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Hillary Clinton Is Not The Second Coming Of Harriet Tubman

January 23, 2016 - 3:00pm

What is the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, right?

How many times are black people going to place their eggs in a Clinton basket and expect something different?

Other than play the saxophone and have an office in Harlem, why do we love Bill, and other than being married to Bill, why do we love Hillary?

As much as we all loved to call Bill Clinton the “First Black President,” my good friend, prominent Tallahassee attorney Chuck Hobbs broke it down rather well when he wrote this:

“Don’t get me wrong, I respected some aspects of Clinton’s presidency, but his legacy with respect to race included not only advocating causes that gutted high-paying blue collar jobs in the Midwest (NAFTA) and others that imprisoned more black men than ever. He and his wife also joined in lock step with Newt Gingrich in promulgating “welfare reform” that made black mothers who were already catching hell to raise their kids catch even more hell.”

You can read Chuck Hobbs’ article in its entirety here

During Hillary Clinton’s 2008 primary race against Barack Obama, her true colors, as well as Bill’s, started to show. They are all for black people as long as we are asking how high when they say jump.

When the issue came up of Florida and Michigan breaking the rules and being punished for it, Hillary Clinton kept quiet. She allowed her surrogates to advocate for cheating. Even Donna Brazile famously said that when you want to change the rules in the middle of the game, it’s called cheating. Hillary Clinton wanted to win at all costs, and she didn’t care who she had to roll over to do it. Even her supporters got downright rabid. Remember Harriet Christian and her “inadequate black man” rant

There are still those who say Hillary and her camp were the source of the Jeremiah Wright scandal. She wanted to damage Obama however she could.

They say Hillary and her camp helped fuel the birth certificate issue, even though she knew it was a non-issue, she wanted to damage Obama anyway she could.

The infamous 3 a.m. ad she ran was a thinly veiled racist swipe at Obama, because while your little white children are sleeping, this black man couldn’t possibly protect them.

Bill Clinton, who hilariously enough was jealous that Obama was going to be the REAL first black president, tried to demean him as only a black candidate in South Carolina and tried to brush him off as nothing.

When Bill Clinton thought Rep. James Clyburn was “pulling strings” behind the scenes in South Carolina, where Hillary Clinton lost to Obama, he said to Clyburn, “If you bastards want a fight, you damn well will get one”.

Don’t believe me, hear it from Clyburn’s own lips here.

Black people need to realize when they are appreciated, and when they are being used.

If Hillary Clinton wasn’t whipping/nae-naeing, dabbing, and whatnot before, why do it now?

Hillary knows that what is saving her butt now is the African-American community.

The only reason THAT is the case is because her NAME is familiar. I want her GAME to be familiar as well. It isn’t as fun as y’all think it is.

We talk about how our African-American men are disproportionately behind bars, and here Hillary Clinton is, taking large sums of money from the private prison industry.

She talks a lot about her advocacy for children -- black children, Latino children, etc., but at the same time, she supports policies that send the parents of those children to jail.

Harriet Tubman, civil rights activist, 1822-1913
Harriet Tubman, civil rights activist, 1822-1913

I guess that makes the private prison industry folks who line her pockets happy, right?

What irks me most of all are the endorsements of the families of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, and Eric Garner. These families have become OUR families in a way. Clinton knows that. I feel she is using that to get our votes via our empathy and sympathy for those families and the tragedies they suffered.

What is Hillary going to do next? Find the family of Emmett Till and send out an endorsement letter from them? I think if it were not for the fact that Sandra Bland’s family KNOWS the sincerity of Bernie Sanders -- he did what he did with them outside the public eye -- Hillary Clinton would have tried to get HER family to send out an endorsement letter.

I would imagine if Bernie Sanders asked that family to endorse him, they would. But it appears as though he is above using tragedy for personal gain.

Not Hillary Clinton.

The Latino community had it right when they told her that she was not their abuela.

