Sunday, August 7, 2016

Is Clinton Really a Liar? Who Cares?

There are a lot of reasons to hate Hillary Clinton:

Hillary Clinton: Tired of hating her yet?
  • She is a woman (and we've just had a Black president)
  • Her voice grates
  • She introduced legislation as a First Lady
  • She has fat ankles
  • Her clothes are sometimes dowdy
  • She's assertive
  • She doesn't take any shit
  • She's nearly 70 years old, for chrissakes
  • She used her private email ... and blah, blah
  • Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi
  • Her daughter is not as pretty as Jennifer Garner
  • Her husband has a Southern accent
  • She plays hardball
  • She doesn't pay any attention to Rush Limbaugh
And that's just a beginning. She's also a compulsive liar, they say.

However, others argue she is not a compulsive liar and they have checked meticulously.

"One metric comes from independent fact-checking websites," writes Nicholas Kristof in the NYTimes today (here). "As of Friday, PolitiFact had found 27 percent of Clinton’s statements that it had looked into were mostly false or worse, compared with 70 percent of Trump’s. It said 2 percent of Clinton’s statements it had reviewed were egregious 'pants on fire' lies, compared with 19 percent of Trump’s. So Trump has nine times the share of flat-out lies as Clinton.

"Likewise, The Washington Post Fact-Checker has awarded its worst ranking, Four Pinocchios, to 16 percent of Clinton’s statements that it checked and to 64 percent of Trump’s."

So, what's the truth here? The truth is that people who hate Clinton--and there are a lot of them--want her to fail, want her to be a liar, want her to be old (she's two years younger than her opponent), want her to be have killed Vince Foster, want her to wear ugly clothes, want her to be shrill, want to see her take a perp walk, want her to have ordered up Behghazi personally.

Screw the truth of the matter. That's what politics is in the 21st Century, the century brought into the world by George Bush and his administration's adamant refusal to take the Clinton Administration's dire warning about 9/11 (that it was about to happen) seriously--because it came from Clinton, and only that. It is the age of hatred and disunity, of using any tiny factoid--that may be made up--to destroy, of allowing the minority of the Republican Party--the T-Party--to rule over people with good sense.

Does Clinton lie? Yes, she does, on occasion and for a raft of reasons, some good, some not so good. Is she self-serving? You bet she is. Does she make serious mistakes occasionally? Yes. Is she qualified to be president? Without a doubt, yes.

I won't go into the Trump case because there isn't one, but building that case is only preaching to the choir. Trumpsters want to hate Clinton, want to disrupt a system they believe is rotten to the core (as do the Bernie Sanders followers, as do I). They cannot be persuaded by mere truth and fact, and so we get what we have and we try to make the best of it. As we always do in the United States.


1 comment:

  1. It's not just the Trumpsters hating Clinton and aiming to obstruct her every move when she's elected. It's the Freedom Caucus and practically the whole Republican wing of the House and Senate. We need to start electing people who see that government can do good, rather than ones who claim that it's always bad. (Some of 'em know better but are afraid to say so, the pitiful wretches.)