Hillary Clinton Is One of the Most Ethical (and Most Lied About) Political Leaders in America
January 23, 2016

If the headline of this piece blows some minds, you can thank three decades of relentless lies and smears by the conservative attack machine and its mainstream media enablers, who have labored to create an aura of corruption around Hillary Clinton. Hillary’s detractors on the right, left and center reel off a laundry list of unsupported accusations with an air of absolute authority, as though it is simply a given that she is a terrible, horrible, no-good human being.
And that is precisely the intention: Taint her through innuendo and guilt-by-association, throw enough dirt at her that voters develop an instant negative association with her name. Accuse, accuse, accuse until the accusation becomes the reality, and may the truth be damned.
Karl Rove, the Koch brothers, and billionaire conservative moneymen like Paul Singer have spent inordinate sums to paint a malignant picture of Hillary, using sophisticated propaganda techniques to render her toxic to the American electorate.
Sadly, many on the left imbibe and regurgitate these fabricated narratives, spewing falsehoods and filth at Hillary with gleeful abandon. They are joined by mainstream media operatives with personal vendettas like Maureen Dowd and the Morning Joe crew, whose venomous words reveal more about their own failings than about Hillary.
But the fact is this: no one has ever produced an iota of evidence that Hillary has behaved improperly because of a campaign contribution. No one has produced a scintilla of proof that there is a quid pro quo when it comes to her speaking fees. From Whitewater to Benghazi to her emails, nobody can point to a single instance of corruption or purposeful wrongdoing on Hillary Clinton’s part.
None. Zero. Ever.
The most they have are votes they disagree with. And even there, the false frames are tossed around with no regard for facts. Hillary’s voting record is as liberal as Elizabeth Warren’s, yet somehow Hillary is the only one portrayed by critics as a sell-out, a closet Republican, a traitor to progressives.
I agree with most of Bernie Sanders’ platform – which is very similar to Hillary’s – but contrary to the assertions of his supporters, Bernie is not some outsider untouched by the messy complexities of politics. He is a seasoned politician who has spent a quarter century in Congress; he sided with the NRA when it was politically expedient; his top adviser is a consummate DC insider who has worked for candidates who are anathema to the left; he has hired pollsters to hone his message after saying he didn’t need pollsters; and he has shown a willingness to take swipes at the likes of Planned Parenthood and HRC when it serves his political goals.
My point is this: the notion that somehow Bernie is pure good and Hillary is pure evil is hogwash. They are both politicians who make judgments and adopt positions, some of which we agree with, others we don’t.
No matter how shocking this may sound to Hillary’s professional critics – those who spend their time condescendingly mocking anyone who says a good word about her – Hillary is an upstanding, principled leader who has survived the most intrusive, invasive, aggressive and unending vetting process in political history. Time and again, she has emerged with her integrity intact. In the words of the Des Moines Register, which just endorsed her, “Clinton has demonstrated that she is a thoughtful, hardworking public servant who has earned the respect of leaders at home and abroad. She stands ready to take on the most demanding job in the world.”
Having worked with Hillary for three years as an adviser and seen her approach to life and politics, having watched her as a mom and daughter, as a friend to so many people, I know the rightwing caricature of her is an offensive distortion and I feel personally compelled to speak the truth and to fight the slander.
It is gratifying to Hillary’s friends and supporters (and infinitely vexing to her detractors) that rank-and-file Democrats see through the spin and connect to Hillary on a personal level. These are the voters across America who are poised to carry her to the Democratic nomination and ultimately to the White House, sending a monumentally important and inspiring message to women and girls across the globe.
When that happens, I will carry my young daughter on my shoulders, as I did the day President Obama was elected, and show her how history is made.

NOTE:  This is maybe the third piece I've done in defense of Hillary over the past few months so you might think that I'm a Hillary supporter.  Well, I am.  But I actually prefer Bernie Sanders but if he does not win the Democratic nomination, I will vote for Hillary.

So why have I posted these pro-Hillary pieces?  Because one of the biggest problems we face not only in our political world today but in our general society, is the acceptance of lies and lying or in simpler terms, propaganda.  Ones sees this modus operandi far more frequently on the right than on the left, but neither group has an exclusive contract.  We've been lied to forever, of course, but it's only been recently, I suppose with the rise and spread of the internet, that lies seem to replace facts, data, and truth far too often and for far too long.  

And one of the arena's where this propaganda meme has been egregiously pervasive and successful, is against Hillary Clinton.   And that's a shame.   She is not what the right wing would have you believe - evil, untrustworthy, corrupt - but it seems that many folks actually believe the crap that's been swirling around her for the past twenty years.  Particularly, it seems, among the young.  But just as we are led to believe that another Republican slogan, "cutting taxes creates jobs" with not a shred of evidence to support this policy dictum, there is no proof, no facts, no data, to support the claim that Hillary Clinton is evil, untrustworthy, or corrupt.    


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