- Was First Lady of the United States during the presidency of her husband, Bill Clinton
- Served as Democratic U.S. Senator representing New York State from 2001-2009
- Was Named U.S. Secretary of State by President-elect Barack Obama in December 2008
See also: Bill Clinton
Born in Chicago on October 26, 1947, Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois, a solidly Republican suburb of Chicago. In 1964 she supported Republican conservative Barry Goldwater for U.S. President. The following year, she enrolled at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, where her political views would undergo a radical transformation.
Rodham was deeply influenced by a 1966 article titled "Change or Containment," which appeared in Motive, a magazine for college-age Methodists. Authored by the Marxist/Maoist theoretician Carl Oglesby, who was a leader of the Students for a Democratic Society, this piece defended Ho Chi Minh, Fidel Castro, and Maoist tactics of violence. Its thesis was that "certain cultural settings" (most notably American capitalism) were inherently inequitable and oppressive, and thus caused people to feel "pain and rage" that sometimes erupted into violence -- like that of "the rioters in Watts or Harlem" -- which was "reactive and provoked" rather than aggressive or malicious. Hillary later said that the Motive article had played a key role in her metamorphosis from Goldwater Republican in 1964 to leftist Democrat in 1968. During her years as First Lady of the United States, Mrs. Clinton would tell a Newsweek reporter that she still treasured the Oglesby piece.
Following the June 1968 assassination of Democratic presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy, Hillary ended her affiliation with the Wellesley campus Young Republicans and volunteered in New Hampshire to work on the presidential campaign of antiwar candidate Eugene McCarthy. When McCarthy later dropped out of the Democratic primary, Hillary threw her support behind the Party's eventual nominee, Hubert Humphrey. From that point forward, wrote Barbara Olson in her 1999 book Hell to Pay, "Republicans were the enemy and the enemy was allied with evil -- the evils of war, racism, sexism, and poverty."
While attending Wellesley, Hillary participated in a number of antiwar marches in the Boston area.
HILLARY'S ADMIRATION FOR SAUL ALINSKY
In 1969 Hillary wrote her 92-page senior thesis on the theories of radical Chicago organizer Saul Alinsky. A great admirer of Alinsky's activist tactics, she personally interviewed the famed author for her project and concluded her thesis by stating:
"Alinsky is regarded by many as the proponent of a dangerous socio/political philosophy. As such, he has been feared -- just as Eugene Debs [the five-time Socialist Party candidate for U.S. President] or Walt Whitman or Martin Luther King has been feared, because each embraced the most radical of political faiths -- democracy."
Her conclusion also included this sentence: “If the ideals Alinsky espouses were actualized, the result would be social revolution.”
Ultimately, Hillary's investigation of Alinsky's methods and ideals led her to believe that President Lyndon Johnson's federal antipoverty programs did not go far enough in redistributing wealth among the American people and did not give sufficient power to the poor.
When Hillary graduated from Wellesley in 1969, she was offered a job with Alinsky's Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) in Chicago. She opted instead to enroll at Yale Law School. Nevertheless, she would maintain her allegiance to Alinsky's teachings throughout her adult life. According to a March 2007 Washington Post report: "As first lady, Clinton occasionally lent her name to projects endorsed by the [IAF].... She raised money and attended two events organized by the Washington Interfaith Network, an IAF affiliate."
RADICAL INFLUENCES AT YALE LAW SCHOOL
At Yale, Hillary was strongly influenced by the radical theoretician Duncan Kennedy, founder of the academic movement known as critical legal studies, which, drawing on the works of the Frankfurt School, viewed law as a "social construct" that corrupt power structures routinely exploited as an instrument of oppression to protect and promote their own bourgeois values at the expense of the poor and disenfranchised. Advocates of critical legal studies were interested in revolutionary change and the building of a new society founded on Marxist principles.
During her time at Yale, Hillary became a prominent figure in the campus protest movement. She wore a black armband in remembrance of the students killed at Kent State in May 1970; she led demonstrations against the Vietnam War; and she led rallies demanding that tampons be made available in the women's restrooms on campus.
Hillary served as one of nine editors of the Yale Review of Law and Social Action, where she worked collaboratively with Mickey Kantor (who, more than two decades later, would serve as U.S. Trade Representative and U.S. Commerce Secretary under President Bill Clinton) and Robert Reich (who would serve as Bill Clinton's Labor Secretary from 1993 to 1997). "For too long," said the Yale Review, "legal issues have been defined and discussed in terms of academic doctrine rather than strategies for social change." The publication was replete with articles by or about such radicals as William Kunstler, Charles Reich (author of The Greening of America); Jerry Rubin (who wrote a piece exhorting parents to "get high with our seven-year-olds," and urging students to "kill our parents"); and Charles Garry (the civil rights attorney who defended Black Panther Party members accused of murder). The Fall and Winter 1970 editions of the Yale Review, on which Hillary worked as associate editor, focused heavily on the trials of Black Panthers who had been charged with murder. Numerous cartoons in those issues depicted police officers as hominid pigs.
One of Hillary's Yale professors, Thomas Emerson (known as "Tommy the Commie"), introduced her to the aforementioned Charles Garry. Garry helped Hillary get personally involved in the defense of several Black Panthers (including the notorious Bobby Seale) who were then being tried in New Haven, Connecticut for the torture, murder, and mutilation of one of their own members. Though evidence of the defendants' guilt was overwhelming, Hillary -- as part of her coursework for Professor Emerson -- attended the Panther trials and arranged for shifts of fellow students to likewise monitor court proceedings and report on any civil-rights abuses allegedly suffered by the defendants. (Those abuses could then be used, if the Panthers were to lose their case, as grounds for appeal.) Striving to neutralize what she considered the pervasive racism of the American legal system, "Hillary was," as Barbara Olson observed in Hell to Pay, "a budding Leninist."
IMMERSION IN LEFTWING CAUSES
In 1972 Hillary worked on George McGovern's presidential campaign and led a voter registration drive in San Antonio, Texas.
Also in 1972, she went to Berkeley to work as an intern at her hand-picked law firm: Treuhaft, Walker, and Bernstein. Founded by current or former members of the Communist Party USA, this firm had long acted as a legal asset not only for the CPUSA but also for the Black Panthers and other Bay-area radicals. Founding partner Bob Treuhaft, head of the California Communist Party, had been labeled one of the nation’s most “dangerously subversive” lawyers. According to historian Stephen Schwartz, "Treuhaft is a man who dedicated his entire legal career to advancing the agenda of the Soviet Communist Party and the KGB." Hillary did yeoman's work while learning at the feet of Treuhaft and his fellow masters. Associates say that Hillary, during her tenure with the firm, helped draftees get themselves declared conscientious objectors so they could avoid serving in Vietnam; they also contend that Hillary served VA interns seeking to avoid taking a loyalty oath to the United States.
Also in the early 1970s, Hillary developed a close acquaintanceship with Robert Borosage, who would later become a major figure in such leftist organizations as the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), the Campaign for America's Future, and Institute for America's Future. Hillary herself (along with Bill Clinton) would go on to develop close political ties with IPS; moreover, she would give that organization a great deal of money to further its cause.
In the early 1970s as well, Hillary began what would develop into a lifelong friendship with Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF). After graduating from Yale Law School in 1973, Hillary moved to Washington and took a full-time position as a staff lawyer with CDF.
Edelman went on to help Hillary secure a coveted research position with the Carnegie Council on Children, where the young attorney assisted Yale psychology professor Kenneth Keniston in the production of a report (titled All Our Children) advocating a dramatic expansion of social-welfare entitlements and a national guaranteed income -- all in the name of children's rights. Moreover, the report maintained that the traditional nuclear family was not inherently preferable to any other family structure, and that society had an obligation to honor, encourage, and support alternate arrangements such as single-parent households. What really mattered, said the Council, was the network of professionals -- teachers, pediatricians, social workers, and day-care workers -- who would collectively play the most vital role in raising children properly. In short, the Carnegie Council preached that childrearing was less a parental matter than a societal task to be overseen by "public advocates" -- judges, bureaucrats, social workers and other "experts" in childrearing -- who could intervene between parents and children on the latter's behalf. According to the report, the role of parents should be subordinate to the role of these experts.
Viewing America as an authoritarian, patriarchal, male-dominated society that tended to oppress women, children, and minorities, Hillary wrote a November 1973 article for the Harvard Educational Review advocating the liberation of children from "the empire of the father." She claimed that the traditional nuclear family structure often undermined the best interests of children, who "consequently need social institutions specifically designed to safeguard their position." "Along with the family," she elaborated, "past and present examples of such arrangements include marriage, slavery, and the Indian Reservation system." She added: "Decisions about motherhood and abortion, schooling, cosmetic surgery, treatment of venereal disease, or employment, and others where the decision or lack of one will significantly affect a child's future should not be made unilaterally by parents."
Decades later, Hillary would take up these themes again in her 1996 book It Takes a Village, which stressed the importance of the larger community of adults -- many of whom are paid caretakers whose labors are funded by American taxpayers -- in childrearing.
in the summer of 1973, Hillary took the bar exam in both Arkansas (where she passed the test) and Washington, DC (where she failed). A total of 817 people took the DC bar exam that summer; 551 of them passed, and 266 failed.
WORKING TO IMPEACH PRESIDENT NIXON
In 1973 Hillary became a key inside member (along with more than 40 other attorneys) of the House Judiciary Committee's impeachment inquiry staff, which sought to advance the movement to impeach President Richard Nixon for his role in the Watergate scandal. With single-minded zealotry, Hillary worked on the investigation anywhere from twelve to twenty-four hours per day, seven days a week. While preparing the articles of impeachment, however, she was eventually fired from the Committee staff because of her unethical behavior. The Committee's general counsel and chief of staff, lifelong Democrat Jerry Zeifman, supervised Hillary's work on the Watergate investigation in 1974 and concluded that she was a "liar" and "an unethical, dishonest lawyer." Her brief, Zeifman elaborated, was so rife with fraud that she would have been disbarred if she had submitted it to a judge. For extensive details pertaining to these charges, click here.
DEFENDING AND PLEA BARGAINING ON BEHALF OF A KNOWN CHILD RAPIST
In 1975 Hillary defended Thomas Alfred Taylor, a 41-year-old man accused of raping and beating a 12-year-old girl. (Taylor specifically requested that he be represented by a female attorney.) So brutal was the assault, the victim spent five days in a coma immediately afterward; then months recovering from the physical thrashing that accompanied the rape; and over 10 years in psychotherapy. At the time of the attack, doctors told her she would probably never be able to bear children.
Hillary knew for certain that Taylor was guilty of this crime, as she made clear years later when she discussed the case in a 1980s interview with Arkansas journalist Roy Reed. “He [Taylor] took a lie detector test!” Mrs. Clinton recalled. “I had him take a polygraph test, which he passed, which forever destroyed my faith in polygraphs.”
