The Next President

My latest column is up at AND Magazine!

Here is an excerpt:

1461691790This morning, my 5-year-old daughter asked me, “Dada, who is going to be the next president?”

“Well, it’s either going to be a criminal, or a liar,” I told her.

“You’re joking, right?”

“No, actually, I’m not.”

She looked confused and concerned…and who can blame her? Even my 5-year-old knows that we should be better than this.

Continue reading here.


4 replies

  1. You can mince words all you want. My opinion column is not a court of law. Call her an “alleged” criminal, if you wish, it makes no difference to me. The standard I’m using is not a legal standard – a criminal is a person who commits crimes. Were I serving on a jury, I would apply the standard demanded by the law, but this is a blog, not a courtroom. A criminal could be convicted, could get off on a technicality, could never be charged because they’re the Democrat presidential nominee & the beneficiary of a corrupt system. None of that changes the fact that Hillary violated multiple federal laws.

  2. So, Mr. Cleveland teaches his 5 year-old it’s okay to refer to people who have not been arrested or indicted as “criminal”. I guess MY dad’s lectures about the importance of the presumption of innocence must have all been lies.

    • I watched the press conference where the FBI director explained, in some detail, the various ways that Hillary had violated the law, and then stated that she wouldn’t be facing any consequences. The corruption in this administration doesn’t change the fact that she obviously & blatantly broke the law, it just makes her nomination that much more of an affront to those American voters who are actually willing & able to use their brains.

      • Words still mean what they mean. You think she OUGHT to be a criminal. But she isn’t. You BELIEVE she broke the law. But this can only be determined under our system through conviction in a court.

        Due process is apparently more important to some of us than others. It’s something we used to be proud of in this country, that people were presumed innocent unless PROVEN guilty. I can like or dislike as I wish, but criminality isn’t supposed to be a matter of mere opinion.

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