I’ve been thinking a lot this past week, and it has been about you. When you see the word “you” it also means “me, too.”

It’s been 15 months since we enjoyed each other’s company as we reunited, celebrated and healed ourselves after a long and productive life on the road and a half century of being apart. Whether you were at the reunion or attended “virtually,” you were on my mind. That is because you and I witnessed historical events unfold during our first year out of high school with the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy. Six years later, we watched as America pushed a crooked president out of our highest office. Not to mention the direct impact of the Viet Nam War and Kent State had on us. We lived that together.

Why was I thinking of you?

I’m trying to put a complicated series of events into perspective.

My baseline: there hasn’t been a day go by that I don’t think about growing up in Anchorage and the influence that “you” and all our classmates and friends have had on me. You have, and will, continue to be the counterbalance between my uncomplicated belief in right and wrong. Like it or not, it was a time in our lives that set us on a course, that I believe in my heart, we continue on today. I left high school to go about my life trusting that Jesus was good, our religions knew what was best for us, that the government would always be right and that health care was cheap.

Until the events that unfolded last week, nothing had shaken that bond I held with you.

Watching Brett Kavanaugh’s opening statement – I thought about you.

I couldn’t help it.

You liked beer, too. Or, at least most of us did.

But, what if the “if” had been anyone of us? The “if” means the facts verses untruthful; if certainty verses uncertain; if altered verses unaltered; and if fair and open verses closed minded. I mean, what if there been a Ford or a Kavanaugh within our peer group? Would you have put either of them through what the world witnessed last week? Or, would your values of right or wrong step in and save us?

Fast forward, to this morning, Alaska, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, maintained her position as a strong holdout for the truth. Murkowski turned against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh quietly, uttering a single word: “No.” Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, her longtime friend and fellow moderate Republican, spoke on the Senate floor for 45 minutes, explaining her support for Kavanaugh in detail. The Republican majority leader, Mitch McConnell, dismissed the controversy over Kavanaugh’s nomination as part of an orchestrated campaign by Democrats and liberal activists. Before the ink had dried on Justice Kennedy’s retirement, democrats made it perfectly clear what this process would be about: delay, obstruct and resist,” McConnell said. “And before the ink had dried on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination, colleagues across the aisle – including Democrat members of the judiciary committee – were racing to announce they’d made up their minds and were totally opposed to his confirmation.”

I’m not completely sure why, but; when I awoke this morning “it” hit me hard. That’s the first way I wrote this sentence. What I really mean is – this shit in D.C. has upset me to my core. What the hell had just happened to us?

Last year in March, a very good friend of mine asked me what I thought about football players taking a knee during the national anthem. I stumbled around for a good reason – I just couldn’t grab the words that made any sense. I knew there was more to his “message” and less about football.

Working in technology has taught me that taking sides too early doesn’t have predictable or positive results.

It’s times like this that I pretend that I’m in a UFO from outer space and I’m looking down on these earthlings lying to themselves while they destroy our faith in what is keeping us alive.

It helps with my objectivity.

In this case it boils down to “faith” which is a much stronger force than trust. What happened in Washington D.C. last week is Part II of what’s going on . . .

Did Colin Kaepernick decided to use a football game and the pledge of allegiance to further his cause of police brutality towards blacks? Football and the anthem have nothing to do with police brutality. But, Kaepernick, in his marketing genius, used this “platform of football” to spread his message, and it has successfully gained worldwide notice. The NFL on the other hand, has danced around this issue because they don’t know what it has to do with football. And, where are the results? Last I heard, police brutality still exists. And, Kaepernick lost his job and he got a new one.

Did the women’s # movement get an equal amount of notoriety, as Kaepernick, by using the nomination platform and the process by which we appointment a judge to the bench of the US Supreme Court? Did they prove that we must stand against the overall and equal rights of women including an individual woman’s right to an abortion? Once they (whomever they might be) decided that the Supreme Court nomination (whomever that might be) would be the object of their disdain for Trump, did they lose their objectivity?

Were they marketing a message through disruption or are they asking for help? I can argue it either way, because, without sodium pen Athol, we will never get to the truth.

When I got up this morning, I had determined, at least for me, these are the results of what happens when two parties disagree and one side was educated in business and law while the other side majored in psychology and marketing. Business justification is based on “logic, and truth in big numbers.” While marketing, using psychology, creates an illusion of truth through a repetition of messages.

It is oil and water.

In the end: is it about football or women’s rights? I don’t think it so, it’s much bigger than that.

Will history show that these last two societal events be the beginning of the unraveling of what we thought to be a very long, tight rope, securing our faith in our country? From the safety of my spaceship: I’m still looking for Part III, another platform under attack. . .

Thanks for listening,

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Rick Stanfield

Patrick A. “Rick” Stanfield is known for his successful and lengthy sales and marketing career in the computer and software industry that began in Anchorage, Alaska. After leaving Seattle, WA as a second grader, Rick received most of his formal education in the Greater Anchorage Area School District, Catholic Junior High School and graduated from West Anchorage High School in 1967. After attending Mesa State College and the University of Alaska/Anchorage, he began working in office equipment sales in the early 1970s. His passion for technology and what was called “Information Processing Industry” led him to a new job in Honolulu, Hawaii and eventually to Wang Laboratories, Inc. where Rick spent time from 1979 to 1996 in various sales and sales management roles. After leaving Hawaii in 1986 and finally Wang, Rick joined Oracle Software in 1996 which led him back to Seattle where he would soon joined Microsoft Corporation in 1998. Since joining Microsoft, Rick has led the development of many enterprise sales training programs for various sales positions and customer segments. Rick is the father of three daughters: Sara, Ashley and Jayme. Retired, now, Rick lives in his Madrona neighborhood in Seattle, WA, with his wife Carrie.

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