Notwithstanding her knowledge of the man's guilt, Hillary obtained a plea bargain for Taylor by taking advantage of a prosecutorial error -- the prosecutors had cut out and examined the blood-covered section of Taylor's underwear that proved his guilt, but then discarded the fabric, making it impossible for the defense to examine it. Because of this misstep, Hillary sensed an opportunity to have the evidence dismissed and to press for a plea deal.
But before actually doing that, Hillary consulted with a New York-based forensic scientist with a reputation for helping defendants such as Taylor by providing testimony in court designed to cast doubt on the physical evidence. She commissioned the investigator to examine the remaining, undiscarded portion of Taylor's underwear, and the investigator determined that the prosecution would be unable, based on that, to prove that Taylor was guilty. Armed with that opinion, Hillary returned to the Arkansas prosecutor and pushed for a plea bargain.
In the 1980s interview, a laughing Mrs. Clinton recounted to Reed that she had told the prosecutor: "Well, this guy’s ready to come from New York to prevent this miscarriage of justice." When Reed asked Clinton about the outcome of the case, she replied, nonchalantly, “Oh he plea bargained. Got him off with time served in the county jail, he’d been in the county jail about two months.” (Those two months were subtracted from the perpetrator's one-year prison sentence.)
(To hear an audio recording of Clinton's interview with Roy Reed, click here or here.)
Subsequent to the Taylor trial, a Newsday examination of court files, investigative files, and interviews with witnesses revealed that Hillary had also attacked the young victim's character during the trial by calling into question her motives and her honesty.
“I have been informed that the complainant is emotionally unstable with a tendency to seek out older men and engage in fantasizing,” Hillary wrote in an affidavit at the time of the trial. “I have also been informed that she has in the past made false accusations about persons, claiming they had attacked her body. Also that she exhibits an unusual stubbornness and temper when she does not get her way.” In addition, Hillary wrote that a child psychologist had told her that children in early adolescence “tend to exaggerate or romanticize sexual experiences,” particularly when they come from “disorganized families, such as the complainant.”
In June 2014, Daily Beast reporter Josh Rogin tracked down the victim (now 52 years old) from the 1975 rape case, interviewed her, and issued the following report:
... The victim in the 1975 sexual abuse case that became Clinton’s first criminal defense case as a 27-year-old lawyer has only spoken to the media once since her attack, a contested, short interaction with a reporter in 2008, during Clinton’s last presidential campaign run. Now 52, she wants to speak out after hearing Clinton talk about her case on newly discovered audio recordings from the 1980s, unearthed by the Washington Free Beacon and made public this week.
In a long, emotional interview with The Daily Beast, she accused Clinton of intentionally lying about her in court documents, going to extraordinary lengths to discredit evidence of the rape, and later callously acknowledging and laughing about her attackers’ guilt on the recordings.
“Hillary Clinton took me through Hell,” the victim said.... The victim said if she saw Clinton today, she would call her out for what she sees as the hypocrisy of Clinton’s current campaign to fight for women’s rights compared to her actions regarding this rape case so long ago.
“I would say [to Clinton], ‘You took a case of mine in ’75, you lied on me… I realize the truth now, the heart of what you’ve done to me. And you are supposed to be for women? You call that [being] for women, what you done to me? And I hear you on tape laughing.” ...
The victim vigorously denied Clinton’s accusations [about the girl having made previous false accusations and fantasizing about older men] and said there has never been any explanation of what Clinton was referring to in that affidavit. She claims she never accused anyone of attacking her before her rape.
“I’ve never said that about anyone. I don’t know why she said that. I have never made false allegations. I know she was lying,” she said. “I definitely didn’t see older men. I don’t know why Hillary put that in there and it makes me plumb mad.”
“She lied like a dog on me. I think she was trying to do whatever she could do to make herself look good at the time.... She wanted it to look good, she didn’t care if those guys did it or not. Them two guys should have got a lot longer time. I do not think justice was served at all.” ...
“When I heard that tape I was pretty upset, I went back to the room and was talking to my two cousins and I cried a little bit. I ain’t gonna lie, some of this has got me pretty down,” she said. “But I thought to myself, ‘I’m going to stand up to her. I’m going to stand up for what I’ve got to stand up for, you know?” ...
She described being afraid of men for years and dealing with anger issues well into her adulthood. At one point, she turned to drugs, a path that ultimately led her to prison. Now 52, she has never married or had children. She said she has been sober for several years and has achieved a level of stability, although she remains unemployed and living on disability assistance....
The victim doesn’t remember ever meeting Clinton in 1975; she says her memories from that ordeal are spotty. But she does recall feeling exasperated by the law enforcement and legal proceedings to the point where she told her mother she just wanted it to be over so she could try to resume her childhood.
“I had been through so much stuff I finally told them to do whatever,” she remembered. “They had scared me so bad that I was tired of being put through it all. I finally said I was done… I thought they had both gotten long-term sentences, I didn’t realize they got off with hardly nothing.” ...
(NOTE: In the 1980s interview with Roy Reed, Mrs. Clinton said that she had accepted Taylor's case as a favor to the prosecutor. But years later, in July 2014 -- after the Reed interview had been made public -- Clinton issued a videotaped statement contradicting that assertion: She said: "I was appointed by the local judge to represent a criminal defendant who had been accused of rape. I asked to be relieved of that responsibility, but I was not, and I had a professional duty to represent my client to the best of my ability, which I did.... When you're a lawyer, you often don't have a choice as to who you will represent ...")
MARRIAGE TO BILL CLINTON
In October 1975 Hillary married Bill Clinton, whom she had met during her student days at Yale Law School.
AFFILIATION WITH PRESIDENT CARTER AND THE LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION
In 1976 Mrs. Clinton worked for Jimmy Carter's successful presidential campaign. Soon thereafter, she found employment as an attorney with the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock, Arkansas, where she would continue to work until 1992. According to political analyst and former Clinton advisor Dick Morris, "She [Hillary] had no job offers in Arkansas and only got hired by the University of Arkansas Law School at Fayetteville because Bill was already teaching there. She only joined the prestigious Rose Law Firm after Bill became Attorney General, and made partner only after he was elected governor."
In 1978 President Carter appointed Mrs. Clinton to the board of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), a federally funded nonprofit organization that functioned primarily as a vehicle for expanding the social welfare state and broadening the mandate for social welfare spending. According to Dick Morris: "The appointment was in exchange for Bill’s support for Carter in his 1980 primary against Ted Kennedy. Hillary became [board] chairman in a coup in which she won a majority away from Carter’s choice to be chairman.
Under Mrs. Clinton's leadership, LSC's annual budget more than tripled, from $90 million to $321 million. LSC used these taxpayer funds in a variety of ways -- most notably to print political training manuals showing "how community organizations and public interest groups can win political power and resources," and to finance training programs that taught political activists how to harass their opposition.
During Mrs. Clinton's years on the LSC board, the Corporation also worked to defeat a California referendum that would have cut state income taxes in half; it called for the U.S. government to give two-thirds of the state of Maine to American Indians; it paid Marxist orators and folk singers to wage a campaign against the Louisiana Wildlife Commission; it joined a Michigan initiative to recognize "Black English" as an official language; and it sought to force the New York City Transit Authority to hire former heroin addicts so as to avoid "discriminat[ing]" against "minorities" who were "handicapped."
As the 1980 presidential election drew near, and it became clear that Ronald Reagan might defeat the incumbent Jimmy Carter, LSC redirected massive amounts of its public funding into an anti-Reagan letter-writing campaign by indigent clients. After Reagan was elected in November 1980, LSC immediately laundered its assets -- some $260 million -- into state-level agencies and private groups so as to keep the funds away from the board that Reagan would eventually appoint. Hillary Clinton left LSC in 1981. 
WORKING WITH LEFTIST ORGANIZATIONS
Bill Clinton served as Governor of Arkansas from 1978 to 1980, and again from 1982 to 1992. Thus Mrs. Clinton spent a total of twelve years as Arkansas's First Lady. During that time, she continued her legal practice as a partner in the Rose Law Firm. In 1978 she became a board member of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF), and from 1986 to 1992 she served as chair of the CDF Board.
From 1982 to 1988 Mrs. Clinton also chaired the New World Foundation (NWF), which had helped to launch CDF in 1973. During her years at NWF's helm, the Foundation made grants to such organizations as the National Lawyers Guild, the Institute for Policy Studies, the Christic Institute, Grassroots International, the Committees in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (which sought to foment a Communist revolution in Central America), and groups with ties to the most extreme elements of the African National Congress.
FIRST LADY OF THE UNITED STATES
Hillary's Senior Thesis Is Made Off-Limits to the Public
When Bill Clinton became U.S. President in 1993, the Clintons asked Wellesley College to shield Hillary Rodham's aforementioned senior thesis (about Saul Alinsky) from public access. In compliance, Wellesley president Nannerl Overholser Keohane approved a policy that would make the senior thesis of every Wellesley alumna available in the college archives for anyone to read -- except for those written by either a "president or first lady of the United States."
In the spring of 1993, shortly after her husband took his oath of office, Mrs. Clinton delivered the commencement address at the University of Texas. In her speech, she stated: "We are at a stage in history in which remolding society is one of the great challenges facing all of us in the West."
Hillary and Michael Lerner ("The Politics of Meaning")
That same year, Mrs. Clinton latched onto the phrase "the politics of meaning," an opaque concept coined by Michael Lerner that blended radical politics with New Ageish human potentialism. She invited Lerner to the White House, briefly making him her "guru" until the ridicule which this caused made her retreat from the connection. (In her autobiography, Mrs. Clinton strenuously avoids any mention of Lerner, or of Lerner's Tikkun magazine.)
The "Travelgate" Scandal
In May 1993, Mrs. Clinton became involved in a major controversy when she and President Clinton determined that seven employees of the White House Travel Office should be fired -- an unusual occurrence in an office where employees typically remained in their posts for many years. In turn, the Clintons gave the Travel Office business -- and the commissions that came with it -- to a cousin of President Clinton’s, Catherine Cornelius, who had a travel agency of her own.
Because simply handing over government business to a relative would have been politically untenable, so the Clintons concocted a story suggesting that the Travel Office had been rife with corruption, and that the workers there needed to be fired. While an audit of the Travel Office's finances found the record-keeping to have been below par, there was no evidence of corruption or embezzlement. Nonetheless, the FBI was pressured to make arrests, and the local U.S. Attorney was charged with prosecuting the employees for corruption.
