The prospects for another Clinton presidency dim moment to moment. Hope hardly flickers.
Hillary has lost a 10 point lead in Pennsylvania according to recent polls. She is running neck and neck with Obama in that state. They say if she loses that primary, it’s over. (But, Bill said if she lost Texas, it was over. She did, and it ain’t over.)
No matter what, she vows to slug it out all the way to the convention.
Her lead in super delegates is being cut daily. Still, she insists on continuing, because she’s “no quitter.”
A growing number of Dem leaders endorse Obama and call for her to step down for the sake of the Party.
Always the Party Pooper, she doggedly perseveres, praying Obama will twist an ankle or gaffe out.
Polls show her negatives are increasing: people don’t trust her.
So, she clings to Rocky Balboa and calls on the President to boycott the Olympics. Desperation conjures up every flying monkey available.
As her numbers decline, the tall tales increase, and the attacks on Obama intensify.
Twelve years ago, she was dodging bullets in Bosnia, she says. Confronted by contradictory evidence, she claims she “misspoke.” Source.
It is revealed she told Bill Richardson Obama cannot possibly beat McCain. Next day, she seems to deny it with so many words no one is sure it’s a denial, and then the day after, she claims she “misheard” the reporter’s question. Source.
She recounts a story about a woman who died in Ohio because a hospital refused to provide care claiming the woman had no insurance. The hospital denies the story and provides proof it is a hoax, asking Hillary to stop telling the tall tale. The Clinton campaign releases a statement saying they “respect” the hospital officials’ version of events. Source.
It’s all so familiar. The double-talk. The manipulation. The lies, the misrepresentations, the controversy, the scandal.
“Shame on you Barack Obama!” Source.
She accuses him of plagiarism. Source.
Hillary accuses him of saying he was a professor when he wasn’t, and the law school contradicts her and backs him. Source.
She accuses Obama of taking money from oil companies, while she takes it from anyone, including convicted felons and foreign interests. Source.
She attempts to hang her opponent with a guilt by association reference citing the ongoing Rezko trial in Chicago. Source #1 and source #2.
It may be Obama will suffer for his Rezko association, but many Democrats wince seeing Hillary use dirty tricks against a fellow Democrat.
Seeking to profit from Obama’s pastor’s remarks, she proclaims she would not have attended a church like that. Rev. Wright “would not have been my pastor,” she says. Source.
No one should be surprised she lies, hits below the belt, refuses to quit, and cuts a few crocodile tears along the way.
The Clinton campaign is not about working Americans. It is not about the middle class. It is not about people without health insurance. Her campaign is not about ending the war or bailing out people facing foreclosure. It is not about what is good for the country, or the Democrat Party.
It’s about Hillary.
It has always been about Hillary.
She is addicted to the limelight, addicted to the acquisition of power, and the wielding of power.
From her earliest years it would appear her self-worth has continuously been measured by her performance. Without political success, she feels she has no self-worth. Politics is her religion, and her only salvation is through good works.
About 17 months back, Dick Morris said a Hillary presidency would be disastrous, not only because of her socialist policies, her hatred for all things military, and her lack of executive experience. Morris, who worked for the Clintons for years helping Bill get elected, also asserts Hillary is unstable emotionally.
Morris insists Hillary is actually two people. There is the public Hillary, caustic enough as it is, and there is the private Hillary, a woman given to ravings, not bashful about throwing things and breaking the furniture. Morris describes her as someone who “cares deeply about being loved,” she tends to read from a playbook rather than think creatively, and she demonstrates a “cultish adoration of guys with all the answers.”
If it is legitimate to draw conclusions about Obama given his association with Rev. Wright, it is likewise legitimate to inquire of Clinton’s motives and methods given her mentor, Saul Alinsky.
Alinsky was a Marxist, and brilliant tactician. His approach was essentially two-pronged: get power by any means, and wield it to crush those considered wealthy, privileged, powerful, war-mongering, oppressive, imperialistic, blah, blah.
His is a system drained of morality, an “ethic” of the jungle, where winning is everything and “one does not always enjoy the luxury of a decision that is consistent both with one’s individual conscience and the good of mankind.” (Yikes. In other words, Saul determines what is best for the rest of us, and if that somehow tweeked his conscience, the hell with his conscience! Hillary operates in a similar way it would appear.)
Alinsky wrote two books: Reveille for Radicals (1946) and Rules for Radicals (1971). He was the high prophet of the science of revolution. Among his rules: (Hillary has learned and applied them well):
- “My aim here is to suggest how to organize for power: how to get it and how to use it.”
- “Our rebels have contemptuously rejected the values and the way of life of the middle class. They have stigmatized it as materialistic, decadent, bourgeois, degenerate, imperialistic, war-mongering, brutalized and corrupt. They are right; but we must begin from where we are if we are to build power for change, and the power and the people are in the middle class majority.”
- “The third rule of the ethics of means and ends is that in war the end justifies almost any means.”
- Give a moral appearance (as opposed to behaving morally): “All effective action requires the passport of morality.”
- “Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules. You can kill them with this. They can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.”
- “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. Also, it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage.”
- “In a fight almost anything goes. It almost reaches the point where you stop to apologize if a chance blow lands above the belt.”
- “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”
- “The enemy properly goaded and guided in his reaction will be your major strength.”
With Hillary and others, we are dealing with seriously disturbed disciples of Alinsky, a man who once wrote:
“Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history, the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom – Lucifer.”
Saul passed the torch to Hillary in 1972. Since then she has clawed her way to her current position by any means available: riding Bill’s coat tails through serial infidelities, employing ridicule of the opposition, using polarization, goading and demonizing the opposition, organizing power grabs, appearing moral and middle class, aiming below the belt.
Anyone interested in the dark side of the woman can grab an arm load of books on the subject from any library. Her critics are many, her flaws grievous, her political philosophy bone chilling.
You may not embrace the idea of an Obama presidency, but at least we can thank him for sparing us another Clinton presidency.
The most damaging dimension of a Hillary presidency would be this: at a time when we need to come together like never before, Hillary will tear us apart.
It’s not about America.
It’s not about the poor.
It’s not about the common good, or the general welfare.
It’s all about Hillary.
And it appears she is her own worst enemy.