I wrote that headline because I knew it would get a reaction.
I want people to READ this before commenting. Read it twice if you can't understand it. Read it three times and then go ahead and feel whatever you want about Hillary Clinton and her point of view and politics. This is not a defense of those, but of HER character as opposed to YOURS.
I wrote this in reaction to a phrase that I've heard one too many times, people saying that they don't trust Hillary Clinton because of her "inherent dishonesty." And that they don't "trust" her. But is it about HER? Or YOU?
Hillary Clinton is no more, or less dishonest than the next person. She has been under fire, asked more questions for longer, than anyone else in politics. And she has tried to either answer the questions honestly, or fend them off, or not answer them .
Trump obviously lies or exaggerates (depending on your viewpoint) but no one disputes it.
When you use the biased phrase "inherent dishonesty" are you buying into Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders description? Because obviously YOU don't have the ability to either think, or be objective yourself.
Yes, I am defending Hillary Clinton, but not because she is Hillary Clinton, but because it bothers me when people are unfairly attacked with something for which there is no defense. "Inherent dishonesty" is the same bigotry as saying "blacks are inherently lazy," it is indefensibly bigotry.
If someone is asked 2,000 questions about 30,000 emails, and asked about all of them, and then you find 2 or 10 in which she wasn't accurate in her definition or description, is that "inherent?" I imagine myself reading 30,000 of anything. Books, articles, emails, advertisements, magazines, and then asked about ALL of them. My choices are answer to the best of my knowledge, don't answer or give such a vague answer that it seems I'm avoiding something. I have a great memory. I use it constantly for work. I am relied on for my memory, but I can't do that. And I know that for Secretary of State, she didn't read all her emails, studying them for details so she would have the answer for a House inquiry. Otherwise she wouldn't be doing her job.
So, when you THINK about it, how "inherent" is her dishonesty? Or how bigoted are you, or any other person who thinks that way? Are you buying into something, because it "sounds good," or are you really thinking about the accusation?
Ask yourself these simple questions: Did you hear this somewhere? Did you see it yourself in context of the whole? Do you believe it because of what you SAW or what you were TOLD?
When I listen to these phrases, I think about high school bullying. I think about racial bigotry. I think about the sexism and animus against people who don't speak or write as clearly as I, or who aren't as educated, or have a different religion. I think that using THIS, as a fundamental genesis of a dislike, or disregard, is the lowest, and most base, of all of our reactions and attacks. It is fundamental to hatred. It is fundamental to the worst of mankind.
Just this simple phrase: Inherent dishonesty.