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Symbolism over substance, again.

June 9, 2016

OK, so we now have the first woman to head a major party ticket in the U.S.

Now that we have that milestone out of our system, what exactly are we getting?

Being first doesn’t always mean being the best.

At best, we are getting a candidate who is shopworn. One who has exceeded her “best if used by” date by a couple of decades.

At worst we are getting another anti-American apologist who has steadfastly defended the systematic destruction of the U.S. as a constitutional democracy.

Leave us not forget that Mrs. Clinton campaigned this time on the inherent evil of our even having national borders.

The common wisdom is that Mrs. Clinton had to move way left to defeat Bernie Sanders.

Perhaps she had to expose more of her own left-wing inclinations that she wanted to, but she actually didn’t have to move at all.  She was already there.

Watching a Clinton campaign is reminiscent of the glory days of Boss Tweed, the 19th century New York Democrat  whose mastery of corruption was so complete that he is even today, the standard by which all corrupt politicians are judged.

In a New York Times book review of BOSS TWEED The Rise and Fall of the Corrupt Pol Who Conceived the Soul of Modern New York,  reviewer Peter Hamill quotes author and Tweed biographer Kenneth D. Ackerman as follows:

“It’s hard not to admire the skill behind Tweed’s system, though,” Ackerman writes. “The Tweed ring at its height was an engineering marvel, strong and solid, strategically deployed to control key power points: the courts, the legislature, the treasury and the ballot box.”

So it was with the Clintons, particularly Bill,  at the height of their political influence.

The wonderful thing about Hillary is that she has no compunctions at all about using the system to its fullest.

Although she is quoted as calling for abolishing the Electoral College and going directly to a popular vote to elect presidents in 2000, she won this time on another political gimmick,  the strength of her superdelegate advantage.

While Donald Trump gives voters, the party faithful  and world leaders alike heartburn, Mrs. Clinton promises only an escalation of the “fundamental changing of America” begun by her predecessor.

Electing the first president who finally destroys  America, regardless of gender, is hardly a milestone to be coveted.

No matter how much you may dislike, nay, even despise Donald Trump, the alternative is far worse.

From → op-ed

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