Published on Townhall.com
Hillary Clinton won big in South Carolina. That’s just the most recent misconception pressed upon us by the chattering class. If we let that one and so many others shroud our thinking, this Clinton may steal our last chance to inhale again the pure, fresh air of our national purpose. Here are just a few of the many misconceptions that can take our breath away, if we let it.
#1. Hillary is engaged in a real contest: On every channel, from every spinmeister, it’s all about the big SC win against Bernie Sanders. In reality, this hasn’t been much of a match, has it? After early scares elsewhere, Hillary co-opted nearly every one of the Mad Muppet’s positions (proving that BS doesn’t just stand for Bernie Sanders), and is laying it on thick with the usual herds of sheep wanting to be fed for free. Despite the theft, she’s had the nerve to claim his proposals are too costly and has gotten away with the contradiction. Her parries have yielded nary a thrust in return, prompting one pundit to describe Bernie’s manner toward her as, “gentle.” Ya think?
Early on, BS took HRC’s reckless misuse of highly sensitive, life-endangering, classified information off the campaign table, and hasn’t whispered a syllable about her Benghazi lies or any other item in the long litany of sleaze next to her name. True, he has talked about those speaking fees and transcripts of her talks before the banking and investment set—there must be something about the 150-plus million she and Bill have collected (notice I didn’t say, “earned”) from such engagements since 2001.
Bernie’s appeal to youth and the disconnected has been impressive and phenomenal, and while he has built an effective infrastructure on the fly, it is no match for the Clinton behemoth, and all the pros have known it from the beginning.
#2. Hillary has a tremendous record of achievement: Everywhere, State Media washes her with words like “experience,” “knowledge,” and “understanding,” especially as it relates to foreign policy. Even her adherents can point to no substantive achievement as First Lady or US Senator, and in response to an easily anticipated question from State Media, on March 11, 2014, she purportedly gave this answer:
"My accomplishments as Secretary of State? Well, I'm glad you asked! My proudest accomplishment in which I take the most pride, mostly because of the opposition it faced early on, you know, the remnants of prior situations and mind-sets that were too narrowly focused in a manner whereby they may have overlooked the bigger picture, and we didn't do that, and I'm proud of that. Very proud. I would say that's a major accomplishment."
After months and years of prep for this campaign, that’s it? Indeed, it’s not even that good. As a world power, we are weaker and in far greater danger from her years of service to Obama than we were under George W. Bush.
#3. Hillary and the Democrats have done a great deal for “their” constituents: Listening to Hillary, more so than BS, you’d think they were running against eight years of Republican rule during which the leadership did nothing for the working people of this country. You’d think the Democrats were running against the GOP for taking away their choices for health benefits, engaging in aimless military ventures, conducting a feckless foreign policy, and limiting their freedoms.
You’d think, too, they were talking about jobs. Unemployment data tells the tale, however. At the end of the Third Quarter, 2011, black unemployment in South Carolina was 15.5% versus 9.1% for whites, according to the Economic Policy Institute. By the end of the Fourth Quarter, 2015, it was 9.9% for blacks versus 3.7% for whites. Nationally, the numbers show 16.6% v 9.1% in 2011 and 10.7% v 5.3% in 2015, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
So during the entire second term of leadership by Democrats—“leadership” HRC says she will continue—just what level of training, education, and jobs was achieved for blacks and other voters? Nothing that wouldn’t have happened anyway, apparently.
As a postscript, it’s worth noting that according to an August 2013, Pew Research report, since 1954, the earliest year for which the USBLS has unemployment data by race, “the unemployment rate for blacks has averaged about 2.2 times that for whites,” and the difference, nationally, has been relatively consistent over the past six decades. So much for the JFK years, the Johnson War on Poverty, two terms of “our first black president,” Bill Clinton, and two terms of Barack Obama’s Hope & Change! So much for the expenditure of some 18 trillion dollars!
Abetted by State Media, the same people who twice elected Barack Obama are now listening hard to Hillary’s plans for more of the same, as she keeps reminding them. You’d think her unwillingness to challenge the “successes” of the incumbent means she’s afraid to anger him. What could she be afraid of?
4. Another Clinton Administration will make America whole again: Because Mrs. Clinton insists she will continue the “fine work” of Barack Obama, we have every right to take her at her word.
We will be more divided than every before, our borders will remain porous, dozens if not hundreds of us will be killed on our own soil in terrorist attacks, more and more Americans will lose their jobs to illegals and globalization, the Constitution will be further diluted, even more people, disheartened and depressed, will become dependent on government handouts, and more and more full term abortions will be encouraged to make people feel better about lives fashioned, sculpted, and decreed by the new nanny state of Mama Clinton.
This is not a misconception: With anyone else, we will do better.