President Barack Obama has long stumped for his political party from the presidential pulpit, and it stands to reason he will continue to do so until his last day in office. Obama’s latest insult to the GOP presidential nominee is that Donald Trump is “unfit” for the presidency. Obama said this shortly before news broke about a $400 million US payment to Iran, made in foreign currency to skirt US law, that amounts to a ransom for Americans held hostage in Iranian prisons.
Most media will carry Obama’s remarks into the politics news echo chamber. What most media won’t do is ask a single question about Obama’s own presidency. Despite numerous scandals, those same media have handled this administration with kid gloves for two reasons.
Obama is our nation’s first biracial president, and he is a Democrat. Is Hillary Clinton, Obama’s fellow DNC member, fit to serve as president?
Consider a brief sampler of scandals media either refused to cover or downplay, occurring when Democrats’ nominee Hillary Clinton held the position of secretary of state.
Not a single one of these scandals involved Mr. Trump, by the way. They’re all a product of Democrat practice and policy:
*In Operation Fast and Furious, government bureaucrats trafficked thousands of guns across the US southern border. Most of the weapons weren’t tracked. No media have asked Mrs. Clinton a single question about the scandal that cost both US citizens and Mexico citizens their lives.
*Mrs. Clinton and her foreign policy team unglued North Africa. If Democrats thought Bush’s ramped up prosecution of Bill Clinton’s war on Iraq (de facto war via the Iraq Liberation Act) was folly, double that folly with Libya.
*Mrs. Clinton and President Obama gave Cuba a sweet deal benefiting that country’s offshore drilling [Hello, Florida!] that conflicts with both politicos’ stump speeches on climate change/global warming/formerly global cooling. No media have asked why the US should economically empower a communist country where human rights are near-nonexistent.
*Mrs. Clinton chose to retain data on a private server in a bathroom at her house, erecting a wall between her official secretary of state information and the public she was supposed to serve. Mrs. Clinton has repeatedly, even by the admission of diehard leftwingers at The Washington Post, lied to the public about her email and data practices. If she didn’t know material was classified, she is completely “unfit” to handle all the sensitive material a president would handle. There can be no doubt that her practices undermined US security.
*Hillary Clinton presents herself as a champion of the middle class, but the diva of deception admitted to Pakistan leaders how greedy she is when it comes to US taxpayers’ hard-earned money. In 2009 Mrs. Clinton urged the leaders to go after more tax money, saying, “The percentage of taxes on GDP (in Pakistan) is among the lowest in the world… We (the United States) tax everything that moves and doesn’t move…”
*Mrs. Clinton has repeatedly insulted Gold Star mother Pat Smith who wanted answers about her son’s death in Benghazi, Libya. Mrs. Clinton and assorted staffers in the Obama administration blamed an amateur filmmaker for an attack on US properties in Benghazi despite the fact they knew it was launched by terrorists. The filmmaker was perp-walked on an international stage to appease radical Muslims. On that day, the US First Amendment suffered another attack by Democrats although no media acknowledged it.
*On the eve of the Democrats’ national convention in Philadelphia, the party chair was forced to resign because of hacked emails revealing party power brokers deliberately sabotaged Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. More staffers have been pink-slipped since then. If Dems won’t run their own primary honestly, what does that say about their attitude towards the fair and honest election of a US president?
We could continue to list more scandals, but it seems dead innocents, North Africa in chaos, insults to the mother of an American hero, and schmoozing Communists make it appear the Obama administration’s preferred candidate Hillary Clinton is indisputably “unfit” and unqualified to serve as president of the United States.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Aug. 3, 2016)
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