Analysis by Kyle A. Lohmeier
Hillary Clinton gave the commencement address at her alma mater this past Friday at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, one of the Seven Sisters of prestigious east coast liberal arts schools for women. She used the occasion to bash the second-worst candidate in the history of US presidential elections without mentioning his name. The portions of her address reported by Reuters were also laden with irony that Clinton likely didn’t even appreciate and hyperbole typical of the Left generally.
“’You are graduating a time when there is a full-fledged assault on truth and reason. Just log on to social media for 10 seconds, it will hit you right in the face,’ she said, citing hoax online reports that her campaign was tied to a Washington pizzeria that operated a child sex ring,” Reuters reported.
Of course, those kids are also graduating at a time where the woman standing before them still insists that Russia somehow “hacked” the election that she lost by being the least-likable candidate to ever run for office in the United States.
“’When people in power invent their own facts and attack those who question them, it can mark the beginning of the end of a free society,’ Clinton said. ’This is not hyperbole, it is what authoritarian regimes throughout history have done,’” Reuters quoted Clinton as apparently saying without a hint of irony given that her campaign colluded with the DNC to scuttle the campaign of Bernie Sanders and then lied about it even after their own staffers leaked documents to WikiLeaks, and then lied about the source of those leaks (it’s supposedly Russia, of course).
The next paragraph paraphrases some of Clinton’s comments, which is a shame as I’m sure there were some hilarious quotes to come out of Clinton urging Leftists to avoid the echo chambers they seek out online along with their favorite “news” sites that diddle their confirmation biases.
“Your learning, listening and serving should include people who don’t agree with you politically,” Reuters quoted Clinton giving advice that will go unheeded by all who are inclined to listen to her in the first place.
From the Cliff’s Notes version I’ve gotten online of her address, it sounds like it was the sort of speech one gives to a crowd they know will be friendly; and of course I’m sure it was. She is, after all, an adored figure on the Left, and a representative of the almighty State, so, naturally the freshly-indoctrinated young women before her made for about as safe a crowd as Hillary could play. Sadly, this divide between Left and Right, Democrat and Republican, Liberal and Conservative has become the only accepted norm in the USA.
Every day, I open my Facebook and scroll through some of the political groups I follow for grins. Almost daily, there’s some impassioned screed about how the world is catastrophically screwed now that Trump is president and has done whatever the fresh horror of the day is and how the only way to save humankind is to get out the vote in the midterms, blah, blah, blah. A year ago, those same folks were singing the praises of their government under of Barack Obama.
A year ago, denizens of the conservative-leaning groups were fuming over whatever the latest failure of Obama’s policies happened to be while lamenting the downfall of the USA. Today, most of those folks are still finding a way to sing Trump’s praises as campaign promise after promise gets broken.
Meanwhile, the government continues doing more or less what it’s always done and does so at the behest of the same oligarchs that have been in charge for generations, regardless of the figurehead we get to elect. That much never changes, and no one ever talks about it. Reason being that the American Electorate has come to view politics with all the same passion and objectivity of the typical college football fan views their chosen team. While it’s somewhat illogical for a person to become all impassioned about a sports team, to love and support it uncritically and unwaveringly, it is, at least harmless. The problem is that Americans treat their two political parties the same way; once they decide which team they want to root for, the thinking generally stops. They become sponges and sounding boards, soaking up the party line and spewing it back out.
This is what makes Clinton’s speech so darkly cynical. She knows that the last thing that the DNC in particular and the federal government in general needs is for Americans to start thinking for themselves. Furthermore, she knew the young women who just completed four years of liberal brainwashing aren’t about to go exploring reality and experiencing the sting of cognitive dissonance; they’ve spent most of their lives in an echo chamber already, fat chance of them leaving now. And besides, they’ve been convinced that the ONLY “other opinion” is that held by people Clinton herself called “deplorable,” because they don’t agree with her politically. Who can imagine a freshly-minted Seven Sisters graduate mingling with the deplorables?
Then, of course, there’s the rest of us; those of us who know both parties are basically the same and that government is the problem in and of itself and therefore can’t really be part of the solution. Somehow, in the official narrative, we’re the crazy ones.