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It Takes a Village Idiot

Hillary Clinton has been out plugging her new book for the past couple of weeks. It doesn’t seem to be helping much, as she is continually appearing to have a serious case of foot-in-mouth-disease. Sales for her book are not what was expected, and at one point, a book about a green smoothie cleanse was beating it on Amazon.

Clearly, American book lovers prefer regularity to more Clinton…stuff.

The interviews Clinton has been giving are an exercise in futility for anyone expecting to get to the truth about such pesky business as the terrorist attack in Benghazi or what exactly she did accomplish as a senator or the Secretary of State that makes her ready for the presidency. But they haven’t been without their belly-laughs either. She told ABC’s Diane Sawyer: “We came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt. We had no money when we got there, and we struggled to, you know piece together the resources for mortgages, for houses, for Chelsea’s education.”

Cue the world’s smallest violin. It must be really hard to “piece together” your life after living for 8 years, rent free, in a mansion owned by millions of people who will never get to live there. The truth is, the Clintons left office having to scrape by on Hillary’s $8 million advance for one of her other books, and both her husband and she make 6-figure speaking fees. They own an apartment in New York City, as well upscale homes in upstate New York and Washington, D.C. An article in the UK’s Daily Mail says that makes the Clintons the wealthiest former first family in American history.

But she kept up this “Working Everywoman” façade and stepped in it again over the weekend during an interview with The Guardian. In another awkward attempt to connect to the average American (who makes about $40,000 a year), she defends herself as not being “truly well off”.  When asked if her previous comments about being broke will hurt her with most Americans—because most Americans (even her fans) know she’s not had money problems for quite some time—she responded: “But they don’t see me as part of the problem. We pay ordinary income tax, unlike a lot of people who are truly well off, not to name names; and we’ve done it through dint of hard work.”

I wonder whose names she would be naming if she did name names? Mitt Romney? Perhaps Harry Reid’s favorite obsession, the “nefarious” Koch Brothers? During the 2012 Presidential Election, Reid did, in fact accuse Romney of not paying his taxes with no proof whatsoever to make such a claim. Hillary also infers that she and Bill worked so hard for their money- as if those who are “truly well off” don’t come by their money through hard work. She and other prominent democrats—most of whom are millionaires—are constantly trying to make us believe that rich folks (but not them) get rich by lying, cheating and oppressing everyone else…and taking “loopholes” in tax laws of course.

Proving that the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree, Chelsea Clinton did an interview with another UK paper, The Telegraph. She talks about why she made so many career transitions before finally deciding to take a position with her parents’ foundation. She claims she tried to do something separate from her parents, but she just had to go where her passions led her, even pulling her own “poor girl from Arkansas” spiel: “I was curious if I could care about [money] on some fundamental level, and I couldn’t.”

Of course it’s very easy not to care about money when you’ve always had plenty of it. Her words would carry more weight if she didn’t live in a $10.5 million New York apartment, and took a train to work in Manhattan every day. Or even if she had continued working apart from her parents. But she knows what side her bread is buttered on. She’s seen her parents’ skills in becoming a fundraising political machine, and she wants to go into the family business. Even now, people are talking about Chelsea running for the senate, and one day, just maybe…

The Clintons will always claim to “feel your pain”, but all they really feel is entitled.

Cartoonist Gary Varvel: Hillary's "dead broke" comment

Wake Up! It’s Monday Again!

“One year like any old other year

In a week like any week

Monday lying down

Half asleep

People doing what people do

Loving, working and getting through

No portraits on the walls

Of Seventh Avenue”

-lyrics to “Tuesday” by Five for Fighting

In a couple of days, we’ll mark another anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania that took the lives of nearly 3,000 people.  It’s also the first anniversary of the attack on our embassy in Benghazi that left our ambassador there dead, along with three brave Americans.  That second incident could never have happened, I’m afraid, without some amount of forgetting about the first one by some people in very high places.  It appears now we may be on the eve of yet another war…this time, though, our brave soldiers will be sent to Syria to fight on the side of the people who took down those two massive towers—and left the lives of thousands changed forever.

Sure, we’re being told that this isn’t going to war, necessarily- just some very precise strikes at certain locations.  Does anyone really believe this?  Given the record of this president and his cohorts, how can we ever trust what they say?  These are the same people who blamed the Benghazi attack on a poorly-made You Tube movie by some guy no one ever heard of (who only recently got out of jail on supposedly “unrelated charges”).

They’re the same people who, to this day, refer to the deadly shootings at Fort Hood in 2009, as an incident of “workplace violence” instead of calling it what it really was.  Just for future reference, Mr. President and Mr. Eric Holder:  when someone shouts “Allahu Akbar” (“Allah is greater”) while shooting American soldiers—or while flying planes full of people into buildings full of people—he or she is in full jihadi mode.  It’s called a terrorist attack.

They also ignored warnings from Russian intelligence about the two brothers who executed a successful attack at the Boston Marathon earlier this year where 3 people died and hundreds more sustained life-altering injuries.  At least that one they did see fit to call an act of terrorism, even though they had proclaimed last year that the War on Terror was officially over.  In fact, when Obama became president, he didn’t even want the phrase to be a part of the government’s lexicon, preferring to call the War on Terror an “overseas contingency operation”.  Political correctness gone wild.

Since then, he’s tried to fight multiple wars the PC way, by letting the enemy know in advance when we’ll be leaving the area, not even calling those who want to kill us “enemies” (or acknowledging that there are people who want to kill us), and neither defining nor desiring victory.   Only a horse’s behind could concoct such a motto as “Lead from behind.”

The words from the song noted above were written by John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting.  He captures very well the mindset of Monday, September 10, 2001.  I wouldn’t say we were a nation of innocence and naiveté back then, but compared to what happened on Tuesday and in the years since, it pretty much was an innocent time.

Maybe we’ve forgotten that there was once a time when people who took you to the airport or picked you up could actually go right up to the gate.  Or that getting on a plane didn’t involve removing any articles of clothing or being touched by a total stranger.  The Constitution of the United States has taken a brutal beating over the past twelve years (even before Obama) to the point that the Founding Fathers wouldn’t recognize it or the nation that still claims to be governed by it.

It’s easy and maybe even convenient for those of us who didn’t lose a loved one, either on 9/11/01 or 9/11/12 to allow our memories of these days to fade, only to look back once a year when we’re sure to see some retrospective on a cable news channel.

But for those who lost someone, they live with the results of terrorism every day.  They’d probably give anything for it to be Monday, September 10th  again, just to have one last chance to see, talk to or hug the one they lost.  Many of us haven’t forgotten them, but I’m not so sure about our “leaders”.  It took less than a dozen years to go from Never Forget…to Try to Remember.

 “The thing about memories

They’re sure and bound to fade

Except for the stolen souls

Left upon her blade

Is Monday coming back?

That’s what Mondays do”

Ground Zero in 2006:  Memorial wall listing names of victims of WTC attacks

Ground Zero in 2006: Memorial wall listing names of victims of WTC attacks

***NOTE:  You can listen to “Tuesday” by Five for Fighting HERE.  And watch my video tribute to the victims of 9/11/01 by clicking the “Remembering 9/11/01” photo that is always linked from this page.