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Hypothetically, say you have a child today, and 18 years from now, you present two quotes to your kid. You inform your teenager that these two quotes came from separate presidential candidates who would serve as the President of the United States regardless of these statements. Go ahead and give the mini adult a clue to aid in their decision making process and include that both perspectives came post civil rights movement.

One candidate would say, “I (redacted) is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.” The other would boldly state, “Well I tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or (redacted), then you ain’t Black.”

Assuming you haven’t raised a history buff, ask your offspring to guess which President made each comment. Granted, I live in the present, but this would be relatively easy because this country has only had one Black President, and I don’t see any up-and-coming Black presidential candidates.

Playing it safe, it’s likely a conclusion will be that the latter came from Barrack Obama. While the comment about Muslims is a wild call to action, the Middle East conflict lasted for 20 years. It’s possible, while rude that a few Presidents could potentially make this remark.

Some of you are screaming for me to understand that the context of each statement matters. Nope, no, it doesn’t.

That comparison is one I’ve held for quite some time and comes in light of the recent news of our country’s ending all involvement in Afghanistan. While not relating to Afghanistan, it’s an ignored fact, and anyone willing to go to such lengths for a vote cares nothing about you. I digress.

Cold hard stop on all support we’ve provided that country for 20 years. Republican or Democrat, this is a failure across all political sides.

Know this, I do not believe we won the war in Afghanistan, nor do I think we can win, whatever winning is. That land and the infighting go as far back as the Old Testament.

Through much sacrifice of our service members, a few thousand special operators have trained and fought alongside Afghan soldiers to keep the enemy at bay following the withdrawal of most conventional forces in Afghanistan as they continue to do in many areas of the world.

We the willing, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, with so little, for so long, we are now qualified to do anything, with nothing.

Mother Teresa

I’m all about we the people, but I’m also for the willing. We, the people, need the inclined. When the eager lose the ability to do their jobs for the people, I’m left to believe that the motives preventing such actions are self-serving and not for the people.

Honesty, integrity, and accountability are lost on many of our political leaders. I believe the lack of those three traits occur at a young age, only furthering the possibility of corruption later in life. The unwillingness to leave a prepared population of volunteer warriors in a land to do work for the people is beyond my understanding.

The President was riding this idea of not passing on this burden to another administration. It seems admirable enough, but he also told me I wasn’t Black if I didn’t vote for him, so I’m torn.

His words today, “I will not pass this responsibility on to a fifth president. I will not mislead the American people by claiming that just a little more time in Afghanistan will make all the difference. Nor will I shrink from my share of responsibility for where we are today and how we must move forward from here. I am President of the United States of America, and the buck stops with me.”

The thing about disingenuous people is they all exhibit similar traits. They either want what someone else has or what no one has yet to earn. So they take a route believed in delivering them the best, if not better, results.

It shows your true colors and that the work means nothing. The only desire is the reward. It may take time, but over time, we’re all eventually exposed to our disingenuous ways.

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