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!