Friday, 18 November 2016

HILLARY CLINTON:  Why she lost the election                                   
Mrs. Clinton was really qualified to be the next president of the United States. As First Lady of Arkansas, (Her husband was governor) she led a task force whose recommendations helped reform Arkansas's public schools, and she also served on several corporate boards. As First Lady of the United States, Ms.Clinton led the unsuccessful effort to enact the Clinton health care plan of 1993.

Between 1997 and 1999, she helped create the State Children's Health Insurance Program. She also tackled the problems of adoption and family safety and foster care. At the 1995 UN conference on women (held in Beijing), Clinton stated in a then controversial and influential speech, that "human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights". Ms. Clinton was elected in 2000 as the first female senator from New York, the only first lady ever to seek elective office.

Following the September 11 terrorist attacks, she voted to approve the war in Afghanistan. She took a leading role in investigating the health issues faced by 9/11 first responders. She further voted against the Bush tax cuts, and against drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. She was subsequently re-elected to the Senate in 2006.

As Secretary of State in the Obama Administration from 2009 to 2013, Clinton responded to the Arab Spring, during which she advocated the U.S. military intervention in Libya. She helped organize a diplomatic isolation and international sanctions regime against Iran, in an effort to force curtailment of that country's nuclear program; this would eventually lead to the multinational Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreement in 2015.

As I said earlier, she really is qualified to be the American president but alas, that post then went to one of the stupidest persons ever to run for that office. How could this have happened?

Being truthful is an absolute requirement of any politician, especially if the politician is the president of the United States. In my blog: July 8. 2016: Did Secretary Hillary Clinton break the law?  I wrote the following statement.  

“None are so fond of secrets, as those who foolishly display them like a spendthrift who displays his money. And secrets like the spendthrift’s money; end up in circulation. Hillary Clinton should have realized that if you let your fishing hook dangle where you least expect a fish to be, surely a fish will sooner or later come onto the scene.  Further, will anyone really believe what she tells the American people if she is their next president?  She is a bald-face liar just like a small child caught with his or her hand in the cookie jar and denies that he or she didn’t do anything wrong. How can anyone really be sure that what she says is the absolute truth? Although she can make her extravaganzas appear credible, she cannot make her concept of truth credible.” unquote

On a visit to war-torn Bosnia in 1996, she claimed she and her entourage landed under sniper fire and had to run “with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base” despite the fact that videos of her arrival show her waltzing serenely across the tarmac, waving to the crowd.

The most discussed deception came in an exchange about her e-mails. Clinton declared emphatically that, “You know, you’re starting with so many assumptions that are…. I’ve never had a subpoena.  Representative Trey Gowdy (the R., S.C.) chair of the committee investigating the Obama administration’s response to the Benghazi attack, promptly produced a copy of the subpoena served on her.

In a CNN interview, she presented to the viewers a medley of misleading statements, blame-shifting, and deceptions. For example, Mrs. Clinton insisted she had only used “one device” for e-mail while she was the Secretary of State. We now know that’s not true. She tried to hide the fact that she had classified material on her personal server which is against the law.

Clinton claimed her infamous private e-mail server was set up in “accordance with the rules and the regulations in effect.” A federal judge disagreed, saying Clinton “violated government policy” when she used a private server to store official State Department messages.

She also proclaimed that she broke no rules by using a personal server and other e-mail chicanery. That too was a lie.

When discussing immigrant stories, Mrs. Clinton asserted that “all my grandparents came over here.”  unquote  It was another story that was false as only one of her grandparents was an immigrant,

Seems Ms. Clinton can’t even bring herself to tell the truth about her own first name. She claimed to be named after 
Sir Edmund Hillary, one of the first men to climb Mt. Everest. One small problem though abaout her story; the explorer didn’t climb Everest until Clinton was 6 years old.

Clinton claimed to have been turned down by the Marines when she applied in 1975. Washington Post fact-checkers quickly realized the absurdity that a rising legal star at the time, and soon to be wife of Bill Clinton, would drop everything and ship off with the Marines.

In an interview, Mrs. Clinton declared that the Veterans Affairs scandals are not “as widespread as it’s been made out to be”. Clinton’s campaign was forced to immediately take back her statement. The abuses were wide spread.

I won’t go any further delving into the long list of all her lies. Mrs. Clinton is a specialist at lying. And that was a real problem for her when she was running for the office of the president. Trump was right when he called her a liar.

