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    Connecting the Pieces

    Is America Going to Have the Best Democracy That Money Can Buy?

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    Hillary Clinton’s first week of campaigning was a flop. From no-one recognizing her at a popular fast food joint to a fake/scripted coffee shop meeting, it seems as if she just can’t get past the public’s perception of her being “cold, calculating, and will do anything to win”.

    However, a woman’s rights activist noted that the Clinton Foundation has accepted tens of millions of dollars from countries that don’t believe in women’s rights.

    So, the 2016 US Presidential election campaign cycle just kicked off, even though there is still a year and a half to go in President Barak Obama’s last term.

    Some would say, however, that US Presidential election campaigns never really end though because there is always talk that some future potential rising star is getting this position or doing that photo-op just to preposition themselves for the next election cycle. It should be noted that a number of Republicans that have entered the race at this point in time, but none of them seemingly have much of a lead at this point in time, although it has only been one week.

    Now, the Democrats are a different story. According to many, Hillary Clinton is “the One”. Outside of Clinton, most Americans would be hard pressed to identify ANY other potential candidate, so it really does seem as if she is their one and only hope.

    The Clintons, both Bill and Hillary, or Billary, as they are also known, have been in the public eye for so long now that a person would have to be at least 50 years old to know of a time when there wasn’t a Clinton either in office or working in the government at some level.

    In that time, there are a few words that describe the Clintons, but the most common one is polarizing. You either love them or you don’t. Specifically, Hillary has been described as even more controversial than Bill, since even if people don’t like Bill, they do describe him as being charismatic.

    Not so with Hillary.

    Words that people use to describe her are cold, calculating, "secretive" and "will do anything to win…"

    In fact ijreview.com reported that a group of Clinton supporters called – “HRC Super Volunteers,’ forbade a New York Times reporter from using a specific list of words to describe Hillary. And this wasn’t a new fringe group; in fact, they have been around for a few years as a google group and are also on twitter. Now, if you are wondering what these words are, here is the list:

    • Ambitious

    • Calculating

    • Disingenuous

    • Entitled

    • Insincere

    • Out of Touch

    • Over Confident

    • Polarizing

    • Represent the Past

    • Secretive

    • Will Do Anything to Win

    See, the difference between Bill and Hill, is that those words aren’t very nice and don’t evoke warm and fuzzy feelings.

    If Bill had a list, it would probably be very similar, but at least it would have likable and smiling and friendly and charismatic and a good speaker. The difference between the two was best illustrated early this week when Hillary, campaigning as the “average American”, stopped by a Mexican fast food restaurant, and no one noticed. A New York Times reporter later told the restaurant manager and the manager said he didn’t believe it.

    So, as hotair.com noted, they reviewed the security camera tape together and sure enough, there she was. The film also noted that she was inside for a whole 45 minutes and not only did no one recognize her, but she didn’t speak to anyone either.  Pundits over at CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 noted that if it was Bill, “…he would still be there and somehow would have known a third of the people.”

    Now, a strange thing happened that day in that pretty much the entire internet agreed that her first public appearance — was a failure.

    And speaking of complete failure, the independent.co.uk reported that on the day that Hillary announced her 2016 bid to become America's first-ever female president: "#Why Im not voting for Hillary" quickly became the most talked-about subject on Twitter.”

    Shortly thereafter, it was reported at infowars.com that the Hillary camp actually paid for the hashtag to be removed. Of course, vocative.com noted that the top search on google that day was: “How old is Hillary Clinton?”.

    So, apparently Hillary is a quick learner, and the next time she made a stop on her “everyday American road tour”, she was seen with a small group of younger people.

    Smiles were exchanged, coffee was had, and photos were taken. Seemingly all marks of success.

    However, as the dailymail.co.uk noted, it was all fake! “Campaign staff DROVE 'ordinary' Iowans to Hillary's first campaign stop — including health care 'lobbyist in training' who was an Obama campaign intern and Biden chauffeur.” It went on to note: “News reports called him a 'student' and her campaign called it an unscripted event.” Well, dear listeners, what do you call it?

    Probably the most troubling development in Clinton’s early campaign involves the so-called “Clinton Foundation”.

    As townhall.com notes: “The Clintons have raised over $2 billion dollars in donations from the wealthiest people, companies and foreign governments in the world.” 


    Would you vote for Hillary Clinton for president?
    • Yes. It's about time the US had a female president!
      10.9% (222)
    • She is not my first choice. I think the Clintons’ time in the White House is over
      60.2% (1222)
    • No way. I would never vote for a Democrat!
      28.9% (587)
    Voted: 2032
    In fact, a story in the Washington Post noted that: “When the foundation released a list of its donors for the first time in 2008, as a result of the agreement with the Obama administration, it disclosed, for instance, that Saudi Arabia had given between $10 million and $25 million.”

    With this in mind, a story in the Weekly Standard noted that: “Raheel Raza, a prominent Pakistani-born women's rights activist is asking presidential candidates, including Hillary Clinton, to pledge not to accept donations from foreign nations that oppress women.”

    She went on the say: “This week, Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy for President.  As a woman, I congratulate her, but as a women’s rights advocate, I’m concerned about the $13,000,000-$40,000,000 the Clinton Foundation reportedly took from regimes that persecute women, namely Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman and the UAE." 

    The human rights activist pledge states: “… I will never take money from regimes that oppress women, even after leave public office, including any libraries or foundations in my name.”

    Raza said: "If you’re running for President—and if you want women’s votes—you should sign ‘The Pledge to Women’ and say ‘no’ to money from regimes that forbid women to vote or run for office”.

    So, what do you think dear listeners — With America’s first 2.5 bn dollar presidential campaign just kicking off — “Is America going to have the best democracy that money can buy?”

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