Feb 14, 2016
Four Reasons Why I'm Not Voting for Hillary Clinton
Even Though I'm "Supposed" To
As a middle-aged, minority female who's a college educated liberal, I'm "supposed" to be voting for Hillary Clinton. But I won't be. Here are four of my reasons why not..............
4. Hillary Clinton Is Paranoid
Hillary Clinton is just plain paranoid. And that extreme paranoia causes her to make bad decisions. It's the reason why she had to have her own personal email server when she was Secretary of State. She was simply too paranoid to trust the government email servers.
I think that Hillary Clinton honestly believed that ridiculous story she told about landing on a Bosnian airfield and having to run for cover while being shot at. I really think Hillary believed it happened right up until she was shown the video footage that it didn't happen. I believe Hillary believed it happened because the anecdote fit into her her paranoid personal narrative of the world: The narrative where she's the brave victim who's always under attack.
Yes, Hillary Clinton is a target and gets attacked. That comes with the territory that she's picked. No one held a gun to her head and forced her to run for public office. She chose to, driven by her ego and her need for power and prestige though she cloaks it as a "desire to serve" (See reason #2 for more on who she's really serving). But the Clintons are no innocents. They're right in there with the politics of personal destruction culture that they, themselves, were full participants in ramping up to an all new level back in the 90s. Because I'm old enough to remember the 90s ------- the Clintons were not just well known for attacking people, they were infamous for it. (If you need a refresher course on how utterly vicious the Clintons were in destroying reputations, careers and lives, read "INSIDE THE CLINTON ATTACK MACHINE" from the Aug 4, 1997 issue of The Weekly Standard.)
So, yes, Hillary Clinton gets attacked. All public figures get attacked. The higher the profile, the more the attacks. It's not something exclusive to Hillary like she seems to think it is. Yet she, in her paranoia, paints herself as the eternal victim whether it's of "vast right-wing conspiracy" or of internet trolling.*
Extreme paranoia is not a trait that I want in a president. The last time we had a president who was that paranoid was Richard Nixon. And we all know how that worked out.
3. Hillary Plays the "Sisterhood" Card, but Doesn't Play By It
If there really is a special place in hell for women who don't support other women............then they're saving a corner of that hell for Hillary Clinton. Because Hillary Clinton, the woman who said that "every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported," is the woman who threw other women under the bus for speaking up about her husband. Hillary was the woman who tried to discredit and smear women who spoke up about her husband's actions whether illegal, immoral or just inappropriate. (And when it comes to immoral and/or inappropriate actions, there's no question the women were speaking the truth.) It's not any other woman's fault that her husband can't keep his pants zipped up. But Hillary doesn't go after her lying, adulterous husband; Hillary goes after the women
Yet Hillary still has the gall to play the "sisterhood" card ---- to automatically expect that other women should support her. Why? Because she's a woman and we're all women together. Well, Hillary Clinton doesn't get to play the "sisterhood" card with me. My eyes are open and I know how much "sisterhood" means to Hillary Clinton: ABSOLUTELY NOTHING ...........unless the sisterhood is all about her.
2. Hillary Puts Hillary First
Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State in 2011. A part of her job (you know, the thing she was being paid a lot of money** to do) at the State Department was making sure that U.S. citizens can get passports, passport that should be accurate.
In 2011 in the United States homosexual marriage was legal in five states (Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire) and Washington, D.C. Homosexual people had also been having children for years before that.
Yet in 2011, when the State Department tried to change the passport documentation to reflect that reality and to serve those U.S. citizens by using the more generic term "parent" instead of "mother" and "father," Hillary Clinton pitched a fit.
Hillary wasn't interested in helping those U.S. citizens -- some of the very people, incidentally, she was being paid to serve --- have accurate passport documentation. All Hillary Clinton cared about is how this was going to affect Hillary Clinton. Her reaction was, "I’m not defending that decision, which I disagree w and knew nothing about, in front of this Congress. I could live w letting people in nontraditional families choose another descriptor so long as we retained the presumption of mother and father. We need to address this today or we will be facing a huge Fox-generated media storm led by [Sarah] Palin et al." Because of Hillary, the State Department dropped the planned change.
A public servant who refuses to do her job because doing it would make her own life more difficult is not serving anyone but herself.
1. Hillary Clinton Is a Follower, Not a Leader
In these parts, we have this tradition called a "second line." And I describe Hillary Clinton as a second liner. A second liner is someone who waits for the main parade (the first line) to go by then jumps in and follows along behind them. Or if you prefer this more widespread saying, Hillary Clinton is one of those people who holds up a finger in the air to see which way the wind is blowing, then decides to go in that direction.
Whether it's promoting the idea of children as "super-predators" or her Iraq war vote or the TPP or the Keystone pipeline, Hillary Clinton goes along with whatever's popular at the moment. We've seen Hillary in the public eye long enough that if she had had the backbone to take the moral stance on unpopular decisions, it would have happened by now. Instead, she waits to see what's popular and goes along with the crowd. I told someone we might as well have a poll for president as Hillary Clinton.
We need a president who's a leader, not a follower. That's not Hillary Clinton.
I've written that "All politicians are a combination of slime and spine. It's only the percentages that vary." More than two decades of observing Hillary Clinton have led me to conclude that Hillary's slime percentage is far too high and her spine percentage far too low for me to support her. So even though I'm "supposed" to vote for Hillary Clinton, I won't be.
* Seriously, if losers like internet trolls bother you, you've no business being president because the presidency has much bigger challenges than anonymous cowards who say the most inflammatory comments they can to demonstrate their loserhood and get a rise out of people.
Image modified from
Photo of Hillary Clinton By C-SPAN [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
"I'm with Hillary" By Hillary for America [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
** Annual base salary for Secretary of State was $186,000. Real median household income in the United States in 2011 was $50,054. That's household income meaning "the combined incomes of all people sharing a particular household. It includes every form of income, e.g., salaries and wages, retirement income, near cash government transfers like food stamps, and investment gains" not just the base salary of one person.
Some articles I didn't write but I think anyone thinking of voting for Hillary Clinton should read:
Why Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve the Black Vote, The Nation, Feb-10-2016, Michelle Alexander
There Is Only One Way Forward for Clinton Now, Yahoo! Politics, Feb-11-2016, Matt Bai
Inside the Clinton Attack Machine, The Weekly Standard, Aug-4-1997, Thomas M. Defrank and Thomas Galvin
The Racial Justice Failures That Hillary Clinton Can't Ignore, AlterNet, Aug-31-2015, Guy Saperstein and Gaius Publius
For what it means to me to be a liberal in the United States of America, read "My Credo as a Liberal."
For more of my Clinton related pieces, read, "Impeach Them All" or "Rand Paul, the Clintons and Sex."
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