I’ve noticed that political conversations among friends are fraught with heavy emotion and a lot of misunderstanding these days. In particular, I cannot say anything negative about Hillary Clinton or admit that I can’t bear to take my Bernie sign down, without someone tremulously accusing me of facilitating a Trump presidency.
So, to paraphrase Richard Nixon (who is looking much better in retrospect) let me make two things perfectly clear: 1) I think Trump is a terrifying megalomaniac and if I have to vote for Clinton to keep him out of the White House I will do so; and 2) I don’t hate Clinton, I dislike her. I don’t dislike her because she is a woman. Please. I would love to see a woman president, but not this particular woman. I dislike her as a person and a politician.
She is ruthless in her pursuit of power. She is cynical and manipulative, and will say and do almost anything to be elected. She and Bill have accumulated tremendous wealth through shady means. She seems allergic to transparency. She does not communicate freely with the press (she hasn’t held a press conference in over a year) and interacts with the public only in carefully controlled situations. She is arrogant and reluctant to apologize. She is firmly in bed with the oligarchic, technological power structure. Her “incremental changes” are a euphemism for minor policy changes that never get to the root of a problem, and, because they leave the whole problematic power structure intact, often lead to unintended and adverse consequences.
Health care is a prime example. Because my husband is a small business owner, and I am a self-employed writer, we have no alternative but an “individual” plan. Under “Obamacare” our family has had to change our health insurance three times. Twice health exchanges have folded, leaving us scrambling to find new coverage. Each health plan has its own labyrinthine rules and different lists of providers, so we are always changing doctors and never have the chance to build a relationship with any one doctor. Currently we have a family deductible of over $13,000, which doesn’t even cover dental care, vision care, chiropracty, acupuncture, or even my son’s generic acne medicine. Essentially we pay out of pocket for all remotely routine medical care, and have catastrophic insurance, comparable to home or auto insurance. Except, unlike those insurances which cost a couple thousand per year, we pay a whopping $1551 a month! This is obscene. Health care needs to be separated from employment and it needs to be provided by a government single payer just like most other developed countries in the world. But Hillary Clinton gets way too much money from big pharma and the health insurance racket to ever make this kind of significant change.
But I digress. What I am finding super disturbing is the way Democrats are allowing their fear of Trump to blind themselves to some very dirty dealings on the Democratic side. The DNC clearly supported Clinton over Sanders in the primary election, manipulating the media, manipulating election rules where possible, directing money that was supposed to go to all the Democratic candidates solely to Clinton. This is a major violation of the democratic process highly illegal!!! Bernie Sanders looked like he could win California, drawing huge crowds, drawing even in the polls. But then something weird happened–the votes took over a month to count, and the final count was never publicized. This is also illegal and unprecedented but has gotten hardly any play in the press. The California delegation was super-angry at the convention….with reason…not that viewers saw this on TV or read it in mainstream papers. The Clinton campaign treated the Sanders delegates with tremendous contempt during the convention–see multiple videos and posts of delegates being denied credentials, not being allowed to participate in roll call, having their signs forcibly taken away –creating a picture of “unity” that was scarily totalitarian–all the while patting themselves on the back at what a wonderful, loving, diverse group they were.
Most creepy are a couple of unexplained deaths related to the DNC. The Sanders campaign filed a suit against the DNC for all the funny business referenced above. The lawyer who presented the suit in Southern Florida, home of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, was videotaped, and the videotape went viral. Two weeks later he was found dead of unknown causes in his apartment. There could be a reasonable explanation–a drug overdose, a heart attack–but none has surfaced. More than two weeks later, authorities are still refusing to release the autopsy reports. In another case, Seth Rich, a DNC staffer, was mysteriously murdered in July in DC, a crime that involved no robbery and is still unsolved. One might note that Schultz is in a major battle for her congressional seat against a Bernie Sanders supported challenger, Paul Canova. Schultz is supported by a myriad of vested interests in Florida, most notably Big Sugar, the TPP, and even frackers. (can you imagine fracking in an ecosystem as fragile as Florida wetlands?) People have killed for less. After Wasserman Schultz stepped down from the DNC, Clinton made her honorary chair of her Presidential campaign!!!
And try this one on for size. Ivanka Trump and is married to an orthodox Jewish hedge fund manager (Jared Kushner). Hillary and Bill Clinton attended their wedding. Chelsea Clinton is also married to an orthodox Jewish hedge fund manager (Mark Mezvinsky). Both are NYC one percenter moms, moving in the same social circles, and close friends. While Jared Kushner has never been accused of any wrongdoing, his father Charlie Kushner, served two years in prison for all kinds of white collar crime. Charlie Kushner and his wife were the BIGGEST donors to Clinton’s 2000 Senate campaign and regular donors to the Clinton Foundation. Maybe these two one percenters, Clinton and Trump, differ more in style than in substance.
Talk like this in a genial gathering of urban liberals and people look at you like a mad conspiracy theorist. Trouble is, some conspiracies are real, and we owe it to ourselves to keep our eyes, and ears, and minds open. The following are two very well written and information laden articles I strongly recommend: