We’ve Had Many Foul Mouthed Presidents in History
“This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.” – Abraham Lincoln
I recently watched the movie Lincoln, and was impressed at its historical accuracy, as well as the incredible talent of the actors involved, particularly of Daniel Day Lewis as Lincoln. I was also struck by the gritty portrayals of the members of the House of Representatives: venal, vain, sometimes obtuse but very human. Certainly not unlike today. And, I suspect the movie got the backroom dealing and compromising right. Democracy isn’t pretty, and passing legislation is a complex process done by fallible people.
I thought of this in light of the recent media explosion over a tape of Donald Trump expressing some rather vulgar and demeaning thoughts about women. I don’t recall as much crocodile-tear outrage over a man’s words since the early days of the “feminist revolution” and the lame attempts and angst by the nerdy guys trying to get laid with their militant girlfriends. Usually it was about something the athletes or fraternity guys did or said.
That said, Trump certainly didn’t add anything dignified to the presidential contest, did he? One has to suspect that as marriage historically has been the method for gentling and dealing with the baser instincts of men, that his wife and daughters will clarify for him what is acceptable to say in public about women.
Knowing the media, it is not surprising that they will try to make as much out of this as they can. Long ago having lost credibility and any pretense to integrity, it is their secret-society sworn duty to bring Trump down. Our narcissistic millennials are easily influenced by this goal, thinking that this is something new and are eager to impress their self-absorbed peer group of their compassion and concern. Most people who dislike Trump will be reinforced, but those who support him will be unfazed. Alas, for those who truly wish to get perspective, the road ahead is difficult.
Ah history, thy appeal is difficult to discern.
We have certainly had large egos in the Presidency, and the quality of presidential language has not always been Catholic-school approved – along with their less-than-saintly actions. Kennedy turned the White House into the Play House for his frequent frolics, as did one William Jefferson Clinton. President Johnson was more than well known for his earthy expressions as is Senator McCain. Who can forget the disgusting and x-rated antics of Senator Edward Kennedy and Chris Dodd – the least desired guests in a jaded Washington?
One of the most foul-mouthed offenders, according to those who know her well, is Hillary Clinton.
One has to remind our younger and uninformed progeny about the impeachment of then-President Clinton. Eleven counts, including lying to a grand jury. Disbarment and fines. All because of romping with an intern – an intern! – in the White House. Yet at that time the media described it all as just sex, personal and not relevant. The special prosecutor was viciously attacked as being a pervert for even investigating. How far we have come.
Still, the question to be asked is, which will harm America more, Trump’s stream-of-consciousness invective in the past, or the actions of a ruthless and avaricious Hillary Clinton whose stated objectives are to overturn the Bill of Rights and cause enormous damage to the American experiment?
One has to be shocked, saddened and dismayed at the would-be president’s capacity for mendacity, even under trivial circumstances. The most chilling is where her actions have directly lead to personal destruction and even to the deaths of others. The mother of Sean Smith plaintively asks what happened to her son, while Democrats cavalierly walk out of the Congressional hearing where she was testifying: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cYHs8tVb-U
Hillary abandoned him to die at Benghazi and lied about it to his mother’s face, and later tried to call her a liar. Patricia Smith is still waiting for an answer.
This is Hillary’s character, and her history. At 27 years old and as a staff attorney for the House Judiciary Committee she was fired by lifelong Democrat Jerry Zeifman. When queried as to why, he stated “Because she was a liar. She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the Committee and the rules of confidentiality.”
Throughout her career there are innumerable examples of her dishonesty. From Whitewater to her role in enabling her husband’s transgressions to Travelgate and the destruction of Billy Dale and his staff (see Peggy Noonan’s reminder of Hillary’s responsibility, lying, and evasion: http://www.wsj.com/articles/travel-back-to-an-early-clinton-scandal-1473982077) to Benghazi to her server to her compromising national security with her emails and the corruption of the Clinton Foundation the constant is her complete and absolute willful perversion of the truth for her own benefit.
Recently, Secret Service Officer Gerry Byrne called her a “complete pathological liar”: http://www.breitbart.com/radio/2016/10/11/secret-service-officer-gary-j-byrne-hillary-clinton-i-know-complete-pathological-liar/
Beyond that there is the enormous disconnect between her words, her actions and her desires should she obtain office. Her empire games in Libya have resulted in countless deaths, her complicity in the withdrawal from Iraq has resulted in the death of hundreds of thousands and her disdain for Africa has resulted in multiple atrocities. To say nothing of what the rise of radical Islam has meant to women.
Her lack of support for DC vouchers, her unholy ties to teachers’ unions and the resulting condemnation of poor minorities to third-world schools, her alliance with anti-police forces leading to rising crime rates in already desperate inner-city communities all lead to a destructive and anti-human set of policy prescriptions that would be disastrous for our country. Her desire to treat abortion as an unalloyed social good will lead to the death of millions of more babies, and ultimately to further erosion in human dignity as we creep ever-closer to euthanasia and the forced termination of services under government-controlled health care.
It is understandable that there is hesitation to support Trump because of his free-form verbal onslaughts. Yet, to an America sick of mendacity and corruption one is reminded of Abraham Lincoln, in responding to criticisms of General U.S. Grant and his occasional forays into excess alcohol, “I can’t spare this man – he fights.”
People back Trump because he fights.
Originally published on Cleveland Business Review.
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