On November 8, Americans will elect a new president and, by default, the next leader of the free world – America is the principal superpower in an alliance of free (or democratic) nations. Either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will assume the mantle of leadership.
Who will it be?
Choosing the leader of the free world is a serious matter, especially in the current political climate. The wrong choice could have catastrophic consequences.
Presidential leadership is a serious responsibility that demands extraordinary leadership – experienced, stable, mentally-sound, reliable, predictable, consistent, dependable, unambiguous, decisive, clear-sighted, clear-thinking, focused, purposeful, influential leadership.
The Only Choice
CNN Opinion asked contributors who have worked in or studied presidential administrations, some with a front row seat, for their take. Here’s how David Axelrod, a former presidential adviser and CNN’s senior political commentator, summed it up:
Having spent two years in the tiny rectangular office next to the big oval one, I got in-depth exposure to the demands of the presidency.
There is nothing like it and, therefore, no experience that can perfectly prepare you for it.
On any given day, a president deals with one complex and consequential problem after another, for which there rarely are easy solutions. Some require immediate action and can arrive in the dead of night.
At any given moment, the president will be asked to comment publicly on breaking issues, knowing that a misplaced answer can send armies marching and markets tumbling. What a president says matters to the entire world.
The occupant of that office must therefore have the intellectual acuity to master a wide range of subjects, make quick decisions based on the best information available and speak honestly but with discretion.
More than anything, this person must be prepared to handle the relentless pressures of the world’s toughest office with grace, wisdom and confidence.
~ Who’s really qualified to be President? 11 takes
Hillary Clinton is a seasoned politician. She has served as secretary of state in the Obama administration, U.S. senator from New York, first lady of the United States, first lady of Arkansas, a practicing lawyer and law professor, and an activist and change maker who’s spent her life fighting for families.
Hillary Clinton exemplifies the leadership criteria for the position of President of the United States of America. However, no matter how qualified Hillary is, there are many who constantly criticize her.
There is only one way to avoid criticism:
do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Recent Controversies In Perspective
We know the controversies around Hillary are many and far-reaching in their impact.
Hillary Clinton is not perfect. Nobody is. She has dedicated her life to serve the American people. In doing so, she has made mistakes and acknowledged them. Compared to the plethora of smooth-talking, self-serving politicians out there, she is a genuine public servant. Hillary has been in the arena, experienced her fair share of failure and success, and has come out with irreplaceable experience and perseverance.
Unfortunately, politics are more involved in ‘gotcha’ than what is best for the country and the world at large.
According to an article in The Daily Banter (Pazienza, 2016), “From the very beginning of her time in the national political limelight, she was vilified for refusing to simply sit back and be an ornament on the White House Christmas tree, as she was apparently supposed to.” So, when Hillary ventured out into her own separate political career, she was considered a threat. It is reported that for more than 25 years her political opponents have spent tens of millions manufacturing and recycling every kind of conspiratorial scandal under the sun to attempt to disparage Hillary.
When you throw mud, some of it tends to stick no matter what the truth is.
Let’s put some of her more recent controversies into perspective.
1. Emails Scandal
After a year-long F.B.I. investigation of Clinton’s email practices while she was secretary of state, F.B.I. Director James B. Comey [a Republican] announced on July 5, 2016, that the agency would not recommend criminal charges against Clinton. “Our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case,” Comey said at a news conference.
2. Benghazi Attack
Clinton testified in front of the House Select Committee on Benghazi on October 22, 2015 in a nearly 11-hour hearing. The committee issued its final report on June 28, 2016. The just over 800-page report found no new evidence of wrongdoing on Clinton’s part. (Biography.com Editors, 2016)
3. The Clinton Foundation
The rating group Charity Watch gives the Clinton Foundation an “A” and reports that 88% of the money the foundation brings in goes to its programmes, with the rest spent on overheads – surpassing the benchmark for reputable charity groups.
4. Paid Speeches
Speaking agents will tell you that her status as one of the most famous people in the world justifies her fee. It’s like asking why anyone would pay Beyoncé or the Beatles a million dollars just to play a few songs. Organizations routinely pay huge sums to have famous people say a few words or attend a conference.
5. Hacked WikiLeaks Emails
In an article titled ‘What 20,000 pages of hacked WikiLeaks emails teach us about Hillary Clinton’, writer Jeff Stein says:
I’ve now read hundreds of the Podesta emails, as well as upward of 60 stories from across left-wing, mainstream, and conservative media outlets about what they entail.
I should stress that what I’ve found is far from all bad. Dozens of these emails show Clinton’s team genuinely striving to discover the correct position on an issue. Many of them show real, determined efforts to find the right solution to some public policy crisis.
Then there’s the other stuff — the emails Podesta presumably wish never leaked.
We all say things that are meant for a specific audience. For example, our conversations at home are meant to be private. And, so are our emails. The email scandal is sinful! Anyone who thinks otherwise should look in the mirror and ask: “How would I feel if someone bugged my home to monitor my conversations?”
6. Email Saga Continues
The latest allegation pertains to emails found on a device belonging to Clinton aide, Huma Abedin, and her estranged husband, Anthony Weiner – not Hillary Clinton’s private server. Also, there is no indication that the messages contain classified information. Against the advice of senior Justice Department officials, in wholly unprecedented move, FBI Director James Comey announced that investigators are examining new evidence in the probe of Hillary Clinton’s email server. It was not his call to make!
Tall Poppy Syndrome
When you put yourself out there like Hillary has, people will take shots at you. It’s referred to as “Tall Poppy Syndrome” – a term widely used in all the Anglosphere nations.
The tall poppy syndrome is a culture where people of high status are resented, attacked, cut down or criticized because they have been classified as better than their peers. This is similar to begrudgery, the resentment or envy of the success of a peer. (Wikipedia, 2005)
Hillary has weathered the storm of attacks upon her. There’s nothing more anyone can throw at her that hasn’t already been fed to death. She is indeed a remarkable lady.
What most people don’t realize is that any person with such immense knowledge and understanding of global affairs would have spent countless hours building that compendium of knowledge piece by piece. Also, her extraordinary success is an accumulation of hundreds, if not thousands, of tiny efforts and sacrifices that nobody ever sees or appreciates.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
~ Theodore Roosevelt (Former President of the United States)
Lies, Lies and More Lies
All politicians lie. Some lie more than others. According to the PolitiFact Chart below, Hillary Clinton is one of America’s most honest politicians; Donald Trump is one of the biggest liars!
It’s not so much what folks don’t know that causes problems; it’s what they do know that ain’t so.
– Artemus Ward
Trust and honesty are considered Hillary’s weak areas. She’s competent, can be warm and caring, qualified, knows her stuff (a “policy wonk”). But, when it comes to honesty, people give her low marks. Those who know her and have followed her for years know that the persistent meme is false, largely the result of constant right-wing attacks on her integrity, and a good slice of the country has bought into that false perception.
Reality is that Hillary Clinton (and Barack Obama) are actually two of the most honest politicians in America.
On November 8, don’t stay at home. “Vote your conscience.”
Extracted from “Hillary Clinton: The Tragic Truth” by Verusha Singh and Virend Singh. Download the free report here: http://theinexplicablelawsofsuccess.com/hillary/