A Simple Question …

From: townhall.com,  by Thomas Sowell,  on Mar 24, 2015

This is a two-year-old article by Dr. Sowell – written before the presidential election – but as I read it again, I got the feeling that it was so RIGHT the first time, that it warrants a replay; a reminder as it were of why Hillary is not our president. Some of us chose not to vote on demographic symbolism, but rather for valid logical reasons (to keep Hillary out of the White House).

It is amazing how a simple question can cause a complex lie to collapse like a house of cards. The simple question was asked by Bill O’Reilly of the Fox News Channel, and it was addressed to two Democrats. He asked what has Hillary Clinton ever accomplished.

The two Democrats immediately sidestepped the question and started reciting their talking points in favor of Hillary. But O’Reilly kept coming back to the fact that nothing they were talking about was an accomplishment.

For someone who has spent her entire adult life in politics, including being a Senator and then a Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has nothing to show for all those years — no significant legislation of hers that she got passed in the Senate, and only an unbroken series of international setbacks for the United States during her time as Secretary of State.

Before Barack Obama entered the White House and appointed Mrs. Clinton Secretary of State, Al Qaeda operatives in Iraq had notified their higher ups, stationed in Pakistan, that their cause was lost in Iraq and that there was no point sending more men there.

Hosni Mubarak was in charge in Egypt. He posed no threat to American or Western interests in the Middle East or to Christians within Egypt or to Israel. But the Obama administration threw its weight behind the Muslim Brotherhood, which took over and began terrorizing Christians in Egypt and promoting hostility to Israel.

In Libya next door, the Qaddafi regime had already given up its weapons of mass destruction, after they saw what happened to Saddam Hussein in Iraq. But President Obama’s foreign policy, carried out by Secretary of State Clinton, got Qaddafi removed, after which Libya became a terrorist haven where an American ambassador was killed, for the first time in decades.

The rationale for getting rid of Middle East leaders who posed no threat to American interests was that they were undemocratic and their people were restless. But there are no democracies in the Middle East, except for Israel. Moreover, the people were restless in Iran and Syria, and the Obama-Clinton foreign policy did nothing to support those who were trying to overthrow these regimes.

It would be only fair to balance this picture with foreign policy triumphs of the Obama-Clinton team. But there are none. Not in the Middle East, not in Europe, where the Russians have invaded the Crimea, and not in Asia, where both China and North Korea are building up threatening military forces, while the Obama administration has been cutting back on American military forces.

Hillary Clinton became an iconic figure by feeding the media and the left the kind of rhetoric they love. Barack Obama did the same and became president. Neither had any concrete accomplishments besides rhetoric beforehand, and both have had the opposite of accomplishments after taking office.

They have something else in common. They attract the votes of those people who vote for demographic symbolism — “the first black president” to be followed by “the first woman president” — and neither to be criticized, lest you be denounced for racism or sexism.

It is staggering that there are sane adults who can vote for someone to be President of the United States as if they are in school, just voting for “most popular boy” or “most popular girl” — or, worse yet, voting for someone who will give them free stuff.

Whoever holds that office makes decisions involving the life and death of Americans and — especially if Iran gets a nuclear arsenal — the life and death of this nation. It took just two nuclear bombs — neither of them as powerful as those available today — to get a very tough nation like Japan to surrender.

Anyone familiar with World War II battles in the Pacific knows that it was not unusual for 90 percent of the Japanese troops defending Iwo Jima or other islands to fight to the death, even after it was clear that American troops had them beaten.

When people like that surrender after two nuclear bombs, do not imagine that today’s soft Americans — led by the likes of Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton — will fight on after New York and Chicago have been reduced to radioactive ashes.

Meanwhile, ISIS and other terrorists are giving us a free demonstration of what surrender would mean. But perhaps we can kick the can down the road, and leave that as a legacy to our children and grandchildren, along with the national debt.


I basically said it all in the preamble. I thank God that Hillary is not our president.

The jury is out on Donald Trump and so far we’ve got some good, some bad, but in my view, a small net good. Ask me again in a year or two, that opinion is likely to change.



Categories: Political


2 replies

  1. Thanks for the timely reminder, Garnet.

    For me it was never just a matter of who was the worse candidate for the country. Hillary, hands down, was worse in all respects, albeit the bar had been set very low. The bigger trouble, as I saw it, was that Trump would become not just the leader of the nation but the presumptive leader of the Republican Party as well and the new ostensible face of conservatism. That, I presumed, would be a serious danger to the conservative movement, and right on cue Trump is trying to marginalize or drive out the few remaining conservatives that are left, not to mention his attempt to put the Republican brand on a version of Obamacare-Lite. So while I don’t disagree with Dr. Sowell’s essay or your take on it, my relief from being spared of Hillary in the short term is dampened by my concerns for what we’ve lost in the long haul.


  2. So, technically Hillary did have accomplishments – they’re just not the kind you can talk about on news shows or use in your election campaign.

    We narrowly dodged a bullet when she lost, and if what Trump accomplishes is only 50% good, we’re still 150% ahead of where we’d be with her in the White House.


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