Melania’s Plagiarism

The GOP is self-destructing at its own convention, and it’s giving me hope for the future.

Granted, Mrs. Trump’s speech is small compared to other issues with her husband and the party.  Be that as it may, we should welcome every hiccup in the Republican campaign.

Please forgive me.  Be that as it may is a stuffy expression that’s too good to pass up.  Use it every chance you get.

There’s one human factor which helps Republicans in practically every election, though.  The party has a large proportion of voters who never miss an election, and they never vote for Democrats.  It’s probably in their genes, but so far no one has proven that.  They’re oblivious to Dan Quayle’s ineptitude, Richard Nixon’s corruption and all of that weird stuff with George W. Bush.  They don’t see it because they don’t want to see it.

Currently, there are many voters who feel cynical about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Democrats who are suspicious of Hillary are considering skipping the election because they draw the line at voting for someone they don’t trust — even if it means putting a raging oaf in charge.  Some of those Democrats supported Bernie Sanders in the primary, and some didn’t.  At any rate, the Democratic Party often doesn’t have have enough “yes men” to offset loyal Republicans.

Personally, I don’t like Hillary Clinton.  This has nothing to do with Whitewater or the graceless public statements she made about the Monica Lewinsky scandal.  The GOP used Whitewater (an investment which actually ripped off the Clintons) and Bill’s infidelity in ways that reflected on the GOP more than it did on the Clinton Administration.

In fairness, on one level the Monica Lewinsky scandal should have been taken seriously.  The President took advantage of the emotions of a young, gullible and needy intern who was seeking support wherever she could find it.  Ms. Lewinsky disgraced herself by acting on impulses which must have been too strong to resist, and when she stupidly confided in Linda Tripp she really outdid herself.

Monica Lewinsky could have been any confused young person, but Bill was old enough to know better.  Maybe there’s more to say about this, but in retrospect it might just be an ugly personal thing which was none of our business in the first place.  It didn’t impair the government until GOP Members Of Congress used it as an excuse to impeach a Democratic President.

I don’t like Hillary Clinton because of inconsistencies I’ve noticed in some of her general statements.  They’re typical of the status quo politician.  Unfortunately, I haven’t kept documentation so this claim is hard to back up.  Still, here it is.  You can decide whether to believe it.

When William Jefferson Clinton was Governor of Arkansas, the State Legislature passed a bill requiring parental notification for underage girls seeking abortions.  With Mrs. Clinton’s support, he signed the bill.

Many years later, during the 2008 Primary Campaign, Hillary Clinton sent a letter to some California voters.  The letter declared that she opposed a statewide ballot proposition requiring parental notification.  My mother in Oakland received one of the letters (I didn’t.  I live in San Francisco, and am registered as a Democrat), and she read it to me on the telephone.  The letter expressed concern that the proposition would endanger pregnant teenagers.

The ballot proposition in question lost, and not for the first time.  It had been on the California ballot before.  Both times it lost by a narrow margin, but it was much more widely opposed by Democratic voters.  Mrs. Clinton risked nothing by sending that letter to California voters.  She made herself look good to pro-choice voters who hadn’t decided how to vote in the primary.

(Hillary Clinton won the 2008 California Democratic Primary, in case anyone’s keeping score.)

In Arkansas, the legislation which she encouraged her husband to sign was popular with constituents.

How does she defend two polar opposite stands she has taken on one issue?  Is there a rational argument that parental notification is good for teenagers in Arkansas but bad for teenagers in California?  In both cases, the policy was supported most strongly by people who oppose abortions in general.

Bottom line: The Governor’s signature on the Arkansas bill was very likely a compromise with pro-life politicians.  It sold out teenaged girls, some of whom may have Monica Lewinsky-type issues.

When my mother read me Hillary Clinton’s compassionate-sounding letter asking California voters to oppose the parental notification law, I wasn’t disappointed in Hillary.  You have to expect something better before you can be disappointed.

Still, I accepted the letter for what it was and hoped it would help defeat a ballot proposition which would have harmed underage girls. The voters rejected the proposed law, for the second time.

Another statement by Hillary Clinton is less “concerning,” but it showed poor judgment.

Mrs. Clinton was in the U.S. Senate at the time of the September 11 tragedy.  Her daughter, Chelsea, was in the Greenwich Village section of Manhattan on the morning of the attacks, and had to relocate when the neighborhood was evacuated.

Senator Clinton appeared on a network news show soon after the attacks, and recalled that her daughter was one of the uninjured people who had to walk uptown.

That part was fine.  However, the Senator couldn’t resist embellishing.  She said Chelsea was working that morning.

According to a magazine article by Chelsea Clinton (I think it was in Rosie, but I’m not sure) describing her September 11 experience, she said she was staying in the apartment of a friend she was visiting. The article made no claim that she was employed at the time, and if Chelsea had been hired somewhere we probably would have heard about it.  An announcement that she’d found a job was made later, when she went to work for some exclusive firm.

By the end of Bill Clinton’s second term as President, he and his wife should have understood that any misstep could be exploited by their detractors.  The small inaccuracy that a parent instinctively threw into a story to highlight her child’s work ethic apparently went unchallenged, and I’m grateful.  We were in a national crisis, and Republicans in Congress were not above placing a Democratic colleague’s minuscule lie above the recovery effort.  It could have been a problem.

But I digress.  In case you haven’t heard about Melania Trump’s embarrassment, click the link at the end of this post.  Whether she is having the normal reaction of feeling embarrassed is anyone’s guess.

With all of my negative feelings toward Hillary Clinton, I’ll still vote for her in November.  If she wins, we can expect approximately the same policies we had when her husband was President.  Don’t scoff. The Bill Clinton Days weren’t that bad, especially when you compare the era with Republican Administrations.

Section of Melania Trump’s Speech Mirrors Michelle Obama’s in 2008

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