A Brief History of Time
Hillary Clinton more than once has touted her experience as First Lady during the Clinton Administration as being a defining factor in her eligibility to be the qualified nominee for president. It appears her assertion is proven correct, seeing that the Administration that brought such memorable statements as “depends on what is ‘is’” must have honed her skills with respect to playing it somewhat lose with the truth.
Once Upon A Time…There Was Snipergate
At issue is of course Mrs. Clinton’s March 25, 1996, trip to Bosnia which, if we may believe her story, had her running upon arrival for a car all the while taking cover so as not to be shot. A brave feat indeed and one that would uniquely qualify her for keeping a cool head while under fire.
Sadly, when comparing it to page 468 of her official records (such as they are on file at the Clinton Library), it appears that her recollection of heroism is a bit off. When Mrs. Clinton arrived in Tuzla, Bosnia, at 8:55 AM she was greeted by Ambassador John Menzies, an assortment of other officials, and also a 7th grade class as well as an eight year old child who read a poem to her. The whole meet and greet lasted about 20 minutes and Mrs. Clinton was on her way to her destination by 9:15 AM. There were no bullets, no sniper taking aim, and no mad dash for the car.
If you require further proof, there is a video (you gotta love YouTube!) that shows the entire event, including the little girl who is reciting her poem to Mrs. And Ms. Clinton.
By itself, this is not a big deal. What makes it a huge issue, however, is the fact that Mrs. Clinton uses her visit to Bosnia and associated occasions as the backdrop for her assertion that she has the kind of experience that will make her a more effective President than Barack Obama.
Time and Time, And Time Again…
What now propels this issue into the neighborhood of gigantic deal is the fact that instead of simply explaining herself by asserting that she must have gotten her locales mixed up (and then hope and pray that at some point, at some time, somewhere, she was indeed running for cover under sniper fire), she has chosen to refer to her story as a “minor blip.”
Mrs. Clinton, if this is a “minor blip,” then the Biblical Leviathan is little more than a nice little guppy and the tall tales noted Freiherr von Münchhausen used to tell in order to regale his audience come uncomfortably close to gospel truth. Adding to this the fact that Mrs. Clinton’s speech was scripted and not off the cuff, and the question arises just how many other half truths, innuendos, and out and out lies have been told.
Time to Tell It Like It Is
Mind you, I am not a political journalist and I don’t have a dog in this race; I am, however, a parent. As such, I would like to make the recommendation that I made a long time ago to my child: when you speak an untruth, the consequences will always be smaller and less severe when you turn right around and admit that you are wrong. On the other hand, if you doggedly persist in sticking with your lie and even in face of proof to the contrary will not own up, the consequences are going to be huge. No, I will not send Mrs. Clinton to her room without ice cream for desert, but I will advise her strongly to not sell her soul for a power grab.
Come on! Your competition is running under the banner of “Hope” and “Change” for crying out loud! You don’t think folks will listen if you come up with some specific here and now solutions for the faltering economy (but let’s not call it a recession), the illegal alien debacle, the healthcare problem, and the legions of middle income voters who are being shortchanged by the bottom and taxed to death by the top? Keep shooting yourself in the foot with embellishments and lies, and nobody will believe you even when you speak the truth!
Time Out for the Lot of You!
Of course, those believing that only Mrs. Clinton should be cited for her somewhat irreverent treatment of the truth will do well not to discount the whoppers told by her competitors!
Take for example the well documented flier the Obama campaign sent out to Ohio voters in which NAFTA was heavily criticized and Mrs. Clinton portrayed as being highly favorable of the trade agreement. Fodder for press coverage that included the Boston Globe, it soon became obvious that there was a lot more to that glossy piece of junk mail than met the eyes. Too bad it contained statistics that were questionable at best and bolstered at worst, and took an actual quote of Mrs. Clinton out of context. Mr. Obama’s response is little more than arguing semantics and quoting some favorable sources, but still sticking to his guns. Thus NAFTA-gate was born.
Last but not least is John McCain, republican heir apparent to the nomination and not as innocent as the driven snow himself. It appears that his stock in trade is more innuendo driven and less reliant on out and out mistruths, but a lie by any other name is still a lie. Take for example the mailer he sent to South Carolina voters that contained some big accusations!
Mr. Romney was turned into a pro-choice candidate and Mrs. Clinton into a spendthrift hippie at heart. A little reality check goes a long way and it appears that the notion that Mr. Romney was a pro-choice kind of candidate went by the wayside when it turned out that as a Massachusetts governor he was doing little more than obeying state and federal laws. Similarly, although Mrs. Clinton did want to build a hippie museum of sorts and Mr. McCain did speak out against it, he did not have as instrumental a role in defeating the issue as he would like you to believe. After all, he was neither there for the debate nor the vote (he was campaigning).
Time for a Do-Over
Perhaps voters could take the time out they should be giving to the candidates and while these politicians rethink their politicking in the quiet of their rooms, we could have a do-over and find us some more candidates who understand truth and actually have a plan for this country (other than forming nebulous committees or raising taxes into the stratosphere).