VAINGLORY, HONESTY AND PASSION – WHAT I’M THINKING ABOUT TODAY

1. It’s Friday, April 10, 2015. It’s the weekend, or will be soon enough.

2. I have vowed, ever since the heartbreaking collapses of 2007 and 2008, to avoid vainglory when it comes to the New York Mets. As a fan, I know that every time triumph seems assured but is not yet complete, the arrogance of anticipating that triumph leads to ruin. Armando Benitez and Luis Castillo will do that to you. That said, after watching Matt Harvey return to the mound yesterday, I am a lot happier Met fan than I was even three days ago. But I promise to be patient, as humble as possible and, yes, not become vainglorious.

3. Who in their right mind likes Iran in this country? It’s a severe theocratic state that brutalizes people who don’t adhere to its ideology, and supports terror in other countries. The idea of Iran with nuclear weapons is terrifying.

But any U.S. senator or congressman, Republican or Democrat, who wants to oppose the understanding President Obama has reached with Iran or have a veto to rolling back sanctions against Tehran, needs to answer an important question: Are you willing to commit this country to war to stop Iran from getting a bomb?

If you are, you need to say it. Out loud. Clearly.

Because I’m pretty certain the American people aren’t interested in fighting Iran unless they feel it’s an absolute necessity.

We’re still cleaning up the mess that was made when it was decided that Iraq, which had nothing to do with 9/11, would pay the price for Osama bin Laden.

And anyone who believes that conflict with Iran would be short and sweet is a blithering idiot (see Bolton, John). Any attack would unify Persia against American aggression, not to mention all the sympathy it would get from other nations, Islamic and not.

So before the Congress decides that it would rather torpedo the accord with Iran than take a chance, it should understand the consequences of its action.

And it would help if each senator or congressman who votes for war agree to send a member of his or her family to fight — because the odds are this is being left for a bunch of American kids who will have a hard time understanding why their lives are at risk.

4. By Monday, we are expected to know if Hillary Clinton is running for President of the United States.

Here’s what bothers me: Why is she doing this in a coldly remote video announcement?

Please don’t get me wrong — I think she’d be a good commander-in-chief. I think she has all the qualifications, and I’m fairly certain that, come Nov. 8, 2016, I will cast my vote for her.

I’m sure she wants to be President. But I want her to want to run for President

I want her to be excited about the idea of going out and talking to people and shaking hands and mixing it up for 19 months. I want some joy and some passion about who she is, and why she should lead this country. I want her to tell me why I should be excited about her and what her vision is.

Truth be told, that’s why she lost to President Obama eight years ago. He had a great story to tell and vision to spread, and he’s an awfully good speaker. She seemed put upon to tell whatever story she had.

If I were involved in the planning, I would send Mrs. Clinton someplace symbolic — Seneca Falls or Philadelphia or Detroit — and I would gather as many people I could get on a Sunday afternoon. I would let her shout out why the nation needs her. 

And like so many others, I’m sick of the campaign being so focused on Iowa and New Hampshire, which is where she is expected to head after the video shows up on social media.

This is the time to go places where the main campaign won’t: the big cities on the East Coast and West Coast, the Southern and Rocky Mountain states that no one really believes she’s going to win. Show people that you have a vision for all 50 states, and for everybody in them.

My understanding of Hillary Clinton is that she was a child of the ‘60s, at the vanguard of the protest movements that made this country better. She needs to rekindle that passion and inspire the people who are planning to vote for her, many because the idea of one of these wacky Republicans in the White House is too horrible to contemplate.

At this juncture, the Democratic race is expected to be a coronation. But that doesn’t mean it has to be joyless and uninspiring. Hillary Clinton needs to thwart the naysayers, the narrow-minded creeps who seem to have dominated the conversation in recent months. She needs to make the heads of people on Fox News spin. 

Get out there and fight for it, Hillary. There’s plenty of time for Twitter and Facebook.

5. This was a little longer than usual. And to think I wasn’t sure what I would write about. See you Monday.

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