Do we honestly want the next person to occupy the Oval Office to be a pathological liar?
If the nation elects Hillary Clinton to the White House next year, that’s what we’ll get for the following four years — call her the Perjuror in Chief.
She has no more business running for president than that hotheaded, fast-mouthed opportunist on the Republican side of the fence. His name? The guy with the worst comb-over in history: Donald Trump.
As political commentator Brit Hume pointed out last week …
— Hillary once said that as a novice investor in Arkansas, she netted a 10,000 percent killing by trading in cattle futures — a feat akin, no less, to driving from California to Hawaii. It never happened.
— Hillary said she came under sniper fire in 1996 as her plane landed in Bosnia. She was first lady at the time. The Bosnian war, which ended in late 1995, was characterized by bitter fighting, indiscriminate shelling of cities and towns, ethnic cleansing and systematic rape. After the news media aired a video of Hillary’s plane landing, where she was subsequently greeted by a small girl on the tarmac in a totally peaceful atmosphere. Hillary then recanted her claim, saying: “So I made a mistake. That happens. It proves I’m human, which, you know, for some people, is a revelation.” Indeed! Score one for Hill on self-awareness.
— Hillary said daughter Chelsea was jogging near the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001 when it was attacked from the air. Not true. Chelsea was at home in her Union Square apartment, watching TV as the planes hit. Union Square is two miles north of where the World Trade Center once stood.
— Hillary said she was named for Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to climb Mount Everest, the world’s tallest mountain. Sir Edmund succeeded in his quest in May 1953. Hillary was born more than five years earlier — in October 1947 — in politically turbulent Chicago, of all places.
— An then, there was e-mailgate, the scandal that followed her out the door as she resigned from her job as U.S. secretary of state. Feathers are still flying in that congressional inquiry.
After that came all the tap-dancing about journalist Sid Blumenthal, a former aide to her husband, President Bill Clinton. Blumenthal was just an “old friend,” she said. In fact, he was providing advice on everything from soup to nuts, even though Hillary’s boss, President Barack Obama, had banished Blumenthal from all contact with those in his administration.
Even the late New York Times political columnist William Safire dubbed Hillary as a “congenital liar.” In a 1996 column, Safire wrote: “Drip by drip, like Whitewater torture, the case is being made that she (Hillary Clinton) is compelled to mislead, and to ensnare her subordinates and friends in a web of deceit.”
“Congenital” means “present from birth.” What Safire was saying is that Hillary has lied and misled others all of her life.
Safire detailed the muck and mire of Travelgate, which occurred while Hillary was the nation’s first lady. She induced a White House lawyer to tell investigators that she (Hillary) did not order the firing of White House travel aides, who subsequently were harassed by the FBI and the Justice Department to justify patronage replacement by the first lady’s cronies. But in a memo that eventually surfaced after being long concealed from investigators, the lawyer stated there would be “hell to pay” if the furious Hillary Clinton’s desires were scorned.
Safire noted cynically that once again, Hillary Clinton “lied with good reason.” That is, she sought to avoid being identified as a vindictive political power player who used the FBI to ruin the lives of people standing in the way of juicy patronage.
If Hillary carries the Democratic banner into the 2016 presidential election, it will prove one thing: Running for president has become nothing short of a beauty pageant. What matters is that you win. It matters not whether you are capable to carry out the responsibilities of the office and to represent the good citizens of the USA. It’s all about notching the win. And as the electorate continues to dumb down and rely on sound bites, or on how they “feel” emotionally about a candidate, the nation as a whole will be the loser.
Is Hillary Clinton the kind of individual we want to lead the most powerful nation on the planet? Is that the kind of leader we can trust to be responsible for the future of this nation? Is Hillary the type of chief executive we want standing in front of the lectern, manipulating answers to legitimate, hardball questions posed by reporters, the representatives of we the people, as the world watches?
I believe you know the common answer to these questions.
It should be a resounding “no.”