If you strapped Bill Clinton to a polygraph (or some lie detector that can’t be fooled by the Clintons)—I suspect he, too, might confess to a preference for Vladimir Putin over Barack Obama.
Mr. Clinton had been appropriately scathing, in 2008, about Obama’s mythical status in the media. A “fairy tale,” he called the current president.
However, his wife and her supporters on The Hill and in media have ruled that any remotely realistic utterance about the Russian president—such as that he’s a strong leader who’s popular with his people and acts in their interests—puts you outside the camp of the saints.
Mrs. Clinton is making it a habit to tell Americans what to say and how to think if they want to qualify as … Americans.
In particular, Hillary’s AltRight screed, best described on Twitter as the Control-Alt-Delete speech, focused on Mrs. Clinton’s crusade against deviationists. Provided by a twitter handle called “Hillary’s PR Team,” here’s a distillation of the interminable smear against Trump and his supporters, peddled as “substantive” by the moron media:
Prejudice and paranoia, hate groups, harmful stereotypes, hateful supporters, systemic racism, dark conspiracies, dark conspiracy theories, racist lies, bigotry, racist, white supremacist bigot, white nationalist leader, KKK, racially tinged rumors, Alex Jones.
Yes, Hillary’s Control-Alt-Delete harangue began with the biggest deviationist of all, Donald J. Trump. Trump “disregards the values that make our country great,” fumed the fire-and-brimstone Mrs. Clinton on that occasion.
To his great credit, Trump flunked another test of “true American principles,” established by Hillary, following the NBC’s “Commander-in-Chief” forum, on September 7.
As the media reminds us, Trump disqualifies himself for the presidency daily. This time it was for speaking the truth about Putin at the forum. The Russian people’s approval of their president stands at 82 percent. But the correct American values, as decreed by our northeastern elites, depend on disparaging Putin and his people. After all, Russians are stupid. They need Clinton and her Radical Republican counterpart, Speaker Paul Ryan (or a color-coded revolution organized by both), to induct them into the American government’s ways.
Enforcer Hillary (and Speaker Ryan) was having none of it. A preference for the Russian president over our American president was plain “unpatriotic and scary,” to be stamped out and marginalized.
“Hillary Rodham Clinton,” argues historian Clyde N. Wilson, whose métier is American intellectual history, “is a museum-quality specimen of the Yankee—self-righteous, ruthless, and self-aggrandizing.”
Wilson uses the term Yankee “historically to designate a peculiar group descended from New Englanders, who can be easily recognized by their arrogance, hypocrisy, greed, lack of congeniality, and penchant for ordering other people around.”
By Yankee, Dr. Wilson does not mean “everybody from north of the Potomac and Ohio. The firemen who died in the World Trade Center on September 11 [commemorated this weekend] were Americans. The politicians and TV personalities who stood around telling us what we are to think about it are Yankees.”
In their journey from the “hyper-Calvinism of their early days,” to “their present atheism,” Yankees like Hillary have long ago replaced religious zeal with a progressive’s political fanaticism. And while they’ve “abandoned anything that might be good in their religion,” contends Wilson, bossy busybodies like Clinton have never given up the notion that “they are the chosen saints whose mission is to make America, and the world, into the perfection of their own image.”
Again, by continuously enforcing the “standard of all things American and good,” Hillary is not that different from her Republican colleagues. They, too, deploy the values cudgel as energetically, to whip the the base into shape. Or, to read many of us out of the American family.
To compound his unorthodoxy, Trump failed to fall back on the American exceptionalism exemption, in judging the actions of American leaders—good by default—relative to other world leaders. At the “Commander-in-Chief” forum, Trump intimated that Mr. Putin’s transgressions were “no less troublesome than Mr. Obama’s transgressions.” Quite right. Ask the innocent victims of Obama’s energetic drone program ongoing: villagers in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Libya and Yemen.
Effortlessly, Trump continues to be faithful to the mandate the Republican base has given him: fumigate those DC snake pits. To the Aug. 17 intelligence briefing, Trump took along a pit-bull in the person of retired Gen. Michael Flynn, who prodded the briefers … a lot.
Came the meme from media: How dare Donald and his general discomfit the intelligence experts of “The Deep State,” that state-within-a state, and one of the least scrutinized collection of government agencies.
Soon, proxies for the intelligence briefers were flocking to the lapdog media’s studios to badmouth The Donald and his uppity general.
The substance of retired Gen. Flynn’s interruptions at the briefing matters not at all. What counts is that Trump continues to make the sprawling political apparatus writhe like a fire-breathing mythical monster in the throes of death.
Next, the controlling Mrs. Clinton demanded the Republican base’s candidate for president hush his mouth about the Federal Reserve Bank. Clinton doesn’t understand much about the Fed. Instinctively, however, she knows that it’s in her interest not to discuss its inflationary actions and interest-rates price fixing.
Trump gets that the Fed is “keeping interest rates down so that everything else doesn’t go down,” and has said that “we have a very false economy.” He doesn’t lie about it. He gets that the “stock market is bloated”; that the Stock Exchange is a laughing stock, and that soaring stock prices are a consequence of centrally planned, monetary stimulus.
Naturally, Clinton would prefer the tool that greases the operations of government, and allows the monetization of the debt accrued by her kind, to “be off-limits for U.S. presidents and presidential candidates. You should not be commenting on Fed actions when you are either running for president or you are president,” Mrs. Clinton fulminated at Trump.
Just as Hillary’s collectivist creed, “It Takes A Village,” complements Barack’s “You didn’t build it” motto—so do their economic policies jibe. Mrs. Clinton likely expects the Fed to keep interest rates low to help her make the case for the continuation of the Obama economy.
Back to Bill. Being something of a good old boy, Bill Clinton looked as if he was in purgatory at the Democratic National Convention, late June. Surrounded by shrill, power-crazed women and their domesticated men; gyno-centric soft pop blaring from the speakers—Mr. Clinton looked as if he’d rather be hanging out with … Donald Trump.