Megyn Kelly: “If it is fair to question Mrs. Clinton for failures leading up to September 11, 2012, why is Governor Bush arguing it is not fair to question his brother for failures leading up to September 11, 2001? Is it a double standard?”
Jeb Bush: “Not at all because if someone had evidence that there was a pending attack, there was — a lot of investigations after 9/11, if there was evidence that there was an attack that was pending and no one acted, of course there would have been criticism, but that’s not the case.” Addicting Info
Except for this August 6th, 2001 memo that read, “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.”
In 1998 Hillary Clinton appeared on the Today Show and said that a vast right-wing conspiracy was out to get her husband. The Washington Post
I recall that most people I knew thought she was speaking the truth but it wasn’t ‘politically correct’ to say it in the media.
No one in the media questioned the “politically correct” talking points and word list produced by Newt Gingrich that tarred as a socialist enemy of the ‘heartland” any democrat who suggested that there was something immoral about unregulated capitalism and the endless tax cuts that left our streets foul with the feces and unwashed bodies of our disabled and elderly citizens.
Wealthy American liberals have mixed feelings about their liberalism and their relationship to those conservative economic policies that advance their economic interests.
They like to pretend that they can’t change things, especially those economic policies that work to their benefit.
Bill Clinton was a threat to elites on both sides of the aisle.
When Toni Morrison wrote in a 1998 piece for the New Yorker that Clinton was our “first Black
President” I think she was thinking about class.
“After all, Clinton displays almost every trope of blackness: single-parent household, born poor, working-class, saxophone-playing, McDonald’s-and-junk-food-loving boy from Arkansas. And when virtually all the African-American Clinton appointees began, one by one, to disappear, when the President’s body, his privacy, his unpoliced sexuality became the focus of the persecution, when he was metaphorically seized and body-searched, who could gainsay these black men who knew whereof they spoke? The message was clear: “No matter how smart you are, how hard you work, how much coin you earn for us, we will put you in your place or put you out of the place you have somehow, albeit with our permission, achieved. You will be fired from your job, sent away in disgrace, and—who knows?—maybe sentenced and jailed to boot. In short, unless you do as we say (i.e., assimilate at once), your expletives belong to us.” Toni Morrison
Morrison may have thought she was paying Clinton a compliment, but a white man who ‘displays every trope of blackness’ in the Deep South is called “White Trash.”
The term White Trash describes poor whites who suffer “every” disadvantage of being black without being black.
White poverty is a moral failing in the South since black poverty is ascribed to their lack of virtue and to their inferiority as a race.
Illiterate poverty and sexual promiscuity is their ‘natural’ condition.
The term, white trash is first used by house slaves in the 1830’s to describe poor whites who also worked as domestics or otherwise did the work of slaves.
The condition of this class of whites is described by Ulysses S. Grant in his memoirs:
“There was no time during the rebellion when I did not think, and often say, that the South was more to be benefited by its defeat than the North. The latter had the people, the institutions, and the territory to make a great and prosperous nation. The former was burdened with an institution abhorrent to all civilized people not brought up under it, and one which degraded labor, kept it in ignorance, and enervated the governing class. With the outside world at war with this institution, they could not have extended their territory. The labor of the country was not skilled, nor allowed to become so. The whites could not toil without becoming degraded, and those who did were denominated “poor white trash.” from the Personal Memoir of Ulysses S. Grant, 1885, Chapter 41
A guy with a brilliant mind that uses all available resources to inform itself and thus rise from poverty is especially threatening to those who want evidence that intellectual and economic achievement is a function of genetic and moral superiority. A birthright.
I can personally vouch for the mixed feelings wealthy liberals have about smart white trash.
When my first monologue was produced in the late 1980’s the lefties of San Francisco’s performance scene wanted to know why I had made a white character speak like a black, the implication was that somehow my character’s life was not worthy of the attention of artists and intellectuals.
There was a Vast Right Wing Conspiracy that was out to get Clinton; and there was a conflicted Democratic party that gave little resistance to a string of expensive non-stop investigations that began in 1993 and didn’t end until Clinton left office.
Independent probes of Clinton Administration cost nearly $80 million
Even as Clinton was transitioning out of office he was accused of behaving like “White Trash.”
“According to NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, the White House was “downplaying” the vandalism but unnamed “sources” were reporting “phone lines cut, drawers filled with glue, door locks jimmied so that arriving Bush staff got locked inside their new offices. Obscene messages left behind on copying machine paper.” Another unnamed source “with close ties to the Bush White House,” told CNN’s Kelly Wallace that there was “trash everywhere.” Slate
Our corporate media is playing the chaos of the so-called conservative movement in the United States as series of strategic failures and not the disarray of a radical movement that had every intention of covertly dismantling the Government of the United States America and replacing it with the property based oligarchy envisioned by the founders of the Confederate States of America.
We suffer the consequences of a remarkable political shift that has dominated the politics of the United States since 1980.
Voters responded to the calculated racist appeals of the Republican Party by voting away their stake in the economic life of their country.
After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the defeat of the Soviet Union the racist rhetoric, name calling and scapegoating was stepped up to include Democrats and liberals.
Political opposition was demonized as friends of the “poor” and “other parasites” who were ‘takers’ and not fit to survive in a just world that rewards the virtuous with money and power.
These radicals lost their cover when they took on Obama.
Maybe there is a God that watches over us and gives us second chances.
I watched Hillary square off with the so-called Benghazi committee and realized that she was what I wanted in a President.
She looked strong and determined and spoke like a President.
I want a President who calls things as she sees them; who will look a liar in eyes and call him a liar.
I want a President who understands that ruthless enemies must be dealt with ruthlessly.
I want a president who is strong enough to do the job of being President in spite of an opposition party that will do and say anything to bring her down.
I want a President who will look this Vast and Well Funded Right Wing Conspiracy in the eye, call it by name and then hand it its ass on a platter.
“As Clinton pointed out in her opening statement, there have been numerous instances in recent years in which terrorists broke through our defenses and murdered Americans. Investigations always followed but never the kind of disrespectful treatment against a secretary of state as the nation saw this week. And never the impugning of the integrity of distinguished public servants like Ambassador Tom Pickering and Adm. Michael Mullen as we witnessed.” David Gergen
How fitting that this Vast Right Wing Conspiracy is finally exposed for all to see by its bullying and specious investigation into Hillary Clinton; the woman who first called it by name in 1998.
(c) Rob Goldstein 2015