I know many people who will read this will hate it, but hey; when your job is to cut the crap, sometimes you piss people off. No one said this would be pretty.
I’ve talked about the silliness inherent in believing that you can have a “revolution” in a free country where most people seem concerned about which athletes are taking drugs and in the latest shenanigans of Kim/Kanye/Bieber. And I speak constantly of the ridiculousness of thinking the professional left knows anything about politics, when doing things their way has led to 40 years of increasingly right-leaning government. And I can’t believe how many times I have to dispel the notion that both major political parties are essentially the same.
I am so sick of gullible memes, I want to scream. Seriously, we can’t make political progress if our side harbors such a deep level of gullibility.
In this column, I want to address this notion that Hillary Clinton is somehow a “dishonest corporatist Wall Street shill” or some other such gullible nonsense. The argument basically says that Clinton can’t be trusted because, somehow, she’ll turn the government over to “Wall Street” (whatever the hell that actually means) and let them run the government into the ground.
Let’s start with the obvious.
There is no such thing as “Wall Street.” I mean, Wall Street does exist, but it’s the name of a street in lower Manhattan and it is the home of pretty much nothing but investment firms. Not a whole lot in the way of corporate policy comes out of “Wall Street” and if it wasn’t for Republicans winning too many seats, they wouldn’t be making governmental policy, either. The same can be said of the word “corporatist.” A lot of individuals, including a great number or liberals, have created corporations, so what does that even mean, really?
In other words, when you call Hillary Clinton those names, it sounds suspiciously like Republicans calling President Obama a “Kenyan Marxist” or something equally stupid. But with this column, let’s talk about the concept that Clinton is “dishonest,” or that she’s hiding something. A lot of people say this, but my only answer when I hear/read it is, how is this possible?
Never has a political couple been as closely scrutinized as the Clintons. None. It’s not even a close call. Bill and Hillary Clinton have been subjected to more pointless investigations by right wing hit squads than anyone in history, and they have a single blow job to show for it. Hundreds of investigations, countless “special prosecutors” and endless congressional hearings, and they have found nothing substantial to pin on either one of them.
Starting with Richard Mellon Scaife’s Arkansas Project, they have been targeted repeatedly for everything. And make no mistake; both of them were targeted; him because he was one of the most skilled and charismatic politicians around and her because she wasn’t the “dutiful wife” and First Lady of both Arkansas and the United States. She refused to stand behind Bill at every turn wearing a scarf and an apron and make token appearances at church bake sales. If you are old enough, surely you remember the scrutiny of the Rose Law Firm. Well, Hillary worked for them, not Bill.
Since they have been in public life, the Clintons have had well-funded and incredibly focused political enemies who have never backed away from smearing the hell out of them. You may scoff at the notion of a vast right wing conspiracy, but make no mistake; making up shit about Bill and Hillary and propagating it all over the media is a cottage industry like to other. Perhaps you’ve heard of David Brock, who created Media Matters for America. Well, one reason he’s become such a stickler for the truth is because, in a previous career, he was a smear merchant for Scaife and the VRWC, who was paid well to smear Hillary until he realized it was all bullshit and that she wasn’t as horrible as advertised. Read his book, “Blinded by the Right,” if you don’t believe me. There was no Rose Billing Scandal, really. There really was no Whitewater scandal; the investigation turned up nothing. “Travelgate” was thoroughly investigated and no “there” was ever found. Vince Foster committed suicide, he wasn’t murdered by anyone. Benghazi was a tragedy and the result of terrible oversight, but it was hardly a crime. And the whole email thing? Yay! They finally found some “top secret” information in some emails, although the reality is, it wasn’t “top secret” when she was Secretary of State; it became so later. So nothing there, either.
Like I said, hundreds of investigations and thousands of investigators have squandered at least $1 billion over the past three decades and they have found two things; the infamous blow job and “Filegate,” in which someone on Hillary’s staff had files he shouldn’t have had. Other than that, the most-vetted couple in US history is clean as a whistle.
And how do I know this? Well, if there was anything else to the Clintons, do you think for a moment that the VRWC that’s been dogging them for so long would hesitate to make it public? Why do you think their have to make shit up so often? If Hillary is so “dishonest,” how has she been able to hide everything in the age of the Internet and with a billion dollars directed at finding a way to stop her, even before this election cycle? How did she get through the 2008 election cycle intact. Yeah, she lost, but it wasn’t exactly a landslide.
Here’s the deal, folks…
We have three excellent candidates on the Democratic side. All three of them could win in the general election and they would make great choices for president. When you denigrate any one of the three of them, you actually denigrate the Democratic Party and you degrade its chances in November, especially down-ticket. And when, in your zeal for Bernie, you attack Hillary Clinton as “dishonest,” well, you’re screwing yourself because anyone who bothers to look can see that she’s the most heavily-vetted candidate in history and they’ve pinned nothing on her. You’ll be tagged as a liar and you’ll make Bernie look bad at the same time you damage the Democratic brand.
If you truly believe Hillary Clinton is dishonest and deceptive, then you are among the most gullible people on the planet. You have fallen for the Fox Right Wing Smear Machine, and you should turn in your “political junkie” badge, post haste. If you believe the constant smears damage her in the general election, well, I hate to break it to you, but whoever wins will be smeared just as badly. Do you really think Bernie Sanders has nothing in his background that can be attacked? Put it this way; John Kerry was a Vietnam war hero and they managed to turn him into a screaming wussy who ran away from battle every chance he got. You think a lifelong “socialist” (gasp!) is untouchable?
Again, I ask, how gullible are you?