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I won't run for President

Posted Monday, May 14, 2012, at 10:24 AM

"If nominated, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve." William Tecumseh Sherman

Yes, I know many of my faithful readers (both of you) will be disappointed in my decision; but I have, as the say, evolved. Recent news concerning 50-year ago actions by the presumptive Republican candidate for President has convinced me I shall not run for President of the United States.

It has now become apparent that anyone born since the invention of electronic media can and will have used against them any stupid thing done when a child. This disregards the axiom that being young entails "doing stupid." Eventually, of course, this will eliminate everyone from being President. Thus let it begin with me.

An old Scottish Proverb assures us, "Open confession is good for the soul."

So, I confess. Once in high school I was in a fight -- sort of.

The antagonist was Tom. He had me by 100 pounds and six inches in height. He claimed to know Judo and no one questioned the assertion. Tom was known to be arrogant, a bully extraordinaire, and not the sharpest knife in the drawer. (Speaking of knives, everyone believed he carried one at school).

Apparently I had talked to his girl friend, once. Yes, when told her name, I did know who she was and may even have talked to her. It is an open secret that I talked to people in high school.

He approached me during Physics lab. A good choice, the great thing about Physics labs were those steel posts used for hanging experiments -- just the right size weapon. I didn't use the post, the teacher intervened. It is just as well; even in 1958 hitting someone with a Physics lab post was unacceptable.

We were both sent to the dreaded Principal person (an atrocious condemnation).

Way back in 1958, principals actually knew students, could interject both fairness and justice. He knew Tom, his family and past history. The Principal also knew my family and me, and knew I was not the type to start a fight. That I was prepared to fight to the death he did not know.

There was another important difference in 1958. Then the "prime directive" was to protect the child (students really are children). It would be many years before the prime directive of schools everywhere would become what it seems now to be: "Don't get sued!"

A 1958 principal did not face zero-tolerance political pressure to condemn anyone and everyone caught-up in confrontation. He could figure out who started what and deal with students as if they were human, entitled to the same rights as offenders and victims. Tom was still waiting for his parents to come (the ultimate punishment at the time) when I was sent on to my next class.

While any simpleton would remember such a conflict if personally involved, it is unlikely there is anyone else alive who remembers my battle with Tom. Surely after 50 years the written records have been expunged. But, in the age when everyone is world famous for 15 seconds, a guy just can't take the chance. Therefore, to head off any remote, problematical Draft-a-Fighter movement, I am not a candidate for President of the United States of America and will not serve if elected.

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