There are so many important and pressing national issues in
the air right now, it seems a bit out of context to be writing
on US elections, especially the Democratic Party nomination.
But right now, I, along with the entire the nation, am just
too emotionally distraught over the tragic events of what
happened to young Hope Arismandez to even delve into that
So I will take a deep breath and calm myself and share with
you some thoughts sent to me by a friend on something that
is a matter of concern in the USAthe recent racist,
hate-mongering remarks by Hillary Clinton.
Clinton has crossed the line, and she has done so to her eternal
peril, as the remarks she madewhen she played the race
and assassination cards in her last-ditch desperate attempt
to secure the Democratic nominationare being seen by
as just too much to stomach.
Her husband had scored a crushing victory over George Herbert
Bush in the November, 1992, elections, and captured the hearts
and minds of the immigrant community, as well as the majority
of American citizens.
Immigrants were elated and Clinton was supported by the vast
majority of first and second-generation immigrants.
Though a white Southerner, Bill Clinton was characterised
as the first black President of the United States,
and was embraced as a darling of the black communitya
jazz-loving, saxophone playing, soul food grubbing brother.
This was soon to change, and Bill Clinton squandered that
immense goodwill, so much so that by 2000, after Bill Clinton
was done with Monica Lewinsky and the stained dress, there
were few who wanted to see or hear about him or his family.
But Hillary played the role of the strong supportive wife
who stood by her man, and the world gave her support and sympathy.
Fast forward eight years later: The Clintons are at it again,
this time embarking on a slash and burn campaign to deprive
Barack Obama of the Democratic nomination, and a historic
opportunity to be the first African-American President of
the United States of America.
Let us debunk the foolish Clinton delegate math: as of May
24, 2008, the Associated Press and New York Times estimate
Obama has 1,970 delegates, against Clintons tally of
Obama needs a mere 55 delegates to achieve the 2,025 total
to clinch the nomination. There are 86 delegates at stake
in the remaining contests in Puerto Rico, South Dakota, and
Montana; and 176 uncommitted super-delegates.
There is not the remotest possibility of Clinton denying Obama
In a last desperate effort, Hillary Clinton launched an astonishingly
brutal and insensitive attack on Obama, playing both the race
and assassination cards, at a meeting with the editorial board
of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader in South Dakota.
This is what Hillary had to say:
My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until
he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June,
right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June
You know I just dont understand it, she
said, dismissing the idea of abandoning the race.
Is it Hillarys subliminal wish that someone assassinate
After imagining non-existent sharpshooters targeting her in
a Bosnian airport, Hillary now has visions of assassins going
Trying to justify her crudely-insensitive remarks, while digging
a deeper hole for herself, the unrepentant Hillary issued
an outrageous non-apology apology:
The Kennedys have been much on my mind the last days,
because of Senator Kennedy, referring to the recent
diagnosis of Senator Edward M Kennedys brain tumour.
And I regret if my referencing that moment of trauma
for our entire nation, and in particular the Kennedy family,
was in any way offensive.
The Washington Posts Libby Copeland puts Clintons
statement into context:
The fear of a president or a presidential candidate
being shot or assassinated is horrifying, precisely because
recent history teaches us that it can happen.
We dont need anybody to remind us, and we certainly
dont need anybody to remind whatever suggestible whackos
might be lurking in the shadows.
In the context of Obama, Clintons words broke a double
taboo, because since the beginning of his candidacy, some
of Obamas supporters have feared his race made him more
of a target than other presidential hopefuls.
Obama was placed under Secret Service protection early, a
full year ago.
To be unaware that ones words tap into a monumental
fear that exists in a portion of the electoratea fear
that Obamas race could get him killedis an unusual
mistake for a serious and highly disciplined presidential
But, apparently, Hillary shows no remorse. She is not deterred;
she wants to continue her divisive campaign, at all costs.
Who knows? Maybe someone may assassinate Obama. Hillary would
be right there to pick up the torch after Obama is martyred.
Why not be Obamas vice president; then, like Lyndon
Johnson after John F Kennedys assassination, Hillary
will assume the mantle of presidency of the United States.
It seems she may just have gone too far this time, and the
super-delegates will definitely have their say on this one.
No matter how hard she tries to hide Bill behind the scenes,
it is a joint tag team of Bill and Hillary being presented
to the American public, and we can only hope the super-delegates
have the courage and gumption to stand up and say:
Never again Bhillary.