The kind of people who serve, the kind you that give Merry Christmas a special meaning

First person testimony at Dallas News: What I learned about Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson after spending a week on jury duty with him.

I didn’t vote for Trump. This is not an endorsement of Tillerson for secretary of state. I’m sure that the coming days and weeks will be filled with speculation and political discussion over this clearly controversial pick. I certainly appreciate those concerns and the process that ensures significant scrutiny for this important position.

But during a recent news show, I heard the term “corrupt” applied to this man who I spent five days with back in 2007.
All I know is that this man who holds one of the most powerful positions in the world and clearly has the means and ability to side-step his jury responsibilities, served as a normal citizen without complaint or pretense.

I know that a scared little girl who was finally persuaded to come public with her account of abuse was inches away from a decision that would have sided with her abuser, yet this man put his negotiation skills to a noble use, and justice was served.

There is a dissonance that is becoming ever more apparant. It first became visible when people like Limbaugh and others who played golf with Trump or dealt with him as a business leader conveyed their impressions of Trump that contrasted to the villification of those who considered Trump evil incarnate. It shows up in the confusion people have about Trump’s selection of people to run government. It is something Scott Adams noted a while ago and has been a topic of discussion as the swamp people in WDC trying to figure out what is coming their way. It shows in the viginet about the guy in a business suit with an earpiece.

From the first day of jury selection, we all noticed another suited man always present in the courtroom. His presence was intriguing due to the ear piece in his ear. While grabbing lunch at Denton County Independent Hamburger on the square the second day of the trial, we noticed this mysterious man dining with our fellow juror who’d declined the foreman spot. The intrigue grew, and it was the talk of the jury: Who were these men?

Finally, during a break in the jury room, one juror had the nerve to ask: “Who are you? And what do you do?”

Our fellow jury member was reading the paper again and pointed out an article with Exxon in the headlines.

I work for them, he said humbly. There are a lot of people in this world who hate me for what I do, so they give me and my family guys like that to protect me.

Then there’s the story about a General and his wife who baked chocolate chip cookies, lots of cookies, that they took around to give to soldiers on duty in the WDC area Christmas day and an anomaly he encountered. The Daily Beast has that story.

There is also discusion, about time discussion, concerning this dissonance. Whether it is harassment of Trump’s family on a public airliner, the many hoaxes, the actual Fake News from the state propaganda machine, or the dripping condescension and dellusional judgment, fresh air is circulating and the ugly is being exposed for what it is. The hate being spewed by people that accuse hate may be getting a mirror. We can hope the new year shows us many good things that have been missing for a long, long time. 

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