White House denials of any scheme, and leaks by those involved, led to a firestorm of media criticism. Most of the Travel Office employees were eventually given other government jobs or retired. A prosecution for corruption of the head of the Travel Office, Billy Dale, ended in an acquittal. Clinton’s cousin was removed as new head of the Travel Office. A later report written by Independent Counsel Robert Ray concluded that, while she did not make any knowingly-false statements under oath, First Lady Hillary Clinton had made a number of inaccurate statements concerning the firings and her role in them.
The Health Care Task Force Scandal
Also during her early years as First Lady, Mrs. Clinton was put in charge of the 500-member Health Care Task Force which tried, in secret meetings and by stealth, to socialize medical care in the United States, a sector that represented approximately one-seventh of the U.S. economy. This modus operandi was in violation of so-called "sunshine laws," which forbid such secret meetings from taking place when non-government employees are present. Mrs. Clinton was sued by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons for these violations. The trial judge, U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth, ultimately ruled against her and the Clinton administration. In December 1997 Lamberth issued a 19-page report condemning as "reprehensible" the duplicity exhibited by Mrs. Clinton's Task Force. "The Executive Branch of the government, working in tandem, was dishonest with this court, and the government must now face the consequences of its misconduct," said Lamberth. "It is clear," he added, "that the decisions here were made at the highest levels of government. There were no rogue lawyers here misleading the court."
The linchpin of Mrs. Clinton’s healthcare plan was a mandate forcing all Americans to purchase insurance, and imposing a penalty on those who failed to comply. In November 2013, MIT professor John Gruber, who was a chief architect of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), said that Hillary Clinton's 1990s-era plan was "much more interventionist" than Obamacare, "much to the left of Obamacare," and "would have more radically changed our healthcare system."
Hillary and Radical Clerics
During the 1990s, Mrs. Clinton spent eight years faithfully attending Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C., which was then pastored by the Rev. Dr. J. Philip Wogaman. Wogaman had made his political worldview clear in his many writings and sermons over the years. For instance, in 1990, a year after the fall of the Berlin Wall, he wrote that “Christian socialism's critique of the excesses and brutalities and idolatries of the free market still need to be heard.” On an earlier occasion, he had lauded the “modest but real economic success” of Communist Cuba and China. As long ago as 1967, Wogaman had written: "The USSR is characteristic of the more tolerant Communist arrangements for religion. In Russia there are specific constitutional guarantees of freedom of worship, and some provision has even been made for the upkeep of churches and theological seminaries."
By no means was Wogaman the only radical cleric to be admired by Mrs. Clinton. In her 2004 memoir, Living History, Mrs. Clinton praised Rev. William Sloane Coffin Jr., who had served as Yale’s chaplain during Hillary's years at the law school, for his “articulate moral critique of American involvement” in Vietnam. That critique involved his traveling to Hanoi in 1972. Seven years later, he would make a friendly trip to Tehran, capital of the first modern Islamic theocratic state which had just stormed a U.S. embassy and kidnapped dozens of his fellow countrymen.
The Monica Lewinsky Scandal
A few days after rumors of Bill Clinton's extramarital affair with Monica Lewinsky first made headlines in January 1998, Mrs. Clinton made a January 27 appearance on NBC's Today Show, where she told interviewer Matt Lauer that the allegations had been fabricated by "this vast right-wing conspiracy that has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced [that he would run] for President." Mrs. Clinton would echo this theme many times thereafter. In a June 8, 2003 interview with Barbara Walters, for instance, she characterized the Republicans who had led the 1998 impeachment of her husband as "a right-wing network" that "was after his presidency" and had resorted to "perverting the Constitution."
Lucrative Book Deal
In the final month of Bill Clinton's presidency, Hillary Clinton held an open auction, which evolved into what the New York Times described as a “frantic weeklong bidding war” on the proposal for her forthcoming memoir, Living History. The winner of the bidding was Simon & Schuster, which paid Mrs. Clinton an $8 million advance for the book. At the time, this represented the second-largest advance ever given to an author, exceeded only by the $8.5 million advance that was paid for Pope John Paul II’s book in 1994.
When New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan's 1998 announcement that he planned to retire from public life in 2000, Mrs. Clinton resolved to run for the seat Moynihan would be vacating. In October 1999 Hillary and Bill Clinton bought a house in Chappaqua, New York; their $1.35 million mortgage was secured by Democratic fundraiser Terry McAuliffe. Mrs. Clinton's Senate campaign was managed by Bill de Blasio.
In the 2000 U.S. Senate race in New York, Mrs. Clinton defeated Republican Rick Lazio by a 55-to-43 percent margin. Clinton carried the heavily Democratic New York City by 74 percent to 25 percent, which was more than enough to compensate for her losses in the suburbs (by 53-to-45 percent) and upstate (50-to-47 percent).
Notably, Clinton ran on the tickets of both the Democratic Party and the far-left Working Families Party (WFP), which was closely allied with ACORN. After receiving WFP's endorsement, Clinton, vowing to wage a “people's grassroots campaign,” told a cheering crowd of WFP-affiliated supporters: “I consider this the beginning of a partnership.”
During her campaign, Clinton spoke at numerous WFP events, most memorably at the Party's debut convention, held March 26-27, 2000 in Albany—an event which the Communist Party USA newspaper People's Weekly World approvingly called “a turning point in New York politics.” Also in attendance at the convention was a delegation of the Democratic Socialists of America, many of whose members belong to WFP.
“Candidates know that when they're on our [WFP] line, they're committed to certain things,” said Bertha Lewis, who, at that time, served as WFP's co-chair and ACORN-New York's executive director. Just days before Mrs. Clinton won her Senate seat in November 2000, Lewis noted: “Hillary knows that if she wins, we're going to be knockin' on her door. She won't be able to hide.” Of the 3.4 million popular votes Mrs. Clinton received from New Yorkers in that Senate election, WFP delivered 103,000.
That same year, WFP also endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore, winning 80,000 votes for him. “[T]here have been few candidates in history more supportive of our issues than Al Gore and Hillary Clinton,” proclaimed WFP campaign literature.
9/11 and the Iraq War
On September 12, 2001, Senator Clinton joined President Bush in condemning the previous day's terrorist attacks. On May 16, 2002, however, she went to the Senate floor to charge that Bush had known in advance about a possible 9/11-type plot but had done nothing to prevent it. "We have learned that President Bush had been informed last year, before September 11, of a possible plot by those associated with Osama bin Laden to hijack a U.S. airliner," said Mrs. Clinton.
In October 2002, Senator Clinton voted in favor of the Iraq Resolution which authorized President Bush to use military measures, if necessary, to force Saddam Hussein to comply with a United Nations Security Council Resolution to disarm. She was firm in her belief that Saddam posed a clear and serious threat to American national security, both in terms of his weapons programs and his affiliations with terrorists. On October 10, 2002, she said from the Senate floor:
"In the four years since the [weapons] inspectors left [Iraq], intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including Al Qaeda members, though there is apparently no evidence of his involvement in the terrible events of September 11, 2001. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons. Should he succeed in that endeavor, he could alter the political and security landscape of the Middle East, which as we know all too well affects American security. Now this much is undisputed.... Over eleven years have passed since the UN called on Saddam Hussein to rid himself of weapons of mass destruction as a condition of returning to the world community. Time and time again he has frustrated and denied these conditions. This matter cannot be left hanging forever with consequences we would all live to regret."
In September 2003, six months after the U.S. had routed Saddam's forces on the battlefield, Mrs. Clinton proudly defended her vote for the Iraq Resolution. According to a Washington Times report: "she said the intelligence she saw leading up to the war was consistent with intelligence from previous administrations and she checked out information with trusted Clinton administration officials." Moreover, Senator Clinton credited her husband for having bequeathed to President Bush the military that had so swiftly deposed Saddam.
But a month later, as the U.S. struggled to suppress a ferocious insurgency in Iraq, Senator Clinton condemned President Bush's foreign policy as "aggressive unilateralism" that had been implemented "as a first resort against perceived threats and not as a necessary final resort." With ever-increasing stridency, she began to charge that Bush had misled her, the Congress, and the American people about the extent of the threat posed by Saddam. In November 2005 she wrote an open letter to her constituents, which stated, in part:
"In October 2002, I voted for the resolution to authorize the Administration to use force in Iraq. I voted for it on the basis of the evidence presented by the Administration, assurances they gave that they would first seek to resolve the issue of weapons of mass destruction peacefully through United Nations-sponsored inspections ...
"Their assurances turned out to be empty ones, as the Administration refused repeated requests from the U.N. inspectors to finish their work. And the 'evidence' of weapons of mass destruction and links to al Qaeda turned out to be false.
"Based on the information that we have today, Congress never would have been asked to give the President authority to use force against Iraq. And if Congress had been asked, based on what we know now, we never would have agreed, given the lack of a long-term plan, paltry international support, the proven absence of weapons of mass destruction, and the reallocation of troops and resources that might have been used in Afghanistan to eliminate Bin Laden and al Qaeda, and fully uproot the Taliban."
But Mrs. Clinton's claim that she had been deceived into supporting the war, and that she had turned against it only upon subsequently becoming aware of that deception, was untrue. As David Horowitz explains:
"Starting in July 2003 ... the Democratic National Committee ran a national TV ad whose message was: 'Read his lips: President Bush Deceives the American People.' This was the beginning of a five-year, unrelenting campaign to persuade Americans and their allies that 'Bush lied, people died,' that the war was 'unnecessary' and 'Iraq was no threat.' ...
"In fact, the claim that Bush lied in order to dupe Democrats into supporting the war is itself the biggest lie of the war. Every Democratic Senator who voted for the war had on his or her desk before the vote a 100-page report, called 'The National Intelligence Estimate,' [NIE], which summarized all America's intelligence on Iraq that was used to justify the war. We live in a democracy; consequently, the opposition party has access to all our secrets. Democrats sit on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which oversees all of America's intelligence agencies. If any Democrat on that committee ... had requested any intelligence information Iraq, he or she would have had that information on his or [her] desk within 24 hours. The self-justifying claim that Bush lied to hoodwink the Democrats is a fraudulent charge with no basis in reality."
In June 2007, New York Times reporters Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta, Jr., authors of Her Way: The Hopes and Ambitions of Hillary Rodham Clinton, wrote that Mrs. Clinton refused to say whether she had ever read the complete NIE report, which ... included caveats about Saddam's weaponry and doubts about any alliance he may have had with terror groups like al Qaeda.
Senator Clinton also took a highly noteworthy position against President Bush's January 2007 decision to deploy an additional 21,500 troops in a military "surge" designed to turn the tide of the Iraq War -- which had devolved into a bloody, deadly quagmire -- back in America's favor:
- In December 2006, when Bush was still contemplating the surge, Clinton said: “Everyone knows there is no military solution to the difficulties we face in Iraq. There has to be a broad-based comprehensive approach that includes resolving some of the political issues, bringing the region together.”
