During her two campaigns for the presidency, 2008 and 2016, Hillary Clinton has ‘”changed her “positions” to “blend in with the voters” just as a chameleon changes its color to blend in with its surroundings. Hillary has used “smear” tactics on Obama in 2008 and Bernie Sanders in the current campaign. Hillary and her supporters have made many false and misleading statements about Obama in 2008 and about Sanders in the current campaign. Obama and Sanders chose to run on the issues and have never “attacked” Hillary as she has them. This is one of the big differences between the candidates. The following are the facts I have gathered about Hillary Clinton, “the politician” since the beginning of her political career.
Hillary was active in the Republican Party as a young woman. She campaigned for the Republican candidate, Barry Goldwater in 1964. Barry Goldwater was against the “Civil Rights” act.
She became a Democrat in 1968. She married Bill Clinton in 1975. He had a “rising” political career and became president in 1992. Hillary was not just the wife of a politician, she was “his “partner” in all aspects of his political career, including the presidency.
During Bill Clinton’s presidency, Hillary agreed with him on bills signed and actions taken. It was at this time they began to develop ties and “do favors” for Wall Street and the “Democratic establishment”, expecting “favors” from them in return. Since Hillary uses the Bill Clinton presidency as part of her campaign (“fully truthful” or not), it is only fair that other accounts of his presidency be stated as well.
During the first term of Clinton’s presidency Clinton passed the “Don’t ask Don’t Tell” policy and the ratification of NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement). Hillary headed a task force on a health care reform act to provide universal health coverage. The bill failed and because of the controversy surrounding it, Republicans took control of both houses of congress in 1994. I believe this is probably why Hillary is so against Bernie’s health care plan. She equates it with her own failure. She is still living in the ‘90’s.
After this, Bill Clinton veered to the right in his policies. Rather than becoming an “FDR” president for the people, he adopted the “Republican point of view.” Clinton passed trade deals to benefit the corporations that shipped U.S. jobs overseas. Clinton also cut investment taxes for the rich. Clinton signed a measure that decimated the federal welfare program. Clinton signed a crime bill that led to a never before major increase in federal and state prison population. Hillary’s campaign has accepted contributions from two major prison lobbyists.
What the Clintons did for Wall Street is common knowledge but not talked about much “outside the beltway”. Bill Clinton brought members of Wall Street into his administration and signed the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act. A law which had kept Wall Street and the big banks in check for years. Not one of these men have ever admitted any responsibility for their part that led to the 2008 global financial crisis. This set a precedent for the “Democratic Establishment” that allowed not only the Clintons, but every member of a Democratic administration, every Democratic member of the U.S. congress and down the line to continue the economic destructive policies and make millions while doing it. Since Bill Clinton’s presidency, Bill and Hillary have become wealthy working with Wall Street and big banks. They have never considered prosecution of any these financial criminals! Now, thanks to Bernie Sanders the “cat is out of the bag”. As a political maneuver Hillary is now going along with Bernie saying “we have to do something about this”. Her feeble attempt at telling the voters what she tried to do about this when she was a U.S. Senator amounted to “I told them to stop it.”
Hillary said she would consult with Bill on foreign policy issues. Bill Clinton’s foreign policy regarding the American military mission in Somalia failed as well as his failure to do anything in the face of genocide in Rwanda. Bill Clinton did nothing about the USS Cole attack that killed seventeen and wounded 39 sailors. Bill Clinton had U.S. soldiers forcibly remove a child, Elian Gonzales, from his family in the U.S. to send back to his father in Cuba.
Bill Clinton’s policies have yet to be judged fully by historians. However, because of Hillary’s candidacy, it has opened the Clintons “Pandora’s box” to the American people. The true nature of the Clinton presidency is becoming clearer than ever before. The ‘Democratic Establishment” is still beholden to the Clintons as shown by their organizations and it’s minions choosing Hillary to be the Democrat candidate for president. The Clintons have “courted” the MSM as well and they too, are part of the Hillary campaign. Not only that. Many members of the Democratic establishment have publically attacked Bernie Sanders credibility as well as using “smear tactics” against him. Bill Clinton called Sanders a “sexist”, dishonest and a hypocrite in one of his campaign speeches! Their daughter, Chelsea Clinton lied about what Sanders health care bill would do to the ACA. It’s “all in the family”!
