City of Roses
|Tom, I'm certainly no fan of Dick Cheney either at all, and I ALSO don't want Hillary Clinton elected, as her history of political calculation and corruption reveals a candidate who I believe is too closely tied to Washington and is opportunistic.
She has failed to explain a plan to sell taxpayer-financed trade missions in exchange for campaign contributions to the Clinton-Gore 1996 re-election campaign (which Nolanda Hill, partner and confidante of the late Clinton Commerce Secretary Ron Brown, said under sworn testimony that Hillary Clinton was the brains behind the effort)
She has failed to explain how she failed to report more than $2 million in contributions to her Senate 2000 campaign in New York, which testimony from the criminal investigation and trial of her National Finance Director, David Rosen, found she did indeed know the figures and never reported them.
She has failed to explain the mysterious vanishing act of her Whitewater billing records from the office of Vince Foster, the former Rose Law Firm partner and Clinton White House counsel who is said to have committed suicide in 1993......and how they magically came back in the White House with her very fingerprints on them.
She has failed to explain some records from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange that cite a $1,000 investment in cattle futures in 1978 turning into more than $100,000 in the span of ten months, and how she ever received a sky-high return to begin with.
She has failed to explain how her brothers Anthony and Hugh brokered huge cash deals for the purpose of collecting presidential pardons from her husband on behalf of convicted criminals, or if she herself had anything to do with the last 140 pardons her husband offered during the end of his second term.
She has failed to explain Craig Livingstone, Yucalpa, the abrupt firing of seven longtime employees in the White House Travel office which Independent Counsel Robert Ray said she played a central role in, John Huang and the Lippo Group among other potential scandals that wouldn't fit on a laundry list.
But beyond that, almost everything Clinton does politically strikes me as disingenuous and calculated. Is it merely coincidence that she has gotten increasingly anti-war as the disapproval ratings continue to rise, evolving especially after her party's victories in last November's elections?
There was a cartoon I actually saw in the newspaper early this year that epitomizes exactly how she welds with the issues; featuring an anti-war parade moving up the boulevard, and Hillary is hiding there on the street corner, shown half-hidden, asking her campaign advisor if she should march out there to the front of the parade and lead it or not.
That's how Clinton generally behaves on the breadth of issues. She's dishonest and doesn't strike me as really standing for anything. Come to think of it, she hasn't even said WHY she's running for the White House to begin with. I know Edwards is running on the platform of "two Americas", Dodd on restoring the Constitution, and Gravel on God knows what, LOL, but Hillary has yet to answer even that simple question really.
Being unyielding and so stubborn your boots are literally bolted to the ground, as our current president is like, is one major problem as it just shows one is unable to compromise or listen to others beyond his inner-circle, but being entirely calculating all the time is equally as problematic, and Clinton represents that other polarity.
But finally, there's something about her personality on the trail that is also so artificial. Take her "cackling" a notable bit more than usual, for instance. Obviously there's a genuine way of taking the suggestions of others to heart, one popular one of which has been that Hillary appears too cold and aloof publically and needs to lighten up. But yet, when she has suddenly been not only cackling more often, but during awkward and serious moments both in debates and television interviews, there's something irritable about that.
Or you may also recall that peculiar moment in March of this year, when Hillary Clinton (along with Barack Obama) attended services at the First Baptist Church in Selma, Alabama, and exercised a lame attempt at a Southern accent when she spoke, even quoting from an old Gospel Hymn titled "I Don't Feel Noways Tired", saying: “Aww don’t feel noways tired. I’ve come too faarrr from where I started frum…Aww culd have listened all day luung."
So, you see, there is an opportunistic pattern here; a pattern where Hillary is desperately trying to soften what is generally perceived as her shrill image. I don't think many are buying into it as the attempt at a Southern accent especially just appeared completely forced and phony, but that's her strategy currently: trying to redefine herself completely and demonstrate she has a sense of humor like everyone else, she understands middle America just as well as the next American, etc.
It's for THOSE reasons in particular I simply cannot vote for Hillary Clinton, period.
What can I say, some people will simply do anything to get elected. Fred Thompson may try to make himself grow even taller to try and pick up votes too as far as I'm concerned.
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"