Hillary Clinton just secured the Democratic nomination, making her the first female presidential nominee for a major party, and once and for all proving that a rich, powerful, well connected, liberal woman married to a former president, who has been groomed by a team of political professionals for the past 25 years, can achieve great things.
The media has predictably gone to great lengths to explain why this is one of the happiest and most important moments in American history. It's "historic," we're told. Hillary has shattered the glass ceiling. She's done the impossible. She's a champion for women everywhere. She's "changed the game for girls." She's a hero. She's a goddess. She literally radiates light.
I must admit that there is something historic about Hillary's nomination. More than one thing, in fact.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrives onstage during a primary night rally at the Duggal Greenhouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, June 7, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Clinton has secured enough delegates and commitments from superdelegates to become the Democratic Party's presumptive presidential nominee. She will become the first woman in U.S. history to secure the presidential nomination of one of the country's two major political parties. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
First, I believe this makes her the first person to ever be nominated for president while currently under an active FBI investigation. Second, this marks only the third time a person named Clinton has been nominated by the Democrats since 1992. Third, she's most likely the first nominee to wear 13,000 dollar Armani coats while giving lectures on income inequality. Fourth, I'm guessing she's the first major party nominee to have spent the last several decades intimidating and silencing her spouse's alleged rape and abuse victims. Fifth, she is, as far as I know, the first nominee to have run a foundation that accepted millions of dollars in donations from corrupt foreign governments while she was Secretary of State. The list goes on and on. History has truly been made.
But she's also, as you may have heard, the first nominee to possess a uterus. It's this point that's supposed to cause us to swell up with pride, even though, according to liberals, her possessing a uterus has nothing to do with her being a woman. In fact, her being a woman has nothing to do with her being a woman. Liberals want us to view the nomination of a woman as some landmark occasion, but at the same time they want us to view womanhood itself as entirely subjective and malleable. Once again, feminism and "transgenderism" crash violently into one another. Liberals can't decide which contradictory narrative should win, so they just go with whichever serves their purpose in the moment. Today womanhood is a unique and splendid thing, defined by both the soul and the body. Tomorrow perhaps it will go back to being nothing more than a state of mind.
But for now, we're meant to cheer the triumph of Hillary Clinton because she is a woman, and today at least, that means something. I'm informed by the media that it especially means something for the daughters of America, who should feel inspired and uplifted by Hillary's accomplishment. Social media has been filled with proclamations from parents who are very excited about the "message" this sends to our girls.
As the father of a young daughter, I've been thinking about that "message" quite a bit myself. And call me sexist, but I don't look at my little girl and think, "I hope you grow up to be just like Hillary Clinton." I shudder at the thought that any parent would wish such a fate upon their precious child. If anything, I see Hillary Clinton as a vivid illustration of the exact sort of person I don't want my daughter to become. It's not that I don't want her to be successful -- I just don't want her to achieve success the way Hillary achieved it, nor do I want her to define success the way Hillary, and much of the rest of the culture, defines it.
So what, specifically, might a young girl learn from Hillary Clinton? If your daughter wished to follow in Hillary's footsteps, what sort of person would she become? What would she have to do in pursuit of her goals?
Here's the list, as far as I can tell:
1. Lie and deceive.
If your daughter's taking her cues from Hillary Clinton, the first thing she's learned is that you have to lie to get ahead in life. You have to lie all the time, constantly, about everything. Hillary -- the great inspirational woman -- is such a liar that "liar" is the first word that comes to the mind of most people when the name "Hillary" is mentioned. Polls have shown that a large majority of Americans do not believe her to be honest or trustworthy, which apparently is the kind of reputation some parents wish upon their daughters.
Hillary lies habitually about all things, big and small. She lies over the important matters and the trivial. She lies when she wants to cover up her illegality and wrongdoing, like when she lied about her emails or about the Benghazi terrorist attack that killed four Americans. And she lies when there doesn't appear to be any coherent reason at all, like when she claimed that she took sniper fire in Bosnia, or that she was "dead broke" after she left the White House, or that "all of her grandparents" were immigrants.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi. (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
Hillary's entire career in government has been one long, twisted, traitorous lie. She has treated every position only as a means to climb to the next one, and to enrich herself and her cronies along the way. Hillary used her power as Secretary of State to do favors in exchange for payment, at one point helping a Swiss bank get out of a bind with the IRS in exchange for 1.5 million dollars to Bill Clinton in the form of speaking fees. I don't know if I'd call that a simple lie, so much as a crime, but it's certainly deceitful either way. Even more interesting, 20 foreign governments made large donations to the Clinton Foundation after Hillary approved weapons shipments to their countries. Hillary's whole career is filled with fascinating little morsels like these.
