There was no escaping the coverage of the 2016 US Presidential Elections. News media around the world bombarded viewers with the greatest levels of attention a political race had ever seen.
Part of this was due to the rise of Donald Trump, the self-styled billionaire Republican nominee, whose rhetoric has shifted the political discourse to issues that have divided a nation. But all of this is overshadowed and underscored, by the root cause for the increased attention. The real reason Donald Trump ever stood a chance at winning the election. Hillary Clinton.
It is widely propagated by the media that the reason behind all the increased coverage is Donald Trump. His flamboyant, bombastic nature and the manner with which he is able to incite the populace through his blunt, and oft times insulting language. His stances on immigration, foreign policy, Islam, to name but a few.
But here is the kicker, Donald Trump would not have been nominated in the first place if it wasn’t for the sheer disdain the public holds for Hillary Clinton, and rightly so. Hillary Clinton, who for all intents and purposes, should have never been allowed to run for the office of President in the first place.
For some of you, this might be your first real taste of a Presidential election. To be fair, it is hard to ignore the entertainment value of D.J Trump in the political arena, when in Australia in particular, we instead suffer through cookie cutter, vanilla politics.
But see, this race isn’t Ms Clinton’s first rodeo. The scandals in this cycle aren’t new, they are symptomatic. Let’s go back, way back, to the first time a Clinton was in the Presidential office, before Benghazi, before #HillarysHealth, before any kind of deplorable basket. Back when Hillary Clinton was one half of Bill Clinton’s “two-fer”, and was the First Lady of the United States.
This era, although not the first where Ms Clinton navigated from cover-up to cover-up, was the first in which there was the national eye cast upon her numerous transgressions. You might even hear the names of some of them mentioned now, but generally followed up by an MSM analyst telling you why they aren’t important. Guess what, they are.
Whitewater might be something that comes out of your hot water tap if you live in a terrace house in Chippendale, but it is also the name given to a series of investigations that began in 1992, during the first term of Bill Clinton’s presidency. Basically put, the Clinton’s were involved in extremely shady financial deals during President Clinton’s time as Governor of Arkansas, deals which led to charges being laid on all their business partners. One of whom was the next Governor of Arkansas, Jim Guy Tucker.
Funnily enough, the deals involved the construction of residential developments, which due to financial conditions, were never built, and rather stood as one model home on an empty lot. A kind of arresting development.
Well at least for the 15 other people who were charged, tried, and convicted. The Clintons as always, skated their way out of that one.
But it didn’t all stop there. Within the course of the investigation, other scandals were brought in to be looked at under the same umbrella. Let me throw a few more names at you. Travelgate, Vince Foster, Filegate. To put it bluntly, Hillary Clinton has more gates associated with her, than an upper-class white community, but this is only the beginning.
Travelgate involved firing all of the staff responsible for White House Press Corps travel arrangements, and replacing them with people that had direct financial links to the Clinton family.
True to form, when asked by the investigating body about conversations she had with the White House Administrative Director, David Watkins, in which he claimed she demanded action to place her people in the roles, Ms Clinton claimed an inability to recall the specifics of the investigation.
That wasn’t the only investigation within the Whitewater probe. The most harrowing was the death of her former aide Vince Foster, and the way his death is interconnected within each of the aforementioned transgressions.
Transgressions which might have not been conclusive enough to be prosecuted to the standard of proof required for a criminal conviction, on the balance of probability alone; demonstrate the pattern of corruption Hillary Clinton engages in, and when taken as a whole, as any rational assessment should, clearly show a vast and complicit trail of corruption.
Vince Foster was a Deputy White House counsel, who had a long relationship with Hillary Clinton, having both come up the ranks in the Rose Law Firm, in LIttle Rock, Arkansas. To say he was privy to the nefarious dealings of the Clintons would be an understatement. They even shared a brokerage account, called Midlife Partners. So after being mired in the aforementioned scandals, and purportedly suffering from depression due to his disdain for the situation he found himself in, Vince Foster committed suicide on July 20, 1993.
