Benghazi and How the Buck Will Never Stop with Hillary

“Mrs. Clinton this investigation is about four dead Americans, not you,” asserted Chairman Trey Gowdy of the House Benghazi Special Committee during Hillary Clinton’s testimony yesterday. But quite the opposite was true. The hearing was only about Hillary and her cavalier, and their arrogant approach to the rules of American governance. That is democracy: transparency of elected officials and accountability.

While she didn’t say the words, “What difference does it make?” her body language showed it. Between smirks, smiles, smugness, and using her left hand to prop up her cheek in an expression of utter boredom, Hillary displayed her contempt for Congress – body of government with whom she would ostensibly have to work if elected president.

Hillary flippantly told Rep. Jim Jordan to read the chapter on Benghazi in her book “Hard Choices,” if he really wanted to know what she did the night the consulate was attacked.

Didn’t they understand she was running for president in 2016 and didn’t have time for this nonsense of “truth”-seeking? After all, the presidency is her right. She’s owed it. President Barack Obama stole it from her in 2008 and that won’t happen again!

The committee spent $4.7 million; reviewed 50,000 pages of documents (more than the 30,000 private emails Hillary deleted from her time as Secretary of State) but the hearing didn’t get any closer to the truth. Hillary’s third time testifying yielded more of the same stonewalling the public has come to expect from her. Armed with well-rehearsed “notes” that she referenced throughout, she blamed the tragedy on everyone under the sun, but herself.

“I took responsibility . . .to better protect our people,” Hillary said. What we heard was how she took responsibility to protect herself from blame. Several Congressmen asked her why over 600 requests for extra security from the Benghazi consulate were ignored. Clinton repeatedly she said she relied on “security professionals” to handle that. Another Congressman pointed out that Clinton called Ambassador Christopher Stevens who was killed her “close friend.” Yet Stevens asked Clinton 20 times for more security at the consulate to which she provided none.

She said Stevens’ security in Benghazi fell on the shoulders of “his own decisions” and “the security professionals.” Hillary also asserted that her rubber stamp signature was routinely put on cables that she never read them. And yet, Hillary wants to lead the free world as American’s first female president. While she alleges she didn’t see any of the 600 regarding security, she admits to having seen scores sent by friend (aka political hatchet-man) Sidney Blumenthal.

A State Department Accountability Review Board report conducted after the attack recommended the Secretary of State should personally review the security of all embassies and consulates. But somehow Hillary escapes accountability for her time as Secretary of State. I won’t call it leadership – but she didn’t admit to any.

Hillary turned the tables on Republicans in the court of public opinion because she didn’t say anything, and even choked up at one point describing Stevens’ death. But the moment where the liberal media will say she won was this:

“I would imagine I’ve thought more about what happened than all of you put together. I’ve lost more sleep than all of you put together. I have been racking my brain about what more could have been done, or should have been done.”

In a sincere, somber tone, Hillary added:

“I just want to get back to the good old days of government when we worked together.”

What Hillary really wants is to the get back to the days when the Clintons were in the White House. That was obvious because her performance at yesterday’s Benghazi hearing looked like an audition for the presidency – absent the much needed accountability of a commander in chief. In the end, this hearing will only drive Hillary’s poll numbers, because sadly, many Americans will follow the headlines instead of the facts.

The Hillary We All Know: Running for POTUS for a Lifetime

Like a scripted drama, the first Democrat presidential debate unfolded as a two-hour exercise in predictability. It was an infomercial. No new ground was broken. The CNN-moderated debate was more like a candidate Q & A session, rather than a vigorous vetting of contenders – such as the one the network produced for the second GOP debate.

All five candidates tried to out-progressive one another with the usual big-government, high-spending spiel. They promised to fight for “black lives matter,” free college, family leave, amnesty for illegals, higher minimum wage and tax hikes on the wealthy.

Interestingly, the Democrat debate was also a striking portrait of whiteness. All its candidates are white and mostly male. For a party devoted to identity politics, its 2016 nominees don’t look like the face of America.

