Seeing the name Hillary in a headline last week—a headline about a life that had involved real achievement—I felt a mouse stirring in the attic of my memory. Eventually, I was able to recall how the two Hillarys had once been mentionable in the same breath. On a first-lady goodwill tour of Asia in April 1995—the kind of banal trip that she now claims as part of her foreign-policy “experience”—Mrs. Clinton had been in Nepal and been briefly introduced to the late Sir Edmund Hillary, conqueror of Mount Everest. Ever ready to milk the moment, she announced that her mother had actually named her for this famous and intrepid explorer. The claim “worked” well enough to be repeated at other stops and even showed up in Bill Clinton’s memoirs almost a decade later, as one more instance of the gutsy tradition that undergirds the junior senator from New York.
Sen. Clinton was born in 1947, and Sir Edmund Hillary and his partner Tenzing Norgay did not ascend Mount Everest until 1953, so the story was self-evidently untrue and eventually yielded to fact-checking. Indeed, a spokeswoman for Sen. Clinton named Jennifer Hanley phrased it like this in a statement in October 2006, conceding that the tale was untrue but nonetheless charming: “It was a sweet family story her mother shared to inspire greatness in her daughter, to great results I might add.”
Perfect. It worked, in other words, having been coined long after Sir Edmund became a bankable celebrity, but now its usefulness is exhausted and its untruth can safely be blamed on Mummy. Yet isn’t it all—all of it, every single episode and detail of the Clinton saga—exactly like that? And isn’t some of it a little bit more serious? For Sen. Clinton, something is true if it validates the myth of her striving and her “greatness” (her overweening ambition in other words) and only ceases to be true when it no longer serves that limitless purpose. And we are all supposed to applaud the skill and the bare-faced bravado with which this is done. In the New Hampshire primary in 1992, she knowingly lied about her husband’s uncontainable sex life and put him eternally in her debt. This is now thought of, and referred to in print, purely as a smart move on her part. In the Iowa caucuses of 2008, he returns the favor by telling a huge lie about his own record on the war in Iraq, falsely asserting that he was opposed to the intervention from the very start. This is thought of, and referred to in print, as purely a tactical mistake on his part: trying too hard to help the spouse. The happy couple has now united on an equally mendacious account of what they thought about Iraq and when they thought it. What would it take to break this cheap little spell and make us wake up and inquire what on earth we are doing when we make the Clinton family drama—yet again—a central part of our own politics?
What do you have to forget or overlook in order to desire that this dysfunctional clan once more occupies the White House and is again in a position to rent the Lincoln Bedroom to campaign donors and to employ the Oval Office as a massage parlor? You have to be able to forget, first, what happened to those who complained, or who told the truth, last time. It’s often said, by people trying to show how grown-up and unshocked they are, that all Clinton did to get himself impeached was lie about sex. That’s not really true. What he actually lied about, in the perjury that also got him disbarred, was the women. And what this involved was a steady campaign of defamation, backed up by private dicks (you should excuse the expression) and salaried government employees, against women who I believe were telling the truth. In my opinion, Gennifer Flowers was telling the truth; so was Monica Lewinsky, and so was Kathleen Willey, and so, lest we forget, was Juanita Broaddrick, the woman who says she was raped by Bill Clinton. (For the full background on this, see the chapter “Is There a Rapist in the Oval Office?” in the paperback version of my book No One Left To Lie To. This essay, I may modestly say, has never been challenged by anybody in the fabled Clinton “rapid response” team.) Yet one constantly reads that both Clintons, including the female who helped intensify the slanders against her mistreated sisters, are excellent on women’s “issues.”
One also hears a great deal about how this awful joint tenure of the executive mansion was a good thing in that it conferred “experience” on the despised and much-deceived wife. Well, the main “experience” involved the comprehensive fouling-up of the nation’s health-care arrangements, so as to make them considerably worse than they had been before and to create an opening for the worst-of-all-worlds option of the so-called HMO, combining as it did the maximum of capitalist gouging with the maximum of socialistic bureaucracy. This abysmal outcome, forgiven for no reason that I can perceive, was the individual responsibility of the woman who now seems to think it entitles her to the presidency. But there was another “experience,” this time a collaborative one, that is even more significant.
