Sat. Feb 4th, 2023

by Ken Carman
 As she spread her arms to welcome the Tuesday’s results I must admit, I kept thinking, “What the hell are you wearing and why would anyone keep choosing this look?” If someone chooses for her they need to be assigned Inspectionanother task.
 I understand how that comment may seem sexist, but this Chairman Mao look just undercuts all she says. It would be like Bernie sporting a Hitler mustache: a visual oxymoron. And she seems to have so many blouses, overcoats or… whatever the heck they are, like that.
 Let’s get the obvious out of the way. It’s about damn time we got to at least a woman as one of two candidates in a two party system. How many nations already have had a women to lead their country? How many have we had make it even this close? 0. And let’s add that Ms. Clinton; and I mean this in a very positive way, is the ultimate whack-o-mole combined with energizer bunny. And maybe that’s what it had to take for a woman to get this far. To keep pursuing despite, maybe even sometimes because of, so much loud, hyperbole-based, opposition, is an achievement. Her ability to shift, shuffle and adjust is legendary, which of course brings us to some of the reasons I voted for Bernie Sanders here in Tennessee.
 I understand very well how there has been a 30 year jihad against her and her husband. Those who supported Barack Obama should understand by now it was far less about either Bill or Barack than tactics to either bring down any Dem who ascends to that office, or at least keep them from achieving anything. From the Arkansas Project, when Bill was governor, to Hillarycare (sound familiar, Obama supporters?), to dragging out multiple investigations up until election time for obvious partisan purposes, The Hunting of the Clintons, to paraphrase a 90s book’s title, has been far less about them than a rabid, hate filled, anything goes, element in the Republican Party.
 But, then again, one reason, of many, I voted Bernie is that Hillary is such an easy target.
 Also her reaction, like her husband, to many of these things is bothersome to me. The constant use of caveats like, “I made a mistake,” and how she knows better now, was fooled before…all this brings into question her judgment. Then there’s who has backed her candidacy, where and who paid her to speak, who she has befriended: all these are valid concerns. Do we really expect her to crack down on banks, bad trade deals, those who push for war, corrupt corporations?
 Doubtful at best.
 Yes, all these might be part of some honest “only Nixon could go to China” turn around on her part. But I’m certainly not holding my breath.
 Yes, all this is how politics have been run for many years. Hillary is no exception, or even worse than most. But maybe that’s the point: we really do need what Barack promised, but in some ways didn’t deliver: change.
 I have more, but I’ll head on to my last point.
  I understand, and appreciate, those who feel I should vote my conscience rather than serve that inapt hyperbolic phrase: voting for “the lesser of two evils.” But this is the system we have. I wish the hell it wasn’t. I’m a big believer in a system based run off voting where we rank candidates as to who we want the most to who we absolutely don’t want. But that’s what we don’t have. A 3rd party candidate in a two party system supported by the media hasn’t got a chance in hell. And that dynamic has only gotten far worse with rulings like Citizens United.
 I refuse to do anything that might contribute to Republicans getting the White House back. If you honestly review just how bad their rule had become historically, starting from Nixon to Bush II, I think you might understand.
 While Nixon might have wanted to torture, he never would have argued in public for it. Reagan’s administration was corrupt, but hiring companies, like one connected to the VP, over and over again that electrocuted soldiers in faulty showers, failed to deliver water in a desert theater, or a team of mercenaries who randomly slaughtered black citizens in New Orleans, and innocents on streets in Iraq?
 At least not as out in the open and pushing for even worse than that.
 As many problems as I have with Hillary, she won’t bring back torture, or make it worse. Trump will, and his party will eagerly support him.
 As many problems as I have with Hillary, she won’t want to have pregnant women and doctors put in prison for a very hard decision. Trump has already said he will.
 Women and minorities won’t be a personal target for her if they dare to not support anything she desires to do. Trump has already proven he will do this in the vilest ways.
 I have a lot more, but point made.
 What Bernie has done is incredible. I’m glad he’s planning on bringing it all to the convention.
 My readers, and those who share many Facebook pages with me, know what I’m going to do. But am I going to insist you hold your nose and vote Hillary, or call you stupid for not doing so?
 Hell, no.
 Besides, punishing those who take a different path, who we disagree with, using name calling, threats and vile, obscene, accusations…
 Gee, how “Trump” is that?

Inspection is a column that has been written by Ken Carman for over 40 years. Inspection is dedicated to looking at odd angles, under all the rocks, and into the unseen cracks and crevasses, that constitute the issues and philosophical constructs of our day: places few think, or even dare, to venture.
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By Ken Carman

Entertainer, provider of educational services, columnist, homebrewer, collie lover, writer of songs, poetry and prose... humorist, mediocre motorcyclist, very bad carpenter, horrid handyman and quirky eccentric deluxe.

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