I Take Exception to That!
On the morning of November 9th, Mrs. Clinton gave her concession speech in front of campaign staff and supporters. Most commentators agreed that it was a good speech (perhaps her best) that was gracious in defeat, a plea for national unity and a call for liberal activists to keep up the good fight.
There was, however, one part of her speech to which I must take exception. She stated. “I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but some day someone will and hopefully sooner than we might think right now.” She goes on to urge little girls to “never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.”
Her statement proclaims that there is gender discrimination in our national elections and that this supposed “glass ceiling” prevented her from winning the presidency. Poppycock! She lost because she was a lousy candidate. She ran a poor and confused campaign that left even her staff wondering what the campaign stood for except the fulfillment of her personal ambition.
Moreover, she (along with many others) misunderstood the mood of the electorate. The people are fed up with Washington politics as usual. Not just the “deplorables” or the “Tea Partyers”. Three-quarters of the population think the US is going in the wrong direction and it is Washington elites that are leading this parade into oblivion.
Thanks to Wikileaks, we now know that Mr. and Mrs. Clinton and their Clinton Foundation are at the head of this parade. People voted for her opponent because they did not want four more years of this evisceration of the middle class that has accelerated under the Obama administration.
If anything, Mrs. Clinton’s gender helped her in the campaign for president. No male politician would have been forgiven for her gaffes, poor judgment and ethical lapses. It is true that Mr. Trump’s faults are even more outrageous that Mrs. Clinton’s, but at least he stood for change. The people’s desire for change won this election.
Sometimes you just have to roll the dice.