By Kevin Lair
Elm Staff Writer
One need not look any further than CNN or the Democratic National Committee to assume that Hillary Clinton is unrivaled and unopposed by any party in the 2016 presidential election, becoming the first female president of the United States. Luckily, wishful thinking of special interest groups and uncreative liberals is not enough to elect one of the worst potential presidential candidates in modern history.
Clinton has a long track record of flipping her political views simply to win votes. A strong advocate for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Hillary pleaded passionately on the Senate floor for aggressive action against al Qaeda and the Taliban throughout her tenure representing New York. Secretary Clinton subsequently condemned the wars during her unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign, later admitting that her change of heart was due to running against then-Senator Barack Obama, whose platform included ending the wars.
Clinton voted for the USA Patriot Act and now blames the Bush Administration for it. She has been a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage but announced her newly found support for it in March 2013, surely not correlated with the now-record high support for it. Clinton was also a devoted Republican, even elected president of her College Republican chapter at Wellesley College, until she changed her party affiliation solely because of the Vietnam War. She changes her political positions and party affiliation based on the political winds of the time.
Clinton also has a history of abusing her power. She was fired as a lawyer working on the Whitewater investigation. The Chief Counsel to the House Judiciary Committee, Jerry Zeifman, explained Clinton’s termination, describing her as “an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality.” Hillary was also vindicated alongside her husband for opening 900 confidential FBI files on their political opponents during the 1990s, adding to her family’s extensive record of using whatever means necessary to win.
In addition to honesty, leadership is a foreign word to Hillary. Alongside the Obama Administration, then-Secretary of State Clinton allowed four American diplomats to be slaughtered in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012. After denying countless pleas from the compound for additional security, Clinton attempted to cover-up her failures and knowingly deceived the public into believing that the attack was a spontaneous reaction to an anti-Islamic video, likely to ensure Obama’s 2012 re-election efforts.
The State Department announced an Accountability Review Board on Oct. 4, 2012, and its investigation report concluded that “systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels… resulted in a special mission security posture that was inadequate for Benghazi and grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place.”
The report further concluded that the attack was pre-meditated and anticipated by senior officials in then-Secretary Clinton State Department. When questioned by the Senate on her lack of leadership, Clinton replied, “What difference, at this point, does it make?” Protecting American citizens is the difference, Clinton; something you chose not to do.
Rather than stand-up for herself and other women in her position by condemning her cheating husband, Clinton has instead made it her life’s work to slam Monica Lewinsky, the infamous White House intern, and the dozens of other women who enjoyed very comfortable relationships with Bill Clinton as both governor of Arkansas and President. Not to mention the brutally personal attacks Clinton has made on established women such as former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin. Talk about a War on Women.
There has never been a better opportunity for a female president than now, but simply electing a woman will not advance the women’s movement. Do voters want a female president just for the sake of it, or do they want a strong-willed woman with innovative ideas, a role model for young women, and a proven leader who bases her political views on values rather than the most recent public opinion poll?
Behind the false ads and relentless media cover-ups is a Clinton devoted not to public service but self-service. She publicly condemns Wall Street while its investors line her pockets with political contributions. She touts her record as Secretary of State yet failed to protect Americans in Benghazi, stand up to Russian aggression, or respond to Syrian genocide. She oversaw the decline of American political, military, and diplomatic influence around the world with dramatic domestic ramifications. If Clinton cannot lead as a lawyer, Senator, Secretary of State, or as a role model for women, how can she lead this country?
Americans are ready for a female president, but we will never be ready for Clinton.