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Op-Ed: Hillary Clinton, A Question of Character

By Hargrove Jones     Feb 4, 2008 in Politics
A man would not dare claim his wife's work experience as his qualification for a job, yet we're letting a woman offer her husband's resume to qualify her for the most important job in the world.
Quiet as it is kept, Barack Obama has more experience than Hillary Clinton, and he's more qualified than she is.
Barack has served in an elected position for 11 years to Hillary's 7 years, he has campaigned for an elected position 6 times to Hillary's 3. He spent 4 years in the trenches, working for people at the grass roots level. Hillary has never held a position that required consistent contact with grass roots people. Barack built his political machine himself, Hillary used the political machine built by her husband.
Popular opinion has it that Hillary's time as first lady was a simulated presidency. But the truth is that Hillary was only given one task of presidential significance, to head a Task Force on National Health Care Reform, and she failed to implement health care reform. Her plan did not receive enough support for a floor vote in either the House or the Senate, despite the fact that Democrates had a majority in both chambers.
By contrast, when 31-years-old Barack Obama was handed his first major political task, to organize African-American voters in Chicago, on behalf of Project Vote, he was enormously successful. His work was described as "The most effective minority voter registration drive in memory. For the first time in Chicago's history . . .the 19 predominantly black wards outnumbered those in the city's 19 predominantly white ethnic wards, 676,000 to 526,000." According to Sam Burrell, alderman of the West Side's 29th Ward and a veteran of many registration drives. "It was the most efficient campaign I have seen in my 20 years in politics."
Finally, the most import issue that came before Senator Clinton as a U. S. Senator was whether or not to lend her support to the invasion of Iraq. She cast her vote in support of George Bush's initiative to invade Iraq, and in the process, she exposed the the inappropriateness of equating a spouse's professional achievements as one's own. perhaps my decision is influenced by my eight years of experience on the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue in the White House watching my husband deal with serious challenges to our nation.
Unlike Hillary, Barack stood against the war in Iraq, despite the fact that he was trying to get elected to the Senate, and and his was not a popular position. In 2002, at an anti war rally, before the start of the Iraq war, Barack said: I know that an invasion of Iraq without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the Middle East, and encourage the worst, rather than best, impulses of the Arab world, and strengthen the recruitment arm of al-Qaed. I am not opposed to all wars. I'm opposed to dumb wars.
Barack is a better candidate for the presidency because he has more experience, better judgement and tends to succeed more than Hillary. But the most significant reason that Barack is a better candidate is because Hillary has issues of character.
Hillary's a sore looser: On both occasions when Hillary lost, she withheld a proper recognition of her opponent's success.
After Barack's win in Iowa, Hillary's speech never mentioned his win. Although she used the word "congratulate," Obama's name was tucked in with other names, including a reference to herself. The whole thing was spun to sound like a group of people did something together, and she was the spokesperson. She even borrowed obama's change theme to complete the deception, "we have presented the case for change."
When Barack won in South Carolina, it was the same thing. The obligatory "congratulate," followed by many things said about many people, combined with a "thank you" to others. Once again obscuring his win and making it about her, "I want to tell you how excited I am . . ." Rather than a conciliatory speech, it actually sounded like she had won something . . .
People who can't own their failures often enlist extreme measures to redefine their failures as something else, like "a case for change," or the next primary campaign . . .
In this context, Hillary manipulates language to obscure the truth, but given the power of the presidency, she might eventually use things like violence, humiliation and torture, like George Bush.
Hillary's a reality buster: When reality's not good enough, Hillary creates her own. Forget that she joined other Democrats in declaring the Florida primary "null and void," and made a commitment not to campaign there. When faced with a big loss in South Carolina, she flew to Florida to celebrate a meaningless "victory." Highlighting the "event" in media and mailings, to make it look like something it wasn't.
People who create false impressions to mislead people are low grade liars, like George Bush.
Hillary abandons her supporters: When her supporters needed her the most, Hillary cut and ran.
After loosing in Iowa and South Carolina, Hillary didn't reassure her supporters, she ignored their disappointment and pain, and invited them to join her world of denial. Both times she treated her loss like it did not exist.
The South Carolina defeat was met with her flight to Tennessee. Leaving her South Carolina supporters thankless, and burdened to work through their feelings about her disastrous loss on their own.
A candidate who abandons her supporters when things go wrong, may become a commander-in-chief who neglects and fails their troops, like George Bush.
Hillary Breaks the rules: On two occasions she challenged the rules of the Democratic party that she previously consented to.
In Nevada, Hillary's supporters brought a law suit to disrupt the caucusing within the casinos, after the endorsement of the Culinary Union went to Barack. And despite the Democratic party's ruling that Michigan's delegates would not be counted. Unlike Barack and Edwards, who honored the ruling by removing their names from the Michigan ballot, Hillary left hers on. Also, contrary to her agreement that the vote in Florida would be of no effect, and her pledge not to campaign there. She engaged in behavior that was tantamount to campaigning, and she touted the ill-gained fruits of her wrong doing as a "victory," while angling to get the delegates from Michigan and Florida seated.
People who don't follow the rules create chaos and confusion, like George Bush.
Hillary Clinton's behavior during this campaign raises questions about her character.
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