It’s easy to consider what Niccolo Machiavelli said, “Politics have no relation to morals,” and take polite but unproductive offense. But though the now historically enshrined Renaissance political strategist’s name has become synonymous with deceit and sinister manipulation, in truth he simply brilliantly put into words a characteristic and systematic venality that had existed since man first envisaged the perks and dividends of lording over his fellow man.
Indeed, with history as our trusted companion, the hysterical “Hillary Hate” tantrums seem awfully emotionally charged, yet overtly bereft of perspective and reason. And so it is that as the 2016 Democratic National Convention opens in Philadelphia, we undertake, surely on pain of savage backlash, a measured assessment of this DNC so-called scandal “rigging” the system against Bernie Sanders.
Bernie Sanders’ message is an extremely important one, addressing the dangerously widening income gap, the lack of affordable health care for working people and children, America’s crumbling infrastructure and an immoral, systematic and widespread evasion of taxes by big biz (it is estimated that two trillion dollars in corporate cash is stashed oversees). Does he stand a chance of reforming Wall Street, the banking industry, or the powerful and relentlessly corrupt system of corporate lobbying? Honestly, probably not. In eight years under Obama, it only got worse. Exceedingly worse.
The “Hillary Hate” is not productive. It certainly proves the efficacy of the Republican propaganda machine, which has been like a wolf at the throat of the Clintons for 25 years. But for the record, a Politifact study revealed Hillary to be the most honest politician running for President in 2016. And yes, they deal in facts, if the name hadn’t already given that away.
It’s been said before: men are lauded for their relentless ambition and opportunism in business and in politics, women are chastised and b-worded for the same. Hillary, especially, is clearly held to a different standard than her male counterparts. You’re free to call it what you will.
Bernie only “joined” the Democratic party in 2015; he was, in effect, squatting on the party for political gain. That everyone is so horrified to discover that the party might have subsequently undermined him is hopelessly naïve. Best to get over it. Politics is dirty, nasty business, and those unable to withstand the unscrupulousness of it all should seek a less, shall we say, harrowing vocation.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz was merely an operative doing a job. Ask yourself: have you never, ever deceived in business in order to get ahead? Let he who is without sin…
There are hints that the Trump campaign might have connections to Vladimir Putin, with “official” Russian hackers apparently linked to the DNC email leaks. And you’re upset about DWS? Take care to choose your enemies wisely.
A Presidential vote is not a show of complete and total support for the candidate. It is a tactical move, designed to get whatever you can, while you fight for the perfect world you will never have. It is exceedingly narcissistic to believe that national politics should bend to your personal ideology. Again, best to get over it.
And, finally, a message to Democrats who refuse to support Hillary: enjoy your impending peril! Just imagine a Supreme Court cultivated by Trump and a Republican Congress. Goodnight, and good luck.