By: Pat Austin
SHREVEPORT – Trump or Hillary? The Republicans must be very careful how they play this. With news today that Clarence Thomas is pondering retirement, the fate of our nation could not be more in balance as we realize that the next president will have a major impact on the Supreme Court.
I was never a Trump supporter, never thought he was in it for the long haul, never thought anyone would take him seriously. Well, here we are.
So many people I’ve talked to say, “I just can’t vote for Trump. I’m staying home.” That is a vote for Hillary. I’ve also heard talk of a third-party run, a brokered convention, a total wrench in the process. That, too, is a vote for Hillary.
With some polls reporting a Clinton over Trump lead in the polls, I again state, the Republicans have to be very careful how they play this.
My husband and I had a conversation with a young couple recently who are in their twenties – to young to remember many of the Clinton scandals. “Well, she was a senator for New York, right? And married to a president, right? She’s got to be better than Trump!”
Oh, my, no.
We must educate the youth.
This article by Daniel Gallington at The Washington Times is a good place to start. He lists many, but not all, of her egregious faults and reasons why she should never be allowed to run for office, much less get elected to the highest office in the land; first a series of problems:
- The subject of a “vast right-wing conspiracy” that led to the impeachment and disbarment of her husband
- Took crockery, furniture, artwork and other items from the White House — had to return and/or pay for them.
- Said “what difference, at this point, does it make” about four brave people killed in Libya as a direct result of her failure to protect them on the anniversary of 9/11.
- Totally ignored the structure and rules for the handling of sensitive national security information.
- Amassed a personal fortune with “speaking fees” and payments from private sector political donors and foreign governments into transparent “foundations” in obvious exchange for future political favor.
And then Mr. Gallington expounds on them:
After she and Bill left the White House [along with the furniture, crockery and art work they took with them] she simply punched her ticket with two more political gigs that were handed to her. Neither of which identify her as anything but an opportunist, saying and doing whatever necessary to perpetuate her “new” political career, this while biding her time until she could run for president — twice.
Her time as a senator from New York was purely a block-checking exercise to stay “relevant.” Best illustrating this is the question: Why didn’t they go back to Arkansas? Easy, returning to Arkansas would have been the political — and financial — end for them and they knew it. It’s the same reason the Obamas are not returning to Chicago. And in this context, look for an “Obama Foundation” that rakes in money and a series of Hillary-style political appointments for Michelle — after all, she flunked the Bar Exam too.
More than anything else, Hillary’s campaign is counting on the “newer” American voters to simply not remember her and Bill’s checkered political and legal past. Accordingly, we can expect a Republican campaign replay of the 1990s: Bill’s Impeachment, the Star investigation, Bill’s disbarment for lying, her Rose Law Firm partner going to jail — and on and on and on — as supplemented by her latest scandals: Benghazi, “speaking” fees and classified emails.
Then educate those young whipper-snappers out there who need some assistance. Be sure to cover Benghazi and Whitewater in some detail.
Trump is no dream candidate, trust me, but he’s the only chance we’ve got right now to save this country.
Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.