The “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” continues. Hillary and Obama were the presidential contenders in 2008. Obama became president and appointed Hillary as secretary of state in 2009. Bill Clinton gave a speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention supporting President Obama and Vice President Biden. In November, 2013, President Obama gave Bill Clinton a special award, the “Presidential Medal of Freedom. This is the highest honor given to civilians. Although Obama hasn’t said “I endorse Hillary Clinton”, he has made enough “transparent” comments recently that certainly “imply” as much.
Even without Bill & Chelsea Clinton, Hillary’s campaign is full of lies, misinformation and bad judgement. According to Hillary, her “foreign affair” experience qualifies her for the office of president. Yes, she traveled a lot and met leaders of foreign countries. However, she accomplished nothing to make America safer from terrorists. She did not negotiate any “peace agreement between any two warring countries. She did not change any of the human rights conditions in any of these countries. She left the post on February 1, 2013.
Hillary’s “judgement calls” on other serious foreign policy issues are no better than the one she made when she voted for the invasion of Iraq. She continues along the same line as Republicans when it comes to getting the U.S. involved in war in the Middle East and putting U.S. military troops in these countries. Her policy is get rid of the dictators and promote democracy in these countries. She agrees with her advisor, Henry Kissinger, a questionable former secretary of state. She advised President Obama to get involved in Libya. She also advised Obama to get involved in Syria. One of Hillary’s “I did this” statements, according to Jeffrey Sachs at Columbia University, “was a total misrepresentation of what she actually did. Hillary said that “at the core of the Security Council’s resolution is an agreement I negotiated in June of 2012 in Geneva, which set forth a cease-fire and moving toward a political resolution…..”. In fact, Jeffrey Sachs wrote “Clinton’s role in Syria has been to help instigate and prolong the Syrian blood bath, not bring it to a close.” Sachs continues “In 2012, Clinton was the obstacle, not the solution, to a ceasefire being negotiated by UN Special Envoy Kofi Annan. It was U.S. intransigence – Clinton’s intransigence – that led to the failure of Annan’s peace efforts in the spring of 2012. Despite Clinton’s insinuation in the Milwaukee debate, there was no 2012 ceasefire, only escalating carnage. Clinton bears heavy responsibility for that carnage, which has by now displaced more than 10 million Syrians and left more than 250,000 dead.”.
There are other “foreign policy” misrepresentations of what she actually did, Hillary claimed she was the one who started the Iran nuclear agreement, even though she was against it until congress was for it. Hillary’s “I did this” must be scrutinized vigorously! A former Obama top military intelligence official, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, former Defense Intelligence Agency head said “Clinton should withdraw from the race”.
So far in this campaign, Hillary has given many misrepresentations of what she has done, what Bill Clinton has done as president and why she is qualified to be president of the U.S. Her campaign tactics are the same as they were in 2008. Only, rather than Obama, they are now being directed at Bernie. In fact, one of her “tactics” is to build a wedge between Bernie and Obama. She “gushes” her admiration for Obama and talks about the things he has done for this country. Even those she disagreed with him on. Gone are the days of “smearing Obama”. She is “using” Obama to get the African American vote. If any African American wants the truth about the Clinton’s treatment of African Americans all they need to do is read the articles published by a respected African American woman, Michelle Alexander. She tells the “truth”.
Hillary said she agrees with Bernie about getting money out of politics. However, the DNC chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a relentless supporter of Hillary, has recently ended Obama’s ban on federal contractors donating to the party. Bernie’s funding comes from the millions of American citizens who support him.
Hillary has the entire political, Wall Street, corporate world and media establishments behind her. Bernie has the millions of American citizens who support him. Hillary’s economists say “No, you can’t” and Bernie’s economists say “Yes, you can”!