As the latest Hillary-hater calumny, i.e. hillarybots, surfaces on OpEdNews.com, it is high-time that progressives and their army of pretenders finally begin to face reality and decide whether they prefer Hillary the Flawed or Donald the Despicable for President of the United States in 2016. When I re-read our Constitution and Bill of Rights recently, I found no reference to perfection being a requirement for presidents -- were that the case, precious few of our past presidents would have been eligible. Unfortunately, the need for sanity in a president was taken for granted by our founders, so that expectation was also not specified in the Constitution -- helping to make Donald the Despicable appear eligible to some, even though he has already stated his clear intent to violate his own oath of office by endorsing, among other illegal acts, the expansion of torture and other cruel and unusual punishments of suspects.
As Donald the Despicable won five more Republican contests this past week, his likelihood of becoming the Republican presidential nominee has risen exponentially. Bizarre counter-measures, such as Senator Ted Cruz announcing failed candidate Carly Fiorina as his potential running mate -- forming a weird ticket combining this extremist least-liked U.S. Senator with the former CEO who spied on her own board at Hewlett-Packard until she was thrown out -- have only enhanced the likelihood of a sound Trumping in the GOP.
Meanwhile, on the Democratic side of things, Bernie Sanders chances and hopes continue to fade. As i have pointed out in previous articles, having known Bernie personally during my years in Vermont, he would make a great prophet, but not such a great president. Bernie is essentially a single-issue candidate, and as important as the issue of massively-expanding income inequality in the U.S. should be, it is insufficient to build a presidency around. There is considerably more to foreign policy, for example, than having voted against the War in Iraq more than a decade ago. Meanwhile, and regrettably, Bernie s campaign has taken on a sharp edge as his wins drop.
For all practical purposes, Hillary Clinton should now be considered as the Democratic presidential nominee. She has earned that nomination, and the United States has earned the right to have a competent and caring woman as its president starting in 2017. While it may serve some therapeutic purpose for progressives to dredge up decades-old unproven allegations against Hillary -- including holding her responsible for alleged misdeeds of her husband -- it serves no useful purpose for the broader public interest to do so. Even Republican leaders in the House of Representatives admitted that Hillary Clinton had handled the endless politicized Benghazi hearings admirably. And she has undoubtedly regretted, and learned from, her use of a personal email server for some official matters.
Neither of these concerns -- nor the tired old chestnuts pulled up by the Hillary-haters on both sides of the political fence -- amount to reasons for progressives to reject her candidacy, unless they demand perfection, an unrealistic requirement, to put it mildly. But the Hillary-haters go much further, and will undoubtedly castigate this author for his stance supporting Hillary Clinton, often by using ad-hominem insults which should be unworthy of those who make them. So, in advance of the hostility, I render this view:
LET WHOEVER AMONG YOU IS WITHOUT SIN CAST THE FIRST STONE. Go, Hillary!
Eugene Elander has been a progressive social and political activist for decades. As an author, he won the Young Poets Award at 16 from the Dayton Poets Guild for his poem, The Vision. He was chosen Poet Laureate of (more...)