WHEN IS ENOUGH ENOUGH?

Although the liberal media has done its best to ignore the evidence, it is apparent to any objective observer that Billy Bob and Hilly Clinton have used speaking fees for the ex-pres and their Clinton Foundation to skirt the law and engage in blatant influence peddling. And polls reflect that most Americans are aware of and believe it. Ironically, however, most Dems still would vote for Hilly to be our next Prexy. As one liberal columnist, whom I otherwise admire, indicated she would put aside the obvious dishonesty and corruption engaged in by Hilly because she agrees with Hilly’s positions on primarily social issues. While I can understand that argument, I can’t accept it. Putting aside the fact that Hilly is constantly changing her positions on just about every issue and currently refuses to even indicate whether she supports or rejects the so-called free trade agreement and won’t even talk to the press, there is a more fundamental problem here. We have elected corrupt, dishonest Presidents before. Tricky Dick Nixon comes readily to mind. The difference is that we didn’t know Nixon was going to turn out to be a crook when we elected him. In Hilly’s case, there can be no doubt that if you vote for her, you do so with the realization that she is corrupt, dishonest and immoral. Period. I still believe that we cannot reach the completely cynical stage when we put aside basic decency to elect someone we know is immoral and dishonest. Rand Paul may be misguided when it comes to his extreme position on foreign policy, Ted Cruz misguided in his Tea Party conservatism, Jeb Bush misguided on the defense of his brother and so on with respect to the current candidates in the other party. Some of those candidates may turn out to be corrupt and dishonest if elected but at least there is no indication of that now. In Hilly’s case there can be no doubt. As a voter for prexy in the next election, you will have to decide whether one social issue or another is more important than the candidate’s track record of being honest on those issues and trustworthy enough to be given the most important office in the world. I hope we’ll make the right decision and err on the side of at least trying to put aside our cynicism long enough to elect someone in whom we can reside some degree of trust in their commitment to honesty and integrity. Absent that, I am afraid we will sink further into the abyss of electing self serving politicians whose only goal is self aggrandizement.

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DOES IT REALLY LEAD IF IT BLEEDS?

Having been the managing editor of my high school newspaper, I have always had a keen interest in journalism. Fortunately, for my sanity, I chose another profession although now that I think about it, maybe avoiding insanity can never be the product of what one does for a living since lawyers have one of the highest rates of substance abuse among professionals and don’t stack up very well in the suicide department either. In any event, our current excuse for a President in a recent interview dismissed the criticism of an aspect of his foreign policy by claiming the whole matter was overblown and the product of the above referenced cliche. Since stats show about 87% of journalists identify themselves as Donkeys as opposed to Elephants, it is not surprising that Mr. Obomba got a free ride from the press during much of his presidency. It is only now that his failings, particularly in the foreign policy arena, have become so obvious that he is finally getting his due, legitimate questions and criticism. With congress firmly in control of the Elephants whose motto might be, “I’ve never met a social issue I can’t shoot myself in the foot about” it now appears that we will have a more balanced series of pot shots from the press as we head into the next presidential election. One of our local newspapers, a bastion of liberal bias, has completely ignored the latest Clinton scandal, carrying no mention of Hillie’s thinly disguised campaign arm, her “foundation” accepting money from foreign governments, including surrogates of the Red Chinese and the destruction of emails while she boosted her resume as Secretary of State. So, Mr. O, it appears that if it bleeds, it doesn’t always lead after all.