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Hillary Clinton vs Donald Trump

I read the most absurd opinion piece yesterday, written by Peggy Drexler and published by CNN (of course), entitled “The Surprising Secret to Bill and Hillary Clinton’s Marriage“. It was quite possibly one of the most ridiculous things I have ever read, and that is truly saying something. The point and purpose of the article was to outline how the Clinton’s marriage is the ideal modern role model for marriage, and how people can look at how they have walked through many challenges and difficult times and yet stayed together as proof that if she can keep her marriage together, then should she win the presidency the country is in capable hands.

I was literally dumbfounded as I read this. When Hillary Clinton announced she was running for president in the 2016 election cycle, the strength and example of her marriage was not something that I, nor any sane person in America, would ever have assumed would have been one of her selling points. Americans know that Bill Clinton is a chronic womanizer and has had numerous affairs on his wife. They know that women have accused him of sexual assault and even rape. And many assume that the only reason Hillary stayed with him was for her own political gain (Drexler calls people who have made that assumption “cynical”. The word “realistic” also works.) In fact, it was kind of taken as a give-in that anyone supporting Hillary for president would just kind of overlook her marriage, or not focus on it, or state that it is not a deal-breaker in their support for her. All of those are actually fine arguments to make. No one in their right mind would have thought that you would have people actually coming out with articles talking about what a wonderful marriage they have, built on love and mutual respect. For most Americans, a spouse who has committed infidelities throughout a couple’s marriage is not exemplary of what marriage should be. Having a husband who has been accused by multiple women of sexual assault is not just the normal everyday challenges that most couples face. She uses the term “modern” marriage, as if that makes it any more acceptable. No, Ms. Drexler, this is not and should not be exemplary of any marriage in America, now or ever.

However, this article just further proves something that I have been saying about our society for a long time: Americans have a bad habit of forming our opinions of situations based on the people involved, and not on the actions or facts. We have a bad habit of defending the indefensible when the person committing the act is an ally, and condemning the actions when the person committing them is an adversary. The fact that so many women in America who claim to be feminists, claim to fight against “rape culture“, claim to be for women’s rights, can support and be excited about Hillary being the first woman president, and also have a positive view of Bill Clinton, is a shining example of this problem.

For the last 8 years, this has been my biggest problem with Obama’s supporters. No matter what he said, what he did, what situations in our nation or in our world came to, his proponents defended him, with only a few exceptions. His supporters have defended his unconstitutional executive orders, even though the courts have struck them down. They have defended his politicizing of our country’s tragedies, while simultaneously condemning conservatives who speak about political issues too close to a tragedy. They have defended his foreign policy, even through the rise and spread of ISIS, and the disasters that are Iraq, Iran, Libya, and Syria. They defended him when it took 5 entire days to order the flags in the country down to half staff after the military murders in Chattanooga, but was able to light up the white house in rainbow colors the night of the Supreme Court Gay Marriage ruling. There are even people who are still defending his “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor” promise that was a complete and utter lie.

In the 2016 election cycle, this mentality has now spilled over to both sides of the aisle. This weekend Hillary Clinton was on Chris Wallace’s Sunday show and flat out said, and I quote, “Director Comey said my answers were truthful” when referring to what she told the American people about sending classified information over her unsecured email server. No, no he didn’t. In fact, he blatantly said just the opposite. But as I sit and listen to her flat out lie, once again, directly to the American people, I ask myself, “how can she get away with it?”.

The answer is this: Tomorrow, when some of the media are critical of her on her lies, she will have her people go out and spin it, and her ardent followers will believe the spin and continue to defend and justify what she said. The TRUTH is that she told a flat out lie. James Comey said the direct opposite of what she claimed. But it doesn’t matter. Her people will defend all her lies, while calling out any time Trump lies, because she is their candidate and he is not.

The strongest Trump supporters do the exact same thing. In the Michelle Fields incident, when Fields accused then-Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski of grabbing her roughly by the arm and pulling her away from Trump, Trump’s campaign came out and said the incident never happened, that Fields was lying and that Lewandowski never touched her. Then a video emerged showing Lewandowski grabbing Michelle Fields by the arm and pulling her away from Trump. The Trump supporters proceeded to say that Fields exaggerated the incident, that he didn’t grab her that hard and that it was hardly a situation worth filing a police report over. Ok, maybe… but that doesn’t take away from the fact that the Trump campaign flat out LIED about the incident to begin with. If you would have told most of Trump’s supporters two years ago that there was a candidate running for president in 2016 that said that George W. Bush lied to get us into Iraq, those people would have assumed it was the Democratic candidate saying that, and probably would have ridiculed that person for “blaming Bush for everything”. If you would have told most of Donald Trump’s supporters two years ago that someone running for president would have said that John McCain was not a war hero because he was captured, those people would have been infuriated. But throughout the primary, when Trump said one ridiculous thing after another, his supporters not only stuck with him, but actually defended the ridiculous things he was saying.

