By J. Stewart Cook
Go to the light Hillary, go to the light. She just couldn’t see it or did not want to see it!
The phrase, “go to the light” has been referenced over the years when one has had a so-called “near death” experience. The “light” usually refers to “God” or an entity that governs or controls our lives after death. Upon near death, a bright light is seen by the individual, which seems to be drawing that person to its radiance.
Not that Hillary actually died; however, she may have experienced a “near political death.” Hillary had no intention of “going to the light.” There was simply too much at stake and, furthermore, she would have lost the greatest opportunity of a life time…being President of the United States of America.
The American “light” shone bright. A new dawn was waiting to break. And, yet, it was not being seen by the one who would possibly be the next President. Why? What was preventing Hillary from not seeing the light? The light would speak the truth. Hillary was not prepared to open her “political eyes” and be faced with the truth! She didn’t want change…at least not while she was in office!
Hillary commented that she conducted a “traditional” election campaign. How could one go wrong by following tradition. In today’s context, easily! One only has to look at the next bride. If a bride is to hold a “traditional” wedding, it is stated so. It is no longer taken for granted. Traditions, of all kinds, have gone by the wayside.
In Hillary’s case, the last type of election campaign the American people wanted was a “traditional” campaign. Tradition, in this instance, only conjures up the words elite and establishment. It is understandable from Hillary’s perspective that one could not, overnight, abandon or ignore the elite and establishment. For one thing, Hillary was part of this grouping.
What Hillary never truly grasped was the magnitude of the want for change by Americans. America was being controlled more and more by a small grouping of influential people. It was no longer a question of lining up and waiting for your name to be called to join the “group.” It was over. Average “Joe or Jane” America new that he/she would never have an opportunity to join the “team” and, therefore, vehemently opposed it outright. IT WAS TIME FOR CHANGE!
But just a minute, I AM WOMAN (HE ME ROAR)! Is this not change? Oh, the electorate did hear Hillary roar. In fact, it was too late for “roaring” Hillary to convince the people that she was a woman who deserved to be the first female President. She may have been too late by a couple of decades or more! Don’t forget that singer-songwriter, Helen Reddy, who sang the song “I Am Woman” back in 1971, which referred to the “apex of the ‘counterculture era’ (the counterculture of the 1960s refers to an ‘anti-establishment’ cultural phenomenon that developed first in the United Kingdom and the United States of America and then spread throughout much of the Western world between the early 1960s and the mid-1970s. The counterculture era celebrated ‘female empowerment,’ which became an enduring anthem for the women’s liberation movement.”
And the female vote one asks? “When it came to the female vote women did vote overwhelmingly to elect Hillary (but it was white women who helped hand Trump the presidency). Overall, 54% of women voted for Hillary, much higher than the 42% of women who voted for Trump. But when the women’s vote is divided by race, it becomes clear that black women actually largely drove the so-called gender gap against Trump. The majority of non-college educated white women (64%) voted for Trump, while 35% backed Hillary.”
Playing the gender card did not seem to have the influence it once had! By now, women had come a long way with respect to empowerment and equality. They were no longer voting for a female candidate for the sake of being a woman! One hopes that Hillary was not naive, in this regard.
I could say that “we are all waiting with bated breath” for Hillary’s upcoming book, What Happened, but that would not be true. From the excerpts I have read or comments from Hillary, I truly believe that Hillary has not fully grasped “what happened.” The 2016 election campaign can be as complex as looking at behavioural sciences, specifically, “Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA),” which is the science of understanding, analyzing and modifying human behaviour. On the other hand, one can simply look at the electorate and hear, “I’ve had enough and truly want to have a say in how we are governed. You will no longer control us as you have been doing for so long.” I think the latter sums up the feelings and thoughts of the American electorate.
Hillary will soon be on her “book tour” promoting her latest book. But what people really want to know is Hillary’s future. Will she remain in the world of politics or will she simply put her head down on the “political pillow” and wait for the “light” to come. For some reason I hear echoing in my ears…go to the light, go to the light!