Swiftboating Hillary.

Everyone who is trashing the shit out of Hillary Clinton because of the Clinton Foundation should be ashamed of themselves. Seriously ashamed. However, the progressives who are implying that the Clinton Foundation is little more than a honey pot for the Clintons are demonstrating way too much ignorance. This is another right wing swiftboating and too many of you are falling for it.

Do you know why you think you know so much about the Clinton Foundation? That is due to the fact that the Clinton Foundation, when it was founded in 2001, made a conscious decision to be completely and absolutely transparent about the money they take in and everything they do. They didn’t have to. Under the rules for non-profit foundations, it is not necessary to list every single donor to the organization and it is not necessary to list the amounts they give or what the money they spend goes to. But the Clintons, for all of the vitriol being leveled against them, decided to let everyone know what they were doing. Once again, despite the constant attacks, they usually tend to do the right thing.

And what we know, based on the “journalists” who have been poring over every detail of these disclosures because they can, is that not a single member of the Clinton family has personally benefitted from their Foundation. That right there makes it almost impossible to claim some sort of corruption, which was the intent when they decided on full transparency. While many moronic pundits and others, including the leader of the current GOP, Donald Trump and even some Bernie Stans, are suggesting that Hillary is a crook and the Clinton Foundation proves it, actual evidence shows just the opposite.

As Bill Clinton wrote earlier this week, the purpose of the Foundation is “creating opportunities and solving problems faster, better, at lower cost so that more people are empowered to build better futures for themselves, their families and their communities.” As might be expected from a self-described “policy wonk” who seems to like complexity, the Clinton Foundation is a sprawling body, made up of 11 different non-profit groups, each of which works in one of four major issue areas:

  • Global health and wellness – Those who are calling for donations to the Clinton Foundation to dry up or worse, for the Foundation to close altogether, should realize that more than 11 million people, including nearly 1 million children, depend on the Clinton Foundation for health care. That includes people with HIV/AIDS, who couldn’t afford their medications without their help.
  • Climate change – Those who are calling for Clinton Foundation to scale back are going to end up kneecapping The Clinton Climate Initiative, which fights climate change on a global scale by tailoring scalable projects to local communities and conditions, which is how you best develop innovative real-world models that work to reduce or eliminate emissions in various parts of the world, in which conditions are different. They also engage individuals and communities in other ways designed to mitigate the effects of climate change by showing local communities how to implement tree-based land use and by selling them carbon credits to increase incomes in poor areas. They encourage farmers to adopt recognized responsible land management strategies that both reduce soil erosion and increase soil fertility.
  • Economic development – As with climate change, the Clinton Foundation works to develop programs that deal with underserved populations in local communities around the world, providing investment opportunities and wealth building opportunities in areas that have traditionally been neglected. Their programs have helped millions so far work their way out of poverty and helped bring their communities back from despair. If you are going to demand that the Clintons scale back, you are effectively limiting the ability of millions of poor people to lift themselves out of poverty.
  • Improving opportunities for girls and women – If you claim to admire Malala Yousafzai (and everyone should – I know I do), then you should know that your demands that the Clinton Foundation scale back to satisfy your sense of “right and wrong,” you should know that millions of girls and women worldwide will be affected. They have developed programs all over the world that empower girls and women by expanding their access to education and training, and by supporting women entrepreneurship.

If you want to know more about this kind of thing, go to their website. As I said, this is easily the most transparent charitable group of all foundations run by former presidents. In fact, their decision to disclose the names of all contributors is even more transparent than the Carter Center, which has been the standard for ex-presidential foundations for a long time. The Carter Center lists all donors, except for small donors. The Clinton Foundation lists everyone.(Source)

Then we read a ridiculous article like the one from the AP yesterday, in which they claim that;

At least 85 of 154 people from private interests who met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton while she led the State Department donated to her family charity or pledged commitments to its international programs, according to a review of State Department calendars released so far to The Associated Press. Combined, the 85 donors contributed as much as $156 million. At least 40 donated more than $100,000 each, and 20 gave more than $1 million.

There is just one thing missing from this story; evidence that Hillary did something wrong. Even in the article, they dismiss most of the visits are no more than coincidence and there is no evidence of quid pro quo. If you read nonsense like that and you are quick to judge that something untoward happened, then you are falling for the media’s bait. That’s what they’re hoping for. The first thing you need to ask yourself is, over the course of four years, is 85 visitors a significant number? The second thing is, what were the meetings about? But the third and most important question has to be, is there evidence of any sort of quid pro quo? I met with someone yesterday who is helping to build an organization to find a cure for breast cancer; if they are successful, does that mean I found a cure for breast cancer? I don’t plan on taking credit, but should I?