Now, you could be curious, do a google search on Vince Foster, and find a lot of hypothesizing on the nature, and cause, of his death. Be it the incessant public bullying of Mr Foster by Ms Clinton, leading to his furthering depression; or some altogether more sinister machinations. That won’t be covered here. But what is pertinent are the actions of Hillary Clinton, and her staff, after he tragically died.
Taking a lesson from “Tricky Dick” Nixon himself, Hillary Clinton instructed her staff to raid Vince Foster’s office and remove incriminating evidence, evidence that pertained to the other pending investigations.
As is the standard in the world of Hillary, the usual denials were forthcoming, with the knowledge that even if she was eventually caught out, which she was, the trail could never be conclusively proven to end with her, and rather, there would be an adequate fall guy; in this case her then Chief of Staff, Maggie Williams. Who to this day denies any involvement, despite claims to the contrary by two FBI agents called to testify in the investigation.
Speaking of the FBI, that brings us to the next instance in our long list of Clinton crookedness, Filegate. Besides the obvious door fatigue that is caused with everything becoming a “gate”, and this won’t be the last Clinton related one for you here, Filegate involved the securement and release of FBI records of Clinton opponents, by Clinton camp officials, with the express intent of discrediting them in the public arena.
So basically, Craig Livingstone was hired out of relative obscurity, or due to his mother’s relationship with Hillary Clinton, to serve as head of White House Security. It didn’t matter that the former bar bouncer was horribly under qualified for the role. Seemingly, his main task was the appropriation of files, a task which he completed with great aplomb, and even greater carelessness.
So far we haven’t even gotten halfway, and yet there is a continuing pattern that is developing here. At every stage, at every point, while investigations into these issues were never able to fully break the wall of silence the Clintons have created, thus not being able to satisfy the burden of proof to convict; the consistent instances of skullduggery that the Clintons participate in is unquestionable. Not even by half.
China. China. China. Sure, you might be predisposed to think of Donald Trump every time you hear that word. But then maybe you haven’t heard about Chinagate, yet another gate that Hillary Clinton has swung wide open, only to slam shut when the wolves began to circle.
Chinagate was a political donations row, that makes the recent Australian scandal involving Senator Sam Dastyari seem trivial in comparison.
This time, the Clintons sold America’s most sensitive technology, we are talking nuclear missile and satellite technology, in exchange for millions of dollars of kickbacks to the 1996 Clinton-Gore re-election effort and the Democratic National Committee.
But this wasn’t all, they also sold seats on trade missions to their Chinese pals. This in itself would normally be enough to sink any politician, but the saving grace came in two forms. First, there was no definitive smoking gun, and secondly, and most importantly, they were saved by the fact that everyone on both sides of politics were hesitant to go after them over donations, considering they themselves would be subject to their finances being examined. Well that, and a young intern by the name of Monica Lewinsky, but that is an issue for another time.
If you think secrets were the only things the Clintons sold during their first run in the Oval Office, think again. Want to spend a night in the Lincoln bedroom? Done. A ride in Air Force One? No problem. Be buried at Arlington Cemetery? Sure. As long as you pony up the cash. Because with Hillary Clinton, money talks.
But money doesn’t just talk when it comes to the Clintons, it walks. From jail. At the end of her husband Bill’s second term in office, he pardoned numerous offenders who all had one thing in common. They donated to the Senate run of his wife, Hillary.
Take the case of Marc Rich, who was convicted of fraud, trading with Iran, racketeering, along with a litany of other charges, and had fled to Switzerland in the 1980’s. Now, apparently being on the FBI’s Most Wanted list is no big thing, if your wife donates heavily to the Senatorial campaign of Hillary Clinton of course, because Bill Clinton pardoned Mr Rich in 2001.
Which if he was the only one pardoned, would be bad enough. But alas, there were a myriad of people who received Presidential clemency in exchange for cash, or favors, to the Clinton political juggernaut.
Four Hasidic men who were convicted of stealing millions in federal funds, were pardoned after they delivered the Senate vote to Hillary in upstate New York, in a region that had statistically always voted Republican. It doesn’t end there, Hugh Rodham, Hillary’s brother, received a $200,000 dollar fee from a convicted drug trafficker to lobby for his pardon, which as it turns out, was also successful.
