The Rant: What is it that most attracts you to a Hillary Clinton presidency?
Hillary Supporter: Abortion. I mean I know she will continue to stand behind abortion. That’s what’s most important to me.
TR: Well, of course, abortion is the law of the land, according to the Supreme Court ruling. So what difference does it make who’s president?
HS: I think Trump would try to overturn that ruling.
HS: I don’t know, but he’s a right-to-life guy, and that’s dangerous to every woman who believes she has a right to decide that issue for herself.
TR: So I suppose you support Planned Parenthood?
HS: Of course.
TR: But that means you think every taxpayer must support abortion.
HS: Yes. As you said, it’s the law of the land.
TR: But what about all those taxpayers who believe that abortion is either against their religious beliefs or against their personal sense of morality? Why should their taxes go to support what they object to?
HS: Like everyone else, they have to obey the law. And Congress has voted to financially support the organization.
TR: But you said every woman has a right to decide for herself, right?
TR: Well, then, why should those who oppose abortion be taxed to support it?
HS: No woman has to have an abortion if she doesn’t want to. So what’s the fuss all about?
TR: The fuss is about forcing people to support what they fundamentally oppose. But, as Bernie Sanders might say, enough about the abortion issue. What other issues do care about?
HS: Guns. There are simply too many irresponsible gun owners in this country.
TR: How do you define “irresponsible”? Are hunters irresponsible?
HS: Guns kill animals and people. How can anyone defend that? Look at all the terrible murders in this country that have been committed with guns by crazy people.
TR: You seem eager to trample on an individual right supported by the Second Amendment. So are you opposed to the Second Amendment?
HS: It’s dated. “Militias” are an anachronism.
TR: But isn’t the whole point of that amendment to permit people to protect themselves against a government that would turn against the people?
HS: Why on earth do people need to protect themselves against the government when the government is trying to protect people from crazy murderers or lone-wolf terrorists?
TR: Do you really think that controlling the right to bear arms would have prevented the murders at Ft. Hood, San Bernardino, and Orlando? Or the black-on-black murders in Chicago?
HS: I don’t know, but we’ve got to do something.
TR: Murder is already a crime that incurs punishment. Are there any other issues that cause you to support Hillary over Trump?
Voting for a Woman for President
HS: Hillary will be the first woman president. As a woman, that means a lot to me.
TR: So you’re voting for Hillary because she’s a woman?
HS: Absolutely. It makes me proud to do so.
TR: Do you think gender is more important than competence?
HS: Hillary has far more competence than Trump. Everyone knows that she’s one of the most qualified people to ever run for the office.
TR: What would you say are her chief accomplishments?
HS: Being a senator and Secretary of State. Trump has only been a businessman.
TR: But what were her specific accomplishments as senator and Secretary of State?
HS: She’s had enormous experience. Experience is what counts.
TR: You mean she’s had experience at running for one office and being appointed to another?
HS: Of course. What else could I mean?
TR: I think I understand. It reminds me of a book I once tried to read called The Meaning of Meaning. Or Bill Clinton’s famous statement: “It all depends on what the meaning of is is.”
Hillary’s Private Email Server
TR: How do you feel about Hillary’s having a private server, which is against government policy, and subjecting her emails to hackers around the world? Didn’t that endanger privileged information, not to mention classified documents?
HS: That’s old news. And it’s all been settled. The FBI has exonerated her.
TR: But FBI director James Comey called her actions “extremely careless” and “reckless.” And Comey admitted to a Congressional committee that she lied to Congress. Is there any question in your mind that if she had been working in the private sector, she would have been fired for ignoring company policy and, even worse, broadcasting the company’s private information to its competitors?
HS: No one has charged her with any illegal actions, so these conjectures are just charges– speculations–without proof.
The Clinton Foundation
TR: What about the contention there was “pay for play” between the Clinton Foundation and Secretary Clinton?
HS: More charges and speculations without proof.
TR: Well, how do you explain, as Hillary stated, that she and her husband were “broke” when they left the White House and are now worth 238 million dollars?
HS: Obviously President Clinton was paid very well for his speeches. Nothing illegal about that.
TR: But why is it that only ten percent of the money received by the Foundation goes to charity, while ninety percent goes for salaries and travel?
HS: Again, those are only charges leveled by people who don’t like the Clintons and are supporting Trump.
TR: Do you think, despite all the “charges,” as you call them, that Hillary is trustworthy?
HS: I think the Clintons are honorable people who have served the country and been maligned by a right-wing conspiracy.
TR: But many people think the media is biased in favor of Hillary.
HS: Once again that’s the right-wing conspiracy. The mainstream media is as fair as it’s ever been. Fox being the exception to the rule.
TR: One more question: Do you think Hillary lied to the families of the four Americans murdered in Benghazi?
HS: I think she believed their deaths were caused by an anti-Muslim video. As did the president.
TR: Yet she emailed her daughter that it was a terrorist act at the same time she insisted publicly it was motivated by a video?
HS: Whatever she told her daughter is a private communication that was never meant to be made public. Therefore, the media has trespassed on her privacy. That’s shameful.
TR: Thank you. I think you’ve made it abundantly clear you support Hillary for the following reasons:
- She’s a woman.
- She believes everyone should be taxed to support abortion.
- She wants to amend or perhaps override the Second Amendment.
- Her government experience includes disobeying governmental laws as well as lying to the public about the reason four Americans serving their country were murdered in Benghazi.
- You believe the Clinton Foundation is a real charity, though it gives only ten percent of its income to charity.
- You believe there was no quid pro quo between the Clinton Foundation and Hillary’s position as Secretary of State, despite, as the Associated Press reports, half of her scheduled meetings were with donors to the Foundation.
Does that pretty much sum up your reasons for support?
HS: You simply prove my point about the right-wing conspiracy.
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