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Go Ahead, Back Hillary Clinton and Forget All About Her Record

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Go ahead and support Hillary Clinton, those of you for whom having the first female president is the top priority. She is by far preferable to Carly Fiorina, though of course no match for likely Green Party candidate Jill Stein (I know: You want to win). Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a principled and electable person, is not available, and political integrity be damned.

Just admit that you will be voting for someone to be president of the world's most powerful nation who has not only been profoundly wrong on the two most pressing issues of our time -- economic injustice and the ravages of unbridled militarism -- but, what is more significant, seems hopelessly incapable of learning from her dangerous errors in judgment.

Like her husband, she is certainly smart enough to avoid advocating what President Obama has aptly termed "stupid stuff." However, the good intentions of the Clintons are trumped by opportunism every time.

For confirmation of the Margaret Thatcher hawkish side of Clinton, simply refer to her book "Hard Choices," which clearly is biased against choosing the more peaceful course and instead betrays a bellicose posturing that seems to harken back to the Goldwater Girl days that reflected her earliest political instincts.

What one finds is a litany of macho bleating in defense of bombing nations into freedom, leaving them fatally torn -- Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria. Honestly, wasn't Hillary Clinton's record as secretary of state horridly devoid of accomplishment compared with that of John Kerry, who achieved long-overdue normalization of relations with Iran and with Cuba, to name two stunning accomplishments?

But it is in matters of economic policy -- driving this election -- where the failure of the Clintons is the most obvious, and where Hillary Clinton seems to be even less conflicted than her husband in serving the super rich at the expense of the middle class.

A continued deep deception in such matters was once again on full display in her major policy statement printed Thursday on Bloomberg. In an article headlined "My Plan to Prevent the Next Crash," Hillary began by blaming it all on nefarious Republicans led by President George W. Bush.

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