WASHINGTON: A self-help website has advice for those stuck with a bothersome houseguest that will not leave: 1.) Tell them you have other guests coming; 2.) Ask them to help offset the financial hardship caused by their visit; 3.) Make them perform some household chores. In other words, stop being such a gracious host and the pesky houseguest will pack their things and go. A recent WSJ – NBC poll says Americans are tired of Hillary Clinton.
An outworn welcome
Like that unwanted lodger, Hillary Clinton has been up in the grill of the American people, lashing out at those in her ever-expanding basket of “deplorables” since her humiliating defeat in the 2016 presidential election.
First, she blamed racist, white American males. Then it was young, progressive American male supporters of her Democratic primary rival Bernie Sanders. Finally, while on a visit to India, she said it was subservient American Tammy Wynette’s, standing by their misogynistic husbands and male employers, which stabbed her in the back.
Hillary’s widening basket of deplorables
Now a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds 52 percent of Americans have a “somewhat” or “very negative” view of Hillary Clinton. Another 20 percent have stopped caring altogether, saying they are “neutral” on the question of her existence.
That has to be galling for someone who continues to believe she was meant to rule us all.
WSJ – NBC Poll: Checks and balances
Like the progressive Woodrow Wilson before her, Hillary believes the
“Constitution was founded on the law of gravitation. The government was to exist and move by virtue of the efficacy of ‘checks and balances.’
The trouble with the theory is that government is not a machine, but a living thing.”
Wilson’s assertion that government is a “living thing” to be unrestrained is, of course, absurd. Government is as dead as a doorknob. Rather, it’s a collection of buildings, desks, chairs, and computers.
What animates the bloodless institutions of government is people. People that sit in those chairs to wield its formidable power. People the “checks and balances” the progressive Wilson so detested were designed to restrain in defense of individual liberty.
People, it’s people who check people
Because, as Superman’s nemesis Lex Luthor famously said,
“People are no damned good.”
That is why our Constitution “checks” the power of evil government people by dispersing it among other evil government people. That separation of powers is yet another check.
But the Constitution also checks the power of “We the People.” That’s why presidential elections are nothing more than a poll. American Presidents are chosen by the Electoral College.
“Remember,” Hillary reminded the audience at the Women for Women International Luncheon in New York, “I did win by more than 3 million [popular] votes than my opponent. So, it’s like… really?”
She and 3 million voters ran up against another one of those constitutional checks.
But as the Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll now finds, a growing number of that 3 million have come to realize the wisdom of this Electoral College check.
And like hosts fed up with a bothersome house guest, Americans are telling Hillary Clinton to pack her bags and hit the bricks.
Top image: photo illustration by the author.