Black folks, she ain’t your Madea, Harriet Tubman, Sista Souljah, Ride-or-die, or none of that.

I’m beginning to think she isn’t even your friend.

Leslie Wimes is president and founder of Women on the Move and the Democratic African American Women Caucus, www.daawc.com. She lives in Palm Beach County. This commentary is reprinted from Wimes' Women on the Move website with the author's permission.

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You are incredibly stupid. You can't fix stupid.

Secretary of State? Obama's concession appointment? How else to understand that, since Hillary Clinton was inexperienced in foreign policy and was (and is) a neocon who voted for the Iraq War. These limitations were very much on display during her tenure. The Libyan regime-change adventure is a disaster, one which the new Secretary Kerry is struggling to work with. Or how about the end result of our support of regime change in Egypt? And how about Syria? Our interventions in Syria have only pushed the conflict there deeper into quagmire. Russia has become ascendant, while Europe has become overrun with Syrian refugees. Why exactly do people think Mrs. Clinton is skilled in foreign affairs?

By getting a copy of the life of Harriet Tubman, Hillary must want to fashion a new set of lies. During the Nixon investigations did you know that Hillary Clinton’s ex-boss has accused her of being a “liar” and “unethical” during the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment inquiry into Watergate? Jerry Zeifman, a Democrat who served as counsel and chief of staff for the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate investigation. Zeifman’s book, “Hillary’s Pursuit of Power,” and comments that he made on his website, which is no longer active, have been critical of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s actions during the Watergate investigation, and in the years that followed. Jerry Zeifman said he supervised Hillary Rodham Clinton as she worked on the team that worked on the Watergate impeachment inquiry, and that during the investigation Hillary Clinton had “…engaged in a variety of self-serving, unethical practices in violation of House rules.” Specifically, Jerry Zeifman said Hillary Rodham Clinton and others wanted Richard Nixon to remain in office so Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy would have a better chance of being elected president. Zeifman said a young lawyer who shared an office with Clinton came to him in August of 1974 to apologize that he and Clinton had lied to him. The lawyer, John Labovitz, is quoted as saying that he was dismayed with “…her erroneous legal opinions and efforts to deny Nixon representation by counsel — as well as an unwillingness to investigate Nixon.” Jerry Zeifman also said that Hillary Rodham Clinton regularly consulted with Ted Kennedy’s chief political strategist, which was a violation of House rules. Zeifman said in addition to helping Ted Kennedy win the presidency, Democrats also didn’t want Nixon to face an impeachment trial because they feared he might bring up abuses of office by President John Kennedy as part of his defense. But while Jerry Zeifman has been consistent in his criticism of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s work on the Watergate investigation, circumstances surrounding her termination are less clear. In a 1999 interview with the Scripps Howard News Service, Zeifman said he didn’t have the power to fire Clinton, or else he would have: “Zeifman does not have flattering memories of Rodham’s work on the committee. ‘If I had the power to fire her, I would have fired her,’ he said. Zeifman said Rodham sparked a bitter battle among Democrats by recommending the Judiciary Committee deny Nixon’s lawyers the right to attend the closed-door meetings. ‘Can you imagine that? This was a committee of lawyers and members of the bar, and she was saying the committee should deny the president representation,’ he said. After a lengthy behind-the-scenes debate, Zeifman said the committee decided Nixon’s lawyers could attend.” In an interview in 2008, Jerry Zeifman altered his claim about Hillary’s termination from the Watergate investigation: “Well, let me put it this way: I terminated her, along with some other staff members who were — were no longer needed, and advised her that I would not — could not — recommend her for any further positions.” When pressed, Zeifman said he couldn’t recommend Hillary Rodham Clinton for future positions, “Because of her unethical conduct.” Despite that, however, Clinton was terminated because she was “no longer needed” — not because she had lied, according to Zeifman’s own account. But in a 2008 column Zeifman wrote, “My own reaction was of regret, when I terminated her employment on the Nixon impeachment staff, I had not reported her unethical practices to the appropriate bar associations.” As this column suggest, Hillary Clinton is no Harriet Tubman!

