Former Secretary of State, Senator, First Lady, and American heroine, Hillary R. Clinton will release a collection of essays on September 12, and I am on tenterhooks! Some of the contents have already been made public, but only snippets. We know, for example, that Sec. Clinton regrets not having confronted Trump at those infamous debates/town hall meetings where he would brazenly introduce the American public to the kind of inpudant behaviour we’ve all come to expect from him. We even know that her Methodist pastor may have borrowed a bit too much from a prayer commentary that he sent to her the day after her defeat and which is included in the book. From all accounts of those who have been advanced copies, we will get to see a Clinton with her guard down — an unpolished Clinton, which is something we haven’t seen for a very long time indeed. As excited as I am to read, “What Happened” (Simon & Schuster), I have some ideas of my own about what happened, namely among those, that Clinton was sabotaged on all sides by men, some of whom she considered allies. Here’s my take:
While I realize the gigantic step forward that Barack Obama was for the United States, I also believe that he was a nearly complete failure as president. Now, I am a diehard Democrat, but from his poor attendance record in the senate, to his incomplete sentence of a 2008 campaign slogan (Yes We Can…what?) and then 2012’s not-even-trying– Forward, he never inspired anything in me other than eye rolling. Unlike so many who were enamored with his charisma and message of hope (remember when he won the Nobel Peace Prize for simply not being George W. Bush!?!), I was suspicious from the beginning, not of his intentions necessarily, but about his legacy. I could never figure out what exactly his long-term plan was for our party, and clearly, there wasn’t one. In the end, his legacy will be a personal one, having left the party to pretty much fend for itself. And, considering his lackluster efforts to support Clinton on the campaign trail (continually upstaged by one of the classiest and most clever First Ladies in history, Michelle), I was shocked to learn that when it became clear she had lost the archaic and tumorous electoral college vote, she apologized to Obama for what she felt was her failure to ensure his political legacy. If anybody doomed the Obama legacy is was the man himself. He should have been calling her, apologizing to her, and lamenting the loss of his political progenitor at his own hands. Obama failed Clinton and he failed the party. He deserves to be forgotten.
The next misogynist madman who brought the blade down on Clinton’s political head — the ever demented Bernie Sanders. The only person I could ever imagine being a more embarrassing chief executive than that aged, bloated clown we’ve got now, is Grandpa Sanders. Honestly, in a campaign season riddled with exceptionally horrid events, I consider it a win for the entire human race that Sanders was at least able to keep his teeth from flying out as he harangued and babbled his way through the fantasy landscape inside his ancient and contradiction laden mind. What I find most objectionable about Sanders is that he returned to the senate after the campaign as an Independent…which is exactly what he was all along. Knowing that third-party candidates struggle to get votes within the confines of our thirsty-for-reform political apparatus, he quickly registered as a Democrat in order to attempt to usurp the party’s youth from a more seasoned and measured Clinton. He sought to snatch the nomination for a party that he had never worked a single day for, something he had never attempted against a Democrat male. This is no coincidence. As anyone with grandparents can attest, the old and infirm often hold antiquated and contemporarily offensive attitudes that, while not explicitly expressed, are obvious. Their advanced age and internalization of previous social norms which no longer exist, or at least shouldn’t exist any longer, is obvious. Bernie thought he could take what he had never worked for and that he could get away with it, not because he thought himself a true political maverick, but because his main opponent was female. Ask any woman if their hard-earned success has ever been usurped and attributed to a man before. Any woman. Go on, just ask — although, I know you already know the answer. Let Sanders go and give his best efforts to a Democratic Socialist Party which might offer the nation a third viable political alternative, or let him remain the Independent he is, but please keep him away from my party, he has caused enough damage.
Don’t think for a second that I’m going to forget that slug Paul Ryan! Remember when Republicans weren’t ideologues and it was still possible to actually debate with them without being called a communist!?! I mean before Reagan. I mean before they’d all read the disjointed, poorly structured, meandering, anti-intellectual, anti-literary verbal vomit of Ayn Rand. I know it hasn’t been Ryan alone that has dragged the itinerant tramp called the Republican Party full-fledged onto the wacky laissez-faire capitalist acid trip of Randian Objectivism, but he is certainly its most active proponent within the party and as 54th Speaker of the House of Representatives, its current poster boy. Without going into the epistemological failures of Rand’s philosophy (yet while giving her kudos for being an immigrant who became a best-selling author and creating a wave of influence that is still being felt today for better or worse…or just for worse, really), I’d like to point out that Paul Ryan has the charisma and staying-power to actually mold the Republican Party into something new and pertinent. I believe that a democracy functions best when various well-researched, well-formulated, political stances can peacefully coexist within the spirit of fair debate and willingness to learn from each other. My gripe with Ryan is mostly that it’s just a pity that he can’t come up with his own ideas for the advancement of his party and has instead decided to incorporate Rand’s “philosophy” into his political identity. According to him, he even gives Atlas Shrugged out as Christmas gifts and also makes all his interns read it. What an incredibly cheap and crap gift! Also, how do you make someone read something!?! Ryan needs to drop the psuedo-political trickery and implement some solid ideas so that his party may be able to come up with something better than an orange reality TV star next time. Ryan has helped to create a party that will do anything, just anything, to hold power and advance their ideology, even cripple a candidate that they know is more deserving, more qualified, and possibly the whole country in tow…I believe there is blood on his hands.
Finally, and I’m going to be brief here because I have so little to say regarding the 45th president, is Donald Trump. A former TV star, real estate mogul, rich kid, and comedy central roastee, has become the president — it’s official, hell has frozen over!?!? Having been a former Clinton contributor himself, it was strange to see him creeping behind the steely Secretary as she fielded debate questions, but given his desperate need for attention, and his undying ambition to be tackier, gaudier, ruder, louder and more bloated than anyone else in the room, in the country for that matter, it’s not at all surprising that he has gone on to fail in nearly every regard as chief executive. Donald Trump can’t even control Donald Trump. His unquenchable ambition allowed him to turn on his former ally and to humiliate her in what is perhaps the world’s most public arena. If he will do that to someone whom he formerly called a “friend” just imagine what he’ll do to the American people for whom he has never lifted a finger in his life.
So there you have it. There’s my two cents (minus the Russian collusion and so much more) as to why the United States passed up the most qualified and fit candidate for the presidency in history. It wasn’t about emails, it wasn’t about her health, it wasn’t about her personality, it was about her gender! What about 45s tweets? His age? His incorrigible attitude? His lack of respect? His admitting to sexual assault? None of this seemed to matter in his case. See, it’s still a man’s world. Clinton was derided not by the perfect storm of political mishaps, not by an unforgivable blunder, not even by a blemished record, she ultimately hit the wall, because the American people are still misogynists. Because she is always going to be a woman.
You got what you wanted, boys. The ultimate air-head frat boy now occupies the white house. It’s going to be a bumpy ride, but you’ve brought this on yourselves…No, rather on your wives and daughters…some things never change.