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Hillary Clinton and the Media – and Bill…

The media seems to salivate every time the Clinton finances are attacked. The most recent tidbit reveals how much money the Clinton’s earned from speaking engagements between January and May (25 million dollars). They act like Bill and Hillary are con artists forcing people to turn out their pockets just to listen to charismatic charlatans for forty-five minutes to an hour.

I would think that perhaps people are willing to pay such large amounts as $250,000 per speech because they want to contribute to the good work being done by The Clinton Foundation and The Clinton Global Initiative. And there is the political celebrity status conferred on these two by holding top posts in our government like President and First Lady and Secretary of State.

Lots of politicians (mostly Republicans) and media people are offering up a silent and not so silent delight that we will soon be able to prove that the Clintons are guilty of that powerful leveler of political careers, “corruption”. The rest of us “everyday” folks out here think that it is almost impossible to participate in politics today without being corrupt. We will only be impressed with corruption on a very grand scale. We expect that our politicians will find ways to make public service pay. We don’t love the idea, but we feel helpless to change this dynamic.

People understand that there could be a conflict of interest here: it is possible that large donations given by foreign governments and by media figures like George Stephanopoulos could lead the donors to believe that favors might be forthcoming if we elect Hillary as our President in 2016. However giving to a charity that tries to mitigate misery around the globe does not seem like the usual road to a quid pro quo.

Hillary and the media have a sort of come here – go away kind of relationship. The press likes to expose the soft underbelly of candidates for public office, Hillary included. However, once you show emotion (fear, resentment) some in the press “smell blood” and like to go in for the kill. Hillary feels that she must exercise caution when reporters are present. We also accept that since she is running for President she cannot avoid the media. News people complain that she seems overly formal and gives off an edgy, annoyed air when confronted with questions which seems accusatory.

While it is true that the press is intrusive and operates without filters, we are all hoping that Hillary gets a bit more comfortable around the media and that she is able to hide the defensiveness she currently reveals. I do not mind if she avoids situations which inspire a feeding frenzy in the media. As for the press they could stop being so thrilled by the shots candidates lob at each other, especially when they are aware that what they are repeating are rumors that have not been and never may be proven to be facts.

We have never before had a Presidential candidate with a partner who is an ex-President and who heads a charitable foundation. Unless this charity is simply a way to bilk donors of their money so it can fatten the personal bank accounts of the Clintons, it would seem that we need to cut them a little slack here.

I believe there is evidence that this foundation takes on real projects both at home and abroad to lift up people in need. I also tend to doubt that there is any criminal activity here worthy of Republican glee. All these allegations will do is force Bill Clinton to stop doing good things out in the world if he wants his wife to win the Presidency. And that will be a true loss for all who currently benefit from The Clinton Foundation and its programs.

Note: Isn’t the phrase “everyday people” from a song by Sly and the Family Stone?

This is the view from the cheap seats.

By Nancy Brisson

Oh, Oh, I’m Becoming a Groupie

Apparently I have become a political “groupie”. Yesterday I drove into a parking lot swimming in water after ruining a small patch of grass (already ruined by many others) at an airport hanger complex in my home town in order to see Bill Clinton and Dan Maffei and various local luminaries. We all stood in a really long line for a really long time while we waited to sign in to this “on the fly” speech and photo op as Bill Clinton tries to help Dan Maffei get elected. I am planning to vote for Dan Maffei. His opponent Ann Marie Buerkle is an extreme Republican who never could represent me because all she can seem to do is try to try to convince me that the Republicans are right.
Dan Maffei is not Bill Clinton. He seems a little bit shy, but he will still represent the people of the 24th district better than Ann Marie Buerkle has done. Mrs. Buerkle never mentioned while she was running in 2010 that she was virulently anti-abortion and that her main agenda would consist of trying to defund Planned Parenthood and overturn Roe v. Wade. She could never have won in this district if she had shared that information when she was running for office here. She did tell us that she would try to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and people were feeling pretty emotional about the health care reform, so this did help her get elected at that time. She is also a deficit hawk, which doesn’t bother me, but she also believes that the 47% of people who rely on government programs are being turned into permanent dependents who are acting as a permanent drag on the American economy. She believes we can solve the deficit by cutting loose the 47%. She is not for me and her politics does not truly represent the politics of the 24th district. That the long version of why I will vote for Dan Maffei.
As to the groupie part, it is Bill Clinton that I am a groupie for because I like the way he has conducted himself since he stopped being president. By the way I am also a groupie for Hillary because she fought her demons and has conquered the whole world. I don’t think there is one corner of the world that she has not visited. She must feel so empowered by all the things she has learned in the last four years and she has done a great job as Secretary of State. As to President Clinton, the first thing I liked is that he set up his office in Harlem and the second thing I like is his Global Initiative. I like that he was not ready to rest on his laurels and that he has found a valuable way to extend his power and use it for good. They are my superheroes and I enjoy seeing what they are up to.
So I was willing to stand on a cold, and very hard, concrete floor for two hours most of which just involved waiting for President Clinton to arrive. I was willing to look out over the rows of local politicians sitting in their chairs in the front of the podium, behind the people herding fence, with cramps in my toes from that old cold concrete floor until finally my own personal member of the Justice League showed up and we were able to get down to business while Bill Clinton led us in a session of cheering for Dan Maffei.
He explained what we all believed about how the Republicans have acted for at least the past four years and even though he was “preaching to the choir” we did not have any trouble hootin’ and hollerin’ because, even in an airplane hangar in a little, nearly broke New York city, he uses the same kind of energy that makes him so popular when we see him speak on TV. It may be the last opportunity I have to see Bill Clinton in person and believe me, I saw very little of him because I am quite short. But occasionally the crowd parted and I was able to see both Bill Clinton and Dan Maffei. I am including this horrible photo that I took, which looks like both of these men are standing on stage with their ghosts, because it proves that I was there, in the same room with one of my heroes. As to Dan Maffei; I don’t care if he achieves heroic status as long as he is a good honest representative who really tries to represent everyone in the district as best he can. I hope he gets this second chance to prove that he is up to the job. We have had some great representatives. Ann Marie Buerkle, I am sorry to say, is not one of them.