Monday, June 6, 2016

Week of 06/06/2016

My Problem With... Hillary Clinton
(Note: This is the continuation of the ongoing look at the candidates that make up the 2016 Farce.  Each of the “dominant” candidates will be examined.  The author will not entertain nor permit anyone to try to negate the focus of each candidate by saying “X is bad but Y is even worse” because they all are bad in their own way.  Each will have their turn to be examined and castigated, and you probably will not like it when it is your candidate’s turn.)
This one was a long time coming, but I finally got around to talking about “her”. 
Because I can’t go through this whole “My Problem With” series and talk about the dominant players in the 2016 Farce and not talk about “her”.
But now I don’t have any other dominant candidates left, and no other “pressing” subjects to distract me, so I can get this out of the way...
I have a problem with Hillary Rodham Clinton.
And where do I begin with this?
Let’s start with what I don’t have a problem with.  I don’t have a problem with her being a woman or that she uses the “women card” by virtue of being one.  She wasn’t the first (sorry, but the Libertarian Party beat her by a few decades) and she won’t be the last.
I also don’t have a problem with the fact that she did the whole “Good Wife” thing years before CBS decided to make it into a TV series (which, by the way, they just ended).  I am surprised that she managed to keep her philandering husband after they left the White House in 2001, but, once I realized that it was part of her grand scheme, it actually made sense to keep him around.  Yes, there are women that will do anything and everything to keep their marriage together no matter what, and it’s not just because of love.  If she wants to keep him after what he’s done, then they deserve each other.
Probably the most minor of problems I have concerning Hillary is her voice.  When she gets angry or passionate about something, she has a shrilling banshee tone that could curdle cheese.  Is that something you would want in a president?  Someone whose voice would peel the paint off the walls if she’s pissed off?  I know she can’t really do too much about that other than to try to keep her voice even, but, still, once you’ve heard that, you can’t really get that sound out of your head.
Unfortunately, that pales in comparison to the much larger problem of her overall political ambition.
If you really think about it, Hillary Clinton has been campaigning for the office of President of the United States going all the way back to when her husband was running for the job back in 1992.  Remember when Bill Clinton used to boast about his campaign being a “BOGO” deal?  “Buy one, get the other free?”  Remember the idea of a “co-presidency”?  Even back then, it was pretty obvious that Hillary wanted the job just as much as her husband did, and maybe even more.
In fact, one might say that her two-term tenure as First Lady served as an apprenticeship for the big job.  Whereas previous First Ladies would lead through their husbands (Eleanor Roosevelt comes to mind), Hillary actually sought responsibility for projects like her failed healthcare program.  And her scandals - specifically the Whitewater ordeal, the death of Vince Foster, and the Travel Office scandal - were more presidential in nature than those traditionally befitting a First Lady.  Everything after that fell right into the pattern of someone seeking the job of President, starting with her carpetbagging run for a Senate seat she barely qualified for.  And her more recent scandals seem to be more of an overblown partisan fishing expedition than a quest for answers.  If this is the worst that the GOP can throw at her, then they had might as well disband as a party right now and spare themselves some embarrassment.
But... here’s a rather thought-provoking question...
Aside from the Clintons and their friends, who really wants Hillary to be President of the United States?
I’m not asking who would be willing to vote for Hillary, because obviously there are millions that have voted for and still vote for her.  And, given who the dominant “alternative” is, I can understand why they would vote for her.  I’m asking who would really *want* her to be President.
While people are willing to vote for Hillary, they have a really hard time trusting her.  In fact, between herself and Donald Trump, the 2016 Farce will involve two of the most unlikeable candidates in American history!  And yet, people will still moronically vote for one of them because they fear the other!
This is Hillary’s greatest strength: she is not Donald Trump.  She is not subscribing in or pandering to the crackpot extremist nutcases that currently make up the base of the GOP.  She is campaigning from a position of the “establishment”, which is funny given how people supposedly “hate” the establishment.
In fact, she pretty much *is* the establishment.  She is everything about the political establishment that has ruined our government and transformed it into a plutocratic kleptocracy.
That’s how she got in, and that’s how she got to where she is right now, being just a few elections away from being the next President of the United States despite being one of the most currently disliked candidates.  She gamed the system!  She’s been gaming it at least since she first ran for the Senate in 2000.  That’s how she could get elected in a district she barely lived in, that’s how she could get re-elected even though everyone rightly suspected she would then run for President a year later, that’s how she could finagle her way into the Obama White House, and how she would set the stage for this phase of her grand scheme.