Those "top end firms" kicked her lying ass to the curb. Untrustworthy, duplicitous and evil. Lives are not important to her, money is. Oh, Bill, the dry cleaner has sent the dresses back.

no need to apologize , the truth is the truth , deal with it ,

You not going to get an apology from this black woman; indeed not from any black woman I know. I happen to think your comment is quiet demeaning and implies that black women who agree with this columnist ought to apologize to the white Hillary. I don't think so.

Hillary Clinton spent her life helping herself. Ask Lani Guinier how helpful Hillary Clinton is. Ask Bill's conquests how much of a feminist warrior is. Blacks need to stop being such suckers for Democrats.

The only reason Hillary "chose" to work there was because she flunked the DC bar exam and had to move where Bill was so she could be an opportunist. Fact.

You speaking of the Rose Law Firm?

Of course Hillary is not your friend. She doesn't give a rat's petoot about anyone other than herself. Just like barry obama in that respect. However, you, Ms. Wimes, are no friend to your race either when you infer that blacks are too incompetent to get by without Big Sugar government to provide handouts. Or maybe you're right. Are blacks incompetent and inferior? Or is that merely your opinion?

But yet, come election day. They will do the same. Again.

The only reason Bill has an office in Harlem is because he was caught trying to pay an exorbitant amount of taxpayer money on an office in Carnegie Tower -- on West 57th Street. Typical Bill: get caught behaving as he really is, and then hide behind the race card. SO transparent.

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thanks, stevie

A run down of Democrats' record on race: Thomas Jefferson - slave owner, abuser and founder of the Democrat Party Andrew Jackson - slave owner and author of the Trail of Tears and co-founder of the Democrat Party John C Calhoun - stated slavery is a positive good, Democrat Senator and Democrat Vice President Jefferson Davis - President of the Confederacy, Democrat Senator and Democrat Secretary of War Nathan Bedford Forest - founder of KKK, Confederate officer and Democrat Woodrow Wilson - resegregated US military and Fedeal government civil service, founder of Progressivism and Democrat President Margaret Sanger - leader of eugenics movement to limit population of blacks and "undesirables" founder of Planned Parenthood and Democrat Orville Faubus - Democrat Governor of Arkansas and mentor of Bill Clinton who blocked school house door to blacks in Little Rock Bull Connor - set attack dogs and fire hoses on civil rights marchers in Birmingham, member of Democratic National Committee George Wallace - declared "segregation forever" Democrat Governor of Georgia Lyndon Johnson - filibustered civil rights acts in 1950s, after passage of Civil Rights Act of 1964 said "the n****** will vote for us for the next 100 years" Democrat President James Earl Ray - assassinated MLK, Democrat Robert C Byrd - Grand Kleagle in KKK and senior Democrat Senator in Congress at his death in 2010.

Please do not interject verifiable historical facts into this discussion.

Wallace was from AL, but I get your point.

Democrat President James Earl Ray? Anyway, I think we know which former First Lady will get the majority of the Black vote. The interesting part will be, how much more than 51% she'll get.

Patrick, thank you; You're awesome!!!

Why would Hillary be better than any republican candidate? Is it because she wouldn't require blacks to start taking responsibility for their own destiny? Grow up, get out of the color mind set!

Wish there was a 'like' button. If only for your comment. Sadly I think humans are still too feeble-minded to quit the tribal mentality.

Remember Abraham Lincoln and his Republican Party? And who risked everything, including his life to win freedom for blacks? Your opening line talks about insanity: doing the same thing over and over, yet blacks continue to perpetuate victimhood and vote democrat. The same party that brought us the KKK and opposition to Civil Rights. Have blacks been taught history at all?

Glad to see someone talk about the 2008 South Carolina primary, it is when most black people came to realize who the clintons were. Im a republican who volunteered for Obama in 2008. I remember blacks I was working with in Georgia who were unaware I was republican say "the republican were right about the clintons", I LOVED IT AND WILL NEVER FORGET IT!

