Posts tagged " Hillary Clinton "

Lots of Change, Maybe a Glimmer of Hope

September 22nd, 2016 Posted by Susan's Musings 21 comments

After what sometimes seemed like an endless campaign season, the final stretch is in view. The debates, terrorism, Trumpian unpredictability and more Clinton scandals might make these last few weeks even more volatile than usual, but Election Day is approaching. It is time to remember Abraham Lincoln’s words, “With malice toward none.”

I assiduously read comments to my Musings. I regularly read comments to a variety of blogs that I follow. Recently, an article in the Wall Street Journal on the non-controversial topic of postal shipping rates stimulated a slew of comments that were both pertinent and helpful. In contrast, I rarely read comments on sites such as Fox or CNN. Unlike the previous examples, those comments often seem to be dominated by hate-filled, bitter individuals, both on the left and the right. If your window to American culture came through that lens, you would be forgiven for thinking us an unintelligent, vulgar society.


Wells Fargo vs. Hillary

September 21st, 2016 Posted by On Our Mind 2 comments

I watched the video of Elizabeth Warren excoriating John Stumpf of Wells Fargo. I’m not saying that he is blameless or behaved nobly. However, there is supposed to be equal justice under the law. I would care more about her toughness to him if she would show the same toughness to politicians who are neither blameless nor noble – say Hillary Clinton. As an individual I can (and a few years ago did) take my money away from Wells Fargo. As an individual I was not able to remove Clinton as Secretary of State. Who should be held to a higher standard?

Ahead of the Curve

September 13th, 2016 Posted by On Our Mind 2 comments

Sometimes, failing to clean properly is an asset. I was looking at a notebook (yes, for certain things I still prefer an old-fashioned notebook to a computer) from last year’s boating trip and out fell a New Yorker article from 2014 hailing the entrepreneurial work of scientific genius Elizabeth Holmes. I imagine that some who questioned her methods and claims were accused of being afraid of strong, intelligent women.


Feminist Foibles

September 8th, 2016 Posted by Susan's Musings 12 comments

I am so tired of the anti-female card being played. While I missed seeing the Clinton and Trump interviews on September 7th, reports I read suggest that interviewer Matt Lauer is the latest victim of a gender attack. My daughter, who did see the interviews reported that Hillary seemed angry at being asked tough questions and inauthentic in her replies, while Donald seemed authentic but bizarre. I accept that as an honest review.

Yet, the press I read focused on Matt Lauer’s lack of fairness and sexism.


Stand by Your Man: Take 2

May 9th, 2010 Posted by Susan's Musings 2 comments


On Sunday, I had the car radio on and heard a report of Hillary Clinton’s upcoming appearance on 60 Minutes, including a direct quote. Are you as amazed and incredulous as I was at her words? I came home and wrote the following.


Imagine this scenario. On your way to bed, you notice that that there is light shining from under the door to your sixteen year-old son’s room. You knock, planning to say an extra good night, but there is no answer. After the second knock, you figure that he fell asleep with the light on and quietly open the door to turn it off. No one is there. A quick check of the bathroom, kitchen and rest of the house shows that your child is missing.

Some detective work has you soon driving over to a house a few blocks away, where you interrupt a party in progress, complete with lots of beer and even some hard liquor. The teens are less than delighted to see you and eventually you and your son get home where you tell him that you will talk about this in the morning.

What are you going to say? How does this sound?

“Son, you are very lucky that I got there before you were drunk. If you ever do something like this again, and manage to get drunk before I catch you, you are really going to be in trouble.”

If that speech sounds reasonable to you, may I suggest you sign up for some parenting classes?

For years we have been told how intelligent Hillary Clinton is. We have also been told that she is a strong, independent minded woman. This did make it awkward when she chose to “stand by her man” as he publicly humiliated her. However, like all wives whose husbands betray their marriage vows, she had a heart-wrenching decision to make, even if hers played out on the national stage.

But, marriage is personal and that aspect of the affair was truly her business.

This time, standing by her man, Barack Obama, contains no personal element, only a political one. After last week’s botched attempt to detonate a bomb in Times Square was linked by the administration to Pakistan, she taped an interview with 60 Minutes. Can she feel anything but a fool saying such asinine words as, “We’ve made it very clear that if, heaven forbid, an attack like this that we can trace back to Pakistan were to have been successful, there would be very severe consequences.”

Exactly how many Americans need to die for an attack by the Pakistani Taliban to be considered successful? Two, twenty, two hundred, two thousand? What would have happened if in 1941 the Japanese had miscalculated the distance to Pearl Harbor and been forced to turn back a few miles offshore? Would Americans have tolerated a message from the Administration warning that if Japan did manage to bomb our fleet they’d be in big trouble?

When Hillary Clinton accepted the post of Secretary of State she, like the vice-president and other high officials, took an oath of office, swearing allegiance not to the president but to the Constitution. The oath includes the following words:

 I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same…”

Last time I looked, one of the jobs of the government as stated in the Constitution includes providing for the common defense.

During the campaign in which Mrs. Clinton attempted to get the Democratic Party nomination for president, she made national security an issue. She urged Americans to see her as the leader they would trust in a crisis. Well, she may not be president, but she is in a leadership position. In this case, standing by her man betrays both her oath of office and diminishes the argument that women bring real-life common sense to government. Need I mention that, most importantly, it puts American lives in danger?

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