by Maurice Hamel, ©2021
(Mar. 30, 2021) — When I was a child, I was terrible at keeping secrets. I remember helping Mom wrap birthday presents for my sister and being told not to tell her what the presents were, “It’s a secret.” So, when my sister asked me, and I couldn’t tell her, my response was to laugh.
That memory came back to me when I saw a clip of Vice President Harris this week. While speaking with reporters on the tarmac of Jacksonville International Airport, Harris was asked if she had plans to visit the southern border to evaluate the ongoing crisis there, for which she had been put in charge of finding a solution. “Well, not today,” Harris said before laughing.
The next day the story told in the news was that she was not taking the matter seriously and should not be the one in charge of finding a solution to this problem.
But the press missed the real story. She was not laughing because she was unconcerned about the children separated from their parents, being held in detention centers along the border. While I can’t tell if she was concerned or not, I do know she was laughing because she had a secret and she couldn’t tell them. Her handlers had asked her to lie and she is not good at lying.
After so many years of dealing with politicians who appear to be skilled at being “stone-faced liars,” it might be refreshing to have a president who giggles every time the press asked her a question where her advisors have told her to lie.
Maurice Hamel is a retired environmental scientist living on a small New England farm. He is author of “NATURE – GOD’S GROANING CREATION: Biblical Perspectives for the Environmentally Concerned” available through his website, healingtheland.org. He continues to write on the intersection of faith and world events, counseling husbands, devotional Bible study and “the need for people to grow in their relationship with God who loves them.”