Will Hillary Clinton Ride A False Narrative to The White House ?

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the seriesElection 2016

A meme is circulating social media that frames public support, or lack thereof, for Hillary Clinton as a presidential candidate in 2016. The source is unknown to kennethdprice.com, whether operatives at the Democratic National Committee [DNC] or unofficial supporters. However, the message is one that raises serious issues for American voters. We tackle some of these issues below.


 

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Source: U.S. Department of State, Public Domain

With 30 months to go before we elect the next President of the United States, the battle lines are already being drawn.

Recently, Monica Lewinsky resurfaced to replay some old tapes about Bill Clinton so as to neutralize his influence in 2016. And now, the Democrats have their calling card — sexism. Specifically, if you don’t support Hillary Clinton’s bid for The White House, something dark lurks inside of you. That dark character flaw called — sexism. Sure, that’s it. Sexism. The big “S” word.

It’s a great campaign strategy that appeals to the Left and the Right. For liberals, where than more 90 percent of African American voters align, the narrative appeals to a people that has suffered centuries of social, economic, and political discrimination in this nation. Surely, blacks must understand “isms” and, therefore, cast their votes for Hillary. As for the conservatives, “Come on women. It’s about lady power. Right?” 

This kind of propaganda asks voters to throw policy to the side and approach Election 2016 as the next social experiment after the 2008 and 2012 campaigns proved that America could place a person of color in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Next up — the gender experiment.

But of course, there are a number of reasons why some, particularly African Americans, will not go along with the spin for reasons that have nothing to do with sexism. These reasons might include:

1. Heightened sensitivity about the black incarcerations. Millions have read Daniel Blackmon’s “Slavery By Another Name” and Michelle Alexander’s “The New Jim Crow“. The heightened sensitivity about the troubling growth of [private] prisons and disproportionate numbers of African Americans in the criminal justice system are linked to Rounds I and II of the Clinton dynasty that produced the sharp rise in incarceration. The increase of African Americans in prisons during the 1990s far exceeded that of any president in U.S. history before and since the Bill Clinton presidency.

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2. Turning against [black] genocide. At one point, the faith community was more vocal about the evil of abortion. In the same way the Constitution was wrong to permit slavery, no one has the moral authority to take a life; and certainly not the life of an unborn baby. Before running for the presidency in 1984, Jesse Jackson joined the voices of black nationalists who saw abortion as genocide. Those voices were the foundations of the pro-life movement long before conservatives took on the issue of abortion. Now, 41 years beyond Roe v. Wade and 55 million abortions later, some are now coming to terms with what we have done and the need to end this practice.

3. Other Clinton legacies. Rounds I and II of the Clintons not only exploded the prison population, but also gave us Welfare Reform that was sold on a myth of corporations absorbing new workers. The exporting of jobs through NAFTA and CAFTA. The signing of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 that put a dagger in independent black media ownership and gave rise to the syndication propaganda artists such as Rush Limbaugh. The Clinton name is likewise connected with gentrification in Harlem that replaced black businesses with bigbox chains as well as the ending of controls that led to sharp rises in rents. If some are not exuberant about Hillary, it’s quite possible that voters have grown tired of Clinton politics.

4. Clinton’s Direct Connection to the Financial Collapse. Wall Street’s meltdown in 2008 has been linked to Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, greed at our nation’s largest funds management houses, dishonest bond rating agencies, and the Community Reinvestment Act [CRA]. Some even implicated low-income citizens who, unknowingly, fell victim to predatory lenders. But a PBS Frontline video documentary entitled “The Warning” linked the 1990s darling of the Democratic Party – Bill Clinton. Clinton-era appointees that essentially continued Reagan’s pro-business/anti-regulations policies, leaving Wall Street to its unregulated devices to grow the American economy. Clinton effectively shut down calls for increased oversight of transactions that ultimately imploded our financial markets.
[important]The Warning goes into intricate details about Clinton’s use of Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, and Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Larry Summers in undermining efforts by Commodity Futures Trading Commission [CFTC] Chair Brooksley Born to regulate over-the-counter derivatives. Born and CTFC were marginalized. Ultimately, the transactions that concerned Born yielded toxic assets that were at the center of the 2008 financial markets collapse.[/important]
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Wikipedia writes of Sam’s personal life, “Sam is the seventh of eight children born to JoAnn and Michael Alan Sam, Sr. His parents separated when he was young. As a child, Sam watched one of his older brothers die from a gunshot wound. Another older brother has been missing since 1998, and his other two brothers are both imprisoned. A sister who was born before him died in infancy. At one point in his childhood, Sam lived in his mother’s car. He was once accidentally maced by police who were arresting one of his brothers.” These facts are rarely shared by the media. But one might posit that the collective trauma might play a factor into Sam’s lifestyle – a discussion parents could raise with the children.

