Can you imagine what your own reputation would be like if a group of opponents had decided to spend the last twenty years in a skilled, well-financed, unrelenting effort to portray you as a bastard or a bitch? Day in and day out. Millions of dollars spent to scrutinize your every move, action, communication, and relationship with only one intent: find some way to make you look bad. Everything you did willfully misinterpreted. Every actual mistake you made exaggerated and attributed to evil intentions. Baseless rumors escalated in the media to the level of “scandal”. Endless public hearings that produced nothing but sound-bite accusations devoid of any evidence of your having done anything wrong.
Think you wouldn’t be regarded as The Wicked Witch of the West or Scumbag #1? Who among us would not find our neighbors and associates thinking badly about us, hard-pressed to accord us any respect, let alone affection?
Welcome to Hillary’s world, a world in which she spoke decades ago about a “vast right-wing conspiracy” working to destroy her. Her claim was derided at the time, but by now there is no shortage of evidence—books, articles, documentaries—that abundantly validate that claim.
As I listen to Hillary-haters vilify her and clamor for Donald Trump to be the President of the United States of America, I am simply stupefied at how effective the decades of character assassination have been—an effect made ludicrously more stark when comparing the lives of the two candidates.
Hillary Clinton is the one who, as a then-Republican teenager, met with The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in Chicago in her precocious pursuit of justice for all Americans. She is the one who served the Children’s Defense Fund in its longstanding heroic advocacy for America’s children. She is the one who recognized the value of Nobel-Prize-winner Muhammed Yunus’ brilliant microcredit program which has now lifted more than 100,000,000 women and their families out of poverty, seeking ways to apply it to the plight of rural Arkansans. She is the one who has spent her entire adult lifetime working to ensure healthcare for all Americans. She is…oh, never mind.
Meanwhile, the Savior of the Hillary-haters has spent his entire life in pursuit of money and fame. He has been brilliantly successful at achieving his goal, never mind the sketchy means he has employed. Give him credit for finding ways to get what he wanted, even if he deserves no credit and unlimited contempt for the way he has treated others in the process.
Hillary Clinton is not a saint. When candidates talk about “fighting” for you, it’s not an idle term. To make progress in our often brutal and reliably self-serving political climate, only the tough get things done. The point is, she has devoted her entire adult life to public service. Donald Trump has devoted his entire life to Donald Trump. When the sober-thinking editorial boards of virtually every newspaper in the United States of America advocate voting for Hillary Clinton and forcefully oppose the election of Donald Trump, when not one single CEO of a Fortune 100 corporation endorses Donald Trump, and when the top 50 Republican national security experts all decry him as “dangerous”, well, what more is there to say?
The fact that anyone would spend a nanosecond considering a vote for him over her is all we need to know about whether brainwashing works.