Ellen Goodman is a lady I read and often agree with. She is insightful and has a heavy dose of that thing the guys like to call Women’s Intuition (substitute: instincts) because a good many males just can not bring themselves to admit that women can actually cogitate. So yes I often agree with her assessments. And I strongly agree with her when she says the country is ready for a woman or a Black as president. I would even go so far as to say we are long overdue. For years it has amazed me that the most liberal country in the world for women is the most gender biased as far as elective offices are concerned. Whereas several countries around the world whose culture allows women to be considered chattel have had women in the top governmental positions.
I was happy to agree with Ms. Goodman’s article Ready or not A woman is most qualified Dem for president in 2008; a black is most exciting, but only partially. When she gets to promoting this particular candidate I staunchly disagree. Ms. Goodman is of course referring to Hillary as the Democratic candidate for president in 2008. A topic I have read and heard discussed now for six long years and we still have two whole intense years to go. Dear Lord! I even had a serious moment when I actually considered a move to Outer Mongolia to get away from this nonsense. Well, I can’t do that, and as long as I am anywhere near a computer with Internet, radio or television I WILL continue my almost life long addiction to news. The only logical action I can take then to get it off my chest is to toss Hillary in the trash can where she belongs. I may also slip Mr. “Who in Hell Are You?” Obama in there with her. (Tho I may pull him back out after more consideration, but for now he is just a charming man who came out of the blue with no experience governing and I would hate to entrust him with running the country at this time.)
I keep hearing that Hillary’s albatross is her husband. No way! Billy Boy may not have been able to keep his zipper zipped, but that is merely typical behavior for an alpha male, and as such it was common behavior for several of our previous presidents. Just not common knowledge because our public was not obsessed with prurient gossip so the newspapers whose editors generally knew of these aberrations saw no need to pass them on.
Clinton’s penchance for unzipping in the Oval Office did not hinder him in his presidential duties or decisions. ( I can’t refrain from passing on a bit of Monica’s book that my Mom read me since I had refused to read the book.: Monica related that Bill was eating a pizza, was not having sex relations with that woman and talking to Arafat on the phone all at the same time. Dam! Talk about multi-tasking.) Now that I have found an opportunity to pass along that little tidbit we can get back to Bill: He was no more than settled in the Oval Office when the campaign to smear him began. It went so far that in the summer of 1994 a special prosecutor was appointed to investigate the many allegations. As Special Prosecutor Ken Starr labored mightily from August 1994 to December 1998 to fine anything criminal in Bill Clinton’s past behavior, and after four years and a third of the gold at Fort Knox the only thing they could accuse him of was perjury when he said, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” **
I think in time William Jefferson Clinton will be seen as one of our better presidents. He was an outstanding diplomat who if not for Arafat’s refusal to accept Israel’s offer even after Clinton had convinced the Israelis to give the Palestinians everything they asked for and a bit more, the problems in at least that part of the Middle East would probably have been solved.
He kept the economy going strong and for the first time since 1969 Clinton balanced the budget from 1997 to 2002. Republicans took office in 2002 with a surplus! There is much more to his record, but these two are very strong talking points in his favor.
My thinking is that the only thing Hillary has going FOR her is Bill! But this isn’t about Bill Clinton it is about Hillary Clinton and the only reason I had to bring him in was because of all the “deep, deep thinkers” making him out to be her doom.
So let us now get back to Hillary and her real baggage. Hillary is now and ever has been her own worst enemy. Campaigning against Hillary should be a snap as all that has to be done is to allow Hillary to be Hillary. Her voting record, her nasty personality and her lack of integrity as shown in her willingness to “dump and jump” any principle and any person in an effort to keep the political wind in her sails amply describes her mode of operation. She reminds me much of Jesse Jackson chasing the camera, only she is chasing the current correct political posturing.
The United State’s addiction to oil has been our Achilles heel for the better part of a century. It has put us at the mercy of the oil producing countries which unfortunately tend to have unstable governments. This is simply an untenable situation to be in and it only becomes more and more so as our population grows and our need for energy increases. Oil consumption is polluting of our atmosphere causing global warming, a fact which is finally getting the nod from more scientists as being a fact. Whether or not burning fossil fuels has been the sole cause of global warming as some believe, or merely a boost to the severity of a natural cycle of climate change is a moot point. The problems caused by global warming should be our only concern and leave off the arguments of how it happened. It is happening and the impact on the peoples of the Earth will be enormous. Something must be done and done quickly to try to at least minimize the disaster looming on the horizon. This something is of course to stop polluting the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels and it is something we are capable of doing by making the same kind of effort to find alternate sources of cheap energy that we have succeeded in putting into other direly needed projects. The Atomic bomb comes to mind.
