Scotland and Hillary Clinton: Will any woman do? Not for me

‘I don’t think I’ve ever wanted anyone else to become President more than Hillary Rodham Clinton. If she is allowed to, she can cure America of its sickness.’

That’s what Kevin McKenna wrote today, 5th November 29016, in the Herald. By its ‘sickness’, he seemed to mean mainly things like lack of health care and the power of the gun lobby. For me, the USA’s sickness is primarily its imperial violence across the globe. US foreign policy is the major threat to world peace so the election of a foreign policy hawk like Clinton is very bad news for most of us and devastating news for the people of the Middle East. Weirdly, McKenna did mention this sickness but wrote:

‘He [Trump] is, though, the incarnation of what America has become: the inevitable outcome of decades of invading small countries; backing fascist death squads; torturing detainees in Guantanamo without trial; and inducing client countries to look the other way when using their airspace to violate the human rights of those held without trial. This is a deeply uncivilised country governed by the gun and driven by a hillbilly delusion that might is always right. It made Mr Trump.’

Is he, McKenna, suggesting that the established elites represented by presidents such as Reagan, Bush Snr, Bush Jnr, Clinton Mr, Obama and Clinton Mrs, were not actually responsible for these actions and that somehow Trump now is? Is that absurd or what?

Add to this Hillary Clinton’s track record as Secretary of State, her lying and her deceit on matters of national security. Add also the massive wealth of the Clinton family acquired by means shady to say the least and how does McKenna square support for her with his avowed progressive values.

Sadly, McKenna is not the only Scottish ‘progressive’ out there for Hillary. Kezia Dugdale even went over there to ‘man the phones’ for Hilary. Nicola Sturgeon, to my horror tweeted:

“It’s official: Hillary’s running for president,” says her campaign chief. Excellent!

Clinton is no friend of independence for Scotland or indeed for any other small country. Her hawkish foreign policy preferences do not match those of the SNP, so Sturgeon’s tweet seems utterly bizarre.

I couldn’t find anything on Clinton by Ruth Davidson – not right-wing enough for her support?

Now, I’m not saying support Trump. I’m saying keep out of this filthy affair altogether. No comment?

As with Thatcher, just any woman won’t do. You could argue easily that the kind of women, macho psychopaths, able to break through the constraints of patriarchy in large imperial states like the UK and the USA (not Scotland) are the kind of woman prepared to play its game. True feminists, female or male, might have the sense to recognise that the kind of politics patriarchy allows is just not for them.

Sources:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/14845562.Kevin_McKenna__Clinton_can_cure_America_of_its_sickness_if_she_is_permitted/?ref=rss

https://twitter.com/nicolasturgeon/status/587329465409212416

 

 

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18 thoughts on “Scotland and Hillary Clinton: Will any woman do? Not for me

  1. caltonjock November 5, 2016 / 9:06 pm

    It appears McKenna has completely lost the plot. He needs to consult a media doctor. Clinton is more dangerous than her husband who (again with the support of Tony “hit man” Blair) but not the UN bombed the s*** out of Serbia bringing that country to its knees and taking the West to the brink of war. Remember the armed confrontation with the Russian forces at the airport!! One shot and we would have been at war.

    Hilary is as mad as a brush and if rumours are to be believed she is also an alcoholic to boot, (it is reported that her recent illness (when she collapsed in the street) was attributed to the amount of alcohol she had consumed before the meeting.

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  2. finnmacollie November 6, 2016 / 10:36 am

    Pity they can’t both lose.

    Can you imagine the furore if American politicians (no matter how minor) were to come over here and campaign during a General Election?

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    • johnrobertson834 November 6, 2016 / 12:33 pm

      Almost impossible to imagine…..jn Scotland. In England….Boris?

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    • johnrobertson834 November 7, 2016 / 1:02 pm

      Indeed. How many know this: As WikLeaks has revealed, it was only when the Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad in 2009 rejected an oil pipeline, running through his country from Qatar to Europe, that he was attacked.?

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  3. Clydebuilt November 7, 2016 / 11:00 am

    Was Dugdale over there to learn from how the Denocratic party election machine works…. Plus she got herself back in time for the OBAFA vote…..

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    • johnrobertson834 November 7, 2016 / 12:59 pm

      She’s just one of those Labour Party ‘Atlanticists’ who still admire the Democrats after all this time. Broon loved to holiday there. I see one or two of BBC Scotland’s wee reporters have been given a wee holiday over there too.