During the Senate debate on the intervention in Iraq, Sen. Clinton made considerable use of her background and “experience” to argue that, yes, Saddam Hussein was indeed a threat. She did not argue so much from the position adopted by the Bush administration as she emphasized the stand taken, by both her husband and Al Gore, when they were in office, to the effect that another and final confrontation with the Baathist regime was more or less inevitable. Now, it does not especially matter whether you agree or agreed with her about this (as I, for once, do and did). What does matter is that she has since altered her position and attempted, with her husband’s help, to make people forget that she ever held it. And this, on a grave matter of national honor and security, merely to influence her short-term standing in the Iowa caucuses. Surely that on its own should be sufficient to disqualify her from consideration? Indifferent to truth, willing to use police-state tactics and vulgar libels against inconvenient witnesses, hopeless on health care, and flippant and fast and loose with national security: The case against Hillary Clinton for president is open-and-shut. Of course, against all these considerations you might prefer the newly fashionable and more media-weighty notion that if you don’t show her enough appreciation, and after all she’s done for us, she may cry.
I will be out of the loop for a while, so I wanted to be sure to touch base with you all. This may be the only post before my hiatus,(quit smiling), or it may not. Just depends on how things are going by Monday morning.
I followed with interest all the hoopla about the recently passed ANTI-CORRUPTION BILL by 100% of the Florida legislature. Yep, every single Republican and every single Democrat voted for the so called Florida Today Network ANTI-CORRUPTION BILL. Coinciding with this rare voting anomaly, were recent studies that placed Florida either #1 or #3 in federal public corruption convictions.
So l began to ask, how is it, that the most or one of the most corrupt legislatures, ( money flows from Tallahassee), would vote 100% for a bill to correct the problem that is them!? Of course, here we have a great example of “cooperation” by Dems and Republicants. A kind of CYA strategy.
Additionally,the Florida Today and Mat Reed claim to have “spearheaded” this. This is the same Florida Today, along with Matt Reed that assured us that Obama was going to be great for America, that ObamaCare would save every family $2500/ year, that we could keep our doctor, that we could keep our health plan, That Common Core was great for our kids, that the IRS doesnt single our conservative groups, that Benghazi was due to a video, that Hillary’s emails are a Republican conspiracy.So…I ask questions..
This is along the same lines as a cat cleaning it’s own cat box…aint going to happen! It just gets covered up!!
The world sees multiple beheadings, burnings and drownings of Christians and other Muslims by Muslims …and our President is mute. The President allows the America/Israel hating Islāmic State of Iran having sanctions removed, and billions of dollars given to these cowards that hate anyone different from them. All the while,our President is blind and mute to the responsibility of protecting Americans and their allies. He chooses only to see what is good for Iran/Islam, while choosing to be completely blind the safety of our children and those of our allies, the world…and other Muslims.
I see our president and Sec of State, helping the Islamist cowards grow by creating a vacuüm in Libia that allowed ISSL and others, a place for their hatred of anyone different to grow. The President is mute..offering some very inconsequential drone attacks, while the radical Muslim/Islāmic cowards spread their hate Westward.
Saturday morning, , my family and I went to see 13 HOURS: THE SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI. It was an incredble film about the men who were actually on the ground; in the fight . They are known as the Global Response Staff; GSR.
Kris “Tanto” Paronto, John “Tig” Tiegan, Mark “Oz” Geist,Ty “Rone” Woods(deceased), Jack Silva and DB Benton.
I would highly recommend the movie to everyone.
I came away mad once again. Mad; because I recalled Florida Today’s Mr Matt Reed’s anathema of Brevard citizens, and how flippant and condescending he was; culminating that any of us who do not believe as he believes, is ..“emotionally vested in bad information”. I choose to believe the GSR that were actually there.