Senator Clinton seems unaware of this situatin and can only see as far as the next barrel of oil. She voted for an expansion of drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. She also voted against an ethanol bill which certainly is not the best alternative energy idea floating out there, but is at least a beginning. She voted against more stringent vehicle fuel-efficiency standards. She voted against the Energy bill because it gave too many incentives to the oil companies, not considering the other more important parts of the bill. When America’s central states better known as our bread basket is a desert no one will care how much profit the oil companies were able to rip off. She did however come thru with a good vote for saving the environment when she voted YES on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. This however after approving drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Go figure!
There is another pressing reason to for promoting alternative energy sources and cutting off the oil pipeline. No matter how much we expand the drilling and pumping of oil in territory that belongs to the United States we will still have needs far beyond our ab ility to produce thus leaving us at the mercy of the Middle East, Russia and in the future Afghanistan which has a huge untapped reserve of oil. If you wanted a rogues gallery of countries these would certainly make the first row!
Hillary sounds real good when she talks federal spending. She uses all the key words like pay down debt, cut taxes, balance budget, invest in people, protect the next generation from our debts. Then she votes NO to reduce federal overall spending by $40B in December 2005. And I have yet to see a pet project that she hasn’t liked. One in particular got to me because it is in an area where I happened to have enjoyed spending several winters. After Katrina hit thwe Gulf Coast Biloxi, Mississippi was no more; no homes, no stores and huge casinos pushed a block up from their anchor on the coast. But, a railroad was there that had been in the same place for 150+ years. To bring in needed freight it was among the first things to be repaired. Then the powers that be wanted the railroad moved 20 feet from it’s original position. Hillary voted Yes to pay for this folly. People are still without homes, but that railroad is in a new and expensive setting and carrying tourists down to gawk at the devastation and the people still living in trailers and tents. This is just one asinine project she has voted for while using the correct key words (see above).
Remember Hillary’s big Health Care Plan that she presented to the Congress in her first term as first lady? Congress applauded and cheered her with gusto when she enter the House of Representatives to present the bill, and then very wisely simply ignored it. But, you can bet Hillary hasn’t forgotten her staggering bill. She will spend her time in office pushing for a gargantuan entitlement program because she wants universal health care to be her legacy. While you’re remembering do remember the double digit increase in medical cost for decades after Medicare and Medicaid where established in 1965. It is a sad fact that when the government gets involved the price tag goes out of sight. Our country desperately needs some sane changes made in the health care system and health care made affordable, but a new overwhelming entitlement program when we already have two (Social Security and Medicare) that are on the verge of bankruptcy is not a move to make. Again I refer you to Hillary’s key words (see above) when she is speaking of the economy and the budget. She really talks a good talk, it is sad that her walk verges towards the irresponsible.
In foreign affairs she is the typical new Democrat in that no matter what happens, or how we are attacked, the response will be peace at all costs. The Muslim terrorist will accept this attitude as fear and increase their jihad against the West and the United States in particular. The sad fact is that despite her nasty temper with those who serve her Hillary is a light weight and will be totally ineffective in foreign affairs. If elected I hope she has the sense to appoint an outstanding Secretary of State and then step aside. Of course with her overweening ego she will never allow anyone to take the lime light away from her.
I do agree with Ellen Goodman that it is time for a woman president. It’s just a shame the mind set of the country having finally arrived at acceptance of this idea when we simply don’t have any qualified women to run in either party. We need a woman of the stature like some we have had in the past. Just a few come to mind quickly: Senator Margaret Chase Smith, Barbara Jordan, Madelyn Albright and Jean Kirkpatrick. BB
Washington Post 12.29.06 and various reference materials
**Bill Clinton was not official impeached as it takes both houses to agree to impeach. On December 19, 1998 he was impeached by the House of Representatives on grounds of perjury to a grand jury by a vote of 228 to 206, and for obstruction of justice by a vote of 221 to 212. Bill Clinton was aquitted by the Senate.