Get Tough, Hillary!

Clinton and her supporters must avoid a smug confidence of victory, assuming she wins the party nomination. Voters will forget the nominating contests in the three months between conventions and the general election. Clinton has to build trust and prove she is not a handmaiden to multi-national business interests and Wall Street.


toles cartoon

By James A. Kidney

This Toles cartoon in the March 4 Washington Post illustrates one of the problems facing the Hillary Clinton campaign for president.  Although funny, it misleadingly suggests that the current GOP circus, with candidates tying themselves in knots to “deal” with Donald Trump, gives Clinton a significant head start in the race to the presidency.  Sadly, many Clinton supporters believe this is so.

This misconception is paired with a greater threat. Although Clinton has moved slightly left since beginning her campaign — thanks to unexpectedly tough competition from Bernie Sanders — there may be a smug sense among old-line Democrats that her message of “inclusion,” with only tepid references to economic complaints, will be sufficient to win the day.  But this campaign will not be lollypops and sundaes about race and gender inclusiveness.  In fact, such themes will be poison among some potential Clinton supporters.

Sadly, it is possible that Clinton could lose even to a Trump candidacy.

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Shameful Response by U.S. to Syrian Refugee Crisis

By James A. Kidney

[This is a reposting to include a helpful reference to an On The Media excerpt.]

When the United States invaded Iraq and Afghanistan in retaliation for the horrific 9/11 attack, the Administration claimed we would be welcomed as liberators and be a beacon for freedom. It didn’t quite work out that way. Instead, we lit a fire in the Middle East that still burns with the intensity of a dry California forest.

Syrian-refugee-sea-travel-as-of-summer-2015One result, direct, indirect, or “collateral damage” – depending on your politics and sensitivity – is the human refugee flow from Syria and other war-torn countries of the Middle East to Europe. By now we are all familiar with the sad stories and heart wrenching photos from the area. Hopeful, scared refugees die every day in overturned rubber boats in the middle of the sea. If they reach shore, they are shoved into pens to await . . . . it’s not clear what. American editorialists moralistically cluck over the reactions of European countries to this human flow. But some of these nations, especially Hungary and Greece, face their own dismal economic prospects. Hungary’s government is falling back on Cold War habits with its own people.

Where is the United States and all of those politicians of both parties who constantly claim that this country should be that beacon of freedom? Mostly either silent, speaking in bland generalities, or are against doing much of anything.

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