I don?t think I?ve ever seen such a look of misery and dejection on the face of my daughter as I just did a moment ago. She just couldn?t understand why Senator Rick Santorum would bring up WMD’s in Iraq when so many things are wrong in this country. ?Doesn?t Mr. Santorum care about us anymore?? she asked pitifully.
I sat down with her on the sofa and (as calmly as I could) tried to explain to her why the Senator seems to be abandoning his country. ?Honey, I think his boss, Mr. Bush, had Mr. Santorum declassify WMD intelligence in order to keep himself out of the newspapers. You see, he wasn?t sure if he was going to be impeached after the 2006 mid-term elections…?
I tried to keep my voice steady, but it became increasingly difficult – the rage and feelings of helplessness were just too much. I think my daughter could tell something was wrong. I found myself at such a loss for words – nothing made any sense; nothing makes sense anymore. I finally had to admit, ?Honey, I just don?t know – I don?t know what?s going on in this country anymore…?
When I finished her lower lip started to tremble and her eyes began to fill with tears, ?Daddy? she said, ?why is Rick Santorum doing this to the country?? Well, that was it for me: I finally fell apart. She just fell into my arms and we both began sobbing for several minutes.
For once she had to comfort me and get me back on my feet. Sometimes I just think it?s too much, but seeing the strength in my young daughter?s voice helped me to get through.