It is small wonder that the late William Safire, writing in The New York Times in 1996, at the height of the Whitewater investigation, called her a “congenital liar.” Safire said: “She is in the longtime habit of lying and she has never been called to account for lying herself or in suborning (persuading) lying in her aides and friends.” Mrs. Clinton, alas, is more like a veteran coach as she  is adept at telling others how to lie on her behalf.

It does not matter what lies she tells, be they big whoppers or smaller ones, the media originally had her back tightly covered so she could have sworn under oath that she was the daughter of Jesus in a past life and many gullible people would have believed her.

Unfortunately for Mrs. Clinton and fortunately for the United States, it was established that her statements were mere delusional. To have a president who is a pathological liar is not unlike sleeping with a person who is diseased with Ebola. It can have dire results. Now I will deal with the issue of her honesty.  

A CNN poll made a grim reading for the former secretary of State with respect to her honesty. It found that 57 percent of adults asserted that Mrs. Clinton is not honest or trustworthy and only 42 percent said that she is honest and trustworthy. Obviously, those who believed in her didn’t have all the facts about her dishonesty. 

The strategists had argued that Clinton’s campaign had consistently underestimated the damage that had been wreaked by negative stories about donations to the Clinton Foundation and the former Secretary’s use of a private email account while at the State Department. The Clinton campaign contended that her low numbers were symptomatic of a general distrust of political figures. That wasn’t the real reason at all.

Let’s go back to what was Secretary Clinton’s judgment in setting up her personal e-mail server while she was the Secretary of State. What was her judgment in having e-mail conversations about sensitive information questionable in her personal email? What was her judgment in not giving a copy of her personal emails that is required by law to the State Department when she left office?

What the American voters had to consider was  a former Secretary of State whose basic wrongdoing led her down a road to the improper communications on sensitive material  back and forth and then effectively removed it from government hands and kept it hidden until she was forced to turn her personal  emails over to the FBI.   She later publicly admitted that her actions in putting government classified material in her private server was careless.

In 1998, the Clintons' conduct in the White House became the subject of much speculation when investigations revealed that the President Bill Clinton had engaged in an extramarital affair with White House intern, Monica Lewinsky

Hillary Clinton stated that the allegations were part of a vast right-wing conspiracy, characterizing the Lewinsky charges as the latest in a long, organized, collaborative series of charges by Bill's Clinton’s political enemies rather than any wrongdoing by her husband. That statement was an outright lie on her part.  She later said that she had been misled by her husband's initial claims that no affair had taken place. Without real evidence that there was a political conspiracy with respect to the accusations, she shouldn’t have suggested that the accusations were part of a political conspiracy to damage her husband’s credibility. Further, Bill Clinton was also a bald-faced liar. At the hearing, he swore under oath and said after being asked if he had sexual relations with Lewinsky. He replied, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” He did have sexual relations with Lewinsky because oral sex is a form of sexual relations.

Bill Clinton had improper sex (while married) with not only Lewinsky but also with Paula Jones, and Gennifer Flowers. Further, Mrs. Clinton didn’t speak out in defense of a barely-older-than-teenage girl who was harassed by her husband.      

After the Gennifer Flowers story came out during her husband's 1992 presidential run, her response, according to Carl Bernstein, was to throw herself into efforts to discredit Flowers and to try to persuade horrified campaign aides to bring out rumors that President Bush had not always been faithful to his wife Barbara.

Many of Mrs. Clinton’s followers figured that the election was in the bag so they didn’t bother standing in long lines to vote for her. Despite that, it really wouldn’t have mattered in the long run since she still had more popular votes than Trump did. But despite that, it didn’t get her elected.  

The reason was that only five States had the majority of the Electoral College members and they were Republicans, hence more Electoral College members voted for Trump than for Mrs. Clinton.

Because of all that baggage that followed her on her hopeful trip to the White House, I don’t think that she would be a suitable president because the Americans would wonder if she would screw around again. However, if she did win the election, she would be a far better president than Trump would be considering the kind of people he has chosen to sit on his cabinet.  

Many of those who were running for the post of president in both parties were far better qualified to be the president of the United States. It is most unfortunate that they backed out of the race thereby leaving Trump and Clinton as the remaining contestants.

Now is the time for everyone to pray to whatever god they believe in so that rump, I mean Trump won’t bring about catastrophes upon all of us world-wide. 

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