Hillary Clinton continues to look for ways to demean her opponent, Donald Trump. With her deplorable track record, that tactic is really all she has left. She is currently running a television ad here in Texas, referred to by her campaign as “Just One Chance.” The ad implies that you only have one chance to get something right, and so America needs a steady hand and cool head in charge, neither of which is possessed by Mr. Trump. We certainly wouldn’t want nuclear codes and interactions with our enemies left up to him! The concept for this ad was taken from the famous anti-Goldwater ad of the 60’s, an ad startling in its day for being darkly negative instead of cheerily optimistic.
In 1964 Texas Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson was facing off against Republican nominee Senator Barry Goldwater. Johnson had, of course, assumed the presidency following the tragic assassination of President John F. Kennedy in November of 1963. Vietnam was a growing problem under Johnson’s leadership. Rather than get out of Vietnam as Kennedy had desired, Johnson reversed course and began expanding the USA’s role in the conflict. In addition, the civil rights movement was gaining momentum against a backdrop of anti-war protests. And yet, in some ways, the presidential contest of 1964 is similar to today. For one, Lyndon Johnson ran on a social platform he called the Great Society, and Hillary has plans for massive increases in social programs. For another, Goldwater had difficulty garnering support from his own party, just like Mr. Trump. But that’s where the similarities end.
Those of us of a certain age will always remember the striking television ad that featured a little girl standing in a field and counting petals as she pulls them from a daisy. Suddenly, she looks up as an ominous voice-over counts down from ten to one. The camera shot ends with an explosion and a nuclear mushroom cloud rising high into the atmosphere. President Johnson’s voice is then heard: These are the stakes: to make a world in which all of God’s children can live, or to go into the dark. We must either love each other. Or we must die. It was a masterful ad designed to make Americans cringe when they thought of the uncompromising Goldwater at the helm. It turned out to be very effective as well: Johnson won 61% of the vote while Goldwater only carried six states in the election. Today, the Clinton camp is hoping their “Just One” ad will yield similar results, but here’s why it won’t work.
Certainly Lyndon Johnson was a snake-in-the-grass and may have rivaled the Clintons in using dirty tricks to sweep political opposition out of his way. But the public didn’t particularly know Lyndon Johnson—we know Mrs. Clinton. In addition, Johnson promised to pursue the agenda of a tragically struck-down young, handsome president. There was a nostalgia for the hope Mr. Kennedy represented. Mrs. Clinton, on the other hand, is promising to pursue an Obama agenda that has been unsuccessful and not much liked. Moreover, Mr. Obama—unlike Jack Kennedy—does not represent hope so much as jaded irritation and high-handedness when he doesn’t get his way. And, knowing Mrs. Clinton as we do, we are afraid we are in for more of the same if she is elected—not only the failed policies and programs, but the disregard for process and the rule of law.
Hillary Clinton’s legacy as First Lady, New York Senator, and Secretary of State is one marked by either lack of accomplishment or complete failure. As First Lady, she oversaw the debacle of Hillarycare, a universal healthcare proposal she now claims is the forerunner of ObamaCare. Today, despite its obvious failures, she promises to expand ObamaCare. As the Senator from New York, her record amounts to zero, unless you count naming two insignificant streets. And finally, as Secretary of State, she certainly cannot point to any success. Four Americans including a U.S. Ambassador were killed at Benghazi due to her negligence in providing adequate security. About the reckless Iran Deal, Clinton herself has said she is “proud of the role [she] played to get this process started.” She and Obama turned the Middle East upside down and inside out leaving it in the tangled mess that it is today. Nothing in her resume suggests success, steady hand or not.
We live in an America that is seen as weak and without resolve in the world. Over the past eight years, Obama and Company—and Hillary Clinton in particular—have shown the world that we will lead from behind, meddle where we shouldn’t, and accept the disaster that is visited upon us by those whose ideology seeks our destruction. Worse still, this administration seems intent on aiding and abetting it by its stance on immigration and border security. And yet, we are supposed to fear Donald Trump’s erratic hand at the controls? We’ve already seen what her steady hand at the helm means for us and the world. This is the steady hand that pushed the Russian “re-set” button, resulting in a boldly empowered Russia. This is the calm head that disturbingly boasted, “We came, we saw, he died!” about the NATO-led ousting and death of Libya’s Qaddafi. Today, we see how badly that miscalculation misfired. By all indications, Hillary Clinton will be nothing more than Obama.2, and frankly, that should scare us more than the “Just One” ad.
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