‘Liar, Liar’, star­ring Hil­lary Clin­ton

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY - Ewin James Guest colum­nist Ewin James is a free­lance jour­nal­ist liv­ing in Long­wood, Florida. Email feed­back to col­umns@glean­erjm.com.

MAYBE NO elec­tion in our life­time will have been as im­por­tant as the one just two weeks away. What hap­pens on Novem­ber 8 will have weighty im­pli­ca­tions for Amer­ica and the world.

Well be­fore the be­gin­ning of the 21st cen­tury, Amer­ica be­gan drift­ing away from its moor­ings as a Chris­tian, con­ser­va­tive, and cap­i­tal­ist na­tion. This drift­ing has ac­cel­er­ated un­der Barack Obama, who wants to change Amer­ica. Now, Amer­ica stands to drift even far­ther, in so do­ing weak­en­ing its pow­er­ful cap­i­tal­ism, its sovereignty by in­dis­crim­i­nate im­mi­gra­tion, and its re­solve to fight threats from ter­ror­ism.

The can­di­dates for the pres­i­dency, Hil­lary Clin­ton and Don­ald Trump, dif­fer ide­o­log­i­cally about whether Amer­ica is drift­ing, so whichever one is elected, we could ei­ther have Amer­ica con­tinue on its present course or try to turn around.

Hil­lary doesn’t see Amer­ica head­ing in the wrong di­rec­tion, for she hasn’t crit­i­cised Obama. She doesn’t rep­re­sent change.

But she has grave prob­lems of pol­icy and char­ac­ter. She has been a reck­less pub­lic ser­vant and a su­perla­tive liar. When she was sec­re­tary of state, with full knowl­edge of the rules of the State Depart­ment, she in­stalled a pri­vate server in her home in New York, more than 200 miles from her of­fice in Wash­ing­ton, DC, and sent emails of her job on it.

To hide what she did, she erased the emails – an ob­struc­tion of jus­tice. When called to account, she lied re­peat­edly that she didn’t know that what she had done was wrong and that she had turned over all the emails to the FBI.

She also lied that she used only one cell phone for pro­tec­tion – the FBI found that she had used 13 – and when she and her aides were sub­poe­naed, they de­stroyed the phones, some of them with a ham­mer. This wrong­do­ing might have com­pro­mised the se­cu­rity of the United and en­dan­gered peo­ple’s lives.

Such a per­son is un­fit for the high­est of­fice in the world. If her name wasn’t Clin­ton, she would be in prison serv­ing a long sen­tence.

Then there is the Beng­hazi af­fair. De­spite be­ing warned of the dan­ger­ous se­cu­rity con­di­tions at the mis­sion in Beng­hazi, Libya, up to a year be­fore the in­fa­mous event, and a writ­ten re­quest from the am­bas­sador, Chris Stevens, Hil­lary ig­nored the re­quest to pro­vide ad­e­quate se­cu­rity.

The re­sult: The mis­sion was at­tacked in 2012 and Chris Stevens and three other staff mem­bers were mur­dered.

Rather than take re­spon­si­bil­ity, Hil­lary lied that her as­sis­tants failed to tell her of the se­cu­rity con­di­tions at the mis­sion and that she had re­ceived no re­quests for in­creased se­cu­rity. But the most egre­gious lie of all was her say­ing that the at­tack had been sparked by an anti-Mus­lim video posted on the In­ter­net.

RECK­LESS

With Hil­lary as pres­i­dent, we are sure to get four more years of what we have got for the last eight un­der Barack Obama: open bor­ders and drugs and crime com­ing across them; a five­fold in­crease in Syr­ian refugees and among whom will cer­tainly be ter­ror­ists from ISIS; and higher taxes.

Many Amer­i­cans do not want this. That is why peo­ple are turn­ing to Don­ald Trump.

But he is a deeply flawed man, who is reck­less in his speech and ac­tions, which is un­be­com­ing of the pres­i­dent of the great­est coun­try on Earth.

It is also com­ing to light that he has been a mighty wom­an­iser, though not of the stripes of Hil­lary’s hus­band, Bill, who was im­peached be­cause of per­jury and ob­struc­tion of jus­tice over an af­faire with an in­tern in the White House.

De­spite this, Bill Clin­ton is one of the most pop­u­lar ex-pres­i­dents and is the el­der states­man of the Demo­cratic Party. So there may be hope for Don­ald Trump.

Don­ald trump is also un­schooled in the de­tails of pol­icy and the is­sues that a pres­i­dent of the US will have to deal with daily. Un­der­stand­ably, many peo­ple are hes­i­tant about him.

It is the sys­tem that he, along with many Amer­i­cans, is con­vinced that is the prob­lem. Will he be given the chance, though?

CLIN­TON

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