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post Jun 19 2015, 07:41 PM
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17 droning months of Hillary. Add whatever you want concerning her past, present and humorous items are most appreciated. Same goes with the Jeb thread.

Hillary Clinton Launches Her Presidential Campaign
by Patrick Martin, globalresearch.ca
June 15

Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party frontrunner for the 2016 US presidential election, officially launched her campaign at a rally Saturday in New York City. Delivered before an audience of Democratic Party hacks and union officials, the speech combined empty demagogy with contempt for the intelligence of the population.

Clinton’s campaign chose the location of the speech, Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island, to wrap the candidate in the mantle of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. But it was Clinton’s husband who openly repudiated the already distant reformist past of the Democratic Party during his presidency. His administration’s signature domestic accomplishment was the deal with the Republicans to “end welfare as we know it,” destroying a key element of the social safety net established in the 1930s.

The Clinton campaign evidently believes that merely reciting a list of occupations of working-class Americans—factory workers, food servers, nurses, truckers, etc.—will cause her listeners to forget the anti-working class policies that both Democrats and Republicans have espoused for the past four decades.

In her speech, she also played up the fact that, if elected, she would be the first female president, shifting to the domain of identity politics used to promote Barack Obama.

The Democratic candidate gave examples of economic injustice in the America of 2015:

“You see corporations making record profits, with CEOs making record pay, but your paychecks have barely budged. While many of you are working multiple jobs to make ends meet, you see the top 25 hedge fund managers making more than all of America’s kindergarten teachers combined.”

One would hardly know from this pseudo-populist rhetoric that a Democratic president has occupied the White House for the past six-and-a-half years, and that Clinton served in one of the highest positions in that administration. Under Obama, the financial aristocracy has utilized its control of the state to exploit the crisis that erupted in 2008 to increase its wealth and strengthen its stranglehold over economic life.

As for the actual content of Clinton’s proposals, these consisted largely of tax breaks or incentives for corporations. There was no suggestion of a jobs program or any serious measures to address mass unemployment, poverty and indebtedness.

Clinton is a particularly dubious vehicle for the type of social demagogy that characterized her speech. The former first lady, senator and secretary of state has amassed, along with her husband, a fortune approaching $100 million from her decades of service to corporate interests. The Clintons rub shoulders with billionaires and CEOs every day.

At this point, Clinton is the choice of most multimillionaires to be the next occupant of the White House. A recent CNBC poll of 750 millionaires found 53 percent support for Clinton in a contest with Republican Jeb Bush, 14 points better than Obama’s showing in the 2012 election with the same group.

Clinton’s speech was notable for its near-silence on foreign policy, aside from a few sentences threatening China, Russia, North Korea and Iran. This is a remarkable omission for someone who served as US secretary of state for four years. There was no mention of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya or Ukraine. She said nothing of drone warfare or the NSA spying on the telecommunications and Internet usage of every American.

Of all the candidates, Clinton has the longest and closest ties to the military-intelligence apparatus, going back to her years in her husband’s White House, followed by eight years on the Senate Armed Services Committee and four years as the chief representative of American imperialism overseas.

Millions of people voted for Obama in 2008 in the mistaken hope that he would end the wars launched under the Bush administration, only to see the Obama-Biden-Clinton administration expand the war in Afghanistan, attack Libya, intervene in Syria and Yemen, relaunch the war in Iraq and provoke conflicts with nuclear-armed Russia and China in Ukraine and the South China Sea. Behind the backs of the American people, the ruling class is plotting world war.

Clinton chose not to present this record in her official campaign kickoff because of the widespread antiwar sentiment in the American population. The American people will be given no alternative between a bellicose Republican presidential nominee and a Democrat equally fervent in her willingness to use military force to promote the global interests of American imperialism.

The official launching of the Clinton campaign serves only to underscore the crisis of class rule in the United States. Two terms of the Obama administration have contributed to the hostility with which large sections of the working class view both political parties.

War, financial crisis, government spying, police violence, the worst economic slump since the Great Depression: these facts have demonstrated that the Democratic Party, like the Republican Party, does the bidding of Wall Street and the military-intelligence apparatus. The two parties maintain a pretense of bitter disagreement while they work together on a bipartisan agenda of defending the financial aristocracy and attacking the working class.

Clinton is currently the leading candidate for the Democrats, though the party is bringing forward lesser contestants such as Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Maryland governor (and Baltimore mayor) Martin O’Malley in an attempt to give the party a “left” face. The aim is to give the trade unions and the pseudo-left organizations that orbit the Democratic Party something they can use to once again channel social discontent behind the Democrats.

Hillary couldn't do this in real life but this is the next best thing.
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post Jun 20 2015, 10:04 AM
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Hillary Clinton: Profile of Rogue Leadership

June 16

The possibility of another Clinton or Bush becoming president in 2017 should make everyone’s blood run cold.

Both represent everything wrong with America – a gangster state run by monied interests for their benefit alone, waging endless wars for power, profit and unchallenged global dominance along with governing under a homeland police state apparatus.