- According to The Daily Mail, Mrs. Clinton opposed the proposed surge because she "could not afford to be seen as hawkish when other Democrats -- especially [Barack] Obama, her presumed principal opponent [for the Democratic presidential nomination] -- were blaming President Bush for putting ever-more boots on the ground in the Middle East."
- In January 2007, Clinton told NBC's Today Show that the surge was "taking troops away from Afghanistan, where I think we need to be putting more troops, and sending them to Iraq on a mission that I think has a very limited, if any, chance for success."
- In August 2007, Clinton said: "The surge was designed to give the Iraqi government time to take steps to ensure a political solution to the situation. It has failed to do so. The White House's report in September won't change that. It is abundantly clear that there is no military solution to the sectarian fighting in Iraq. We need to stop refereeing the war, and start getting out now."
- When General David Petraeus issued a September 2007 report on the remarkably successful results that the surge was yielding, Clinton told Petraeus that his assertions required "a willing suspension of disbelief." Clinton also said that the charts (outlining the surge's progress) that Petraeus had brought to the House and Senate that same week provided merely "anecdotal" evidence and "don't ... tell the whole story."
- In April 2008, Clinton told Good Morning America that the troop surge had not worked: "Let's remember what we were told about this surge a year ago. That the whole purpose for it was to give the Iraqi government the space and time to do what it needed to do when it came to allocating oil revenues, improving services, coming to some political reconciliation. That hasn't happened."
In fact, the surge proved to be a monumentally important strategy that finally enabled the U.S. to emerge victorious in the war. Prior to the surge, it had not been uncommon for 3,000 or more Iraqi civilians and security-force members to die at the hands of terrorist violence during any given month. By May 2008, the monthly mortality figure stood at 19, and it fluctuated between 7 and 25 deaths per month over the ensuing 14 months.
On January 7, 2014, The Daily Mail reported that in his soon-to-be-released memoir, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, Robert Gates -- who had served as Secretary of Defense under both George W. Bush and Barack Obama -- wrote that Mrs. Clinton's opposition to the troop surge had been based on how she thought that position would affect her own political fortunes. For example, Gates described a "remarkable" exchange that he had witnessed, where "Hillary [speaking retrospectively] told the president that her opposition to the  surge in Iraq had been political because she was facing him in the Iowa primary" and could not afford to be perceived as pro-war. Gates added that Obama had likewise "conceded vaguely that [his] opposition to the Iraq surge had been political." "To hear the two of them making these admissions, and in front of me," wrote Gates, "was as surprising as it was dismaying."
During her years in the Senate, Mrs. Clinton consistently voted against proposed income-tax cuts -- most notably the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 and the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003 -- depicting them as fiscally irresponsible measures that were designed to help only the wealthy. At a fundraiser in 2004, she told a crowd of financial donors: "Many of you are well enough off that ... the tax cuts may have helped you ... We're saying that for America to get back on track, we're probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."
After the passage of the aforementioned tax cut in 2001, Senator Clinton often stated that it had harmed the U.S. economy. In April 2003, for example, she claimed, "there is no escaping the wrongheaded, very destructive economic policies that this [Bush] administration has chosen to inflict on our country." The following month, she told the U.S. Senate: "We are in danger of being the first generation of Americans to leave our children worse off than we were."
Contrary to her claims, however, the post-tax cut U.S. economy immediately produced federal tax revenues of unprecedented heights. As Steve Forbes said on March 20, 2006: "In 2003 ... those tax cuts ... set off the boom that we are having today, strong economy. We're the largest growing economy among large economies in the world. We've created ... nearly five million jobs and we've had a 4 percent-plus growth rate. That would not have happened without the tax cuts." Similarly, CNBC's Larry Kudlow said in February 2006: "[T]he reality is that the Bush tax-cut incentives continue to propel economic growth."
During her years in the Senate, Mrs. Clinton cast numerous important votes on the issue of immigration:
- In March 2002 she co-sponsored a bill to extend the deadlines by which illegal aliens living in the United States would be required to obtain visas. "This is good news indeed," she said of the bill's passage. "Instead of being forced to return to their home country to apply for permanent residence status, many immigrants will be able to seek permanent resident status while working in the U.S."
- In October 2003 she favored granting temporary protected status to illegal Haitian immigrants.
- In September 2004 she co-sponsored an agricultural jobs bill offering illegal farmworkers a speedy path to citizenship.
- In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, she co-signed a September 2005 letter asking Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to prevent the deportation of any illegal aliens whose immigration status came to the government's attention "after they [had] sought assistance" from the American taxpayers.
- In 2005 she opposed the REAL ID Act, which stipulated that all driver's license and photo ID applicants must be able to verify they are legal residents of the United States, and that the documents they present to prove their identity must be genuine. It also contained provisions to prevent terrorists from abusing asylum laws, and to streamline the deportation of immigrants convicted of terrorism-related offenses.
- In June 2007, she voted against a bill that would have prohibited illegal aliens convicted of serious crimes from gaining legal status.
- That same month, she voted in favor of a bill to establish restrictions on admission into the United States for immigrants who have previously been convicted of criminal gang activity, child abuse, human trafficking, obstruction of justice, domestic violence, or a felony count of driving under the influence.
- Also in June 2007, she voted in favor of the Immigration Reform Act of 2007, which would have provided a path to legalization for all illegal aliens residing in the United States.
In 2005 Senator Clinton gave a speech to members of the National Council of La Raza, an organization that supports open borders as well as expanded rights and amnesty for illegal aliens. She told them: "You are doing your part to make sure that every child in every American family has access to the tools necessary to live out their dreams, to a have piece of the American dream, but I don't know that your government is doing its part, right now -- I'm not sure we are doing everything to make your job easier, to make sure the opportunities and society are alive and well for everyone." Mrs. Clinton further expressed her support for the Dream Act, legislation that would allow illegal aliens to attend college at in-state tuition rates -- which are much lower than those paid by out-of-state U.S. citizens. "We need to open the doors of college to immigrant children who came here did well and deserved to go on with their education," she said.
In 2006 Senator Clinton appeared with Senators Kennedy, McCain, and Schumer before a group of illegal Irish immigrants who had come to Capitol Hill to lobby the U.S. government for amnesty. "It is so heartening to see you here," she told them. "You are really here on behalf of what America means, America's values, Americans' hopes."
Overall Voting Record
For an overview of Mrs. Clinton's voting record on issues of particular import during her years in the Senate, click here.
Cronyism at the Clinton Foundation
In 2004, New York developer Robert Congel donated $100,000 to the William J. Clinton Foundation (now called the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation). Soon thereafter, Senator Clinton reportedly helped Congel access millions of dollars in federal assistance for his mall project.
Viewing Conservatives As Racists
Depicting herself and fellow leftists as the champions of the downtrodden, Mrs. Clinton has often characterized Republicans and conservatives as being inclined toward racism and discrimination. At a Martin Luther King Day celebration in January 2006, for example, she told a black audience at Harlem's Canaan Baptist Church: "When you look at the way the [Republican-controlled] House of Representatives has been run, it has been run like a plantation. And you know what I'm talking about. It has been run in a way so that nobody with a contrary view has had a chance to present legislation, to make an argument, to be heard." She went on to condemn Republicans' "constant exploitation of race." Al Sharpton later praised her comments.
Throughout her adult life, Mrs. Clinton has embraced the worldviews and ideals of radical feminism. Following the February 2006 death of Betty Friedan, the longtime communist who co-founded the National Organization for Women, Mrs. Clinton said that Friedan's activism and writing had "opened doors and minds, breaking down barriers for women and enlarging opportunities for women and men for generations to come. We are all the beneficiaries of her vision."
Also in February 2006, Senator Clinton spoke at the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, where she criticized the concept of school vouchers:
"First family that comes and says 'I want to send my daughter to St. Peter's Roman Catholic School' and you say 'Great, wonderful school, here's your voucher.' Next parent that comes and says, 'I want to send my child to the school of the Church of the White Supremacist ...' The parent says, 'The way that I read Genesis, Cain was marked, therefore I believe in white supremacy...You gave it to a Catholic parent, you gave it to a Jewish parent, under the Constitution, you can't discriminate against me...' So what if the next parent comes and says, 'I want to send my child to the School of the Jihad?...' I won't stand for it."
Ties to ACORN
A longtime supporter of the pro-socialist, notoriously corrupt community organization ACORN, Mrs. Clinton has spoken at numerous ACORN conferences and boasted about her ties to the group. Speaking at ACORN’s 2006 national convention, for instance, Clinton looked back fondly on her memories of the group’s early days in Arkansas. After noting that she herself had founded a group called Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, which dealt with many of the same issues as ACORN, she hailed ACORN for its outstanding work. "I thank you for being part of that great movement," she said, "that progressive tradition that has rolled across our country."
Re-Elected to the Senate in 2006
As November 2006 approached, Mrs. Clinton campaigned for re-election to the U.S. Senate. During her 2000 campaign, she had pledged to bring 200,000 new jobs to New York State. By late 2006, however, New York had lost 112,000 jobs and its jobless rate had risen by 0.7 percent. Nonetheless, Mrs. Clinton won the 2006 election by a wide margin over a weak Republican opponent, John Spencer.
In January 2007, two months after her re-election to a six-year term in the Senate, Mrs. Clinton announced that she planned to run for U.S. President in 2008.
On the campaign trail, candidate Clinton said that to restore "fiscal responsibility to government," she would like to return "high-income tax rates to the 1990s levels."
In April 2007 Mrs. Clinton spoke at an event held by Al Sharpton's National Action Network, where she stated that her own presidential bid was possible only because of the dedicated work of longtime civil-rights leaders who had fought on behalf of those traditionally excluded from power positions in American life. She specifically cited Jesse Jackson and Children's Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman (both of whom were on the dais that day). "I have enjoyed a long and positive relationship with Reverend Al Sharpton and National Action Network," said Mrs. Clinton, "and I don't ever remember saying 'no' to them and I intend to remain their partner in civil rights as I clean the dirt from under the carpet in the Oval Office when I am elected President."
That same month, Senator Clinton appointed Raul Yzaguirre, who served as President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza from 1974 to 2004, to co-chair her 2008 presidential campaign and to direct her outreach efforts to Hispanic voters.
Another notable co-chair of Mrs. Clinton's campaign was Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, supporter of the radical Chicano student organization MEChA.
In May 2007, Mrs. Clinton outlined an economic vision of "shared prosperity" that would focus on the redistribution of wealth by raising the incomes of, and benefits for, lower earners. She lamented the "economic policy dynamics [that] are generating rising income inequality," and expressed her desire to make "corporations pay their fair share of taxes." She did not note that corporate taxes in the U.S. were already among the highest for OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries. Moreover, her claim that "the percentage of taxes paid by corporations have fallen" was incorrect. In fact, the percentage of taxes paid by corporations was 11.5 percent in 2006, considerably higher than the 8.2 percent figure for 2000, the last year of Bill Clinton's presidency.