It is high time blacks get ver their victimhood and black writers get honest. African American men are behind bars because they are brought up hideously and they commit a disproprtionate amount of crime. Its not that they are disproportionately singled out and incarcerated as you stupidly suggest. Suggesting that blacks are discriminately incarcerated is nonsense. You call black women on welfare "mothers". I would suggest that many of them are completely irresponsible as mothers and should not be honored with that title. For example, the female parent of Michael Brown was a irresponsible parent who had abandoned her son. Same for Trayvon Martin's grifter female parent. Your writing feigns at wanting to be off the political plantation but it is obvious that you are still imprisoned by this mind set. Moreover, you insidiously want more of the plantation.

INSANITY IS A GOOD WAY TO DESCRIBE IT . JUST WHAT HAVE THE DEMOCRATS DONE FOR BLACKS TO EARN 95% OF THEIR VOTE ? BACK IN THE DAY THEY WERE THE PARTY OF THE KLAN , JIM CROW , LYNCHING & SEGREGATION . THEY FOUGHT CIVIL RIGHTS FOR A SOLID CENTURY . IN THE 1960's THEY SAW THAT THEY WERE LOSING THEIR WAR AGAINST BLACKS AND DECIDED TO STOP USING RACISM AS A WEAPON AND START USING IT AS A TOOL . THE BLACKS HAVE EATEN UP THIS NEW RACISM OF LOW EXPECTATIONS LIKE A SERVING OF PRIME RIB . THEY SLIP ON THE SHACKLES VOLUNTARILY AS THE ENTER THE DEMOCRAT ENTITLEMENT PLANTATION . THE RESULTS ARE THE SAME . UNEMPLOYMENT AND LITERACY AMONG BLACKS IS WORSE TODAY THAN IT WAS 50 YEARS AGO . RACE RELATIONS HAVE BEEN SET BACK FARTHER THAN THAT UNDER THIS "POST RACIAL PRESIDENT" AND BLACK ON BLACK CRIME IS AN EPIDEMIC . YET JOE BIDEN TELLS A BLACK AUDIENCE THAT THE REPUBLICANS WANT TO "PUT 'YALL BACK IN CHAINS ! " . FOR SHAME JOE . THOSE CHAINS ALWAYS WERE AND STILL ARE FORGED BY DEMOCRAT BLACKSMITHS .

What have democrats done to blacks to deserve their vote, one word "WELFARE"! By the way that same word applies to all minorities, that is the democratic parties policy to retain votes! Both parties sold the American worker down the toilet with mass immigration and world free trade policies (free to give American blue/white collar jobs away)! NAFTA/GATT and now the coup de grace pacific free trade agreement should just about level out what is left of blue collar America!

My God what a poorly written article. It could have been written by a high school student. I mean, forget the definitive statements that simply aren't true and her warped sense of reality when it comes to being black and politics, you start this article with the insanity cliche and then move right into the race card. There's almost zero actual substance. Rather than focusing on how your "families" have all been targeted by racist Americans since the founding and everything anyone does that you disagree with is racist, maybe try finding solutions to the issues in the black community, and even better, try to find solutions that aren't prefaced on blaming other people and redistributing their money...good luck.

From your statement we gather: 1. you're not Black; 2. your criticism of the author's writing ability is likely race- based, since I'm an English major who thought it well-written and compelling, but most importantly; 3. you're so obviously in the tank for Hillary.

When you have no real defense . . Play the race card.

Thank you for your comment. I agree with you 100%. I though the article was not only written well, but was written in an unbiased way. I have many articles filled with hatred concerning the topic of Bill and Hillary. This article was written with the desire to reach into the heart of the reader. Common sense, I believe, was the theme of the article. Of course, as you know, common sense is not common anymore. Maybe that is why some would find the article to be poorly written.

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