Hillary was Washington’s 67th Secretary of State. She served from January 21, 2009 – February 1, 2013. She was arguably America’s worst – at least until John Kerry succeeded her.

From 2001 – 2009, she was US Senator from New York. In 2008, she unsuccessfully challenged Obama for the Democrat party’s presidential nomination. She’s back again for another try.

She’s unabashedly pro-war. In January 2014, Time magazine said “(a)s Secretary of State, Clinton backed a bold escalation of the Afghanistan war.”

“She pressed Obama to arm the Syrian rebels, and later endorsed air strikes against the Assad regime. She backed intervention in Libya, and her State Department helped enable Obama’s expansion of lethal drone strikes.”

“In fact, Clinton may have been the administration’s most reliable advocate for military action. On at least three crucial issues – Afghanistan, Libya, and the (staged) bin Laden raid – Clinton took a more aggressive line than Gates, a Bush-appointed Republican.”

As first lady, she partnered with husband Bill’s high crimes. She urged bombing Yugoslavia. Straightaway post-9/11, she supported waging (phony) war on terror.

She endorses nuclear weapons use. She calls them peacekeeping deterrents. As a 2008 presidential aspirant, she told AIPAC she “stands with Israel now and forever.” She deplores peace and stability. “What do we have NATO for if not to defend our way of life,” she blustered earlier.

She’s fundamentally against peace, equity and justice. As head of state, perhaps she’ll launch WW III.

She’s a serial liar. Believe nothing she says campaigning. On Saturday, she officially launched it with a large New York City rally after previous smaller events in early primary states.

Her remarks were a litany of Big Lies – polar opposite of her agenda, claiming she supports:

“equality of opportunity:” she’s fundamentally anti-populist;
“jobs for those who can work:” as president she’ll be a jobs destroyer, not creator, continuing the policy of offshoring US jobs to low-wage countries;
“security for those who need it:” she endorses eroding social justice en route to eliminating it altogether;
“the ending of special privilege for the few:” she supports wealth, power and privilege at the expense of popular interests;
“the preservation of civil liberties for all:” she favors the same homeland police state apparatus GW Bush established and Obama hardened;
“a wider and constantly rising standard of living:” she’s for transforming America into a ruler/serf society.
Her claim about wanting to follow in the footsteps of Obama bringing America “back from the brink of Depression” ignored deepening hard times for millions, growing poverty, unemployment and underemployment, a potemkin economy, an unprecedented wealth disparity, and policymakers systematically thirdworldizing America to enrich privileged elites more than already.

She and husband Bill are two of America’s super-rich, profiting from influence-peddling. The Clinton Foundation got millions of dollars from foreign donors in return for $165 billion in arms sales when Hillary was Secretary of State.

American Jobs Alliance communications director Curtis Ellis explained “(i)f you want a favor from one of the Clintons, whether it be Bill or Hillary, in one of her positions as senator or secretary of state, what you do is you donate money to the Clinton Foundation.”

“I would describe this as a classic corrupt deal. This is conflict of interest at the highest levels.”

Poll numbers show her unfavorable ratings at a seven-year high. Perhaps most telling is trustworthiness.

A new CNN/ORC poll shows growing numbers don’t trust her – 57% up from 49% in March. Around half those polled say she doesn’t care about people or inspire confidence.

“In head-to-head match-ups against top Republicans, her margin is tighter than it has been at any point in CNN/ORC’s polling on the contest,” the news outlet said.

At the same time, no Republican aspirant so far emerged dominant. At least seven candidates are closely bunched in polls, including Jeb Bush.

Clinton’s support among Democrats and independents dropped nine points since April. Lots of issues dog her – including conducting official business as secretary of state through her personal email account on an unsecured server in her home.

False! Revelations of secretly using her personal email server for official state business alone exposed her. So did her claims about being instrumental in the Northern Ireland peace process.

Negotiators involved said she was nowhere to be seen. Her claim about leaving the White House in January 2001 dead broke, “struggl(ing)” to make ends meet, belies reality.

She and Bill began making millions straightaway. She was directly involved in the official coverup of the September 2012 US Benghazi, Libya diplomatic compound attack killing American ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, foreign service information management officer Sean Smith and two CIA operatives.

An Accountability Review Board concluded:

“Systemic failures and leadership management deficiencies at senior levels within two bureaus of the State Department resulted in a Special Mission security posture that was inadequate for Benghazi and grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place.”

As a 2008 presidential aspirant, Hillary lied about landing in Tuzla, Bosnia with daughter Chelsea under hostile sniper fire.

“I remember landing under sniper fire,” she claimed. We “were told to run to our cars with our heads down.”

False! Western news outlets accompanying her had video footage showing no signs of danger when she arrived. She lied claiming otherwise.

As Secretary of State, one of her jobs was resetting relations with Russia. Last year, she outlandishly compared Putin to Hitler and Russia to Nazi Germany.

It bears repeating. She represents the worst of America’s dark side – imperial ruthlessness at home and abroad perhaps worse than ever if she’s elected president in November 2016.
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