Yet, what was old was new again. Hillary Clinton, the dethroned Democrat nominee of 2008, was the belle of the ball this time – which isn’t saying much for a woman who’s been running for president her whole life. Frankly, she should be pretty good at this by now.  Her answers were ones we’ve heard over and over again. None sufficiently addressed the scandals in which Clinton is embroiled, all of which underscore – at best – extraordinarily poor judgment for someone who wants to be president.

“But tonight, I want to talk not about my e-mails, but about what the American people want from the next president of the United States,” professed Queen Bee Clinton.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper challenged Clinton: “There’s an FBI investigation, and President Obama himself just two days ago said this is a legitimate issue.”

Clinton brushed it off as “a mistake” that’s now become a $4.2 million “partisan” witch hunt, fueled by Republicans. Yeah, you know, to find out why four Americans – whose security she was responsible for – were killed at the Benghazi consulate during her tenure as Secretary of State.

During one of the many moments where she and Senator Bernie Sanders dominated the stage, Sanders came to Clinton’s defense – like a Prom King to his Queen – over her email mess.

Let me say this. Let me say — let me say something that may not be great politics. But I think the secretary is right, and that is that the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn e-mails,” declared Sanders.

Clinton giggled and was grateful, “Thank you. Me, too. Me, too.”

I think Democrats like Sanders are sick of hearing about Hillary’s emails because it takes oxygen out of their campaigns.

Looking beyond her polished performance, Hillary’s responses to why she would make the best Democrat nominee for president were laughable.

“I’m running because I have a lifetime of experience  . . .”

She’s spent her life running for every office under the sun, helping herself – not the so-called American people.

“I think being the first woman president would be quite a change from the presidents we’ve had up until this point, including President Obama.”

Being a woman is a difference in anatomy not policy, as Cooper noted.

“Well, I would not ask anyone to vote for me based on my last name. . . .I certainly am not campaigning to become president because my last name is Clinton.”

If Hillary’s last name weren’t Clinton and she weren’t married to Bill Clinton, she wouldn’t have served as a Senator and a Secretary of State.  And she most certainly would not be running to break the last glass ceiling in America if her last name were Bozo.

What was crystal clear after the first Democratic debate was that Hillary’s “mission” is to get elected president not to “make America great again.” She’s as predictable and ruthless as her last name, willing to throw America’s national security under the bus for her own personal ambition.  We can do better than Hillary.

Ben Carson Should Stick to Surgery, Not Running for President


Black Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson won’t be elected the first “real black President,” as news media giant Rupert Murdoch prophesied on Twitter October 7, 2015.  For starters, Barack Obama has already filled that position. This may come as a surprise to some, but America really elected Barack Obama as our first real black president — not once, but twice.  And the last time I looked, Obama is a real black man, just as he is a real American.

If Murdoch doesn’t think Obama is really black, I’d like to know Murdoch’s definition of a real white president? But I digress.

Further, Carson will neither win the GOP 2016 nomination, nor get elected the second black president of America. The closest he’ll get to the White House — after having spoken at Obama’s White House prayer breakfast in 2013 — is as a guest, the next time he’s invited. Of this I’m certain. Why? Because of the dumb, insensitive, spoon-fed conservative rhetoric that’s coming out of his mouth since he became conservatives’ black political messiah

After the tragedy in Oregon, where nine people were killed by a mad gunman, Carson went on a Monday quarterbacking media tour, spouting some serious “jive.” When asked on Fox & Friends how he would have reacted in the situation, Carson said:

“I’m glad you asked that question because not only would I not probably not cooperate with him, I would not just stand there and let him shoot me. I would say, ‘Hey guys, everybody attack him. He may shoot me, but he can’t get us all.’ ”

But, Carson’s own history came back to impeach him. Carson recalled when he had a gun pulled on him at a Popeye’s that he didn’t do anything of the kind.  Instead Carson froze in fear.

Appearing on Sirius XM radio, Carson explained:

“Guy comes in, put the gun in my ribs,” Carson recalled. “And I just said, ‘I believe that you want the guy behind the counter.’”

