Republican presidential hopeful, John Kasich also suffers from what I call Forrest Gump Syndrome. When Kasich speaks of his record he, too, throws around a laundry list of historical events at which he was present but did nothing especially noteworthy.
But back to Mrs. Clinton. What has she accomplished that constitutes a record of success? She was the wife of a state governor, First Lady of the USA, a Senator from New York, and Secretary of State. Those experiences alone are not accomplishments, but titles. Like Forrest Gump’s trek through history—she was simply there. Ms. Clinton’s tenure as First Lady of Arkansas will forever be associated with her shady cattle futures trading or the White Water shenanigans at Rose Law Firm. As First Lady of the USA, she attempted to lead the charge to single-payer healthcare—something she now touts as the forerunner to ObamaCare. In truth, it was a debacle, but now she finds it politically expedient to frame it as an achievement. As a senator from New York, she succeeded in getting only three bills passed , none of which qualify as significant—unless you consider getting a highway named after a dead journalist momentous.
Being appointed Secretary of State in 2008 was hardly based on merit: Ms. Clinton was simply collecting on a debt—Obama promised to appoint her to a high office in exchange for her support during his presidential race. Today she proudly points to “logging the most air miles” and “visiting the most countries” as if these are achievements in and of themselves. One has only to look at the state of the world when she stepped down to realize how little, if any, she actually achieved. Certainly she left turmoil in her wake and nothing that advanced the United States’ safety or standing. Very Forrest Gump-like, she came; she saw; thus she achieved. If history remembers her for anything as Secretary of State, it will be the tragic events at Benghazi and her incredibly dubious, naïve mishandling of highly classified materials on a private email server.
Democratic presidential opponent Bernie Sanders is garnering stronger than expected support from the younger generation of the Democrat base. He has done so not by touting his record of accomplishments but by promising innumerable free programs—e.g., free college for all. Short of saying “Me too” in response, this promise of governmental bounty paints Ms. Clinton into a corner with only her “accomplishments” to differentiate herself from Feel the Bern. To date, enumerating those accomplishments has proven problematic not only for Mrs. Clinton but for her supporters. Even former GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina quipped, “If you want to stump a Democrat, ask them to name an accomplishment of Hillary Clinton.” Perhaps her only hope is to be as lucky as Forrest Gump when all the votes are tallied. The irony here is that Ms. Clinton could soon list “getting an avowed socialist elected to the presidency” as one of her accomplishments, just like unwittingly getting the first Black elected president.
Today the United States is on a very bad path, and that is the road to socialism. This became quite clear when Barack Obama took office as president vowing to “transform America.” Neither Hillary Clinton nor Bernie Sanders represent a different direction. Obama made good on his promise by ignoring the Constitution, gutting the military, and attacking free speech, religion and our right to bear arms. Additionally, he has led the effort to turn control of the USA over to the United Nations. Ms. Clinton applauds these efforts. Should she win the presidency, essentially what we have endured for the past eight years will be a prelude to what we will get for the next go ’round. The nation might survive that, but the republic never will—an accomplishment that will be fully attributable to Ms. Clinton.
Forrest Gump was fond of quoting his mother when he said, “Mama says life is like a box of chocolates—you never know what you’re gonna get.” Usually, there is truth to that but with Hillary Clinton, we know exactly what we are going to get! We know that under a Clinton presidency, the productive, wage-earning Americans will experience the brunt of her ceaseless efforts at income redistribution. Ms. Clinton will make sure that the government and government debt grow larger, and that the tentacles of government overreach push deeper into the lives of every American. While she strips us of our individual wealth and autonomy, she will justify her actions as compassionate and ensuring fairness and equality for all. Yeah, right.
Forrest Gump’s story—for all the turmoil of his journey—ended happily. If Hillary Clinton secures the presidency, however, you can bet the outcome for America will be a sad one, especially since we have already been heavily damaged by the lawlessness of Barack Obama. You see, whereas Forrest Gump simply stumbled upon historical events, Hillary actively seeks to dismantle all this country is and what it stands for.
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