Another day, another few million dollars. This has become just shy of ludicrous. Even if reality is somehow different from the appearance, the appearance is that the State Department under Hillary Clinton was for sale to the highest bidder. And it is because of those appearances that when polled, the first thing that comes to the mind of the majority of respondents on “Hillary Clinton,” is “Dishonest.” Stack “Dishonest” against “Blowhard” (Trump), “Weasel” (Cruz), “Naive” (Rubio), or “Plodding” (Bush) and “Dishonest” loses the election every time (those appellations are my own first take on the Republican candidates). And don’t be fooled by “contributions to a charitable foundation.” Bill, Hillary and Chelsea are officers and employees of that foundation and draw a paycheck from it. Couple “graft” with a sense of “entitlement,” stir in some hypocrisy, filter out any shame and you have the Clintons.
This puff piece on Hillary fails to really address the concerns that most Americans have with her. The author selects a small handful of instances where it is possible that Hillary has been misunderstood by the media, by the Republicans, and now by the supporters of Bernie Sanders. The real issue though, is one of perception.
In this day and age, perception truly is reality. What you believe, supported by the sources you choose to read, listen to or view in the media (as inaccurate or biased as they may be, and for whatever reasons they may be so), is just as real as what the other guy believes, with his own sources. And the perception of Hillary is that she is crooked, manipulative, fundamentally dishonest, and not above causing the destruction of other people to further her agenda.
The political life she has carved out with her husband has been one scandal after another. From the Arkansas governorship and the silencing of the women with whom Bill had his affairs (or just sexually assaulted), to Whitewater, the drug dealings of Bill’s reprobate brother (aided and abetted by the Arkansas attorney general’s office) and then on to Washington and Travelgate, Filegate, Vince Foster’s mysterious demise (remember that they found Hillary in Foster’s apartment, rifling his files?), Monica Lewinsky, the definition of “is,” the impeachment process, the looting of the White House when they left, and then her turn as Secretary of State and all that we are now learning about her failures in Benghazi, the sale of fissile Uranium to the Russians in return for large donations to the Clinton Foundation, the insecure emails and the growing suspicion that the State Department was for sale to the highest bidder.
Along the way, there have been no fewer than 19 suspicious deaths of aides and associates to the Clintons. Add to this, the perception (based on her reported campaign funding) that she is in the pocket of Wall Street, big Pharma, the Media and the Health Insurance industry. In her term in the Senate, she put her name on three bills that managed to pass (Sanders has his name on over 200).
Should she prevail and become the Democratic nominee, the Republicans will try her in the court of public opinion on circumstantial evidence and they will absolutely convict her. Where there’s the perception of smoke, there is certainly the perception of fire. And that will be good enough for the majority of voters.
Time and again, her own words, her own responses to direct questions on important matters, are her undoing. When asked (in a Senate sub-committee hearing) whether or not it was terrorists or an unruly mob who attacked Benghazi, she flippantly answered, “What does it matter?” When asked if she would release the transcriptions of her speeches to Goldman-Sachs, she just laughed. There are countless videos of Hillary openly lying in response to direct questions about her actions, lies that are borne out later under investigation. There is no “case for Hillary Clinton.” Americans have been fooled one time too many and are now greasing up the pole on which she will be ridden out of town.