But there was an even more disturbing comment Carson made about the Oregon mass shooting. In a Facebook post, Carson said he would sacrifice a dead body in the name of the second amendment.

“I saw plenty of gun violence as a child. Both of my cousins were killed on the streets. As a Doctor, I spent many a night pulling bullets out of bodies. There is no doubt that this senseless violence is breathtaking – but I never saw a body with bullet holes that was more devastating than taking the right to arm ourselves away.”

My grandfather died from a bullet wound to the chest when armed thugs who robbed his dry cleaning business gunned him down. Losing my grandfather will always be more devastating to me than someone taking away my right to own a gun. But as a defender of the Second Amendment, Carson should have focused his comments on responsible gun ownership, enforcement of existing gun laws, and the need for better coordination between mental health professionals and law enforcement.

This isn’t the first time Carson has said something dumb. In January, he spoke to an adoring crowd at the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting. Carson said Americans need to be more like ISIS “willing to die for what they believe in.”  I guess that means Americans should behead Christians and journalists and burn our enemies alive in cages? That’s what ISIS does.

“Serious people seek serious solutions,” wrote Carson in the same Facebook post about the Oregon shooting.

Carson should heed his own advice because the @RealBenCarson, as he refers to himself on Twitter, isn’t somebody I take seriously for president. My mother said he should stick to the chemistry lab. I agree and the operating room.

The white supremacists flocking to Donald Trump

 A Klansman flies a KKK flag at an annual Klan gathering made up of members from several US states on May 02, 2015 in St Louis, Missouri

Could Donald Trump be reigniting racism in this country like we haven’t seen since the Civil Rights movement? One life-long Republican friend of mine urged me recently to check out the term “cuckservative” being bandied about on Twitter. He explained the term was loaded with racism and the people using it happen to be white, fervent Trump supporters.

“It’s a rallying cry for white supremacists and ‘neoreactionaries’ who, for whatever reason, seem to back Trump,” wrote Daily Beast reporter Matt Lewis, who’s done some excellent writing on the topic. And Lewis is right.

I did a cursory search on Twitter and very unsavory things surfaced. A cuckservative refers to a white man who betrays the Republican party and his race by supporting policies like amnesty for illegals, gay marriage, criminal justice reform, and black voter outreach that threaten white dominance in America. For the record, I don’t support gay marriage or illegal immigration, but there’s a way to talk about these issues without being a bigot.

Trump may not be behind the term, but Trump’s frontrunner status and rise in the polls has coincided with the rise in the cuckservative movement and his support from white nationalist groups. Tweets like these are indefensible.

Notice how #cuckservative mongers also glorify the confederate flag in their avatars.

During the CNN Republican debate, there was even this tweet by prominent conservative pundit and Trump supporter Ann Coulter.

Coulter said she was merely noted the Republican candidates were pandering to Israel and she has always been a supporter of Israel. Ok, if that’s true why did Coulter write that? The tweet has been retweeted over 2,000 times. As a Trump supporter, was Coulter trying to appeal to Trump’s base?

“Trump would repudiate any association with people like me, but his support comes from people who are more like me than he might like to admit.” Jared Taylor, white nationalist.

On June 28, the Daily Stormer, America’s most popular neo-Nazi news site, endorsed Trump for President, urging white men to “vote for the first time in our lives for the one man who actually represents our interests.”

The editor of the white nationalist magazine American Renaissance, Jared Taylor, boasted that while Trump “would repudiate any association with people like me, but his support comes from people who are more like me than he might like to admit.”

Michael Hill, who is leader of the League of the South, another pro-white, pro-confederacy group, condemns immigration, interracial marriage and the influence of “Jewry” — and loves Trump.

“I love to see somebody like Donald Trump come along. Not that I believe anything that he says. But he is stirring up chaos in the GOP, and for us that is good,” Hill said.

As a black conservative chick who has supported the disruptive nature of Trump’s presidential campaign, blowing up GOP political machine of white elitists, I find these revelations stomaching curdling. I’ve got my eyes wide open. I may be a Right-wing conservative but I’m no racist and will NEVER turn a blind eye to blatant racism within my party.