Also in May 2007, Senator Clinton emphasized the importance of replacing the conservative notion of an "ownership society" with one based on communal responsibility and prosperity. She lamented that the contemporary American economy left "it all up to the individual" in "the 'on your own' society" which tended to increase the income gap between the "rich" and the "poor." Though Mrs. Clinton depicted the American middle class as a shrinking entity, Democratic economist Stephen Rose notes (in his 2007 book, Social Stratification in the United States) that once people outside their prime working years - i.e., the elderly and the young -- are excluded from the equation, the median income of American families is approximately $63,000.
At a June 4, 2007 event hosted by Sojourners, the Jim Wallis-founded evangelical Christian ministry that preaches radical leftwing politics and has long championed communist causes, Mrs. Clinton said, "...I certainly think the free market has failed. We've all failed." She further said she would repeal the Bush tax cuts to help finance universal, government-funded health care.
In July 2007, Senator Clinton voiced her opposition to a new Supreme Court ruling that public school systems may not achieve or preserve racial integration through measures -- such as busing or quotas -- that take explicit account of students' racial backgrounds. According to Clinton, this decision "turned the clock back" on the history of hard-won gains in the realm of civil rights; it represented "a setback for all of us who are on the long march toward racial equality and the building of a stronger, more unified America"; and it demonstrated the John Roberts-led Supreme Court's "willingness to erode core constitutional guarantees."
Mrs. Clinton added that "all students benefit from racially diverse classrooms," and that "[r]ecent evidence shows that integrated schools promote minority academic achievement and can help close the achievement gap." Her claims are contradicted, however, by the scholarship of Thomas Sowell, who has found that "[n]ot only is there no hard evidence that mixing and matching black and white kids in school produces either educational or social benefits, there have been a number of studies of all-black schools whose educational performances equal or exceed the national average"; that black students who have been bussed into white schools have seen no discernible rise in their standardized test scores -- "not even after decades of busing"; and that "[n]ot only is there no hard evidence" for the dogma "that there needs to be a 'critical mass' of black students in a given school or college in order for them to perform up to standard," but "such hard evidence as there is points in the opposite direction."
Mrs. Clinton's presidential campaign was endorsed by the Working Families Party (WFP), a front group for ACORN. WFP had also endorsed Clinton's 2000 Senate campaign, during which she spoke at numerous WFP events -- most memorably at the party's debut convention in March 2000, an event which the Communist newspaper People's Weekly World approvingly called "a turning point in New York politics." "[T]here have been few candidates in history more supportive of our issues than Al Gore and Hillary Clinton," said WFP campaign literature.
The Clinton campaign suffered a significant embarrassment in September 2007 when it was revealed that one of its major donors, Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu, had stolen more than $50 million from hundreds of investors in a 10-year Ponzi scheme. By that point, Hsu had earned the title of "HillRaiser" along with numerous other leading financial backers of Mrs. Clinton's presidential run. Indeed, earlier that year Hsu had co-hosted a Beverly Hills fundraiser that took in $1 million for Mrs. Clinton, and he was scheduled to co-host yet another Clinton fundraiser later in September. Hsu's arrest, howeverm forced Mrs. Clinton to return more than $800,000 she had received from donors linked with Hsu. (In 2009, Hsu was sentenced to more than 24 years in prison for what the judge called his "conniving use of the political process.")
On June 5, 2008, after a hotly contested primary with Barack Obama, Mrs. Clinton dropped out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, as it had become apparent that Obama's lead was insurmountable.
TIES TO GEORGE SOROS
Mrs. Clinton has close ties to the billionaire financier George Soros and his so-called "Shadow Democratic Party," or Shadow Party. This term refers to a nationwide network of unions, non-profit activist groups, and think tanks that actively campaign for the Democrats and leftist causes. The Shadow Party was conceived and organized principally by Soros, Hillary Clinton, and Harold McEwan Ickes -- all identified with the Democratic Party left.
A New York hedge fund manager with a personal fortune estimated at about $7.2 billion (aside from the billions of dollars in investor assets controlled by his management company), Soros is one of the world's wealthiest and most powerful individuals. Since 1979, his foundation network -- whose flagship is the Open Society Institute (OSI) -- has given billions of dollars in grants to a multitude of organizations whose objectives are consistent with those of Soros. The major agendas of those organizations can be summarized as follows:
- promoting the election of leftist political candidates throughout the United States
- promoting open borders, mass immigration, and a watering down of current immigration laws
- promoting a dramatic expansion of social welfare programs funded by ever-escalating taxes
- promoting social welfare benefits and amnesty for illegal aliens
- financing the recruitment and training of future activist leaders of the political Left
- promoting socialized medicine in the United States
- promoting the tenets of radical environmentalism
- promoting racial and ethnic preferences in academia and the business world alike
Hillary Clinton shares each of the foregoing Soros agendas.
At a 2004 "Take Back America" conference in Washington, DC, Mrs. Clinton introduced Soros with these words:
"Now, among the many people who have stood up and said, 'I cannot sit by and let this happen to the country I love,' is George Soros, and I have known George Soros for a long time now, and I first came across his work in the former Soviet Union, in Eastern Europe, when I was privileged to travel there, both on my own and with my husband on behalf of our country. ... [W]e need people like George Soros, who is fearless, and willing to step up when it counts."
MORE ALLIANCES WITH THE LEFT
Mrs. Clinton also has particularly close ties to a vital think tank called the Center for American Progress (CAP), which was founded jointly by George Soros, Morton Halperin, and John Podesta. Soros and Halperin first proposed CAP's creation in 2002 to promote generally the cause of the Left and the Democratic Party. But CAP's overarching objective is considerably more specific than that: As an inside source told reporter Christian Bourge of United Press International, CAP is in fact "the official Hillary Clinton think tank."
Another key organizational ally of Mrs. Clinton is Media Matters For America (MMFA), headed by David Brock. Media Matters is financed, in part, by the Open Society Institute as well as the Soros-funded Democracy Alliance.
Like Media Matters, Hillary Clinton supports the re-establishment of the so-called Fairness Doctrine (or a law whose ultimate effect would be the same), just as she did during her years as First Lady. This Doctrine would dilute, restrict, or limit the message of influential conservative broadcasters and, consequently, influence the thinking and the voting decisions of the American people.
Mrs. Clinton is a former Board of Advisors member of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS).
ANALYSIS OF HILLARY'S WORLDVIEW AND AGENDAS
Hillary Clinton's alliances with organizations like CAP, MMFA, and ACS serve as indicators of her most deeply held political beliefs and objectives. David Horowitz has provided the following incisive analysis of Mrs. Clinton's broad agendas and the tactics she employs in pursuit of them:
"It is possible to be a socialist, and radical in one's agendas, and yet moderate in the means one regards as practical to achieve them. To change the world, it is first necessary to acquire cultural and political power. And these transitional goals may often be accomplished by indirection and deception even more effectively than by frontal assault. ... New Left progressives [such as] Hillary Clinton ... [share the] intoxicating vision of a social redemption achieved by Them ... For these self-appointed social redeemers, the goal -- 'social justice' -- is not about rectifying particular injustices, which would be practical and modest, and therefore conservative. Their crusade is about rectifying injustice in the very order of things. 'Social Justice' for them is about a world reborn, a world in which prejudice and violence are absent, in which everyone is equal and equally advantaged and without fundamentally conflicting desires. It is a world that could only come into being through a re-structuring of human nature and of society itself. ... In other words, a world in which human consciousness is changed, human relations refashioned, social institutions transformed, and in which 'social justice' prevails. ... In short, the transformation of the world requires the permanent entrenchment of the saints in power. Therefore, everything is justified that serves to achieve the continuance of Them. ... The focus of Hillary Clinton's ambition ... is the vision of a world that can only be achieved when the Chosen accumulate enough power to change this one."
HILLARY'S ACHIEVEMENTS AS SENATOR
In May 2007, Dick Morris summarized Hillary Clinton's accomplishments as a U.S. Senator as follows:
"Other than totally meaningless legislation like changing the names on courthouses and post offices, she passed only four substantive pieces of legislation. One set up a national park in Puerto Rico. A second provided respite care for family members helping their relatives through Alzheimer’s or other conditions. And two were routine bills to aid 9-11 victims and responders which were sponsored by the entire NY delegation."
SECRETARY OF STATE
On December 1, 2008, President-elect Barack Obama named Hillary Clinton to be the Secretary of State in his forthcoming administration. According to the public-interest organization Judicial Watch, however, Mrs. Clinton was technically ineligible for this post because of a stipulation in the Ineligibility Clause of the U.S. Constitution. That clause prohibits any active member of Congress from being appointed to an office that has benefited from a salary increase during that legislator's current term in either the Senate or the House of Representatives. An Executive Order increasing the salary for Secretary of State had been indeed signed by President Bush in January 2008, when Mrs. Clinton was in the early stages of her second Senate term.
Mexican Drug Wars
In March 2009, Mrs. Clinton suggested that Mexico's drug war was, in large measure, the fault of the United States. "Our [America's] inability to prevent weapons from being illegally smuggled across the border to arm these criminals causes the deaths of police, of soldiers and civilians," said Clinton. She contended further that illegal drugs had been coming from Mexico into the U.S. to feed "our insatiable demand" for such substances, and in exchange American weapons had been flowing south.
In reality, however, the Mexican drug cartels acquire their weaponry not from the U.S. but rather from the black market, from such nations as Venezuela and Iran, and from Hezbollah-type terror groups wishing to destabilize North America. Moreover, in many cases they simply "procure" their weapons from less-than-savory elements within the Mexican military—weapons which in all likelihood did come from the U.S. through legal channels.
In March 2009, Secretary Clinton articulated the Obama administration's wish to reach out, in peace negotiations, to supposedly moderate members of the Taliban. Said Mrs. Clinton: “We must support efforts by the government of Afghanistan to separate the extremists of al Qaeda and the Taliban from those who joined their ranks, not out of conviction but out of desperation. They should be offered an honorable form of reconciliation and reintegration into a peaceful society if they are willing to abandon violence, break with al Qaeda and support the constitution.”
In a March 26, 2009 television interview, Fox News reporter Greta Van Susteren questioned Mrs. Clinton about North Korea's recent announcement that it would soon be test-launching a communications satellite, a launch that regional powers believed was actually intended to test a long-range missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. "What are we going to do about North Korea?" Susteren asked. Clinton responded:
"... I have been very clear, President Obama has been very clear, we would like to get back to the kind of talks that led to the initial steps in their de-nuclearization. The six-party framework that involves all of the neighbors, each of whom have a stake in what happens in North Korea -- we have offered that. I sent word that we would like to have our special envoy for North Korean policy go to Pyongyang. They didn't want him to come.
