Claude Johnson is someone I’ve grown to respect due to his contributions to documenting the sport of basketball - my favorite pastime. This is the first time I’ve read anything he’s written on another subject, and I think it’s worth sharing.
I know intuitively that polarized American voters can read this piece and have diametrically opposed reactions. A conservative will read the name Bill Clinton and flip out. A liberal will read the assessment of Socialism as a political system and lose his or her mind.
That’s how I know this opinion piece is balanced in a way we rarely see any more. Claude has a nuanced appreciation of how the world works. As such, I think you should give it a read.
Spoiler alert: here’s how it ends.
“Leaders matter. How they get there, matters. We can talk about specific issues like getting our troops home and caring for them; coverage for pre-existing medical conditions; free preventative healthcare to detect illnesses specifically threatening to women; stewardship of Connecticut’s future via investment in education, skilled labor, technology, manufacturing, clean energy, infrastructure, and research; maintaining and improving Medicare and Social Security; shared citizenship; protection of taxpayers via financial market regulation; strong foreign policy; continued job growth; and support for women’s issues precisely when the contributions of women are more vital and valuable than ever.
But in the end, voting comes down to credibility, confidence, and trust. To know whom to trust, first trust yourself.”