August 29, 2013
What Difference Does it Make?
By David E. Petzal
My apologies for using this space to write about Hillary Clinton instead of something useful like nodes of vibration or powder burning rates, but I seem to be the only one not doing it, and I feel…left out.
Mrs. Clinton is important to us because she has a solid F rating from the NRA and therefore is likely to cause us a great deal of trouble if she makes it to the White House. Can she make it to the White House? Of course. Trust the Republicans to put up some lame jerk or certifiable whacko, of which they have plenty, and the majority of voters will go for Hill out of sheer fright.
And if Hillary gets in, gun owners will wish we had Barrack Hussein Obama back. Obama thinks we are an annoying anachronism. Hillary, I believe, truly detests us and will work all manner of evil against us should she get the chance.
Legions of people detest her, you say. True enough. But she has a large, yammering mob of sycophants to whom she is Joan of Arc, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Amelia Earhart all rolled into one.
This idolatry is not supported by her record, you say. Right again. When you take a look at what Mrs. Clinton has done on her own she is not impressive. In 1993, she vanished behind closed doors with a group of “experts” and emerged with a health care plan that was as incomprehensible and unwieldy as Obamacare. Unlike Obamacare, it did not achieve the status of law and was swept under a (large) rug within a year.
Her presidential campaign of 2007 was a disaster. Putting her up against Obama was, to use Dr. Hunter S. Thompson’s description of Ed Muskie going up against Richard Nixon “…like sending a three-toed sloth out to take turf from a wolverine.” It was a nightmare of backbiting, bungling, and confusion.
As a carpetbagging senator from New York, she served from 2000 to 2008. Her record as part of the “world’s greatest deliberative body” was undistinguished. She missed a higher percentage of votes than average, and of the 337 bills she introduced, only two became law.
Appointed as our 67th Secretary of State, she served the full four years. During this time she set a record for number of countries visited but left the world in no better or worse shape than she found it. The defining moment of her term may have come during the Senate hearings investigating the attack on our embassy at Benghazi, Libya, where an American ambassador and three security personnel were killed due to inadequate security, and despite warnings that an assault was in the works.
Questioned about the Benghazi screwup by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Secretary Clinton lost her temper at Senator Ron Johnson, and burst out: “What difference, at this point, does it make?” She was referring to the possible motives of the attackers, but she may have hit on something. “What difference does it make?” has become sort of a rallying cry, and I think it might become the first presidential slogan to gain any kind of traction since FDR’s “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.”
Iran has the a-bomb. What difference does it make?
Our schools have failed. What difference does it make?
Congress is as useful as a poopy-flavored lollipop. What difference does it make?
The Post Office is bankrupt. What difference does it make?
And so on.
If the past is any indication, Clinton White House III will provide us with corruption, chaos, and cronyism unseen since the Grant Administration. Bill Clinton will provide comic relief, much in the manner of Jimmy Carter’s halfwit brother Billy. He should be good for at least one grotesque headline a week. But Hillary will come out unscathed because she has one real talent: She can emerge, untouched, from scandal more successfully than anyone in American politics.
On the other hand, what difference does it make?