29 July 2015

Character Matters

The Daily Beast has joined in the fray against Donald Trump, bringing in marital rape allegations from 20 years ago. Is this relevant to the current presidential campaign, sure - it points to his character and other personal flaws which I'm sure are not a huge surprise to anyone.

What I'd like to see is the same scrutiny of other Democratic presidential candidates - like Bernie Sanders, who is drawing huge crowds of admirers. If we're going to dig back decades - let's see him defend an article he wrote back in 1972, about how women fantasize how they'd like to be gang raped. Is this relevant to the campaign today? Sure - it points to his character and other personal flaws which we should know about in our potential candidates.

I am happy to notice that the Daily Beast wrote a short article detailing the missing emails months prior to the attack on the US embassy in Libya (along with some other issues).
Among the approximately 2,000 emails that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has released from her private account, there is a conspicuous two-month gap. There are no emails between Clinton and her State Department staff during May and June 2012, a period of escalating violence in Libya leading up to the September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that left four Americans dead. 
A State Department spokesman told The Daily Beast that for the year 2012, only those emails related to the security of the consulate or to the U.S. diplomatic presence in Libya were made public and turned over to a House committee investigating the fatal Benghazi assault. But if that’s true, then neither Clinton nor her staff communicated via email about the escalating dangers in Libya. There were three attacks during that two-month period, including one that targeted the consulate.
Considering the myriad scandals (aka "distractions") that have plagued the Obama Administration over last almost 8 years, I'm surprised and pleased to see that at least one has landed on the liberal radar screen - especially since Hillary Clinton is the Democratic front runner - and especially surprised since this points to her lack of action where Americans were in danger.

Remember that 3am phone call? It seems that Hillary Clinton took the phone off the hook. But 'what difference does it really make' anyway? Is this important to our campaign? Yes. Again, this lack of action points to character.

Character is important, and knowing where our candidates are lacking is also very important. Let's hope that the mainstream media digs up more relevant information on both parties that helps us choose our next president.

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