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A re-evaluation and personal perspective for the 21st Century

 -Cynthia Marek Lundeen
 
 
“If voting made any difference, they wouldn’t let us do it.” – Mark Twain
 

   Over one hundred years after the death of great American author and humorist Mark Twain (1835-1910) who said “If voting made any difference, they wouldn’t let us do it,” the American people are making a concerted effort to have their voices heard. Yet opinions differ, and one of the greatest points of contention to be raised during the recent presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton was whether Donald Trump opposed the invasion of Iraq before its commencement.


 It is first important to understand that the U.S. system is not a pure democracy, which means that the people elect representatives who in turn vote on various important matters. Of the 433 members of the U.S. Congress, 297 voted in favor of the use of military force against Iraq, 133 voted against the use of military force, and 3 did not vote. Senator Bernie Sanders, who is no longer in the presidential race, voted against the use of military force; Hillary Clinton, who was at that time a senator, voted for the use of military force. Donald Trump, who was at that time a private citizen, along with all other U.S. citizens could not vote on the matter, but each citizen may have held his or her own opinion on the matter.
 As most people now believe that the destabilization of the Middle East has had enormous negative consequences, it is valid to consider the early positions of each candidate on this issue as a measure of foresight and leadership. Hillary Clinton voted for the war, but as Donald Trump was a private citizen and unable to vote on this matter, other sources of evidence to provide proof of his opinion can be gathered, such as his recorded and corroborated conversations with others.
 Some point to his radio conversation with Howard Stern on the first anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, in which he responded “Yeah, I guessssssss so,” to the question “are you for invading Iraq?” Taken in context that the question was asked on the first anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, in fairness, the response sounded like one which wished to be sensitive to the victims of the attack as well careful to not be overly critical of the president, who appeared to be leaning in that direction.
 However, in a more serious interview with Neil Cavuto on January 28, 2003,Mr. Trump stated that perhaps we shouldn’t be doing it (referring to the use of force against Iraq) or perhaps we should wait for the United Nations. Sean Hannity of Fox News has also confirmed that he had numerous private conversations in which Mr. Trump vehemently opposed the Iraq War before it commenced.
 It is also important to understand that when the U.S. Congress did vote on the Iraq War, they were provided with information which for reasons of national security, were not revealed to the American people. The American people understand the need for national security and expect the U.S. Congress to carefully weigh evidence to which the people are not privy.
 It appears, as a private citizen, like many Americans, Mr. Trump opposed the Iraq War but was respectful of the people who would actually vote on the matter, knowing they had more information than that which was available to private citizens.
 While many of Mr. Trump’s statements have been controversial, it appears to be fair to say that indeed he had the vision to foresee the ill effects which would result from the use of force in Iraq.

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