The Clinton Legacy

US President Bill Clinton (L)and his wife Hillary listen to speakers at a coalition for America's Children event at the White House in Washington, on March 3, 1997. The Clintons will begin a series of television, radio and newspaper public service annoucements, urging Americans to help improve the lives of children. AFP PHOTO JOYCE NALTCHAYAN (Photo credit should read JOYCE NALTCHAYAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Bill Clinton (L)and his wife Hillary listen to speakers at a coalition for America’s Children event at the White House in Washington, on March 3, 1997. The Clintons will begin a series of television, radio and newspaper public service annoucements, urging Americans to help improve the lives of children. AFP PHOTO JOYCE NALTCHAYAN (Photo credit should read JOYCE NALTCHAYAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Although it seems incredible, I suppose it was inevitable: 16 years of the Clintons is now almost a certainty. Years that I fear should just about do away with the good old U.S. of A. Now, we all know how the first eight years of Clinton rule lowered the bar to an all-time level. The sleaze, the lies, the sale of the Lincoln bedroom to anyone rich enough to pay for it, the close friendship with a convicted pedophile billionaire like Jeffrey Epstein—you name it, the Clintons did it. I’ll touch upon that later, but what struck me the most about Bill Clinton’s two terms was his inability to act in a world that saw Uncle Sam become the only super power. When he did act, it was more of a photo opportunity and it always reeked of political opportunism.

He was a weak president, more of a hustler than a head of state, and Uncle Sam–haters around the world figured him out. Alas, he snowed the American people, but they did vote his party out of control of Congress for at least eight years. The Clintons bent over backwards to look natural though they were anything but. They were contrived, artificial, and highly scripted, poll-driven professional politicians with abysmally low personal character. An Air Force colonel, a woman, who now flies a friend’s personal jet, told me couple of years ago that one reason she quit the force was Hillary’s crankiness and demands on Air Force One.

The blatant selling of pardons for crooks and drug dealers in return for contributions to a slush fund for their library should have been enough to disqualify Hillary from ever holding public office. Yet here she is about to hold the top spot in the land, and the media are singing hosannas in her wake. But, like her husband, Hillary is totally unfit to be president. Her pathological selfishness, her cynicism, above all her relentless corruption, should have disqualified her long ago. But it has not.

William Safire called her a congenital liar, and in her e-mails that have recently surfaced, she almost admits that speaking with a forked tongue is not alien to her nature. One of the few times I have laughed out loud after something she said was when she accused Trump of somehow not playing fair because he accepted ten million dollars to start his business from his father. (Actually, I took that personally.) Would it have been better to extort millions from Saudi, Qatari, and Kuwaiti oil gangsters, or Wall Street types in return for political favors and access?

The reasons that depress me so of the Clinton hierarchy are not political. What depresses me is their greed and sense of entitlement, and the fact that, because of that greed, a foreign power like China was allowed unprecedented access and influence obtaining for itself technology and WTO membership. Their lack of a moral compass has influenced the country. By duping the people time and again, the Clintons have made lying acceptable. Their disregard of our most basic tenets—that no one is above the law—set an example that allowed the corporate excesses of the 1990s to flourish out of control. America is a different country because of them: a more cynical, crude nation, a place where the people support someone they neither like nor trust.

This is why I’m so sad about the Clinton age. They have degraded our political life, they have debased the truth, and have made the word “respect” redundant. When the people sense their leaders are lying to them, something within the soul of the nation dies. They become no different than those poor souls that slaved under the communist system for 70-odd years, cynical and unbelieving. Rulers, especially American rulers, owe the people the truth. That’s what makes America different from the rest of the world. The Clintons have managed to obscure the truth, turn it into a PR exercise, make it look as if it’s a worthy end. That is the saddest part of all.

Hillary’s experience has been her number one selling point. But her years of experience have all been one bad decision after another. They are all too well-known for me to repeat them. Her character has been one of constant deception and self dealing. Her cultural integrity is one of attacking the cultural structure that is the foundation and backbone of the U.S. and the western world. Her goal, like Obama’s, is to destroy western hegemony, although she would never admit it, but it serves her purpose. To be elected and re-elected.

Poor Uncle Sam. It almost makes me want to go back to a moribund Europe.

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