“Give me a word, any word, and I show you how the root of that word is Greek.”
That’s Gus Portokalos, the fiercely proud Greek father in the film “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” as he tries to prove to his daughter that all things lead back to Greece.
“Ok Mr. Portokalos,” one of the daughter’s friends says smugly, “How about the word ‘kimono?’”
He thinks for a minute, and then—quite proud of himself—says: “Kimono, kimono, kimono. Ha! Of course! Kimono is come from the Greek word ‘himona,’ is mean winter. So, what do you wear in the wintertime to stay warm? A robe. You see: robe, kimono. There you go!”
Hold that thought, and let’s switch to politics for a second.
I recently heard someone say that they don’t think the presidential election “really affects them one way or another.” (Yikes.)
In fairness, I think most people do understand that presidential policy does eventually trickle down to us here outside the Washington beltway bubble (after all, we do pay the resulting taxes and abide by the resulting laws), but it got me thinking: how many people realize how a person’s corruption filters down to us, too? With the onslaught of the WikiLeaks’ email dump which revealed the sleazy relationships, backroom deals, quid pro quo, and rampant hypocrisy of Hillary Clinton and her campaign—how many people wave this off as irrelevant to them? How many people disconnect it from the way she’ll govern?
Let me paraphrase Mr. Portoklos’ line of thinking here for a second: “Give me a Hillary Clinton scandal, any Hillary Clinton scandal, and I’ll show you how that scandal affects you personally.”
Let’s get started.
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