If someone can find that the Clintons are personally benefiting from donations to the Clinton Foundation, there may be a story here, but until then, there is no story. Even if you accept the weak premise that Hillary Clinton violated the letter of her agreement to not meet with donors to the Clinton Foundation to discuss issues having to do with the Foundation, what was the effect? That more kids received AIDS medications? That more mosquito nets were provided to people in Africa? That more women received an education and were able to pull themselves out of poverty?

Seriously, I’m asking; even if she may have violated the spirit of the agreement on some level, why not look at the effect? If the Clintons are not benefitting personally from their foundation, then where’s the harm? Why is a donation by, say, Saudi Arabia, to an organization that combats discrimination against girls and women, such an evil thing? I once won a bet with a hardcore anti-Semite bigot and made a donation to a major Jewish charity. I never thought of that as “corrupt” before. I suppose I should have?

That the Clinton Foundation will no longer accept foreign contributions if and when Hillary is elected president sounds like it’s a good thing. It sounds as if they are doing the right thing and avoiding the appearance of a “conflict of interest,” but really, is it? Have we become so absurd as a people that we can look at donations to a completely transparent organization that does nothing but good for as many people as somehow corrupt, sans any kind of evidence of wrongdoing?


Swiftboating Hillary. — 8 Comments

  1. LOL….This is the internet. No matter what you hear or read and no matter the subject you can will find opposing views, people writing and defending beliefs, ideas and opinions, many and most of which seem to be backed up by facts and this piece of crap here is a perfect example of that. Kinda like bible worshippers. No matter what you have to say or share they can pull something out of their storybook and form and shape it into an answer or a fact or truth that will surely show you the Way or give you the lowdown on the subject matter. Many intelligent human beings know what a worthless pile of dung Hilary and her Husband are and yet there are many intelligent human beings who feel differently and take up arms with such worms! Did you know that Higher Sources do in fact communicate with humans here and now in our day and time? Of course they do. Why wouldn’t they? And guess what? They sing the praises of Obama and have nothing good to say about Hilary. Many people these days are awake or waking up and we know that it matters not who is in Office because this world and especially this country is run by and ruled by a Secret Government and Gang of bankers, wealthy families and corporations, the very same who took JFK out when he was about to rid us of the FED. And your beloved Hilary is no doubt a member in good standing of such forces and powers who really call all the shots in our USA. I cannot prove any of this of course and have formed my opinion, but I no that there is nobody commenting here as well as this author who can prove she is not part of such sickening power brokers. The ignorance right here in the comment section is beyond embarassing. I should send Mr. Putin here to read this mess! My God would he get a kick out of this! He is portrayed in the Western media as a sick, evil, dark and sinister Man who is an enemy and yet He is just the opposite and is part of the Team who is and will be bringing down the Crew that secretly run things here and in many other areas of this planet.

  2. Milt, my only objection is your use of the term, “swiftboating.” Two points: this attack on Secretary Clinton is not military-related, nor is it coming from within her own nonprofit milieu. Other than that, thanks for sharing.

  3. I hope citizens are more intelligent than this. Their are just die hard Republicans who will vote for Trump, even get excited, if you hey get a solicitation for $. It’s sickening really. This man’s rhetoric, bombast make him wholly unqualified to be President. Get out, vote no matter what polls say. Trump will be bad for majority. Economy always does better under Democrats. Vote down ballot (D) too. These Republicans have too much lower in Congress, are abusing it. They are far too ideological to get anything down. They also waste millions in taxpayer money on frivolous investigations, lawsuits. This behavior is unmifigayed in my lifetime. It is sickening. Please everyone get out the vote, get out, vote. We need to show Republicans that I hey can just run roughshod over anyone, or any institution. They have seriously over reached on the third check, balance of our government known as the judicial, or judiciary. This kind of abuse of power cannot stand. Vote Democrat all the way so we can get on with being one nation not a divided one.

  4. This is the first time a former president’s foundation has come into question. Why? Because this is the first time a former president’s family member is running for president. We can’t count the Adams presidents. lol

  5. Title wholly inaccurate.

    How about, a fast,accurate edit of, “Not swiftboating Hillary”

    The racist Republicans aren’t just eating Hillary’s dust.
    They’re choking on it.

    The beauty of that is, Hillary’s covered all definitions of “choke.”

    Yep. It turns out Trump is a choker. A choke artist.
    After all his bluster, Trump is a choker.


  6. Milt, I sure wish this information were being widely disseminated in the “regular” media, including ones like CNN and MSNBC. I’ll do my wee part by sharing on my FB page, but that seems paltry. I guess we each do what we can. Thanks for all you do; it’s brilliant.