"So we're working hard. And if they're watching you [on TV], I'm sure that since you were there [Susteren had visited North Korea], you made a big impression, went to a karaoke bar in Pyongyang. (laughter) They probably still remember you. If they're watching -- if anybody from North Korea is watching this program with you, Greta ... You know, we'd love for them to begin to talk about what we can do together to fulfill the framework of the six-party talks."
Planned Parenthood and the Margaret Sanger Award
In March 2009, Mrs. Clinton was the recipient of Planned Parenthood's Margaret Sanger Award. When accepting the honor, Clinton said: "I admire Margaret Sanger enormously, her courage, her tenacity, her vision … And when I think about what she did all those years ago in Brooklyn, taking on archetypes, taking on attitudes and accusations flowing from all directions, I am really in awe of her." She added: “The 20th-century reproductive-rights movement, really embodied in the life and leadership of Margaret Sanger, was one of the most transformational in the entire history of the human race.”
America's Culpability for Global Warming
During a July 2009 visit to Mumbai, India, Mrs. Clinton said the following about America's culpability for creating the air pollution allegedly responsible for global warming: “We acknowledge – now with President Obama – that we have made mistakes in the United States, and we along with other developed countries have contributed most significantly to the problem that we face with climate change. We are hoping a great country like India will not make the same mistakes.”
Delegitimizing the George W. Bush Presidency
While visiting Nigeria in August 2009, Mrs. Clinton was asked to comment about that country's latest presidential election, which was marred by violence, ballot stuffing and other irregularities. She replied: "In 2000, our presidential election came down to one state where the brother of the man [George W. Bush] running for President was the governor of the state [of Florida]. So we have our problems too. Our democracy is still evolving."
Supporting High Tax Rates
In a May 2010 speech to the Brookings Institution, Mrs. Clinton spoke about the virtues of high taxation rates: "The rich are not paying their fair share in any nation that is facing the kind of employment issues [America currently does] — whether it's individual, corporate or whatever [form of] taxation forms." She went on to cite Brazil as a model: "Brazil has the highest tax-to-GDP rate in the Western Hemisphere and guess what — they're growing like crazy. And the rich are getting richer, but they're pulling people out of poverty."
Deriding the "Extremism" of Conservatives
On January 10, 2011, Mrs. Clinton, who was traveling through the Middle East in an effort to build diplomatic relationships with leaders in the region, taped a town hall segment for a talk show in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She made reference to Jared Loughner, a deranged young man from Arizona, who, earlier that day, had attempted to assassinate Democratic congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in a shooting spree that left 6 dead and 14 wounded. Asserting that exremism was a problem in the U.S. as well as in the Middle East, she said:
"Look, we have extremists in my country. A wonderful, incredibly brave young woman Congress member, Congresswoman Giffords was just shot in our country. We have the same kinds of problems. So rather than standing off from each other, we should work to try to prevent the extremists anywhere from being able to commit violence."
In a subsequent interview with CNN, Clinton said:
“Based on what I know, this is a criminal defendant who was in some ways motivated by his own political views, who had a particular animus toward the congresswoman. And I think when you cross the line from expressing opinions that are of conflicting differences in our political environment into taking action that’s violent action, that’s a hallmark of extremism, whether it comes from the right, the left, from Al Qaeda, from anarchists, whoever it is. That is a form of extremism.”
But Loughner's crime was rooted not in any coherent political worldview, but rather in his profound mental illness. Moreover, Mrs. Clinton's narrative concerning Loughner's politics did not comport with the facts. A young woman named Caitie Parker, who had attended high school and college with the gunman, said of Loughner: "As I knew him he was left wing, quite liberal and oddly obsessed with the 2012 prophecy." Among Loughner's favorite books were Karl Marx's The Communist Manifesto and Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf; he was an ardent atheist who strove to create chaos; and he believed that the U.S. government (under President Bush) was responsible for the 9/11 attacks.
In a May 2011 interview, Mrs. Clinton said "there's a small space for doubt" about Iran's intention to build a nuclear bomb "because there are some contrary indicators." "There is no doubt in my mind that they want nuclear energy and nuclear power," she added, "which they are entitled to, to be able to use it for peaceful purposes. The real problem is once you do that and you get what's called a breakout capacity, it's not long before you could do the other [build a bomb]. So that's why this is so important to address now."
Pressed to comment on a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency that Iran was clearly headed toward building a bomb, Mrs. Clinton expressed uncertainty:
"Well, they ... we ... we are doing this (pushing for sanctions) because we think they're heading there. But whether they want to get what's called the breakout capacity and stop, knowing that they could then move forward, that's where the question comes."
Addressing the Organization of Islamic Cooperation
In July 2011, Mrs. Clinton addressed the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)—the bloc of 57 Muslim countries and territories that seek to outlaw, everywhere in the world, any and all criticism of Islamic people, practices, legal codes, and governments. In her speech, Clinton vowed that the Obama administration, in its effort to help the OIC “protec[t] the rights of all people to worship the way they choose,” would “use some old-fashioned techniques of peer pressure and shaming, so that people don’t feel that they have the support to do what we abhor.” On behalf of the Obama State Department, she negotiated with the OIC a resolution that would make it unlawful to engage in speech that incites “discrimination” and “hostility” toward “religion.”
But as former Assistant United States Attorney Andrew C. McCarthy points out: “Religion here does not mean religion; it means Islam.” “At that very moment in July 2011,” McCarthy expands, “Christians were under siege in Egypt, Syria, Sudan, Iraq, and Iran—being gradually purged from those Islamic countries just as they’d been purged from Turkey, which hosted Mrs. Clinton’s speech.” Adds McCarthy, “the resolution negotiated by the Obama State Department and the OIC violates the First Amendment.”
Hillary Clinton and the Muslim Brotherhood
In July 2012, author and former federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy noted the following items about the relationship between Hillary Clinton's State Department and the Muslim Brotherhood, which is the ideological wellspring of Hamas and al Qaeda:
- "The State Department has an emissary in Egypt who trains operatives of the Brotherhood and other Islamist organizations in democracy procedures."
- "The State Department announced [in November 2011] that the Obama administration would be 'satisfied' with the election of a Muslim Brotherhood–dominated government in Egypt."
- "Secretary Clinton personally intervened to reverse a Bush-administration ruling that barred Tariq Ramadan, grandson of the Brotherhood’s founder and son of one of its most influential early leaders, from entering the United States."
- "The State Department and the administration recently hosted a contingent from Egypt’s newly elected parliament that included not only Muslim Brotherhood members but a member of the Islamic Group (Gama’at al Islamia), which is formally designated as a foreign terrorist organization."
- "On a just-completed trip to Egypt, Secretary Clinton pressured General Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, head of the military junta currently governing the country, to surrender power to the newly elected parliament, which is dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, and the newly elected president, Mohamed Morsi, who is a top Brotherhood official.
In the summer of 2012,controversy arose over the fact that Secretary Clinton's closest aide and advisor, Huma Abedin, has longstanding intimate ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Refusing to Designate the Islamic Organization Boko Haram As a Terrorist Group
Throughout her time as Secretary of State, Mrs. Clinton repeatedly refused to designate Boko Haram -- an Islamic group seeking to overthrow the Nigerian government and create an Islamic state -- as a "foreign terrorist organization." Her refusal came despite the fact that Boko Haram had already: (a) bombed or burned hundreds of Christian churches over the years, most when they were packed for service; (b) stated its intent to cleanse northern Nigeria of all Christian presence; (c) openly threatened to poison the food eaten by Christians; and (d) stormed areas where Christians and Muslims were intermingled, singling the Christians out before slitting their throats.
Mrs. Clinton's logic was voiced by her husband, former U.S. president Bill Clinton, who said, in a February 2012 speech in Nigeria, that “inequality” and “poverty” were “what’s fueling all this stuff”—a reference to Boko Haram’s terror—and warned the government that “It is almost impossible to cure a problem based on violence with violence.”
Mrs. Clinton and the 9/11/12 Terrorist Attacks in Benghazi
On the day of September 11, 2012, Islamist protesters stormed the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, where they destroyed the American flag and replaced it with a black Islamist flag that read, "There is one God, Allah, and Mohammad is his prophet." The protesters said they were angry over an obscure YouTube film -- known alternately as Innocence of Muslims or Muhammad, Prophet of the Muslims -- that was critical of the Prophet Muhammad and had been produced recently in the U.S.
Throughout 2012, violent jihadist activity had become increasingly commonplace in Benghazi and elsewhere throughout Libya and North Africa. At or near the U.S. mission in Benghazi, for instance, there were many acts of terrorism featuring the use of guns, improvised explosive devices, hand grenades, rocket-propelled grenades, and car-bombs, along with explicit threats against Americans issued by known terrorists like al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri. As a result of such developments, U.S. personnel at the U.S. mission in Benghazi had repeatedly asked the Obama administration -- i.e., the State Department -- for increased security provisions during 2012, but all of these these requests were either denied or ignored.
It should be noted, however, that when Hillary Clinton herself had visited Benghazi on October 18, 2011, she clearly was well aware of the many dangers that already existed in the city. Her cognizance of those threats was evidenced by the fact that in advance of her visit, she had the Defense Department pre-position military assets off the coast of Libya, in case she was to encounter danger and need rescue.
On the night of September 11, 2012 -- at approximately 9:42 p.m. Benghazi time -- a large group of heavily armed Islamic terrorists attacked the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya with much greater violence. In the process, they killed the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, 52-year-old Chris Stevens, and three other Americans. Two days later, Mrs. Clinton spoke out against the killings but prefaced her remarks by condemning the aforementioned YouTube video, which she said had been used as a pretext for the violence. In short, she advanced the notion that the attack was an unplanned, unforseeable escalation of an impromptu protest over an obscure anti-Muslim YouTube video, rather than a pre-planned, carefully orchestrated act of terrorism led by an al Qaeda-affiliated group. Said Clinton:
"Let me state very clearly -- and I hope it is obvious -- that the United States government had absolutely nothing to do with this video. We absolutely reject its content and message. America’s commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. And as you know, we are home to people of all religions, many of whom came to this country seeking the right to exercise their own religion, including, of course, millions of Muslims. And we have the greatest respect for people of faith. To us, to me personally, this video is disgusting and reprehensible. It appears to have a deeply cynical purpose: to denigrate a great religion and to provoke rage...."
