The Clintons, former President William Jefferson Clinton and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, lack the necessary appreciation for veracity that many might seek in a presidential candidate and her spouse. The media, sycophants no more, point out blatant mischaracterizations by Senator Clinton of her personal experiences and the repetition of an inaccurate colloquial tale of medical insurance woe. Today, Politico.com reports that former President Clinton defended Senator Clinton attributing “end-of-the-day fatigue” as the cause of her Bosnia “mistake.” (Politoco.com, April 11, 2008, Bill Clinton defends wife’s Bosnia remarks”). A CBS producer, cited in the Politico.com story, points out that the St. Patrick’s Day speech former President Clinton referred to occurred “midmorning.”
Should voters hold Senator Clinton responsible for the speaking “mistakes” of former President Clinton? No. In fact, the voting public has a very short memory for Clinton speaking mistakes. The Clintons, collectively, will say whatever is necessary to illustrate the point at hand and move to the next. The Clintons find it easier in our society to ask for forgiveness than to tell the boring, non-illustrative truth.
The Clintons represent the negative of oration and public speaking. Dictionary.com lists several definitions for sophist.
American Heritage Dictionary – Cite This Source –
- One skilled in elaborate and devious argumentation.
- A scholar or thinker.
- Sophist Any of a group of professional fifth-century B.C. Greek philosophers and teachers who speculated on theology, metaphysics, and the sciences, and who were later characterized by Plato as superficial manipulators of rhetoric and dialectic.
[Middle English sophiste, from Latin sophista, from Greek sophistēs, from sophizesthai, to become wise, from sophos, clever.]
Does manipulators of rhetoric and dialectic, sound familiar?
If Senator Clinton states that she entered a Bosnian airport under attack and later people on the trip contradict her, then according to Senator Clinton, she “misspoke” and “made a mistake.” Should Senator Clinton have empathy for all the Bosnians who existed in Hell on Earth under the wretched rule of their cruel and inhumane dictator? Yes, absolutely. Should Senator Clinton adopt Bosnia’s Hell on Earth as her own personal experience for the purpose of exploiting the Bosnian existence to impress voters with an example of her life under fire? Absolutely, NOT.
Does the time of day and fatigue excuse a speaker from wholly misrepresenting her life experiences with examples of traumatic life stories? No.
Former President Clinton believes that voters will buy whatever snake oil he’s selling. When the media, who keep track of every stop on each presidential candidate’s itinerary, hear such speeches from anyone, including the former President, they take note and now point to the conflicts. Former President Clinton floated his explanation for the mistake to determine how the justification would be received, to see if anyone noticed.
We did notice.
Here’s some advice, the truth will set you free. Lies will provide more negative coverage. Mischaracterizations of easily verifiable facts will provide more negative coverage.
Senator Clinton, you choose.