Clin­ton’s ‘deplorable’ is an­other’s ra­tio­nal

Baltimore Sun - - COMMENTARY - By Ge­orge W. Lieb­mann — Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton Ge­orge W. Lieb­mann is the vol­un­teer ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Calvert In­sti­tute for Pol­icy Re­search (info@calvertin­sti­tute.org).

“To just be grossly gen­er­al­is­tic [sic] you could put half of Trump’s sup­port­ers into what I call the ‘bas­ket of de­plorables.’ Right? The racist, sex­ist, ho­mo­pho­bic, xeno­pho­bic, Is­lam­o­pho­bic — you name it.”

Don­ald Trump has been ac­cused of name-calling, but un­like Hil­lary Clin­ton, his ef­forts have not stig­ma­tized at one shot 20 per­cent of the Amer­i­can pop­u­la­tion — in­clud­ing the present writer. While I am no Trump sup­porter, I am one of the Ms. Clin­ton’s so-called “de­plorables” un­der her lib­eral def­i­ni­tions of racist, sex­ist, ho­mo­pho­bic and xeno­pho­bic.

She has told us (be­fore dele­tion of it from her web­site) that to avoid be­ing “sex­ist” we must pre­sume the truth of any ac­cu­sa­tion of sex­ual as­sault. She has ap­plauded fed­eral guide­lines seek­ing to de­prive those ac­cused of the right of cross ex­am­i­na­tion in col­lege pro­ceed­ings.

She has en­dorsed the goals and rhetoric of the “Black Lives Mat­ter” move­ment. Those who think that com­plaints about po­lice abuses are in­evitable when po­lice are given the mis­sion-im­pos­si­ble of the drug war are cast into the outer dark­ness, and no ef­fort is made to cre­ate in­cen­tives for youth em­ploy­ment, nor a Civil­ian Con­ser­va­tion Corps. The drug war, with its 1.5 mil­lion an­nual drug abuse ar­rests, is to be con­tin­ued for four years while Ms. Clin­ton “stud­ies” med­i­cal mar­i­juana. It is the po­lice, not her type of politi­cian, whoare to be blamed for the plight of mi­nor­ity youth, and any­one who says oth­er­wise is a pre­sumed racist.

Those who con­tend that re­cent trade agree­ments (other than the Trans-Pa­cific Part­ner­ship, which she first ne­go­ti­ated and then re­nounced) are less than a great suc­cess story are “xeno­phobes.” Economists, who­have pointed out through the years that high-wage coun­tries are dis­ad­van­taged by free trade un­less they im­prove work­force skills, are skunks at the gar­den party. Any­one hold­ing such views about im­prove­ment of ed­u­ca­tion might be crit­i­cal of Ms. Clin­ton’s friends in the teach­ers unions, who with her sup­port main­tain a regime in which 90 per­cent of col­lege grad­u­ates are ex­cluded from the teach­ing force and in which the char­ter schools she once sup­ported and now op­poses are be­ing sub­jected to slow stran­gu­la­tion. Those re­mem­ber­ing the reaction against un­con­trolled im­mi­gra­tion that gave us the Know Noth­ing Party in the 1850s and a re­vived Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s in her view are alarmists; the na­tion’s ab­sorp­tive ca­pac­ity is un­lim­ited, even when govern­men­tal ben­e­fits with­held from prior gen­er­a­tions are of­fered to new il­le­gal im­mi­grants with Ms. Clin­ton’s sup­port.

As for Is­lam­o­pho­bia, it is hard to see how any­one could be more Is­lam­o­pho­bic than Ms. Clin­ton. She, lest we for­get, fa­vored our marches into two Mus­lim coun­tries, the cru­sades tak­ing us to Baghdad and Tripoli be­ing con­ducted with­out U.N. ap­proval and the lat­ter with­out con­gres­sional author­ity. Two new forms of war­fare have been de­ployed on her watch against the Mus­lim world with only the skimp­i­est at­tempt at their in­ter­na­tional reg­u­la­tion: cy­ber war­fare ini­ti­ated against Iran and drone war­fare, ini­ti­ated against tar­gets in Pak­istan and Ye­men. No sig­nif­i­cant ef­fort was made by her to re­strain Is­rael’s Ne­tanyahu govern­ment, which in­cludes some Is­lam­o­phobes prop­erly so-called.

And of course any­one not ap­plaud­ing the Supreme Court’s gay mar­riage de­ci­sion or the Obama’ ad­min­is­tra­tion’s re­cent trans­gen­der bath­room guide­lines is ho­mo­pho­bic, es­pe­cially lawyers like the present writer who con­demn those who “care not who makes the laws, nor how, so long as the laws are to their lik­ing.”

Though I shall vote for the Lib­er­tar­ian ticket of for­mer gover­nors Gary John­son and Bill Weld, the shoes Ms. Clin­ton has fash­ioned for Trump sup­port­ers fit me like a glove. In this sea­son of ma­jor-party name-calling, I am grate­ful for only one thing: I have not yet been de­scribed as a “failed cabaret singer.”

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