After Senator Feinstein’s staff report was released, Mr Reed, chose to excoriate the citizens of Brevard in his Dec 2014 article, Matt Reed: How Ferguson, Benghazi “backfire” in Brevard. In all reality, it was aimed at me, for I had hung the liberal Mr Reed and the liberal Florida Today out multiple times for,…once again, reporting only that which is expedient to their’s or those they follow, agendas. At that time, the agenda was getting Obama re-elected and protecting Mrs Clinton from criticism.
The bottom line is that American lives were lost, and by honoring the dead and about the living; we need to know, exactly, just how and why these failures occurred. The 2014 report did not accomplish this due to either faine ignorance, political ambitions or worse, political payback; such as demonstrated by Mrs. Feinstein. Their reports,( Feinstein’s staff actually wrote the report, and after multiple calls, I was unable to speak to any staff member responsible for the report) which to me, represented a flippant devaluation of life , based on their (Feinstein and Rogers) personal desires.
Benghazi: Poor Ms Feinstein; her phones tapped by the CIA, and then having to put this report together. No payback there;( the GSR was under the command of the CIA). Tough work.
Poor Mr Rogers; leaving out vital parts of the GSR’s testimony given under oath or completely fabricating from thin air. Ms Feinstein and Mr Rogers work well in concert.
The men of the GSR..the ones that were actually there in the fight on the ground..reacted to the report by outlining 14 “inaccuracies” in
Benghazi Heroes Debunk House Intel Report as ‘Full of Inaccuracies’ with Firsthand Account
Although only the House report is referenced, it is essentially the same information contained in both reports.
Matt Reed insults; no, he dishonors Kris “Tanto” Paronto, John “Tig” Tiegan, Mark “Oz” Geist,Ty “Rone” Woods(deceased), Jack Silva and DB Benton as “emotionally vested in bad information”. Who perpetrates the lie Mr Reed? What a clown!
Yep, once again, a radical Islāmic state benefits from Obama’s wishes. As a matter of fact, if you look at any event in which a radical Islāmic state or representative was involved; if Obama is in the mix…they benefited..ALWAYS!
ISIS runs amuck decapitating Christians and he does nothing, and they grow into a “Varsity”. Whether it was the tough boy line in the sand, or coldly, ignoring the cry for help of Ambassador Stephens and others in Benghazi, or telling the King of Egypt to step down or sending millions to the Muslim Brotherhood to help bring Sharia law to the Egyptian people, etc. etc., the bad guys always benefited..ALWAYS!
Well, President Obama has done it again; as he put it,“..wants Iran to be the power in that region”. Iran, the largest sponsor of terrorism(cowardice), whose leaders have said multiple times, that they will destroy “Big Satan and Little Satan”, i.e. the United States and Israel, has now been given the go ahead to pursue Nuclear weapons by Obama. With Obama, the bad guys benefit and America and our allies suffer..ALWAYS!
As President Obama’s actions show, he is, at the very least, a radical Islāmic sympathiser, and at the very worst, a very mindful radical Islamic participant in the free world’s demise! He puts the safety and well-being of the American people and America’s allies last, ALWAYS!
David Horowitz, of The Times of Israel gives us a simple, yet jaw-dropping overview of what was given to Iran today. Read more…
Dear liberal media, a.k.a. Bob, Matt, Mr. Neuhearth, the rest of the editorial staff, USA TODAY, etc, etc,
As we all know, Mr. Neuthart is the founder/owner of USA TODAY/FLORIDA TODAY. His editorial below makes for some illustrative reading, yielding another example of the embedded ideology that exists behind FLORIDA TODAY, USA TODAY and other liberal media. I use the word “behind” Read more…
Dear liberal media, a.k.a. Bob, Matt, Mr. Neuhearth, the rest of the editorial staff, USA TODAY, etc, etc,
I have thought a lot about what has occured in the course of the relatively short time that I have been “paying attention” to what is happening and what growing up in America meant to a guy born in 1947. What it meant then, and in a lot of my circles today, still means; Read more…