While the Republican candidates continue to reveal themselves to voters, I’ll be waiting for Trump to rebuke this #cuckservative nonsense and show his true colors. The Republican Party needs a nominee to broader our tent of voters — not restrict it to members of the Klu Klux Klan.

Refusing to own a gun may cost Jeb Bush dearly

First published September 8, 2015 in the Telegraph

Republicans love guns as much as they hate big government. Maybe I should say: real conservatives take their right to bear arms and defend themselves under the US Constitution’s second amendment VERY seriously. There’s a reason why you see so many bumper stickers reading “God, country, guns” on Republicans’ cars.

During the 2008 campaign, Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama opined that conservatives from small towns “cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment.” All of this is true. But Republicans of all stripes, center to right wing, were outraged by Obama’s condescending, snide remarks. In fact, it was remarks like these and his policies that gave birth to the Tea Party movement in 2010.

Republican candidate Ted Cruz, rated highly by the NRA  Photo: AP

Nothing gets a conservative — or indeed the National Rifle Association, one of America’s most powerful lobby groups — more riled up than Democrats assaulting legal gun ownership. Each time there’s a mass shooting by a lunatic in America, Democrats are quick to blame “lax gun laws” not the madmen behind the trigger.

“Violence is raging out of control in this nation and liberals don’t want Republicans to defend themselves”

America’s most violent cities, Chicago, Baltimore, and Washington DC, are governed by Democrats and have the most prohibitive gun laws. This summer the nation’s capitol recorded 105 homicides — already more than 2014. The DC Police Department is offering $2,500 to people who surrender illegal guns.

Lawmakers in these cities allow illegal guns to proliferate, yet force law-abiding citizens to remain unarmed, sitting ducks. As a Republican and resident of DC, I know something about this. Recently, I received a threat on social media which finally prompted me to apply for a concealed carry pistol license. It’s a nightmare. The gun ownership guidelines run 15 pages long.

First I took the 30-minute online gun safety class. Next, I have to complete two and half-day firearms training that can only be taught by one of the 18 trainers approved by the DC Metropolitan Police Department. I have to pay a total of $536 fees for fingerprinting, background check, training, and so on. The biggest insult is I have to prove I have “a good reason to fear injury” and other arbitrary requirements set up by the DC Police Chief.

“The fact that an applicant lives or works in a high crime area, in and of itself, is not a sufficient reason for the issuance of a Concealed Carry Pistol License,” the application states.

Violence is raging out of control in both the city and the nation and liberals don’t want Republicans to defend themselves. This is brings us to Jeb Bush.

The Telegraph asked various Republican presidential candidates how many guns they own. Jeb Bush is one of only two who own none. While governor of Florida, Bush signed the “stand your ground” gun law that allows citizens to use deadly force if necessary to defend themselves against attack rather than retreating. He also received an A+ rating from the NRA for his gun policies as governor. But many conservatives will ask, “How does Jeb not own a gun?” They may even assume Jeb’s so rich he pays bodyguards to protect himself and his family against crime.

  Photo: Telegraph

Either way, Jeb’s lack of gun ownership is a big problem. It further reinforces the widely held belief among conservatives that Jeb is a “Republican in Name Only” (RINO). Jeb supports a pathway to amnesty for illegal immigrants. Last year, he even lamented that they break the law to come to America out of “an act of love” to help their families. Then there’s Jeb’s support of Common Core, national educational testing standards, which most Republicans disdain.

I don’t believe you have to own a gun to protect America’s 2nd amendment. But I’m not running for president. To many conservatives, Jeb’s lack of gun ownership is yet another sign how out of touch he is with his party. The son and brother of former presidents, Jeb keeps claiming he’s more conservative than Donald Trump. But his Jell-O like policy positions prove otherwise and won’t help him win working class white voters, who cling to their guns and whom Bush needs to win the nomination.

Who is the real Jeb Bush? That’s the burning question that continues to dog his campaign. Along with the fact that Jeb appears to think he’s entitled to the GOP nomination. From the looks of Jeb’s tanking poll numbers, he’s not even trying. Maybe it’s time for Jeb to get a gun — and a personality.