I'd say that Hillary has turned this kind of deceitfulness and dishonesty into an art form, but that would give the false impression that she's a talented liar. Indeed, the saddest thing is that she lies with such regularity and such confidence, yet she's still so fantastically bad at it, which is why all of her lies are recognized as lies almost immediately. Hillary is a con artist in the same league as the guy who gives pyramid scheme seminars in the conference hall of your local Comfort Inn. The only difference is that she's married to a former president, so her lies have gotten her to more lofty heights.
If your daughter plans to follow the Hillary model, she should realize that her lies might only take her as far as the Comfort Inn, not necessarily the White House.
2. Mistreat people.
The second thing your daughter will learn from Hillary is that you have to be nasty, cold, and miserable to everyone if you want to achieve your dreams. People that have worked for Hillary have confirmed this about her, describing her as "volcanic" and "disdainful" and "abusive," among other flattering adjectives. A Secret Service agent wrote a book detailing how staff "lived in fear" of Hillary, and even witnessed more than one violent outburst on the part of the First Lady.
Another Secret Service agent revealed that Hillary is "rude to almost everybody," and treats people like they are "beneath her." Queen Hillary would not permit the staff to speak to her, and if they did, even just to offer a friendly greeting, she was known to respond with a hearty "f**k off." Hillary is such a miserable, entitled brat that most Secret Service agents view it as a punishment to be assigned to her. If your daughter learns from Hillary, maybe one day everyone will hate to be in her general vicinity, too.
To every little girl who dreams big: Yes, you can be anything you want—even president. Tonight is for you. -H pic.twitter.com/jq7fKlfwGV— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 8, 2016
Several entire books have been written confirming what most of us already assumed about Hillary: she's callous, cruel, petty, and vindictive. Perhaps nobody knows this better than her husband's various alleged assault victims and mistresses. They report almost unanimously that Hillary enabled Bill's behavior and intimidated them into silence so that their abuse would not interfere with her own political ambitions. Despite Hillary's recent claims that "all sexual abuse victims deserve to be believed," she responded not by listening to her husband's accusers, but by destroying them.
If your daughter wants to be like Hillary, she'll have to remember that people are not people -- they're stepping stones on the path towards success. And sometimes, if a stone appears in an inconvenient place or at an inopportune time, it must be crushed and thrown into the incinerator.
3. Ignore the law.
Finally, Hillary teaches your daughter that the laws and the rules should be seen as mere suggestions. Hillary sent thousands of classified documents through her private server, lied about it, and then tried to delete the evidence. That's a crime. She's a criminal. If some mid-level Pentagon employee had done the same, he'd be sitting in prison right now. But she's Hillary Clinton, and if your daughter has been paying attention, she knows that the law doesn't apply to Hillary Clinton.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton celebrates victory in the New York state primary on April 19, 2016 in New York City. Clinton won the New York primary, galvanizing her bid to win the Democratic nomination for the White House. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
From Hillary's perspective, if she could get away with all of the crimes and scandals I've listed above, and many that I do not have the time to list -- like when she illegally obtained FBI files on her political adversaries, for example -- then why should she bother taking the law into consideration at all? After decades of living above the law, why not send classified documents through a private server, jeopardizing national security and putting lives at risk in the process? It takes some minor degree of honesty to follow the law when you know you can break it and get away with it, but, as we've covered, Hillary Clinton is not an honest person. She is not a good person, by any reasonable measure. She is a narcissist, a tyrant, and a crook. And that's what your daughter will become if she emulates Hillary Clinton.
So if you want your daughter to sacrifice her integrity on the altar of ruthless ambition, you won't find a better example for your little girl than Hillary. If you want her to compromise her character in order to accumulate personal wealth and accolades, Hillary sends the right message. If you want her to be vain and petty, Hillary has certainly blazed a trail that she ought to follow. If you want her to be conniving and vicious, Hillary will light the way. If you want her to pursue success at any price at all, and to destroy whoever stands in her way, and then to finally stand atop the mountain alone and bitter and vengeful and ungrateful, then look to none other than Hillary Rodham Clinton.
But if we want our daughters, first and foremost, to be honest, honorable, virtuous and decent, then we should point to Hillary as a cautionary tale, not a role model. For us, Hillary is not an example of success. She is an answer to the question posed by Christ in the Gospel of Mark: "What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul in the process?"
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