Watching Hillary Clinton being taken seriously for any position of responsibility is like watching people pretend that Lena Dunham looks hot in lingerie. Well, it would be like that, if anyone actually did pretend that Ms. Dunham is attractive, when they see this Instagram photo that she posted to celebrate Memorial Day. If you decide to click on that link, you have been warned. (It’s a tossup which Memorial Day commemoration is more inappropriate, hers or the Democrat party’s photo of B. Hussein stuffing his cakehole with ice cream.)
Hillary Clinton’s serial lying, her absolute lack of integrity, her inability to give a moderately interesting speech, and her repeatedly demonstrated incompetence are incontrovertible, and should absolutely disqualify her from serious consideration as a presidential candidate by serious people. There are far too many examples of each to list here, or anywhere other than the biggest encyclopedia in the history of the universe. Bear with me as I list a few examples, knowing that, given the overwhelming number of her débâcles, scandals and gaffes with her name on them, I might not mention your favorite.
Her tenure as Secretary of State is notable for its many failures. From the infamous Russian “reset” button, to the murder of four Americans, including the first American ambassador to be killed on duty since 1979, on September 11, 2012 in Benghazi, she has been a disaster. Arguably, the rise of ISIS, which Democrats continue to try to pin on George W. Bush, can be attributed to her failure to negotiate a Status of Forces agreement with Iraq, giving Obama the excuse to pull out all of our troops. She claims that she opposed that pullout, and yet she was Secretary of State when it happened. Was she so ineffectual that she couldn’t prevent something that she now says was a mistake? No doubt she is pathetically incompetent. The Benghazi disaster is more than ample evidence of that fact. Here’s more, the report from the State Department’s Inspector General last Fall. From the Washington Examiner :
The State Department’s Office of Inspector General has released another “management alert” detailing rampant mismanagement within the agency, much of it during Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s tenure.
The inspector general’s latest “management alert” — the third released by the agency’s internal watchdog in a little over a year — warns that the State Department’s management and oversight of grants has become a serious financial liability.
“The management and oversight of grants poses heightened financial risk to the Department of State,” Inspector General Steve A. Linick said in a report dated Sept. 26 but released Sept. 30.
Linick became the agency’s inspector general in September 2013, ending a vacancy that had lasted nearly six years.
After Linick assumed the role, he almost immediately issued two “management alerts.” The latest alert in September marks the third of its kind in the IG’s history. Each alert issued by Linick has related to issues that festered and went unaddressed during Hillary Clinton’s tenure.
The State Department’s grant program spends more than $1 billion annually, and this amount will likely continue to spiral
out of control due to the fact that the program has terrible management, the IG reported.
Or, perhaps its not incompetence. Could it be that she is lying about her position on Iraq?
If past experience is any guide, the answer to that last question is “yes.” It seems that Hillary likes to lie. What other explanation for her claim, manifestly ridiculous and easily demonstrated as such, that she was named after Mount Everest conqueror Sir Edmund Hillary, who was not famous when she was born? Could the same delight in lying could explain her many shifting stories about her private email servers, or does she fear that at some point she might be asked about the fact that she instructed State Department employees not to use personal email for security reasons, all the while she was doing just that. Does she wonder if she could be prosecuted for violating the Federal Records Act?
I haven’t even touched on the growing scandal involving the Clinton Foundation. Just yesterday, another drip in this bucket. From the International Business Times story, “Clinton Foundation Donors Got Weapons Deals From Hillary Clinton’s State Department“:
Under Clinton’s leadership, the State Department approved $165 billion worth of commercial arms sales to 20 nations whose governments have given money to the Clinton Foundation, according to an IBTimes analysis of State Department and foundation data. That figure — derived from the three full fiscal years of Clinton’s term as Secretary of State (from October 2010 to September 2012) — represented nearly double the value of American arms sales made to the those countries and approved by the State Department during the same period of President George W. Bush’s second term.
So, how can anyone take this woman seriously? She should be in an orange jumpsuit, not a pastel pantsuit! Yet, people continue to consider her nomination as the Democrats’ standard bearer in 2016 as a done deal. And lest you think it’s only mentally-challenged airheads who are “ready for Hillary,” consider this slobbering Valentine from a well-known, Stanford MBA and CEO, writing in Time Magazine‘s 100 Most Influential People last month:
She is one of America’s greatest modern creations. Her decades in our public life must not blind us to the fact that she represents new realities and possibilities. Indeed, those same decades have conferred upon her what newness usually lacks: judgment, and even wisdom.
Women who advocate for other women are often pigeonholed and pushed to the margins. That hasn’t happened to Hillary, because when she’s standing up for the rights of women and girls, she is speaking not only of gender but also of justice and liberty.
As Hillary has always made clear, these values are universal, and fulfilling them is a practical and moral pursuit. She is a realist with a conscience and an idealist who is comfortable with the exercise of power.
This helps explain why she has been so effective, even in this golden age of polarization. Hillary knows how to draw opponents out of their fighting corners and forge solutions on common ground. She practices the politics of reconciliation and reason. Which, not coincidentally, is also the politics of progress.
It matters, of course, that Hillary is a woman. But what matters more is what kind of woman she is.
That’s for sure. Given the kind of woman she is, how can anyone want her to be president?
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