Hillary's Bright Shining Lies
Let us give credit where it is due: She is polished, refined, well-rehearsed, and expert at hitting all of the focus group-tested notes. Her performance in the third debate was a masterful culmination of forty years of preparation for such a time as this.
We conservatives and Alt-Right deplorables are acutely aware of the appalling corruption of the Clintons, from the pay-to-play Clinton Foundation money laundering scheme to the tens of thousands of deleted emails, and from the anti-Islam video as pretext for a riot in Benghazi, Libya to the trail of mysterious deaths of dozens of people who ran afoul of the Clintons.
But the most effective lies in Hillary's arsenal, the ones that could get her over the top and into the White House, may be the most conventional ones that are hiding in plain sight, the ones that are not criminally prosecutable; the platitudes and pejoratives that simply capitalize on the economic ignorance of the American people, thanks to fifty or more years of progressive dominance of our education system, and the transformation of our society away from business ownership and toward corporate or government employment. Put another way: What she just said may not technically be a "lie," but seriously, do people really/still believe that?
Following are a few of the worst offenders during the Las Vegas debate:
"[W]e need a Supreme Court that will … stand up and say no to Citizens United, a decision that has undermined the election system in our country because of the way it permits dark, unaccountable money to come into our electoral system."
Next time liberals tell you about "dark money," ask them if they think the NAACP should have been compelled to turn over its member and donor lists to the state of Alabama when it was organizing for civil rights for blacks in the deep South in the 1950s. If Hillary wants to talk about "dark money" and outsized influence by wealthy people, she should look no further than her own cronies like George Soros and Michael Bloomberg and her own foundation.
"I support the Second Amendment." Clinton has praised countries like Australia that have implemented gun confiscations. The policies she advocates, which are steaming full ahead in California, do nothing to disarm criminals or terrorists, and everything to disarm law-abiding citizens and to criminalize those who take their civil rights under the Second Amendment seriously. They do so at a time when Democrat politicians are releasing actual violent criminals onto our streets before their sentences have been served.
"Roe v. Wade very clearly sets out that there can be regulations on abortion so long as the life and the health of the mother are taken into account." The Roe v. Wade decision was written, and has been upheld to mean, a virtually unlimited "right" to abort babies. The "taking into account of the health of the mother" includes such vague and malleable terms as "emotional health." The fact is that over 90 percent of abortions are elective. Democrats always seize upon the most rare cases (like rape or incest) to justify their support for the unlimited cases, which they don't talk about. Hillary says she doesn't want government interference in the most personal decisions, but they insist that government, i.e. taxpayers, must pay for other women’s elective abortions whether they like it or not.
"[Trump] used undocumented labor to build the Trump tower." That may or may not be true, but note the deviousness: Democrats foster a society in which illegal immigrants comprise a substantial proportion of the workforce. They create an economy in which no one may compete or survive without taking illegal labor into account. Indeed, they confer de facto "rights" upon illegals to the point where the term loses its meaning. And then they selectively criticize or prosecute Republicans who hire illegals.
"What is really important about WikiLeaks is that the Russian government has engaged in espionage against Americans [blah blah blah blah.]" No, Hillary, what's really important about Wikileaks is whether what it reveals about the depths of corruption in your campaign, your party and your foundation are true.
"I want us to have the biggest jobs program since World War II." Was WWII a "jobs program"? No, it was a war. What she is really referring to are the New Deal programs of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's never-ending Great Depression.
Hillary has never created a single job in her entire life. Donald has personally created thousands. Hillary talks of "investing in the American people," by which she means taxing any economic activity that moves in order that government may redirect the resources to where Hillary prefers; but the only actual investing that Hillary is noted for is buying $1,000 worth of cattle futures and then selling them at a profit of $100,000 a short time later, with the help of a creative broker crony.
"New jobs in clean energy…create new opportunities and new businesses…help small business…raise the national minimum wage …make sure women get equal pay…make college debt-free…have the wealthy pay their fair share." Score her credit for honesty about her intentions. But you have to believe in Santa Claus to think that she can conjure the wealth to pay for all of this without exploding the national debt and destroying economic growth and employment.
Any company that thinks they can pay women 75% of what they pay men can increase their profits 20% simply by firing all their male employees and replacing them with women. Why don't they do that?
"Because it [Trump's economic plan] truly will be Trickle Down economics on steroids." There is no such thing as "Trickle Down economics" except as a leftist pejorative for free-market (and perhaps "Supply-side" as opposed to demand-side or Keynesian) capitalism.
"[W]hen you inherit the level of economic catastrophe that President Obama inherited..." Slander. The crash of 2008 was caused by undue long-running government intervention in the mortgage lending market through the Community Reinvestment Act, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the Fed, and the alternately cozy and coercive relationship between all of the above and the destined-to-be-too-big-to-fail crony socialist banks -- all of which was set in motion before Bush ever set foot in the White House.
"He went after Mr. And Mrs. Khan, the parents of a young man who died serving our country, a gold star family because of their religion." Mr. And Mrs. Khan's son died honorably serving his country. Mr. Khan is a pro-Islamic Sharia activist who attacked Trump for sounding the alarm about allowing in thousands of un-vettable Muslim immigrants.
Clinton's answer on Syria strategy was relatively long, detailed and somewhat plausible, except that one may fairly ask, why haven't all of your smarts added up to a better outcome in the last eight years?
"I will stand up for families against powerful interests, against corporations." Hillary, you OWN the corporations.
"Everything I did as secretary of state was in furtherance of our country's interests and our values." Grand prize.
Howard Hyde is author of the book "Escape from Berkeley: An EX liberal progressive socialist embraces America (and doesn't apologize)" He edits the website www.CitizenEcon.com.