5. The Michael Sam Effect. Across America, parents sat with young boys to watch the recent NFL Draft. Then that big moment. Explaining to their boys why grown men are lip-locking, caressing like mommy and daddy, and licking smashed cake off each other’s face. Having heard from parents about their experiences, Camp Clinton might look to Michael Sam’s ramming his homosexuality down the public’s throat as America’s “enough is enough” moment regarding the Democratic Party’s barrage of the gay agenda. Hillary might very well be the first post-gay agenda Democratic presidential candidate to lose an election — ironically as a result of America coming face-to-face with an agenda that Clinton supports.

6. Coming to terms with the “One-Winged” Bird. Despite their occasional rhetorical conflicts, Democrats and Republicans are increasingly difficult to distinguish on major policy questions. Both parties have demonstrated unprecedented interventionism, particularly in The Middle East. Both have supported bailouts. Both parties continue to support wasteful defense spending such as the $1.7 trillion F-35 Stealth Fighter Jet program. The parties share a blind indifference to meaningful transformation of America’s urban core. They only tacitly complain about the corrosive influence of campaign finance. And neither party is particularly interested in leveling the playing field of opportunity for African Americans, particularly as it relates to public contracting. The Republican Party has turned a deaf ear to issues such as voting rights. And the Democratic Party has left African American concerns since moving to the right following the Mondale loss in 1984. Evidence of this has re-emerged in President Obama’s recent judicial nominations of conservatives for lifetime posts in Federal Courts; actions that have angered African Americans and other liberal groups.

7. Benghazi. The deadly attack on the US Embassy in Benghazi, Libya casts a shadow over Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. While the Secretary of State is dismissing  further investigations by the House Select Committee, casting it off as a political witch-hunt could raise suspicion among Republican [women] voters and Democrats that are equally interested in answers. In 2008, Clinton used a suggestive refrain that Obama was too inexperienced to handle foreign affairs crises. If Benghazi investigations reveal cracks in the State Department’s handling of Benghazi, Clinton will be vulnerable as would be any candidate, without regard to gender.

8. Hillary’s race residue. Hillary Clinton’s record on race was tainted by remarks then Senator Clinton made during a Martin Luther King Day speech at a function convened by Al Sharpton. In the speech, Clinton stated:

When you look at the way the House of Representatives has been run, it has been run like a plantation and you know what I’m talking about….. 

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Graphics such as this one circulated in social media after Hillary Clinton’s “plantation” comment. Source: unknown.

The metaphor drew criticism that Clinton was race-baiting in the middle of a 2008 presidential primary campaign that featured an increasingly popular African American candidate, Barack Obama. Clinton’s comments transformed her candidacy into the butt of jokes and imagery RealClear Politics co-founder and President John McIntyre noted,

“There are several offensive angles to her accusation, and the words don’t do justice to the malevolent tone with which she attacked her political enemies. First, it marginalizes the evil and suffering of slavery by comparing it to the Democrats’ minority status in the House of Representatives, and second, it is the type of crude racial politics that is unbecoming and increasingly less effective for Democrats. Politically, where it hurts Hillary the most, is it immediately reminds people of the liberal, attacking image she had at the beginning of her husband’s Presidency.”

The backdrop of 2008 makes the current narrative, from racism to sexism, a bit cynical to those with long political memories. It makes the Clinton appear to be a lady-in-waiting for a Clinton entitlement. 

It remains to be seen whether the American public is ready for another reminder that our nation’s democracy is all-too-often concentrated around family dynasties; more recently those named Kennedy, Bush, and Clinton. The polarization of today’s electorate and the Bill Clinton legacy will add to uncertainty.

For now, this sends two words to Camp Clinton: Stop It! 

The “vote for Hillary or consider yourself a sexist” inferences embodied in the above group is a cheap shot that comes at very serious times in our nation’s history. What we should hope for in the 2016 election is that “isms” serve no purpose. Neither as a distraction from votes, nor as an appeal for them.

 


 

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