Fiorina: Queen of Debate Night

Donald Trump stumbled and tumbled during the CNN Republican debate and Carly Fiorina snatched the crown from him, becoming the heir apparent to the party’s frontrunner status.

“All of us will be revealed over time and under pressure,” Fiorina calmly quipped when asked to elaborate about her comments on Trump.

And revealed Fiorina was. Her command of the issues and measured responses made her queen of the night and the decisive winner of round two in a long series of debates to come. From the moment she opened her mouth, over the 3 hours of grueling debate poorly-moderated by CNN’s Jake Tapper, all eyes were on Fiorina.

Trump and Fiorina sparring like boxers in a ring dominated the first hour. But where the other candidates got into a yelling match with Trump, Fiorina never looked at Trump or let him ruffle her feathers. This took the hot air out of Trump’s bully persona. When Tapper asked Fiorina what she thought of Trump’s comments about her not having a pretty face, she faced the audience and simply said:

“I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said.”

Indeed we did. The audience roared, including me (not myself) – from my couch! And Trump gave Fiorina a flummoxed stare, followed by this muted response.

“She’s got a beautiful face, and I think she’s a beautiful woman.”

Jaws dropped at the Reagan Library where the debate was held. From this moment on, the evening was Carly’s vagina monologue.  From foreign policy to domestic questions, the Republican Party’s lone female candidate outperformed every man on that stage – on every issue.

Asked about the threat of Russia and Syria, Fiorina replied with a dizzying accuracy.

“By the way, the reason it is so critically important that every one of us know General Suleimani’s name is because Russia is in Syria right now, because the head of the Quds force traveled to Russia and talked Vladimir Putin into aligning themselves with Iran and Syria to prop up Bashar al- Assad.

Russia is a bad actor, but Vladimir Putin is someone we should not talk to, because the only way he will stop is to sense strength and resolve on the other side, and we have all of that within our control,” she concluded.

The more Carly spoke, the more inept Trump appeared. Instead of studying up on foreign policy issues, he parroted the same talking points. His lack of substance on the issues was glaring. His fallback response to the conflict in the Middle East was that he “would talk to leaders” and hire experts to tell him what to do.

Several times during Carly’s performance, Trump could be seen staring at her in disbelief. Yes, that’s what leadership looks like.

Another moment where Carly shined was her response to Planned Parenthood’s harvesting and selling baby parts after abortion. As the only woman and mother on the stage overwhelmed by testosterone, she was the expert on this issue.

“As regards Planned Parenthood, anyone who has watched this videotape, I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes. Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, it’s heart beating, it’s legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.

This is about the character of our nation, and if we will not stand up in and force President Obama to veto this bill, shame on us,” Fiorina uttered.

The silence in the audience was palatable and her response almost brought me to tears.

GOP contender New Jersey Governor Chris Christie took issue with Trump and Fiorina hogging time (pun intended) to talk about their careers. And like the bombastic politico he is, Christie tried to silence the only woman on the stage.

FIORINA: A track record of leadership is not a game. It is the issue in this election.

CHRISTIE: Stop — and stop playing — and Carly — Carly, listen. You can interrupt everybody else on this stage, you’re not going to interrupt me, OK?

But Carly rose above, brushed off Christie like a gnat, and noted “in the end this election is about leadership,” she said. “It’s not about braggadocio, it is about challenging the status quo, solving problems, producing results,” Carly continued.

Looking utterly bewildered by Fiorina’s deft performance, the 10 men who shared the stage with her, most notably Jeb Bush and Trump, reminded me what’s so very wrong with the Republican Party. Privileged white men dominate it. For the most part, every Republican man running for president in 2016 isn’t doing so because they think they can help America, they’re running because they think they’re entitled.

Halfway through the debate, I forgot who was on stage. Carly was the only voice I heard. Toward the end of this slugfest Tapper confused Senator Marco Rubio with Senator Rand Paul.

“I know we all look alike,” joked Rubio.

And that’s the problem in a nutshell with the GOP, and the reason why Queen Carly owned the evening.