord of the Flies, selling 15 million copies. His rejection letter said, “An absurd and uninteresting fantasy which was rubbish and dull”
As all can see, perseverance is always the best policy if we believe we have something to give to this world. I write because I enjoy it and it’s challenging. I may never have a great book published that the world will remember or make a fortune. That is not my goal, but joy in what I do is worth all the effort. In fact, my mind is completely absorbed, when I am writing, from the disappointments that could bring me down.
Rising above your rejections, whatever they may be, will bring renewed life and hope into your world. Never give up!