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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Timothy Egan, "Trump Is the Poison His Party Concocted": And Hillary Isn't?



In a New York Times op-ed entitled "Trump Is the Poison His Party Concocted," Timothy Egan writes of Donald Trump:

"The adults patrolling the playpen of Republican politics are appalled that we’ve become a society where it’s O.K. to make fun of veterans, to call anyone who isn’t rich a loser, to cast an entire group of newly arrived strivers as rapists and shiftless criminals.

Somewhere, we crossed a line — from our mothers’ modesty to strutting braggadocio, from dutiful decorum to smashing all the china in the room, from respecting a base set of facts to a trumpeting of willful ignorance."

I agree, but is Hillary any better? As reported by in a New York Times article entitled "Hillary Clinton Emails Said to Contain Classified Data" by Michael S. Schmidt and Matt Apuzzo:

"Government investigators said Friday that they had discovered classified information on the private email account that Hillary Rodham Clinton used while secretary of state, stating unequivocally that those secrets never should have been stored outside of secure government computer systems.

Mrs. Clinton has said for months that she kept no classified information on the private server that she set up in her house so she would not have to carry both a personal phone and a work phone. Her campaign said Friday that any government secrets found on the server had been classified after the fact.

But the inspectors general of the State Department and the nation’s intelligence agencies said the information they found was classified when it was sent and remains so now."

It sounds like Hillary could well be facing a criminal investigation by the Justice Department while she runs for president. But why should this bother Democrats or interfere with her $2.5 billion campaign? "Incredibly hazy with flowing ice"? No, not a description of Hillary, but rather of Pluto, following the New Horizons flyby.

And then there was the "alteration" of the wording of  a prior New York Times article on the subject of a DOJ investigation at the behest of the Clinton campaign.

Trump versus Hillary in 2016? Might this be an instance where America gets what it deserves? Bottom line: I don't envy anyone who stands to inherit the global (Middle East bedlam) and domestic (some $20 trillion of federal debt) mess that Obama will be leaving for his successor.

1 comment:

  1. Pace yourself.

    The Dems need to trash Trump in the NYT before Americans find out he was/is, a Democrat, before he changed his mind a few more times:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2015/07/will-the-real-donald-trump-please-stand-up-120607.html

    I no longer know what America deserves, but am willing to place a tiny bet of two cents that it will not be Trump.

    per wiki: "A July 2011 Zogby poll showed [Herman]Cain in second place nationally, with 18% of the vote, behind Michele Bachmann and ahead of Romney...."

    "...Aug 6, 2007, Hillary Clinton 43%, Barack Obama 22%..."

    The real dilemma is that most Americans do not think it makes any difference.

    A nice distraction, the electoral map of 1980, until the next set of polls come out:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_1980

    Iran was one factor in 1980. So was a more informed electorate.


    In 2016, everyone will blame the Jews, right?

    k

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