Remember 2008?  That Presidential Election was supposed to have been hers!  That is how badly she had gamed the system!  The whole Democratic Party hierarchy had deemed Hillary to be “the” nominee.  Not a “candidate”.  Not the “dominant contender”.  No, they had deemed her to be *the* nominee, period.  There was no need for primaries or caucuses.  It was supposed to be a confirmation, not a convention.  And she would have been the nominee if not for that pesky “uppity” junior Senator from Illinois by the name of Barack Obama who came in with his even baritone voice and his lofty dreams of “hope” and “change” and supposedly “stole” the nomination from her.
And, yes, that is precisely the attitude from those in the Democratic National Committee of the time.  Obama wasn’t supposed to run, never mind win over the American people!  This was supposed to be Hillary’s!  The whole thing with being Secretary of State and having some input to the cabinet was the consolation prize.  Just another step added to her eventual grand plan.
That’s why this 2016 Farce has been so easy on her.  That’s why the DNC and all of Hillary’s water-carriers in the media and newspaper editorials have been telling Senator Bernie Sanders to get out.  They don’t want anything to interfere with what Hillary believes is her “destiny”.
But I still have to ask... why should Hillary be President?
If you’re running as the “establishment” champion, then you really don’t want anything to change.  That means keeping the good things intact, but it also means keeping the bad things in government intact as well, and believe me there are plenty of bad things that need to be changed.
And we really don’t know what Hillary is for.  We just know that whatever it is, she supposedly “has our back” and that she would “fight for us”, while the GOP would be opposed to it.  And that’s rather vague if you think about it, because the GOP has been fanatically opposed to pretty much anything that President Obama says, does, or thinks.  If Obama says “Good Morning” then the GOP claim that it’s nighttime.  If Obama says that it’s sunny out, the GOP whine that it’s raining.  And by the way, that part isn’t vague.  It’s been their standard operating procedure since at least 2012 if not earlier, and they’ll even admit to it.  And now you have Hillary saying that whatever “it” is, she’ll “fight for us” and she’ll “have our back”.
But does she really?
Let’s get brutally honest here... what we have is the modern-day incarnation of William Shakespeare’s Lady Macbeth; an overly ambitious woman that will do anything she can to get the power that she craves.
Even worse, she seems to be in the same political camp of people like Bob Dole and John Kerry; people that pompously believe that being president is simply a matter of “paying your dues” and “biding your time” like it was some demented merit system.  “Oh lookie!  I earned sixty-five thousand political points with my speech!  That gives me another two stamps for my White House book!”
Come on, people!  Doesn’t it gall you to know that there are those in the political system that treat the job of leading our country as a loyalty program?  It’s bad enough that the Dems have inept and incompetent leadership in Congress that go by the names of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.  They’re not leaders; they’re reward members that cashed in enough political stamps.  They could be allowed to slack off and wear the “I’m with Stupid” shirt because they could then point to Obama and put the pressure all on him.  But if everyone up top is wearing the “I’m with Stupid” shirt, then we’re all screwed.  That makes for good political followers, but not leaders.
Hillary and her water-carriers don’t seem to comprehend that things are still screwed up in this country.  That’s why Bernie Sanders is such a thorn in her side.  He’s riding on the disgust that people have for what is still screwed up and needs to be changed.  And they know that Hillary won’t change those things, because she’s the “establishment” candidate.  Unfortunately for her, she really needs those people to vote for her, because they’re pissed off enough to vote for the irrational and the unstable if they feel they have no other choice.  (And, no, I’m not talking about Bernie.)
The absolutely scary part is that I can honestly see her pulling it off this time around.  Not just the nomination; I can honestly see her winning the whole thing and fulfilling her Shakespearian fantasy of ruling America in a way that Lady Macbeth couldn’t.  Well, “honestly” may not be a good choice of words considering we’re talking about Hillary Clinton.  But she really has the best environment in which to prevail.  She’s facing a dominant-party candidate that is a self-promoting clown act with a hair-trigger mouth that can piss people off at a moment’s notice.  If she can keep her voice level and any third party challengers out of the media, then our modern-day Lady Macbeth could finally get what she’s been seeking.
I’m not saying I like the idea or that I support it.  I don’t.  But that’s just how bad our political system has become.  And for that... we have a few other groups to thank that I also “have a problem with”.

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