On September 13, 2012, Mrs. Clinton delivered a televised statement denouncing not only the violence in Benghazi but also the “disgusting and reprehensible” video allegedly responsible for it, and stating “very clearly” that “the United States government had absolutely nothing to do with this video.” “We absolutely reject its content and message,” said Clinton, emphasizing America’s great “respect for people of faith.”
At a September 14 receiving ceremony where the bodies of the four dead Americans were returned to the United States, Clinton spoke to the grieving families of the deceased. In the course of her remarks, she referenced an “awful Internet video that we had nothing to do with.” Afterward, she told the father of Tyrone Woods, the former Navy SEAL who had been killed in the attack, “We will make sure the person who made that film is arrested and prosecuted.”
For nearly two weeks, Mrs. Clinton and the rest of the Obama administration continued to characterize what occurred on September 11 in Benghazi not as an act of terrorism, but as a spontaneous, unplanned uprising that evolved unexpectedly from what had begun as a low-level protest against a YouTube video. In reality, however, within mere hours after the September 11 attack, U.S. intelligence agencies had already gained more than enough evidence to conclude unequivocally that it was a planned terrorist incident, and that the video had nothing whatsoever to do with it.
On January 23, 2013 -- Fully 134 days after the September 11 attack in Benghazi -- Mrs. Clinton went before Congress to testify as to what she knew about the incident. During the course of her testimony, she stated that she had been unaware of Ambassador Stephens' August 15, 2012 cable stating that there was a clear and growing danger of terrorism against Americans in Benghazi.
In the course of her testimony, Mrs. Clinton said: "I want to make clear that no one in the State Department, the intelligence community, any other agency, ever recommended that we close Benghazi. We were clear-eyed about the threats and the dangers as they were developing in eastern Libya and in Benghazi." (This testimony was later contradicted, however, by Lt. Col. Andrew Wood, who headed the U.S. military’s efforts to improve diplomatic security in Libya. Wood testified that he personally had recommended that the Benghazi mission be closed, in light of the fact that more than 200 attacks -- including approximately 50 in Benghazi -- had been carried out against American interests in Libya.)
The most dramatic moment in the congressional hearing occured when Wisconsin senator Ron Johnson asked Mrs. Clinton to explain why the State Department had spent so long characterizing the attack as an unplanned, unforseeable escalation of an impromptu protest over an obscure anti-Muslim YouTube video, rather than a pre-planned, carefully orchestrated act of terrorism led by an al Qaeda-affiliated group. Clinton yelled back: “With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided to kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make?”
At another point in the hearing, Senator Rand Paul asked Mrs. Clinton whether the United States had ever been involved in procuring weapons in Libya and transferring them to other countries including Syria. Clinton replied, "I do not know. I have no information on that."
A March 25, 2013 New York Times story subsequently indicated that the Obama administration had in fact been sending arms from Libya, through intermediary nations and ultimately to Syria, since early 2012. Yet another Times article, in fact, described Mrs. Clinton as one of the driving forces who had called for arming the Syrian rebels in precisely that manner.
(For complete details about the key events that occurred before, during, and after the attack in Benghazi -- as well as Mrs. Clinton's words and actions during those periods -- click here.)
Speaking at a forum at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy in Washington, DC on December 7, 2012, Mrs. Clinton praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for having worked with her in 2009 toward a moratorium on building new Jewish settlements in the West Bank. She then said the following:
“I’m not making excuses for the missed opportunities of the Israelis, or the lack of generosity, the lack of empathy that I think goes hand-in-hand with the suspicion. So, yes, there is more that the Israelis need to do to really demonstrate that they do understand the pain of an oppressed people in their minds, and they want to figure out, within the bounds of security and a Jewish democratic state, what can be accomplished.
“And I think that, unfortunately, there are more and more Israelis and Palestinians who just reject that idea out of hand: Why bother? Why try? We’ll never be able to reach an agreement with the other. But in the last 20 years, I’ve seen Israeli leaders make an honest, good-faith effort and not be reciprocated in the way that was needed.”
Clinton also criticized Israel’s newly announced plan to build 3,000 new housing units in east Jerusalem and the West Bank: “In light of today’s announcement, let me reiterate that this administration — like previous administrations — has been very clear with Israel that these activities set back the cause of a negotiated peace.”
Reports of Immense Sums of Financial-Aid Dollars to Afghanistan Squandered Because of Obama/Clinton Policy
On April 20, 2014, The Washington Times reported that according to internal government documents, "top officials at the U.S. Agency for International Development repeatedly cited former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for setting into motion a policy to waive restrictions on who could receive U.S. aid in Afghanistan, resulting in millions of dollars in U.S. funds going directly into the coffers of Afghan ministries known to be rife with corruption." Added the Times:
References to Mrs. Clinton’s role in the policy first appeared in a November 2012 USAID action memo, which outlined how U.S. officials made a “strategic foreign-assistance decision” two years earlier to provide “at least 50 percent of U.S. Government assistance directly to the” Afghan government.
The decision was “reaffirmed by Secretary of State Clinton” in July 2010, according to the memo, which highlighted her actions as justification for why USAID should waive an internal policy that otherwise would have required the agency to first assess the risk that such “direct assistance” might be lost to fraud, waste or outright theft.
USAID conducted such assessments anyway in recent years and reached sobering conclusions about the overall effects of billions of dollars that the U.S. has spent on nation building in Afghanistan....
A report by the Government Accountability Office [GAO] in July 2011 asserted that Washington “more than tripled its awards of direct assistance to Afghanistan” about the time the USAID memo says Mrs. Clinton was pushing the policy.
The GAO report claimed that, despite concerns over whether the funds would be used “as intended,” total direct assistance from the Defense Department to the Afghan Defense and Interior ministries “grew from about $195 million in fiscal year 2009 to about $576 million in fiscal year 2010.” With regard to USAID, the GAO report said the agency’s “direct assistance” grew from roughly $470 million in 2009 to more than $1.4 billion in 2010....
Potentially more striking, however, is the manner in which USAID’s scathing ministry assessments point to the actions of Mrs. Clinton as a main justification for why the agency channels money directly to ministries known to have management and accountability problems.
A “Background” section at the opening of each assessment includes similar language to that used in USAID’s November 2012 action memo, asserting that the Obama administration made a “public strategic foreign-assistance decision” in 2010 that was later “reaffirmed” by Mrs. Clinton.
Under normal circumstances, USAID officials wrote in documents, the flow of American funds directly into a foreign government’s coffers “must not be authorized” if there is “clear evidence of vulnerabilities to corruption and the partner country government fails to respond or agree to appropriate risk mitigation remedy measures.”
But, the officials wrote, the Obama administration’s policy and Mrs. Clinton’s reaffirmation of it at a July 2010 conference in Kabul replaced the requirement that USAID adhere to an internal guideline known as ADS 220, which would have demanded that the agency assess risks associated with giving money directly to the Afghans.
Resigns As Secretary of State
On February 1, 2013, Mrs. Clinton stepped down from her post as Secretary of State, saying that she looked forward to getting away from the pressures of government life. She was replaced by U.S. Senator John Kerry.
Assessing Clinton's Performance as Secretary of State
By the end of Mrs. Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State, America's relations with Russia, Israel, most of Europe, and virtually every Muslim-majority nation in the Middle East had deteriorated significantly.
Indeed, a March 2013 Gallup poll (measuring attitudes across 130 countries) indicated that the international perception of American leadership had fallen to its lowest point since the start of the Obama administration. The median worldwide approval rate for U.S. leadership was just 41%, down from 49% in 2009. According to The Hill: “The declines were driven primarily by souring opinions of the United States in Europe and Africa.” Among the more noteworthy reults: approval rates were just 13% in Russia, 17% in Egypt, 34% in Spain, 36% in Poland, 37% in France, and 38% in Taiwan.
Mrs. Clinton's Self-Assessment of Her Performance as Secretary of State
On April 3, 2014, Hillary Clinton spoke at the Women of the World Summit in New York City and was asked, by the moderator of the event, the following: “When you look at your time as Secretary of State, what are you most proud of? And what do you feel was unfinished, and maybe have another crack at one day?” In her reply, Clinton was unable to provide any specifics regarding what she had achieved:
“Look, I really see my role as Secretary, in fact leadership in general in a democracy, as a relay race. When you run the best race you can run, you hand off the baton. Some of what hasn’t been finished may go on to be finished, so when President Obama asked me to be Secretary of State, I agreed.
“We had the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, we had two wars. We had continuing threats from all kinds of corners around the world that we had to deal with. So it was a perilous time frankly. What he [Obama] said to me was, ‘Look, I have to be dealing with the economic crisis, I want you to go out and represent us around the world.’ And it was a good division of labor because we needed to make it clear to the rest of the world, that we were going to get our house in order. We were going to stimulate, and grow, and get back to positive growth and work with our friends and partners.
“So I think we did that. I’m very proud of the stabilization and the really solid leadership that the administration provided that I think now, leads us to be able to deal with problems like Ukraine because we’re not so worried about a massive collapse in Europe and China — trying to figure out [what] to do with all their bond holdings and all the problems we were obsessed with. I think we really restored American leadership in the best sense. That, once again — people began to rely on us as setting the values, setting the standards. I just don’t want to lose that because we have a dysfunctional political situation in Washington. Then of course, a lot of particulars, but I am finishing my book so you’ll be able to read all about it.”
Endorsing Bill de Blasio for NYC Mayor
In 2013, Mrs. Clinton endorsed the New York City mayoral candidacy of far-left Democrat Bill de Blasio. Hillary and Bill Clinton both attended de Blasio's swearing-in ceremony as New York City mayor on January 1, 2014.
The Trayvon Martin Killing
In July 2013, Mrs. Clinton reacted passionately when George Zimmerman, a "white Hispanic" neighborhood-watch captain in Sanford, Florida was acquitted of murder and manslaughter charges connected to a February 26, 2012 incident in which he had shot and killed a 17-year-old African American named Trayvon Martin in self-defense. Speaking at the 51st annual convention of the black sorority group Delta Sigma Theta, Clinton said: “My prayers are with the Martin family and with every family who loves someone who is lost to violence. No mother, no father, should ever have to fear for their child walking down a street in the United States of America.” Adding that the jury verdict had “brought heartache, deep painful heartache” to many people, she stated: “As we move forward as we must, I hope this sisterhood will continue to be a force for justice and understanding.”
The Voting Rights Act
During the same Delta Sigma Theta speech (in July 2013), Mrs. Clinton denounced the Supreme Court’s recent decision to strike down Sections 4 and 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
- Section 5 relegated a number of mostly Southern states and localities to second-class status by presuming that they were too corrupt and racist to administer elections fairly, and thus requiring their governments to get approval (called "pre-clearance") from the Justice Department or a federal court before making changes in their voting procedures. Changes could include such things as relocating a polling place, reconfiguring district lines in a county, or instituting Voter ID laws. To obtain pre-clearance, a state, county, or local government entity was required to demonstrate to federal authorities that the voting change in question did not have a racially discriminatory purpose, and would not have a disparate impact on nonwhites.