So many Americans are unhappy with our two choices of candidates in this election, but the truth is that it is our fault that we have come down to these two people. Americans need to stop making excuses for terrible behavior just because the person committing the act is someone we like, while simultaneously condemning the person we don’t like for their bad actions. We need to make judgments and stand up for a set standard of morals, values, and principles, and call out everyone equally for doing things that are offensive to those standards. I can respect someone who says honestly that Trump’s actions in the Michelle Fields case were out of line, that acknowledge that his campaign clearly lied, but who says that based on Trump’s policy positions, and their fear of a Hillary Clinton presidency, they will choose to support him anyway and not make that a deal breaker. I can respect someone who acknowledges Hillary Clinton is a liar and is corrupt but says they will vote for her anyway because her policies are more closely aligned with theirs. I may disagree, but I can respect that. After all, realistically, one of these two is going to be president, so our options are extremely limited. What I cannot respect, what I cannot understand, are how so many Americans can defend the bad actions of these two candidates because they are choosing to support them. No candidate is perfect, and you are not going to agree with everything a candidate says or approve of everything a candidate does. This is true. However, it seems that in today’s society, we are moving further and further away from acknowledging and calling out the candidates, even our own, for bad behavior, and moving to a point where we are defending ridiculous and sometimes even criminal behavior, just for the sake of politics.

The fact that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the two candidates we ended up with in this election cycle is a direct result of this behavior on the part of the American people. We pick a side, and defend that side at all costs, including the cost of our own values, principles, and integrity. As long as Americans engage in this practice, as long as we allow double standards to take place, as long as we have political pundits putting out spin for their candidates that Americans blindly repeat, we will continue to have terrible politicians representing us.

Hillary Clinton

I am a woman who doesn’t care that Hillary Clinton is the first woman to secure the nomination of a major political party in America, or that she could be the first woman President of the United States. Over the last week we have heard a lot about this historical moment, and there are a lot of people saying that even if you don’t like her politics, you should acknowledge the historical aspect of this moment and be proud of it if you are a woman. There are many women who say that even if they don’t like her, this is an inspiring moment. To me, this is such backwards thinking disguised as progressivism.

First of all, I don’t buy into identity politics. The idea that an aspect of a person that they have absolutely no control over, such as their gender or race, is a reason to support someone for President of the United States is as absurd as saying that you would NOT support someone because of their gender or race. In America, it is not acceptable by the general population to demean someone because of their gender or race, so why on earth should we celebrate someone because of it? Hillary Clinton did not choose to be a female, she was born that way. The fact that she is a female adds nothing to her qualifications (or in this case, lack thereof) to be the leader of the free world. What does Hillary’s being a female do to help me, as an American citizen, live in a better America? Does her gender help our wages to go up? Does her gender help to combat ISIS? Does her gender help to stop mass shootings? Does her gender alone help to improve anything in our country or lives? Living in America in 2016, in a country that is a melting pot for different races, genders, cultures, religions, etc., you would think that the focus when choosing someone for a job, including that of President, would be solely based on qualifications and not based on gender or race. You would think that after all of the feminists fought so hard for companies and businesses to not look at a person’s gender in determining if they are qualified for the job, they would want to do the same in this situation. You would think that we’d have gotten to a point where we recognize that just because someone is female, or black, or Asian, or tall, or short, or brown-eyed, or blue-eyed, doesn’t mean they are more or less qualified for a position. You would think we would focus on achievements and competence.

Some may say that her gender gives her a female perspective so she is more likely to focus on issues that matter to women. Except that when you look at her as a person, and her history and what she has actually DONE, it’s clear that she does not fight for women. Someone who fights for women doesn’t go after her husband’s sexual assault victims to discredit them. Someone who fights for women doesn’t accept money from foreign countries that treat women as second class citizens. Even her views of abortion are only in line with 14% of the population, as most women in America do not believe that abortion in the third trimester should be legal. So not only does her gender alone not necessarily make her an advocate for women, but we have selected a woman whose ACTIONS have been against the interests and well being of women. Have the lives of blacks in America improved because of the first black president? Not according to statistics, and the fact that 65% of people in America believe that race relations in our country are currently problematic.