As per the course, there were the usual investigations, the usual outrage, and yet, Hillary Clinton and her husband managed to yet again escape any kind of prosecution, by feigning ignorance and maintaining the wall of silence they have perfected over the years.
By now, you should be able to see a clear and distinctive pattern of behaviour, that can’t be explained away, can’t be dismissed by what has become a favorite catchphrase of pedophile enablers, financial scammers, and Ms Clinton.
“I don’t recall”.
But, as always with Hillary Clinton, there is more. A lot more.
So, after the Clintons left the White House, and Hillary moved into a role in the Senate, they started the Clinton Foundation, which depending on who you ask, is either a charitable organisation that seeks to…
“strengthen the capacity of people in the United States and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence”
…or, operate as the financial arm of the Clinton political machine; and doing so in such a way as to capitalise on the positions of power, held by both former President Clinton in a private capacity, and Hillary Clinton, in her role as first a United States Senator, and then as the United States Secretary of State.
It would be easy to take things at face value, and demonize those who question the charitable works of the foundation. To proudly broadcast the great works that have been undertaken by the Clintons, in some of the world’s poorest countries. Sure, you could do that. But by doing so, you are failing to see the actual nature of the organisation as it is. The vast swathes of money that have been pumped into the foundation, by some of the world’s most corrupt, deplorable and oppressive individuals and regimes.
The Clinton Foundation claims to be vehemently for equal rights and education for women, and yet have accepted tens of millions of dollars from Saudi Arabia, whose entire social construct is designed with the oppression of women in mind.
Staying on all things Saudi, what about the $29 billion dollar arms deal with the Saudi’s Clinton approved while she was Secretary of State, that saw the King of Saudi Arabia donate 10 million dollars to the Clinton Global Initiative, and Boeing donate a further 900 thousand dollars.
In all, governments and corporations involved in just the arms deals approved by Clinton’s State Department have delivered between $54 million and $141 million to the Clinton Foundation; as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments to the Clinton family, according to foundation and State Department records. Which allowed the Clintons to wet their beak on the deals, totalling roughly $300 billion dollars.
And this is just one aspect, one part of the bigger scheme, which would require a story a lot longer than this to tell. Luckily for you, a lot of the information is readily available on the internet, if you are so inclined. But the fact of the matter is clear, it is impossible to deny the consistent behavioural patterns of Hillary Clinton, and the way in which her ascension to power has been paired with finding ways to monetize whatever position she held.
So let me be clear, these aren’t the only scandals that have been associated with Hillary Clinton. There are search terms aplenty for those of you who want even more. “Hillary Clinton Cattle Futures”, “Hassan Nemazee”, “Peter Franklin Paul”, “Sniper Fire Bosnia”, “Hillary Muslim Brotherhood Ties”, the list literally goes on, and on, and on, and on, but admittedly, there are those of you who won’t stop believing that Hillary Clinton is the right choice for President. Those of you who are wholeheartedly against everything the media would have you believe Donald Trump stands for.
Know this, Hillary Clinton created Donald Trump. Her brand of selfish, money grubbing politics gave rise to the disconnect between the political class, and the people they are tasked with representing. The consistent lying, convenient recollections, corrupt practices; all combined to create the perfect set of circumstances for the rise of the populist candidate in Donald Trump.
Hillary Clinton is not the only one, others like her, many of whom she has worked with, are also culpable for the rise of similar movements across the globe. Tony Blair, close confidant of the Clintons, ushered in the Brexiteers. Across Europe, much of the same sentiments also apply. In France, Poland, Germany, the Philippines, Japan, and even Australia, we are seeing the seeds of rejection to this manner of leadership.
The mainstream media is complicit in this political facade. Owned by large corporate enterprises, whose main objective is towing the line dictated by advertising dollars. No longer is there a separation of money and politics. It is all a part of the game. This is the real gate. The Clintongate.
How many gates will it take before Hillary Clinton is finally exposed? Probably none. But luckily, Hillary found a closed 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue gate, on November 8.
Will Koulouris – @willkoulouris