An Open Letter to Hillary Clinton (and the Corporate Media)

Mrs. Clinton,

I want to be perfectly clear: I don’t trust you.

I dislike your cynical, Nixonian politics. I distrust your far-reaching and deep-rooted ties to big corporate donors and billionaires. I profoundly disagree with your past actions and endorsements regarding welfare reform, criminal justice, and foreign relations. I believe you are the best Republican candidate in this election, and that’s not a ringing endorsement.

Furthermore, your cynical and disingenuous playing of the “woman card” and feminist politics repulses me. As a feminist, I sincerely think that the election of the United States’ first woman president should be a moment of national pride and celebration. As it stands, if that turns out to be you, it is already evident that this will not be the case. You yourself may be a feminist, but that obviously comes second to your neoliberal commitment to protecting the rich. That’s an ethical paradox that your behavior has long suggested you solved in favor of your mega-rich donors and cronies. In fact, while I agree with all of your policies regarding women (equal pay, equal rights, paid maternity leave, unfettered access to birth control and the right to safe and legal abortion), it seems that you show the most enthusiasm for one issue that benefits you the most: electing a woman president. That reeks of selfishness.

Your penchant for intimidation and dishonesty seems learned from Richard Nixon, not Saul Alinsky, who you knew and claim to admire. Alinsky would be appalled by your embrace of big banks and corporations and billionaire political donors.

Your history of hawkish foreign policy stances and actions suggests a belief that conflict is best settled by violence, at least if it’s not on American soil. That lack of empathy and diplomacy worries me almost as much as the ignorant nationalism of your opponent. Yes, he is dangerous beyond belief, and I would never vote for or endorse him; but neither of you gives me much hope for a more peaceful future in the world.

Your penchant for intimidation and dishonesty seems learned from Richard Nixon, not Saul Alinsky, who you knew and claim to admire. Alinsky would be appalled by your embrace of big banks and corporations and billionaire political donors. You have to know this. I suspect any mention of him from you is simply to establish your progressive activist bona fides. Your words don’t define you, Mrs. Clinton. Actions do. And yours don’t reflect much of anything that Alinsky practiced.

Moreover, your arrogance and disdain for progressive voters may as well be broadcast with a megaphone. Nothing says this more clearly than hiring Debbie Wasserman-Schultz mere hours after she resigned from the DNC in shame for allowing and perpetuating bias against Bernie Sanders during the primary. There was an opportunity just after her resignation where some voters thought that maybe, just maybe, some semblance of dignity and respect might be regained by the Democratic establishment. Your arrogance wouldn’t let you sit still. You hired her and unabashedly stated she would “continue to serve as a surrogate for my campaign nationally…” Continue?!? You left no room for doubt that she has been biased in her work as the chair of the DNC from day one of the primary. That’s shamelessly thumbing your nose at every voter who had any faith in the integrity of our democracy.

Your campaign has issued apology after apology for statements from you and your proxies throughout the primary. It’s a cynical ploy to get the media to plaster the airwaves and internet with calculated misstatements and misrepresentations intended to hurt your opponent. That you and your cronies demonstrate so little hesitation to play such Machiavellian games is heartbreaking and infuriating. That booing from the DNC crowd was such a consternation for you and the DNC crony bus suggests a remarkably thin skin for such cold-hearted “tacticians.”

That booing from the DNC crowd was such a consternation for you and the DNC crony bus suggests a remarkably thin skin for such cold-hearted “tacticians.”

The facts are numerous, even if you don’t listen to the propaganda from the radical right. (I don’t.) You are a reprehensible, greedy, power-mongerer whose interests are largely for yourself and the plutocracy.

And I’d really appreciate not hearing another one of your supporters, cronies or the media insulting me for not openly campaigning for you, announcing my loyalty to you, or otherwise getting my rational mind in a panic because your opponent is such an egomaniacal fascist asshole. I won’t panic, not even for you.

So enough with the insults from Sarah Silverman, Seth Meyers and Trevor Noah ad nauseam. This kind of strategy only makes me despise you and your party even more. If you want to call me a petulant whiner who doesn’t live in the real world, go for it. Do you know what made me so angry in the first place? A Clinton supporter calling me a petulant whiner who doesn’t live in the real world.

If you want to call me a petulant whiner who doesn’t live in the real world, go for it. Do you know what made me so angry in the first place? A Clinton supporter calling me a petulant whiner who doesn’t live in the real world.

I believe the world can be a better, more humane, more egalitarian place. Insult me if you will. I’m also a pragmatist. Regrettably, for you and your most vicious trolls, that doesn’t translate to obedient and docile. Democracies, done right, aren’t docile.

So get irritated that I’m not falling in lock step with you and Wall Street and Trevor Noah and Paul Krugman. Enjoy that feeling because I’m not likely to change.

Nonetheless, I offer you this. If you don’t commit any felonies between now and November, and if Jill Stein has zero chance of overtaking you and your opponent (which is a long shot, I grant you), and if you and the fascist are in a deadly close race, I will show you the most generous mercy ever bestowed on such a dishonest, arrogant, self-serving, bullying, greedy political asshole.

I will vote in your favor.

You haven’t earned it at all, trust me.

But America is an ethical cesspool and you’re the shit with the least corn in it.

Sincerely,

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