BECKER: Who Will Carry Hillary’s Baggage into 2016?
WASHINGTON, April 27, 2015 – I am all in favor of Hillary Clinton’s being in favor of the little guy. I’m 5’6” and, by modern standards, that makes me a little guy.
Only I don’t think that she was talking about my stature when she said it. She was talking about the massive center of America that is neither rich nor poor.
Hillary is not one of us, and she never will be one of us, and the fact that she managed to walk into a Chipotle restaurant without being identified does not endear her to me.
I have a hard time warming up to Hillary. She is not particularly cuddly, and the people who have worked for her have described her as a cold, calculating b**ch.
In the unlikely event that I stand in line for a hug from her at the White House, I can imagine it to be about as snuggly as a hug from Vladimir Putin.
The fact that she is married to Bill gives her brownie points in my book, but not enough to make me a Hillary fan. He presided over the greatest peacetime presidency in our history and left office with a surplus of money in the federal coffers that Congress hadn’t spent in advance. Bill can’t run again, and she has been trying to hide him under the sheets while she runs for president on her record.
I am incredulous about that record.
We could consider her votes in the Senate, representing New York. How she became a senator representing a state she had never lived in is beyond public comprehension from the start, but she has acquired about as much of her record in the Senate as most senators have attained, party-line votes.
She could claim her time in the White House, being Bill’s wife and the First Lady of the United States, but we all know how that turned out. While the Lewinsky/Starr scandal was the daily feed for the press, it was if we were watching a high profile divorce on reality TV. Their marriage survived, at least on the political dynasty level.
Bill went on the speaking circuit making huge amounts of money, and Hillary ran for president. She came close, but the votes were for Obama. Somewhere in the process of picking a president, Hillary bailed. She accepted the position of secretary of state with all of the facial expressions and body language of someone who had just been ordered to clean up a mess in aisle #3.
The Clintons are not regular folks. They are a part of the 1 percent of America from which our candidates and our presidents are chosen, and they represent that particular elite. We vote for governors, senators, doctors, generals and other rich and powerful candidates, but none of them are a part of the middle of America.
They are representative of the political hammerlock that has the rest of our nation mystified.
To be fair, the candidates from either major party have not been representative of the majority of America, and to remain in office, they answer to people and interests that fill their campaign coffers. The interests of the middle of America have become irrelevant. Their campaigns are fueled by the uber-wealthy — corporations, families, and individuals, not all of them Americans.
Where are their allegiances?
Hillary is running again, and this time she seeks the highest public office in the land by asking the voters to ignore her record. We are asked to disregard her lack of leadership in the weeks before the 2012 election when someone gave the order to stand down during an attack on our embassy in Libya.
She appeared before Congress and proclaimed that, “At this point, what does it matter?”
She ordered that all of her personal emails, (and that means all of her emails during that time), be erased from her server, declaring that she had disclosed all that we needed to see.
The record of Hillary Clinton’s performance as secretary of state has become the lack of any record.
A new deception has been created since Bill Clinton left the office of the presidency. He and Hillary created a foundation, with all of the altruistic public goals of the Red Cross and UNICEF.
This money-making machine may look like a charity and smell like a charity, but the perception of reality is more real than reality itself.
The Clinton Foundation is a lobbying firm.
If you are in denial about this truth, consider Clinton involvement in recent deals allowing Russia to obtain the rights to nuclear production within the United States of America. That is not charity work. It is lobbying on behalf of foreign governments.
So what do the voters have to base their decision of whom they want to lead our nation over the next four or eight years? Are we to disregard the baggage that spans the entire time Hillary has been in public life?
It reminds me of the pivotal scene in the Wizard of Oz, where Dorothy, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion reach the end of their journey and meet the wizard. He says, “Do not look behind the curtain!”
The fraud and the illusion of magic, legitimacy and trust were revealed as nothing more than a carefully designed artifice.
If Hillary is going to run on her record, she will need to reveal it.
Hillary Clinton’s record will not be pretty.
Be prepared for a Republican attack on Hillary’s record. It will get ugly. If her opponents have no record to attack, they will launch a special ops effort at her lack of a record and the extensive cover-up that extends back to her early days in Arkansas. The attack machine will not stop until the next president is chosen.
When someone runs for president, he or she leaves every aspect of public and private life open for scrutiny, and it doesn’t end there. Entire families are laid bare.
Their family histories, the whole genealogy of both sides of their family, traffic tickets, pot busts and beer-drinking brothers all become public record. They become public figures whether they like it or not.
This is modern politics, and the concepts of respect, trust and propriety have been sent to an early retirement. The press has become a conduit for party politics and political campaigns to provide daily sound bytes.
Each sound byte is infused with the dirt and smell of scandal, with the intent of derailing public opinion. n the weeks before the election, it will come down to Hillary for the Democrats and the last survivor for the Republicans.
The contenders, their campaigns, the parties and their PACS, will launch an all-out assault on the hearts and minds of America. Those who have not decided will be their target.
Persuasion at the end of an argument seldom prevails.
It will be interesting to see if Bill Clinton can let his wife run for president. The betting odds on that happening have probably already reached the unbettable: At some point before the election, the former president will appear in public. He is comfortable in crowds. Someone, a member of the press most likely, will ask him a question. He will refrain for a portion of a second, fighting the urge.
Eventually he will make a comment. His likable personality will take control of his mind. He will speak his mind.
Hillary Clinton’s future in politics may hang in the balance.