“You’re likable enough, Hillary.”
Why doesn’t America like Hillary? What is it about this very accomplished woman that inspires vitriolic responses when her name is mentioned? “I will NEVER vote for Hillary,” is stated by men and women alike. She’s inspired the “Bernie or Bust” movement I wrote about earlier. She’s the likely nominee, but so many despise her no one will show up to vote for her.
What has she done to you?
On paper Hillary is far and away the best candidate for president that we’ve had in years. No community organizer here. This woman has done it all. Spent eight years inside the White House working with her husband to push the country to the right. Carpet-bagger United States Senator from New York. Secretary of State. The list is huge actually. Wow! She’s extremely qualified.
Is it because she’s (horrors!) a woman? Have we not evolved enough in this country to accept a successful woman? I have a difficult time believing that myself. America has elected a black man, we can surely elect a woman.
Six in ten think she’s untrustworthy and corrupt. The battle cry at Trump rallies is “Hillary for prison 2016.” Cute. Hillary once complained about a “vast right-wing conspiracy” hounding her and her husband. She was wrong. There is no conspiracy, it’s a strategy. The many “scandals” of the Clinton administration were investigated by special prosecutor, Ken Starr. He went after every “gate” the Republicans could dream up.
Congress left Ken Starr in place for five years and spent $50 million taxpayer dollars to investigate anything that might appear. The New York Times and the rest of the media dutifully reported every new allegation against the Clintons on the front page, and dutifully placed the correction to the story on page 24 three days later when it was proven to be bullshit. Fact-checked journalism died in the interest of being first to print a salacious story. The media was a willing pawn in the trashing of Hillary and Bill. It didn’t care. All it needs is readers, or ratings, depending on which type of media whores we’re talking about.
Finally they caught Bill Clinton getting a little extra pizza sauce on an intern’s dress. That was it. The Clintons were exonerated of every accusation in 1998. Nothing to see here except the impeachable offense of consensual sex between two adults, which was another ratings circus for the media. More entertainment for the masses.
The same strategy is being employed with the Benghazi hearings. No matter how many different ways Hillary can be declared innocent, the Republicans keep calling her in to testify again. Then come the emails. Look under enough rocks and you can find something on everyone. Except maybe Bernie Sanders. He’s squeaky clean.
The point is, Hillary is considered untrustworthy only because of this strategy to keep her associated with scandals that don’t have a basis in reality. After a while the continued hounding make people think that there must be something to it all. It’s a dirty trick that worked. The media has perpetuated the myth that Hillary is untrustworthy.
Truthfully, Hillary Clinton has led an exemplary life of public service.
I know. No matter how innocent she is, you still don’t like her. She does have an irritating habit of shifting her positions with the political wind. But politicians have been flip-flopping for years. Why would we start to care now?
Could it be that we’ve been marketed to so heavily in this Internet age that we see through the bullshit immediately and discard it. American have a built-in bullshit detector that cuts through the crap and gets to the truth. It works well for a huge percentage of America, though a percentage have faulty detectors presumably made in China by a Trump company. Still, even they are tired of bullshit and are rebelling against it.
Think about it for a minute. I’ll wait.
What makes a video go viral? It’s usually some scene that was taken by accident when an unscripted incident occurs. Or it is an incredibly well-done commentary or skit that strikes us as genuine or, and I’m being serious here, the truth. Yes folks, we are after the truth.
Americans are exposed to so much bullshit that we hate it. This is the world the corporations have built and we are the people rebelling against it. Just as the Republican Party inadvertently made Trump the Frankenstein’s monster that it can’t control, the advertising executives made the American public into truth seekers. Heck, that makes us monsters to these bullshit artists. It’s the law of unintended consequences at work.
This is why Americans like Trump and Sanders. People believe them to be straight-shooters. Trump has no filter. He will tell you exactly as he sees it. If he had an inkling of a policy besides the force of his will to get things done, I might even consider voting for him. Still, I love it when he tells it like it is in the world according to Trump. In the end though, he is a bullshit artist, and a very convincing one at that. Sanders, on the other hand, is the real deal. Sanders is quite likely the first honest politician in the history of the world.
It’s not that Americans don’t like Hillary personally it’s that we don’t like the bullshit she represents. Americans want the genuine article, not a made by polling knock-off. Her speeches to the Wall Street banks and contributions from the largest corporations label her as a bought and paid for. We’ve finally figured out that political donations are actually legalized bribery.
The Washington pundits and talking heads on television have been left behind this election. None have a clue. Conventional wisdom is no longer wise. Every day the media is becoming more frustrated with the unwashed masses support for The Donald. It is, however, their own doing. They can’t even fathom The Donald as president. This election isn’t going according to the script. Talking heads are starting to explode. Every fed up pundit should take a long look in the mirror.
But wait! There’s more!
It will be interesting to see what kind of monster was created with the Second Amendment bullshit we’ve been fed. We’ve been so afraid of losing our guns, what happens if America starts using its guns? All those guns out there and the law of unintended consequences let loose on a fearful society. What happens when the voter’s preferred candidates are cast aside for the establishment-preferred candidates? The rousing cry heard round the world of, “BULLSHIT!” No one knows what kind of monster this can become.
I would advise the two parties and the media to tread carefully. The Second Amendment monster you short-sighted propagandists helped create might be way worse than President Trump. Bernie’s political revolution might rescind the political part if you ignore the armed society you’ve created.
Think about that if you intend to use your super-delegates to steal the Democratic nomination or enter into a brokered convention to destroy Trump.
Think about it real hard. I’ll wait.