Say what you want about the political stripes of John Kass, Chicago Tribune columnist, I don’t care, but read his column. He says, and I think rightly so, and I suspect the majority of my fellow birdies here agree, that Hillary has disqualified herself for the presidency.
Rather than lick our wounds because Comey declined to prosecute, it is time for honest progressives to say what we think needs to be done, in the near future, and beyond.
Kass is particularly brutal, but brutally honest:
The Republicans didn’t do this to her. The mad barbarian Donald Drumpf, ranting and shouting and mugging like some vulgar late-night TV pitchman, didn’t do it. Thoughtful Democrats who put their country above their ambitions didn’t do it.
Years from now, she [Hillary] may wander the corridors of whatever palace she finds herself in, wringing her hands and muttering nonsense, her hair disheveled in the night, and it won’t change things.
She’s disqualified herself.
Kass goes on to say what are the consequences to a nation that by electing Clinton loses its spiritual way:
A nation that values a commonly held belief in the obligations of leadership couldn’t ever elect someone like this. Advocating for someone like this would be seen as shameful.
Only a corrupt nation could do so, a nation that values a Chicago-style political payoff more than it values a belief that leaders should be held to ethical standards.
Once a nation acknowledges publicly that it is corrupt (as in national elections), that its people care only for what they can put in their pocket or stuff into their mouths, something terrible can happen.
There is a weakening. A listlessness, a nihilism, where personal appetites and longings for celebrity outweigh what was once understood as common virtue. And what comes next, inevitably, is a fall, and the frightened citizens rally around a strong and brutal personality who offers them muscular leadership. And what they once had is gone.
So again, say what you want about Kass, I don’t care, but I think he has spoken the truth to the establishment that would insist that Hillary should be, must be, president. I for one will not vote for her, damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.
Elsewhere in today’s Tribune is a column by Robert Callahan, a career diplomat and former ambassador to Nicaragua, under both Bush 2 and Obama (and therefore Hillary), who asks the question on many thoughtful American’s minds:
So, the one remaining sanction on Clinton may be the vote of the people. But must an election really come down to this — a contest between a narcissistic blowhard and a serial prevaricator with an ever-expanding sense of entitlement?
So, to answer LD’s question in another post, I will be voting for Jill Stein, and I will be sending her money.
LD, the indent and text colorizing features are not working.