I’ll proof read this later. I’ve got grandsons to play with.
True to form my Buddy sent me an email making sure to dis Hillary Clinton from conservative blogger Jonah Goldberg:
When given a choice between two crap sandwiches on different kinds of bread, my response is “I’ll skip lunch”—and then I’ll tell you why.
I will read it when I get a minute but I’ve been meaning to write a post on why I look forward to voting for the much maligned Hillary Clinton and not simply cast a vote against the puerile phenomenon Donald Trump. Sorry about using such a big word.
BTW. My Buddy has said of my dissing Trump that I am simply “barking at the moon.” I gather that this means my blog will have no affect on the outcome of the election. I never imagined that it would. There will be 100 million voters this year. My blog has perhaps 10,000 visitors over course of the year. But I’m a public official who wants my public to know what I think even beyond the ken of my school board work so, yeak. I’ll bark at the moon because it beats stewing privately about issues I have little or no control over.
The new conventional wisdom seems to be that we have two crumby candidates. One is awful the other unhinged, and dangerous. To me Hillary isn’t awful. In many ways she is unappealing but in many more she is, unlike Trump, admirable.
For a wonderful side by side video comparison I would highly recommend the always stellar PBS Frontline program that aired last week……
I’ll link to that program later on when I finish this. My cat just barfed and I have to hurry off to church in a couple minutes to catch choir practice. Here’s the link.
I’ve been seeing a surge in analysis (that’s the plural) from rational sources that are perplexed by how unflattering she has been portrayed for the better part of a year. Its worth remembering that as recently as her stint as a Secretary of State her positives were above 50% and that before that when she served in the Senate she was regarded as a work horse. This is particularly noteworthy because that body had recently tried her husband for obstruction of justice and fell 16 votes short of the necessary two-thirds majority to remove him.
I too am resistant to family succession and had little but contempt for the Democratic Party’s longing for a Teddy Kennedy Presidency especially after Chappaquiddick. Like Clinton, I’ll give Teddy credit for becoming an important Senator after his humiliation and all too light punishment for his cowardice. But HC was a victim far more than a villain. It’s true that she radiated disdain for the young intern who imagined she could replace Hillary in the marital bed…….but that’s not leaving her to drown in a submerged car and in many ways her vitriol demonstrates how seriously she was about their marriage.
I’ll never fully understand any other couple’s marriage but its clear to me that the Clinton’s are truly wedded to each other even as Bill has violated his vows like a great many before him. Certainly Hillary, despite sticking with a man like Bill vastly outshines the comic book female once proposed to be a heartbeat away from the Presidency back in 2008.
And that brings me to what finally prompted this defense of Hillary – Saturday Night Live.
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As of 4PM Sunday (when I finally got back to finished this post) this YouTube has had nearly seven million views. Claudia and I thought it was very funny. In fact, we ended up watching SNL for over an hour as a result and many of the skits were very funny. But one message ran through all of them following this intro. Both Trump and Clinton were portrayed as equally unappetizing. Sorry, there is no equity here. I’ve seen some hysteric lists on Face book by Hillary haters of long lists of her crimes. I lived through all of the headlines and to me these lists are a joke.
Hillary’s crime is ambition and to a lesser extent her dogged work to make herself worthy of being elected President.
I don’t know if Donald Trump really punched his second grade music teacher but he claimed he did in Art of the Deal. But as a young man he invested so stupidly and recklessly that the banks who lent him money faced a massive loss if they let him go under. They decided his manic self promotion of the name Trump was better than taking a complete loss and thus was born Trump’s novel use of the family name rented out to other’s for their use and his own self promotion. His success was an accident from which only he emerged unscathed. His further success in the Presidential run really is a rebuke to the Republican Party which was more intent on denying Obama a chance to improve the American Economy with some desperately needed and work generating infrastructure repair. Which tried to kill the safety of his Affordable Care Act and which gave its blue collar constituents red meat like the second amendment, abortion prohibition, black voter suppression and protection of the super aristocrats from having to pay estate taxes on their fortunes while nickel and diming the poor by promoting payday and title loansharking.
Folks, its Hillary Clinton’s Democrats who have fought, for the down and outs not today’s Republicans. The old time Republican moderates, like me, were called RINO’s and drummed out of the party in primary elections by the 800 pound demagogue, Rush Limbaugh, and his coterie of 400 pound imitators. Compromise is a dirty world. What were our founding Fathers thinking?
Perhaps the sorriest tale in the Frontline piece was Trumps complete buy in of his Father’s extreme notion of winners and losers and his own complicity in driving his less competitive older brother to drink and an early death. Even the Trump family is not immune from having losers within its rank. I can’t help but recall the German leader who felt that it was his own nation’s people who were to blame when the Allied Powers came crashing through their borders to put an end to the Second World War. You can be sure if Donald Trump is a great disaster it will be America’s fault, not his.
I have voted for Independent candidates in the past as a protest against the major parties. I voted for John Anderson over either Mondale or Reagan in 1980. Even so it never seriously occurred to me that either Mondale or Reagan was in any way a threat to the nation and I returned to the GOP fold the following year after Reagan had proved his mettle. I am not sure who I voted for in 2000’s Gore-Bush race but, although I strongly disagreed with the Supreme Court’s heavy thumb on Florida’s election results, I never thought either man was anything like the threat that Donald Trump currently strikes me as being. Hell, I didn’t vote for Jesse Ventura for Minnesota Governor but I sort of got a kick out of him and hell, it was an experiment that affected only one of 50 states. To this day I don’t find the former WWF “heel” a fraction as offensive as Trump.
Shake those shoulders, Hillary. Please don’t let America elect the crap sandwich who hasn’t paid taxes for most of his life.