“I’m kind of far removed from the struggles of the middle class because the life I’ve lived and the economic, you know, fortunes that my husband and I now enjoy. And I am not taking a position on any policy, but I do think there is a growing sense of anxiety and even anger in the country over the feeling that the game is rigged.” – Madame Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in a paid speech at Goldman-Black Rock, 2/4/14
Wikileaks’ “October Surprise” arrived late in a collection of e-mails released by a beleaguered Julian Assange on Friday after partisan politicians sneered it wouldn’t happen on Wednesday.
Out of the mass of information, two cables sent in April and May of 2013 provide a candid Portrait of the Secretary as a Globalist.
Hillary Clinton denounced American sovereignty in a florid call for the elimination of borders and trade protection throughout the Western Hemisphere, calling for a regional government.
“My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders, sometime in the future with energy that is as green and sustainable as we can get it, powering growth and opportunity for “every person in the hemisphere.” [05162013 Remarks to Banco Itau.doc, p. 28]
If that means trucking auto parts from Mexico under the customs seal of a Transit and Excise Bond, and having finished automobiles and trucks imported from Canada while by-passing the idled steel mills, foundries, stamping mills and assembly plants of the U.S.A., then she’s predicting the days of future passed by – oh, let’s say, nearly three decades, something like that?
Meanwhile, back on the Ponderosa, people wander the crumbling streets of a once mighty manufacturing nation with shopping carts until living with no money and no future drives them completely crazy and lady lawyers in pants suits coordinate the legal means to have them hauled away to some mental institution, jail, or “group home” to die.
Locking people up becomes a growth industry, paid for by taxpayers, on a cost plus basis.
Open borders? That means anyone who says their local government at home is subjecting them to oppression can come on in, get a grant, an education, medical benefits, and the right to stay if they will only get pregnant, have a kid, and apply for welfare. Such a deal.
And then there’s the Trans Pacific Partnership, which is what the Bushido warriors of the Imperial Japanese Army called the “Pacific Economic Co-Prosperity Sphere.” Sounds great until they drop the ramp on the landing craft and the surf runs red with American blood on some forgotten coral atoll half a world distant.
Please, don’t ask the guys who were there why all those heros dove on grenades to save the lives of their buddies. It’s kind of a strain trying to word your answer so that your interlocutor doesn’t figure out those heros were already dead and their fellow soldiers threw their bodies on the grenade to save themselves. Let’s talk about a bigger, better flat-screen TV made in Shanghai by slaves of the state, imported without any real semblance of trade protection.
Who needs it?
“Secondly, I think we have to have a concerted plan to increase trade already under the current circumstances, you know, that Inter-American Development Bank figure is pretty surprising. There is so much more we can do, there is a lot of low hanging fruit but businesses on both sides have to make it a priority and it’s not for governments to do but governments can either make it easy or make it hard and we have to resist, protectionism, other kinds of barriers to market access and to trade and I would like to see this get much more attention and be not just a policy for a year under president X or president Y but a consistent one.” [05162013 Remarks to Banco Itau.doc, p. 32]
Low hanging fruit? That makes me nervous, when taken in the context of the stark reality of completely desperate people suddenly deprived of powerful psychotropic drugs who hang themselves in for-profit jails every day. Besides, there was something about the dreaded run-on sentence, something they kept hammering and yammering about – way back there – in high school, back in the bad old days, back in the U.S.A.
Now, then, about the smoke-filled, back-room political deals it takes to get things done in the emerging, global world of regional citizenship, fueled by open markets and free trade – the one with no borders. That world, the one in the big, blue map in polar projection, the ONE World, the one right there in the background.
If everybody’s watching – well, you know – “people get a little nervous, to say the least.”
Clinton: “But If Everybody’s Watching, You Know, All Of The Back Room Discussions And The Deals, You Know, Then People Get A Little Nervous, To Say The Least. So, You Need Both A Public And A Private Position.”
CLINTON: You just have to sort of figure out how to — getting back to that word, “balance” — how to balance the public and the private efforts that are necessary to be successful, politically, and that’s not just a comment about today. That, I think, has probably been true for all of our history, and if you saw the Spielberg movie, Lincoln, and how he was maneuvering and working to get the 13th Amendment passed, and he called one of my favorite predecessors, Secretary Seward, who had been the governor and senator from New York, ran against Lincoln for president, and he told Seward, I need your help to get this done.
And Seward called some of his lobbyist friends who knew how to make a deal, and they just kept going at it. I mean, politics is like sausage being made. It is unsavory, and it always has been that way, but we usually end up where we need to be.
But if everybody’s watching, you know, all of the back room discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least. So, you need both a public and a private position. And finally, I think — I believe in evidence-based decision making. I want to know what the facts are. I mean, it’s like when you guys go into some kind of a deal, you know, are you going to do that development or not, are you going to do that renovation or not, you know, you look at the numbers. You try to figure out what’s going to work and what’s not going to work. [Clinton Speech For National Multi-Housing Council, 4/24/13]
National Multi-Housing Council? What’s that, a FEMA Camp?
By the way, have you seen the Speilberg movie, the one about Lincoln? I thought I’d give it a miss. I was busy keeping an eye on old Gorgeous George – you know, The Donald. Here’s a guy who was born on a Monopoly Board, a hard-headed realist of a business man who borrowed a mere pittance of $15 million from his daddy and learned how to settle debts for pennies on the dollar. Wonder how that will work out with corporate, back in Shanghai? They don’t look like they’re the least bit nervous, to me.
So mote it be.
– The Legendary
BEHOLD: The Minority Report, channeling Lenny Bruce in a graveyard