|The Clintons' waterfront vacation home in Bridgehampton, New York|
Recently I heard someone on Hillary Clinton's team say during an interview on CNN that the difference between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is that Donald Trump wants to build a wall while Hillary Clinton wants to bring down barriers. Hmm. Hillary Clinton must be so generous. So hospitable. So — what's that favourite buzzword of progressive cant that I am looking for...oh, now I remember...now it comes to me. The word is "Welcoming".
I wonder how "welcoming" Hillary really is. Is she welcoming when she is on vacation? Let's have a look.
The Clintons' waterfront vacation home in Bridgehampton, New York.
I can't see a fence or a wall around this place, can you? Maybe it circles those hedges. Maybe not. Do you suppose that you could just walk up the driveway and knock at the door?
Do you think that Bill would open it and say, "Howdy, why don't y'all come in. Make yourself at home!" And Hillary would chime in, "The kettle's on, why don't sit down here with us and have some tea?"
And if you couldn't produce a pass she would say, "Oh, you are undocumented? No problem, you can squat in the bedroom upstairs, and by all means bring your five kids. I don't want them to live under the threat of eviction. "
Or that she would say, "You can take refuge here. I believe in sanctuary cities and sanctuary houses."
Or that she would denounce as racist or bigoted anyone who warned her that a disproportionate number of people like you who came from rough, crime infested places have committed felonies in this very neighbourhood?
Or that she would berate anyone like Arizona's Governor who proposed that such people found in her neighbourhood be made to produce identity papers if stopped by the police? That police not be able to stop suspicious people found in the area?
Somehow I doubt it. What about you?
If you really want to be inside Hillary's vacation house, maybe you can try this:
Ms. Clinton, I will work here and maintain your estate for next to nothing. I will be your housekeeper, your nanny, your gardener or your cook for slave wages. I can displace your current staff. If anyone raises a fuss, just tell them that newcomers like me built this country, and will continue to build it, that America needs more people like me, that we will enrich this society and make it vibrant by our presence, and that diversity makes us strong. And tell them that if he disagrees with you on this then they are racists who want to divide us rather than unite us. And that this is not what America is all about. This is not want America stands for.Hillary just might buy it. Especially if you arrive with a deep sun tan.
My Dad used to say that if you must judge a man — or woman — judge him by what he does rather than what he says he will do. Look at his track record, not his promises. That sounds like good advice, doesn't it? Hillary says she wants to take down barriers. Okay, let's see if she walks the talk.
But first, let's determine what a barrier is.
There many different kinds of barriers, aren't there? Class differences are a kind of barrier. Some folks can't live in Hillary's neighbourhood or buy the kind of houses she lives in because they just don't have enough money. Do you suppose that if she becomes President, Hillary Clinton will relinquish one of hers? That she will sell off a good portion of her stock portfolio and give it to the poor? That she will refuse her Presidential salary, or decline fees for her speaking engagements? Or turn down offers to sit on corporate boards for six figure salaries and options after she leaves office?
She says that she wants to "unite" Americans and bring them together. Do you imagine that she will unite poor 'undocumented' Latinos and blacks by bringing them together as residents on her estate? Do you think that she will one day choose to live side by side with the downtrodden? The people she says she knows all about?
Then there is — supposedly — "White male privilege". The barrier de jour. Do you think Hillary would pressure Bill to give up his privileges? The privilege of living in mansions and posh areas and travelling the world and earning big money for making speeches?
And then there is the most conspicuous of barriers: Walls and fences. Fences like more and more European countries are erecting to prevent tens of thousands of migrants from pouring across their borders? And walls like the one Donald Trump wants to build. Walls like the one that Pope Francis lives behind at the Vatican. We are talking about the guy who lectures Americans and Europeans for wanting to stop the influx of endless waves of migrants who threat to displace jobs and drive down wages and bankrupt their welfare state and overburden their social safety net. The most ardent and famous open borders advocate of them all, including even Hillary Clinton.
Is Hillary Clinton really against walls? Does she really want to bring down barriers? Does she really want to be left unguarded? Is she really prepared to, as I said, walk the talk? Well, to answer those questions, let's apply my father's test. Let's see where she lives now — and where she wants to live soon — in the White House:
|The Clinton's Washington, DC house.|
Hey, isn't that a wall that I see behind that parked vehicle?
|Gated community that Hillary hopes to live in (White House)|
|Chelsea Clinton's New York apartment|
And then there's her daughter Chelsea. According to a newspaper report about Chelsea's purchase of an apartment in New York a few years back,
Chelsea Clinton's new $10million pad is New York's longest apartment — stretching an entire block from 26th Street to 27th Street off Madison Avenue.Initially there was just one full-time doorman to stand watch outside. But one can assume that if Hillary becomes President, there will be more than just a "doorman" to mind the store. Or will she demonstrate her determination to remove barriers by demanding that security agents guarding the site be withdrawn and the doormen be dismissed?
Described as 'a luxury fortress' with one full-time doorman to the horizontal building's four units, it takes almost 30 seconds to walk the 250-foot hallway...The apartment is located in The Whitman building next to Madison Square Park, one of the most desirable corners of Manhattan's Flatiron District...[It is] billed as among the most secure in Manhattan.
I think you know the answer.
And I think, on the basis of the information provided here, you will share my belief that Hillary Clinton is a flaming hypocrite.
- Hillary and Bernie's America (March 2016)