- Section 4 of the Act laid down the criteria under which states and localities were covered by the statute. Initially, the section covered jurisdictions that: (a) had maintained “a test or device” -- e.g., literacy and knowledge tests, good moral character requirements, or the need for vouchers from registered voters -- as a prerequisite to voting as of November 1, 1964, and (b) had experienced a less-than-50% voter registration or turnout in the 1964 presidential election.
Lamenting that the Voting Rights Act was now in “real jeopardy,” Mrs. Clinton said: “The Supreme Court struck at the heart of the Voting Rights Act. For more than four decades this law has helped overcome constitutional barriers to voting. Again and again it has demonstrated its essential role in protecting our freedoms.... [The Supreme Court decision is] going to make it difficult for poor people, elderly people, minority people and working people to do what we should be able to take for granted.”
Striking a similar theme the following month, Clinton told a meeting of the American Bar Association: “In 2013, so far, more than 80 bills restricting voting rights have been introduced in 31 states.” These were generally bills calling for Voter ID requirements at polling places, shortening early-voting periods, eliminating same-day voter registration, and preventing the arbitrary extension of voting hours. Clinton charged that North Carolina’s new electoral integrity law -- which instituted precisely those four provisions -- “reads like the greatest hits of voter suppression.” Such measures, she lamented, were part of a Jim Crow-like effort to “disproportionately impact African-Americans, Latino and young voters” -- i.e., to disenfranchise those groups. Added Clinton: "[A]nyone who says that racial discrimination is no longer a problem in American elections must not be paying attention." Moreover, she described threat of voter fraud (in the absence of Voter ID requirements) as a "phantom epidemic."
Clinton Says Freed Taliban Terrorists Pose No Threat to Americans
In a June 2014 interview, Mrs. Clinton was asked to comment on the potential consequences of a deal in which the Obama administration had recently freed five senior Taliban commanders and high-value terrorists who had been imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay since 2002, in exchange for the release of Bowe Bergdahl, an American Army soldier who had deserted the military in 2009 and spent the next five years with the Taliban. Said Clinton:
"These five guys are not a threat to the United States. They are a threat to the safety and security of Afghanistan and Pakistan. It’s up to those two countries to make the decision once and for all that these are threats to them. So I think we may be kind of missing the bigger picture here. We want to get an American home, whether they fell off the ship because they were drunk or they were pushed or they jumped, we try to rescue everybody."
"We Cannot Let a Minority of People Hold a Viewpoint that Terrorizes the Majority of People"
On June 17, 2014, Mrs. Clinton held a staged townhall meeting on CNN television. At one point in the proceedings, the subject turned to the Second Amendment, gun rights, and the National Rifle Association. Said Clinton: "We cannot let a minority of people hold a viewpoint that terrorizes the majority of people." Bryan Preston of PJ Media noted that in that statement, Clinton had "directly assaulted the First and Second Amendments simultaneously."
The Clintons' Immense Wealth
One of the more lucrative activities Mrs. Clinton pursued after leaving the State Department was public speaking, for which she earned approximately $200,000 per speech. In many cases, the contracts Clinton signed prior to making these speeches gave her the authority to approve or reject virtually every element of the proceedings. For example, her contract for a 2014 speech at SUNY-Buffalo stipulated that Mrs. Clinton had to be "the only person on stage during her remarks"; specifically demanded the provision of a "presidential glass panel teleprompter"; gave Clinton the exclusive right to approve "sets, backdrops, banners, scenery, logos, [and] settings"; gave her "sole discretion" over the content of her talk; stated that she "may elect to reschedule or cancel her appearance ... for any reason whatsoever and at any time prior to the engagement"; awarded her 20 complimentary VIP tickets and a university-paid stenographer -- at a price of $1,000 -- solely for her personal records; authorized her speaking agency to veto any potential question-and-answer moderators; and allowed only those moderators -- never members of the audience -- to address Mrs. Clinton directly.
As of mid-2014, Bill and Hillary Clinton's combined net worth was estimated at somewhere between $100 million and $200 million. Among other things, they had earned anywhere from $31 million to $37 million in advance payments for books they had authored since 2003. And, as noted above, Mrs. Clinton routinely earned $200,000 per speech after resigning as Secretary of State. Mr. Clinton, for his part, had earned $106 million in speaker's fees between 2001 and 2013, including $17 million for 72 speeches he gave in 2012 alone; he once charged $750,000 for a single speech.
The Clintons spent this money lavishly. During the summers of 2011 through 2013, for instance, they rented out extremely expensive homes in the Hamptons for their family vacations. One example: The Clintons paid $200,000 per day to rent out a six-bedroom, $11 million mansion in the summer of 2013.
In a June 2014 interview with Britain's Guardian newspaper, Mrs. Clinton was asked whether her condemnation of income inequality in the United States was credible, given her immense wealth. According to the Guardian, Mrs. Clinton emitted a "burst of laughter" and said she found the question "painful." She then answered the question as follows: "But they [Americans] don’t see me as part of the problem, because we [the Clintons] pay ordinary income tax, unlike a lot of people who are truly well off, not to name names; and we’ve done it through dint of hard work."
A Longtime Supporter of High Estate Taxes, Hillary and Bill Seek to Minimize Their Own
In June 2014, Bloomberg News revealed that Hillary and Bill Clinton's rhetoric in favor of high estate tax rates for the wealthy was entirely inconsistent with their own personal money-management activities. First, some background:
In her failed 2008 presidential run, Mrs. Clinton spoke out in favor of requiring wealthier people pay a higher estate tax by capping the per-person exemption at $3.5 million and setting the top rate at 45 percent. During one campaign stop, she fielded a question from a woman who opposed Clinton's plan to pay for universal retirement accounts by freezing the estate tax at a high level. The woman explained that inherited money had already been taxed when it was earned, and that it should not be taxed again simply to fund Mrs. Clinton's program. In response, Clinton said that high estate taxes were actually consistent with traditional American values:
"People disagree about this, but the estate tax, which came into being by Republicans like Teddy Roosevelt and others, and has been part of our tax system for a very long time is there for a real simple reason: In America, we’ve never liked the idea of massive inherited wealth. Part of the reason why America has always remained a meritocracy where you have to work for what you get, where you have to get out there, make your case to people, come up with a good idea, is that we never had a class of people sitting on generation after generation after generation of huge inherited wealth."
During a presidential debate in 2007, Mrs. Clinton expanded upon the theme that "tax cuts to the wealthiest of Americans" were unjust. She explained, for example, that tax revenues from the wealthy were vital to the government, which "should be investing [those revenues] in new energy" and "should be investing in college affordability, universal pre-K …”
Against this backdrop came Bloomberg News' report on June 17, 2014:
"Bill and Hillary Clinton have long supported an estate tax to prevent the U.S. from being dominated by inherited wealth. That doesn’t mean they want to pay it. To reduce the tax pinch, the Clintons are using financial planning strategies befitting the top 1 percent of U.S. households in wealth. These moves, common among multimillionaires, will help shield some of their estate from the tax that now tops out at 40 percent of assets upon death. The Clintons created residence trusts in 2010 and shifted ownership of their New York house into them in 2011, according to federal financial disclosures and local property records.
"Among the tax advantages of such trusts is that any appreciation in the house’s value can happen outside their taxable estate. The move could save the Clintons hundreds of thousands of dollars in estate taxes, said David Scott Sloan, a partner at Holland & Knight LLP in Boston. 'The goal is [to] really be thoughtful and try to build up the nontaxable estate, and that’s really what this is,' Sloan said. 'You’re creating things that are going to be on the nontaxable side of the balance sheet when they die.'"
Rationalizing Why Hamas Hides Missiles in Civilian Areas
In a late July 2014 interview, Fusion TV news anchor Jorge Ramos asked Hillary Clinton about the then-raging conflict in Gaza, where Israel was conducting a military operation designed to degrade Hamas's capacity to launch deadly missiles into Israel. When Ramos asked Clinton if she thought that Israel had responded "disproportionately" or "appropriate[ly]," Clinton did not answer directly. She said that "Hamas, which has its back against the wall, decided to once again fire rockets into Israel"; that "Israel has a right to self-defense, but I and everybody who is seeing these terrible pictures on our TV hope there can be a ceasefire"; and that Hamas was hiding rockets in civilian facilities -- at least in part -- because there were few other options, due to Gaza's limited geographic size. Said Mrs. Clinton:
"I'm not a military planner but Hamas puts its missiles, its rockets in civilian areas, part of it is that Gaza is pretty small and it's very densely populated, they put their command and control of Hamas military leaders in those civilian areas."
 Barbara Olson, Hell to Pay (Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing, 1999), pp. 59-59.
 Ibid., p. 37.
 Ibid., pp. 59-61.
 Ibid., pp. 56, 62.
 Ibid., pp. 102-104.
 Ibid., pp. 105-107.
 Ibid., pp. 120-122.
 Ibid., p. 128.
 Ibid., pp. 128-129.
 Ibid., pp. 129-130.
 Amanda B. Carpenter, Dossier on Hillary Clinton (Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing, 2006), p. 162.
 Ibid., pp. 162-163.
 Ibid., p. 56.
 Ibid., p. 125.
 Ibid., p. 126.
 Ibid., p. 131.
 Ibid., pp. 131-132.
 Cited in David Horowitz and Richard Poe, The Shadow Party, p. 53.
 The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) noted that Mrs. Clinton “must have missed the May 2013 Census Bureau study on ‘The Diversifying Electorate—Voting Rates by Race and Hispanic Origin in 2012 (and Other Recent Elections).’” That government report showed that minority voter turnout nationwide had been surging in recent years. Black Americans, for example, had a voter turnout rate of just 53 percent in 1996. But that rate increased in each of the next four presidential elections. Said WSJ:
“In 2012, black turnout as a share of all eligible voters exceeded the turnout of non-Hispanic white voters—66.2% to 64.1%. Nearly five million more African-Americans voted in 2012 (17.8 million) than voted in 2000 (12.9 million). In both 2008 and 2012, black voters even exceeded their share of the eligible black voting age population. In 2012, blacks made up 12.5% of the eligible electorate but 13.4% of those voting.”
“Voters without an ID can get one free at the Department of Motor Vehicles and they can also cast a provisional ballot pending confirmation that they are legally registered,” WSJ also noted, adding that even though Georgia, Indiana, and Tennessee had “some of the strictest voter ID laws of the more than 30 states that have such laws,” black turnout had recently exceeded that of non-Hispanic whites in 2012 in all three states.