Second of all, I do not need Hillary Clinton to become the first female president in order for me to be able to tell my daughters that they can do anything that they strive for, including being President of the United States. I could tell my daughters that anyway. The idea that women are somehow still held back in America until a woman becomes president, and the idea that somehow a woman becoming president breaks down all sorts of other barriers, is just untrue. There is no reason why one of my girls cannot become President of the United States, or the CEO of a corporation, or cannot start her own successful business, whether or not Hillary wins. It’s not like if Hillary loses the election, I will have to sit down and tell my daughters, “well, I guess you can’t achieve your dreams”. In fact, I think it is dangerous for parents to over-emphasize the significance in Hillary’s gender role in all of this. By doing so, you are telling them that they SHOULD focus on gender when making judgements about others. You are telling them that unless Hillary Clinton, or some other famous woman, accomplishes her goals, then my girls can’t accomplish their goals. If Hillary loses the election, I would still tell my daughters they could be President if they strived for it. If Hillary loses the election, I will still tell my daughters that as long as they work hard and have integrity, they will be able to accomplish their dreams.

Third of all, I do not want my daughters looking up to Hillary Clinton because she stands for everything that I stand against. I do not want my daughters to think that it is ok to lie and put others down in order to get ahead. I don’t want my daughters to stay with a man who is a womanizer just because they will get farther in their professional life if they stay with him. I do not want my daughters to think that there is a different set of rules for the political class to play by than there is for the rest of us. I don’t want my daughters to think that it is ok to be corrupt and disregard laws and rules as long as you have already reached a certain level of money and power. I do not want my daughters to think it is ok to sacrifice their principles for money and power. I do not want my daughters to look at the first woman president and say, “wow, she was so corrupt and unscrupulous, but everyone celebrated her anyway because she was a woman”. My daughters, and my son, will be taught to live their lives with integrity and good character, to put their values above their wallets or ambitions. Therefore, I do not want Hillary Clinton as a role model for my kids. And the idea that just because she is a woman, she represents me or anything that I believe in, is the epitome of sexism.

As a mere historical fact, should Hillary win the election, it will be noted that Hillary Clinton was the first woman President of the United States. Other than that, there is nothing in particular that should be celebrated about a woman becoming President. It does not mean that she will be a good President, and it does not mean she will be a bad President. Her gender, in fact and in practice, actually means nothing at all. It is all just a blind, backwards way of thinking designed to get people excited about an otherwise un-exciting candidate.

Bernie Sanders Supporters at the DNC 2016

The Democratic Party is working diligently during this convention to portray themselves as the party of unity, both as a party that IS united, and a party that believes in uniting the country. The theme for the first night of the convention was “United Together”. But as the last 7 1/2 years have proven time and time again, what the Democrats say is vastly different from reality.

The big news over this last weekend of course was the WikiLeaks scandal surrounding the leaked DNC emails, which make a clear case that the DNC favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders in the primary, something that most Bernie supporters were suspicious of already. This has caused a major rift in the party, and has also caused Debbie Wasserman-Shultz to step down as the committee Chairwoman. It also became very clear today that there is no unity in the Democratic party, no matter what they want to portray to the masses. There were protests outside the convention hall tonight in which Bernie supporters took on their own chant of “lock her up”, much to the entertainment of many of us on the right. There were also times early in the day where the crowd boo-ed every time Hillary’s name was mentioned… not exactly what they wanted for the first day of the convention where she is to formally receive the party’s nomination. Bernie Sanders himself was boo-ed today during a speech before the convention when he said that people needed to vote for Clinton/Kaine. Democratic voters are angry, and rightly so. These are people who put in time and effort and money to a campaign that never had a chance of winning, because this was not really a primary but a coronation of Hillary Clinton from the beginning. Last week the Democrats were enjoying themselves ridiculing the Republicans for being so divided, and the truth is, the Republican Party IS divided. There are many in the Republican Party who cannot stand Donald Trump, and are only planning on voting for him to stop Hillary. There are also some who plan to not vote at all. But the Democratic Party is also divided. They are divided between people who actually believe in Hillary Clinton, and those who ardently wanted Bernie Sanders and cannot stand Hillary, just as much as certain Republicans cannot stand Donald Trump. The Democrats are, in fact a party divided as well.

But they are not only a party divided. They are a divisive party. Listening to the speeches tonight of Michelle Obama, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders, you would think this was a uniting party. You would think this was a party that wanted to include everyone, who wanted to work across the aisle with those they disagree with, who believe that this country is a wonderful place. It was kind of like President Obama’s speech after the Baton Rouge Police killings; that speech taken in a vacuum sounded great. But when put together with the president’s actions over the course of his presidency, you realized that the words did not match the actions. This is the same with the Democratic Party.

The reason our nation feels so divided today is not because of Donald Trump, who has only had a major national role for the last year or so. It is not because of the Republicans stopping everything Obama has wanted to do, as the Republicans have really not stopped very much on his agenda. It is because the Democratic Party has systematically been working to divide our country along every possible line there is.

The 2012 election was focused on the “war on women”. The Democratic Party created the fictitious war on women to distract from the failed policies of Obama’s first term. The narrative was that women are treated as second class citizens in America because we are forced to pay a co-pay for our birth control. Somehow, “binders full of women” became the most offensive thing that liberal women had ever heard. And as one acquaintance of mine wrote on her Facebook page the night Obama won re-election, “this is a great day for anyone with a uterus”. The democrats created a gender war in America.

Then, there is the class warfare. The rich not paying their “fair share”. The rich need to pay more so that we can give that money to the lower and middle classes in the forms of free healthcare, free college tuition, government cell phones, increase in food stamps and welfare recipients, cash for clunkers, etc. We now have an entire generation of college aged people who believe that they should get everything in life for free, paid for by the wealthy in this country. We have a generation who believes that socialism is a good thing. Class Warfare.

Then there are the racial divides. Americans feel that racial tensions in our country are the worst they have been for decades. And the Democrats have pushed that narrative hard. Every time a situation arises with a police officer and a black suspect, Barrack Obama decides to make a national address of it. We are told over and over that there is systematic racism in the police departments in America, including at memorials for slain police officers. It doesn’t matter that facts and evidence have often proven the president wrong, he and his minions continue to repeat the same rhetoric, which includes praising Black Lives Matter, a group whose members have been heard chanting calls for dead police officers.

But we are not done yet. We also have the religious divides. President Obama refuses to refer to Extremist Islamic Terrorism as what it is because he doesn’t want to offend anyone who is a Muslim. Yet he has no problem telling Christians to get off our high horses because of the Crusades (something that happened 700 years ago), or lecturing Christians to not be so intolerant of gays and transgender people by not wanting to participate in a gay wedding or not being ok with allowing men to use women’s shower facilities, locker rooms, and restrooms.

The thing is, the Democrats attack Republicans all the time, but when they are attacking Conservative values, they are attacking half of America.

Over the last 7 1/2 years, I have been called a bigot and a homophobe because I am a Christian. I have been called a sexist because I am pro-life. I have been called a racist because I believe that we should wait for facts and evidence before making determinations of a case, and because I support law enforcement. I have been called an Islamaphobe because I believe that there is a faction of the Muslim religion that is radicalized and is literally killing people. I have been called a xenophobe because I believe that we should secure our borders and follow the rule of immigration law in America. I have been blamed for every shooting death in America because I believe that an amendment in the constitution is actually a right guaranteed to citizens. I have been told that I cling bitterly to my bible and guns. And I have been told that anyone in America who disagrees with anything Barrack Obama has done as president is clearly only doing so because they cannot stand having a black man as president. Every time there is a national tragedy and the president comes out to speak, I can guarantee he is going to inject politics into his statement, regardless of the facts of the specific case or of any evidence or statistics that exist. When you have a president, or a political party, that has literally made talking about the weather potentially controversial, is it any wonder why America feels so divided?

So tonight, as I listen to the speeches by the primetime speakers, I think of the major disconnect between the words that liberals say and their actions. No, Donald Trump is not a unifying force on the Republican side. But for the Democrats to try to say they are the party of unity in any way, shape, or form, is just another instance of listen to what we say, and don’t look at what we do.

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I’m Just An American - DNC 2020 In Review
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This episode we talk about the Democratic national convention and what policies the Democratic party stands for.


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