Truth or con­se­quences?

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION&COMMENTARY - I Gor­don Robin­son is an at­tor­ney-at-law. Email feed­back to col­umns@glean­

FI­NALLY! JA­MAICANS, es­pe­cially Ja­maican women who speak of Hil­lary Clin­ton in hushed tones of awe, are able to ex­hale.

To­day, mil­lions of US cit­i­zens se­lect a new pres­i­dent. Their choices, Don­ald Trump, vil­i­fied as the epit­ome of evil by US me­dia but es­pe­cially Rachel Mad­dow, the Demo­cratic Party and most Ja­maican women; and Hil­lary Clin­ton, wrapped in saint­hood by all of the above, con­tinue to ap­pear to clear thinkers as pot and ket­tle. Don’t worry, all whose spir­i­tual en­ergy has been spent rail­ing against Trump and hold­ing your breath lest he (God NO!) should win only have 18 hours to go. “At last my love has come along. My lonely days are over and life is like a song” The most hi­lar­i­ous as­pect for me of the past three or four weeks (since Pu**ygate) is the dis­or­gan­ised, des­per­ate, un­eth­i­cal and bi­ased ap­proach of US me­dia. Ev­ery­thing is hyped. Pu**ygate it­self, noth­ing more than two grown men speak­ing in pri­vate about their per­cep­tion of how women mis­be­have if given ‘proper’ mo­ti­va­tion (comes in many shapes and sizes but all spelt ‘M-O-N-E-Y’), has been pre­sented as Trump ad­vo­cat­ing ‘sex­ual as­sault’. DWL!

In re­al­ity, Trump, with the cor­rect amount of amazed dis­be­lief in his voice, sim­ply ob­served that, once they’re deal­ing with ‘stars’, women (gen­er­ally speak­ing, not EV­ERY woman) will al­low any­thing. Not to worry, Hil­lary, who NEVER abused any woman, no mat­ter if the mo­ti­va­tion was to keep her hus­band in the White House, is avail­able. All will be well. “At last the skies above are blue.

My heart was wrapped up in clover the night I looked at you” John Comey, FBI di­rec­tor ap­pointed by Ge­orge W. Bush, had been hailed for his per­sonal in­tegrity, es­pe­cially when the Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion tried to have a se­ri­ously ill, hos­pi­talised AG, John Ashcroft, sign au­tho­ri­sa­tions for war­rant­less in­ter­cep­tion of cit­i­zens’ phone calls. Comey rushed to the hospi­tal and blocked the at­tempt.

The same Comey led an FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Hil­lary Clin­ton’s abuse of her pri­vate email server to trans­act of­fi­cial State Depart­ment busi­ness, but sud­denly an­nounced (in the heat of the cam­paign) the in­ves­ti­ga­tion closed de­spite Comey’s per­sonal opin­ion that Hi­lary had been “neg­li­gent”. Me­dia hailed that an­nounce­ment as nec­es­sary and proper, de­spite com­ing, as it did, less than 24 hours af­ter his boss, AG Loretta Lynch, met with Bill Clin­ton be­hind closed doors on his pri­vate plane talk­ing (she said) about their “kids”.


Some­thing may’ve fes­tered in Comey’s craw be­cause, dur­ing an un­con­nected in­ves­ti­ga­tion, new emails pre­sump­tively sent by a close Clin­ton aide were found on An­thony Wiener’s (re­mem­ber him?) lap­top (no jokes, please). Comey im­me­di­ately wrote to Repub­li­can con­gress­men (leaked to me­dia) an­nounc­ing the re­open­ing of the Clin­ton in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Comey is sud­denly de­scribed as un­eth­i­cal and politi­cised.

So, Hil­lary, pre­vi­ously cruis­ing to vic­tory (ac­cord­ing to polls), started wor­ry­ing not only about Wik­iLeaks, but also a leak­ing Wiener! Her po­lit­i­cal speeches took on a dis­tinctly more shrill tone. Then, on Sun­day, Comey an­nounced Hil­lary again cleared and re­turned to be­ing a man of in­tegrity.

In the cam­paigns’ last days, Se­cret Ser­vice dra­mat­i­cally hus­tled Trump off a rally stage be­cause some­one shouted “gun!” Since then, Trump’s cam­paign per­sis­tently re­ferred to the in­ci­dent as an “as­sas­si­na­tion at­tempt.” Holy is­sue-free elec­tion Bat­man!

Read­ers of my pin­point fore­cast of Fe­bru­ary’s lo­cal elec­tion asked me to try the US elec­tions.

1. The re­sult will mean noth­ing to Ja­maica, which al­ready re­sides in the pock­ets of the IMF, World Bank and other US-con­trolled in­ter­ests. Nei­ther can­di­date cares;

2. In ev­ery elec­tion, cash talks and bull­crap walks. Polls mean NOTH­ING. Polls, schmolls! Votes in boxes win elec­tions. Trump didn’t get so as­set rich by spend­ing his money on ideals (although he re­cently wired a few mil to the cam­paign), and the GOP isn’t help­ing. Hil­lary, how­ever, at­tracted un­lim­ited amounts of other peo­ple’s money (you scratch my back ... ) to em­ploy mas­sive ground troops to move votes into bal­lot boxes.

Ja­maican women, re­lax. Cel­e­brate well into tonight. It’s Hil­lary Clin­ton on a com­mon can­ter. But, be care­ful. Women have been ex­ult­ing At Last and been dis­ap­pointed since the song was writ­ten (1941) by Mack Gor­don and Harry War­ren for the musical film Or­ches­tra Wives, where it was per­formed by the Glenn Miller Or­ches­tra (the same Glenn Miller whose band dis­ap­peared while fly­ing over the English Chan­nel three years later). The ver­sion you know, by Etta James, de­buted in 1960.

So, ladies, be­ware! Of­ten, ‘At Last’ is like a game of truth or con­se­quences. Let me know how Pres­i­dent Bil­lary Clin­ton works for you.

Peace and love.

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