September 6, 2007
Hillary: A Clear and Present Danger
By Stephen Pizzo
That article told voters and the media everything they needed to know about George W. Bush – everything they needed to know the kind of President he would be if elected.
Voters elected him anyway (well, appointed once and elected once to be precise) and the rest is history. It will take decades for the GOP to repair the damage this one man had done to their party, and the rest of us decades more to repair the damage he has done to America and and the world.
But I am not here today to beat that horse again. Instead I am hoping that the voters – this time Democratic voters – learned something about weighing a candidate's character before they vote for him – or her.
The "her," in this case, meaning Hillary Clinton. Like George W. Bush there's plenty of data out there for those paying attention, and much of it more than hints at the kind of President Hillary would be should they be foolish enough to elect her to that post.
In many ways – too many ways – Hillary is – (physiology aside) – George W. Bush.
Today I offer two pieces of evidence to support that startling claim. First this, which landed in my email box yesterday:
I'd just like to relate a recent incident that speaks to the candidacy of Hillary Clinton and those who support and advocate for her. At the Rally in Portsmouth, NH on Labor Day Weekend, Clinton Campaign workers, with the help of local police, prohibited me from entering the Rally area because I carried an anti-war sign.
On Sunday, September 2nd, the day of the Clinton Rally in Portsmouth, I went downtown with a sign that read "No first strike on Iran" and on the other side "Stop the Killing." The Clinton Campaign had taken over a large area of Pleasant Street from State Street to Market Square and claimed large areas of the public sidewalks as well. I stood in the Square for over an hour as people assembled for the Rally.
When people were permitted to enter the rally areas, I started to walk in with them. I was stopped by Clinton Campaign workers who told me that no signs were permitted. I'd have to leave my sign outside the rally area.
I am a thirty-year resident of Portsmouth, a member of the anti-war movement, and NH Coordinator for Codepink: Women for Peace. Whether you agree with my politics or not, this is still supposed to be a democracy--or more accurately a Republic with democratic ideals. I know that this is not what the Constitution says about my rights of free speech. I challenged them. I was certain that there would be
pro-Hillary signs permitted in the rally zone.
They would not permit me to go forward. I asked them to send a policeman over for me to talk to and (a detective) showed up and informed me, I have since found out erroneously, that the Clinton campaign had a permit for a "no-sign zone" and that I would have to leave. Not wanting to be arrested, I said that I would comply with his request but that I needed to assert my Constitutional Right of Free Speech. I was required to leave under threat of arrest. I did so.
Now if any of you have seen photos of this event, you will clearly understand my chagrin when you see the Pro-Hillary signs all over the Rally's designated "NO SIGNS" area.
Tuesday morning, I called City Hall and inquired as to the specifications of the Rally permit. Portsmouth City Manager John Bohenko said that there was no such restriction in the permit that was issued to the Clinton Campaign, that they were required to permit entry to anyone who wanted to come in and he and City Attorney Robert Sullivan both said that I had every right to have been on public property with my sign.
I listened from outside the barricades and heard Hillary Clinton speak, more than once, to restoring the Constitution, and later, to not making anyone invisible. She spoke to the private-club, ownership society of the Bush Administration. I think, from her campaign's actions, that she might belong to the same club.
So what does this say to you about the Hillary Clinton campaign and those who support and advocate for her candidacy?
Sadly, I know what it says to me.
Okay, what's that say about Hillary? If you are intellectually honest you will have to conclude that it says the same thing about her, and the people she has chosen to surround her, as what this says about George W. Bush and the people around him.
August 22, 2007: Not that they're worried or anything. But the White House evidently leaves little to chance when it comes to protests within eyesight of the president. As in, it doesn't want any. A White House manual that came to light recently gives presidential advance staffers extensive instructions in the art of "deterring potential protestors" from President Bush's public appearances around the country.
Those entering must be screened in case they are hiding secret signs. Any anti-Bush demonstrators who manage to get in anyway should be shouted down by "rally squads" stationed in strategic locations. And if that does not work, they should be thrown out. (Full)
Democracy – the real kind as opposed to the purely rhetorical – is rambunctious. It must be. Public officials and candidates who fear unscripted, non-choreographed public events are not democrats (small “d.”) They cannot possible lead people, half or more of whom, they fear.
I've said it before and I'll say it again – Hillary Clinton will do to the Democratic Party what George W. Bush has done to the GOP. Also I suspect-- strongly -- that a Hillary Clinton presidency would set back women in high office in ways hard to predict, yet entirely predictable.
I promised two things. Here's the other.
It was an elegant example of the Clinton style, a rhetorical maneuver subtle, bold, and banal all at once. During a Democratic candidate forum in June, hosted by the liberal evangelical group Sojourners, Hillary Clinton fielded a softball query about Bill's infidelity: How had her faith gotten her through the Lewinsky scandal?
Clinton's prayer group was part of the Fellowship (or "the Family"), a network of sex-segregated cells of political, business, and military leaders dedicated to "spiritual war" on behalf of Christ, many of them recruited at the Fellowship's only public event, the annual National Prayer Breakfast. (Aside from the breakfast, the group has "made a fetish of being invisible," former Republican Senator William Armstrong has said.) The Fellowship believes that the elite win power by the will of God, who uses them for his purposes. Its mission is to help the powerful understand their role in God's plan.
Yep. That's right... and I mean “right” in both real and political ways. You have to read the entire 4-page article to get the full effect, so when you're done with me, pop over and read the Mojo piece. Because, just like the piece I wrote way back in 1992 about George W. Bush in the same venue, it's a warning, clear, present and looming.
Here's my take on the Hillary/God stuff. There are only two possible explanations for Hillary's prayer group – and choice of prayer groupies – and neither explanation is reassuring.
2) Hillary Clinton actually believes all that evangelical nonsense, meaning she'd be another president who believes she was chosen by heavenly spirits.
If voters insist on voting for Hillary Clinton they may well deserve what they get. The trouble is the rest of us don't deserve that, just as we didn't deserve what the entirely predictable George W. Bush has burdened us, and the world, with.
You are being warned, not by me, but by readily available information. Ignore it at your own risk. Just don't drag the rest of us along, again.
Authors Website: NewsforReal.com
Authors Bio: Stephen Pizzo has been published everywhere from The New York Times to Mother Jones magazine. His book, Inside Job: The Looting of America's Savings and Loans, was nominated for a Pulitzer.
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