By Rod Eccles


Well, 2016 is here and let me state the obvious.  2015 is now in the history books and we can look back at it and learn from it. Why did I state the obvious?  Because we seem to have forgotten to look at history so we can to learn from where we have come from in order to chart a smarter course going forward.

I look at the fat list of presidential candidates still vying for that coveted party nomination and I wonder have Americans learned anything over the previous twelve months?  Have we gotten any wiser?  Any smarter?  Did we even catch a clue about reality?

Sadly, I would have to answer in the negative.  You see, the list of candidates on this early January 2016 shows me that we have learned little if we actually learned anything at all.

It is amazing how we seem to repeat history over and over again.  Now, of course, some folks could cry that they are ignorant of history.  And you could say that would be a valid reason for repeating but the truth is, we are actually repeating recent history.  

Not long ago, most Americans who were eligible to vote were, at least, alive and cognizant when one candidate by the name of Barrack Obama ran for the office of President.  

We as a nation thought it would be cool to elect a man simply because of the color of his skin and it did not matter if he was qualified or not.  It did not matter if he was properly vetted and his own personal history and beliefs were ironed out or not.

The only thing that mattered is that we Americans of the day were going to make history because history was all that mattered.

Well, that election is now HISTORY.  It is long past us and did we learn anything from that election?  I say no we did not because of one reason and that is Presidential Candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton.