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What Happened to Hillary at the Level of the Spirit

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In a previous piece a few days ago, I wrote this passage calling upon Barack Obama to

[b]ring into the spotlight, however carefully and subtly, why it is that America needs the president who will restore goodness to the spirit of America FAR MORE than it needs a person like Hillary, who will likely be a good manager but who has no clue whatever about how unacceptable it is to accept the struggle for power on the fascists' terms.

I would like to develop further my image of where Hillary is --in spiritual terms-- and how she got there. It's just my intuitive sense-- nothing I claim is unfallible. It fits well together with my overall perceptions of the political forces at work in our times.

Here are my thoughts on Hillary.


Hillary was too much into winning for her --during her years as First Lady-- to be willing to draw principally MORAL lessons from her experience as a target of the fascists.

The MAIN impact of that experience was not to instill in her a sense of moral commitment to make American politics something less thuggish, less dishonest, less unscrupulous. She may have abhorred the tactics used on her and on her husband, the president, but ultimately she found those tactics less abhorrent than impressive. Because she emerged from her experience more dedicated to power than to goodness, she noted with respect how well it worked for gaining power in today's America. She saw that to win, she'd need to become a lot more like them than perhaps she'd originally wanted to be.

But hey, winning is what matters!

And it is precisely on this point –of winning-that, in these past few months, Hillary has brought the dark forces into the political realm with her "kamikaze" campaign.

(This is how evil spreads its patterns. It wounds people, and those who are not whole enough to withstand those wounds with their connection with wholeness sufficiently intact then become broken inside in ways that make them channels of the same evil patterns that damaged them.)

Hillary has made choices that have seriously weakened those forces of goodness that, a few months ago, were gathering strength in the American body politic.

Just think where we COULD be if Hillary had chosen instead, when the handwriting was on the wall (about the highly probable outcome of this nominating process)-before Ohio and Texas-to graciously concede to Obama and join hands with him and to support his effort to bring the spirit of goodness and decency to the presidency. Just think!

But instead, because her real passion was more about winning than about caring about goodness and decency, Hillary she reached into her bag of tools and tricks and pulled out a few she'd learned from the fascists. The heart of the "kitchen sink" was the 3 AM Phone Call-a fear-mongering script exploited in so many ways by the fascistic forces that brought us McCarthyism in the fifties and "the Democrats are soft on terrorism" of the Bushites in this decade.

She chose to go with the methods the fascists taught her about seizing power: through slander, lies, and phony but cleverly crafted poses. Such as:

**"Not that I know of."

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