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    • johnrobertson834 November 7, 2016 / 1:00 pm

      Thanks for this. Yes, the work can easily be moved. Thought Bernard Ponsonby did a good job. Unlike the BBC lot he has no Labour baggage having left them in the 70s, 80s?

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  4. Ian Clark November 8, 2016 / 2:38 pm

    Kevin McKenna’s article shocked me. I certainly didn’t expect him to be so supportive of Clinton. I thought he would acknowledge her failings and flaws, then go to town on Trump. But no, he was in hagiographic mode all the way. He didn’t paint a picture of a flawed human but presented us with an icon of Saint Hillary.

    One cannot help think that somebody has something on him or has called in a debt. I know. It sounds ridiculous, but is it so far fetched to believe that McKenna’s integrity could be compromised? The trustworthiness of anyone who can finish an article with the words that Hillary Clinton “can cure America of its sickness” surely has to be suspect. The alternative is that he is ignorant of what she has done and is likely to do. This is hard to believe. The evidence about her considerable failings and dubious character can be found if you make the effort. Yes, there are plenty of right wing nutters in America who blame her for everything (and many of them are unpleasant vitriolic characters). But just because extremists hate her doesn’t mean she is not a thoroughly disreputable individual.

    If Clinton wins, Mr. McKenna may come to regret his effusive endorsement of her. When you nail your colours to a lollipop stick the only thing that’s going to get blown away is your credibility.

    In one sense any discussion in this country about the US election is irrelevant since we don’t have a vote. But it’s natural to take an interest in a state which has the power to significantly influence what happens to the rest of us. And it’s important to be aware of what narrative the media and politicians in the UK (and Scotland) are trying to sell us and why.

    I generally avoid the BBC and the corporate media and my attitude to the media is influenced by the likes of Chomsky, Pilger and Media Lens. Perhaps because of this I find rather amusing the idea – being put forward by many supposed leftists and liberals – that she should be preferred to Trump because she is a democrat. The two party system in the US is democratic but is such mainly in theory. Democracy counts for little in a country where the rich and powerful buy politicians wholesale. It’s within this understanding of ‘democracy’ that the dynastic Clintons are to be found. But the demagogic, racist, sexist etc. Trump really is even worse.

    I have an image of the mask being pulled off Clinton’s face to reveal the lizard person underneath, followed by an audible gasp of horror from the crowd as they realise that they may still have to vote for it as the lesser of evils. The choice being presented to those American voters who are thoughtful and caring cannot be seen as anything other than really bad. From a left wing viewpoint neither of them will improve the lot of ordinary people in the US and elsewhere. But we almost never hear of this on mainstream media. It maintains the fiction that one of them (in the case of the UK media this is usually Clinton) may have some baggage, but she/he is definitely to be preferred to the other one.

    If I were an American I would probably say “A plague on both your houses” and vote for Jill Stein. Sometimes rejecting the choice presented to you is the only principled stance to take.

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    • johnrobertson834 November 9, 2016 / 7:36 am

      The media neglect and demonisation of Stein has been a disgrace. I gather she uses alternative medicines and is thus unfit to govern?

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    • ic1809 November 9, 2016 / 8:33 am

      Just realise now that I doubled posted yesterday. This one – like Clinton’s emails – disappeared, so I thought it was lost forever. Apologies.

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  5. ic1809 November 8, 2016 / 2:50 pm

    Kevin McKenna’s article shocked me. I certainly didn’t expect him to be so supportive of Clinton. I thought he would acknowledge her failings and flaws, then go to town on Trump. But no, he was in hagiographic mode all the way. He didn’t paint a picture of a flawed human but presented us with an icon of Saint Hillary.

    One cannot help think that somebody has something on him or has called in a debt. I know. It sounds ridiculous, but is it so far fetched to believe that McKenna’s integrity could be compromised? The trustworthiness of anyone who can finish an article with the words that Hillary Clinton “can cure America of its sickness” surely has to be suspect. The alternative is that he is ignorant of what she has done and is likely to do. This is hard to believe. The evidence about her considerable failings and dubious character can be found if you make the effort. Yes, there are plenty of right wing nutters in America who blame her for everything (and many of them are unpleasant vitriolic characters). But just because extremists hate her doesn’t mean she is not a thoroughly disreputable individual.

    If Clinton wins, Mr. McKenna may come to regret his effusive endorsement of her. When you nail your colours to a lollipop stick the only thing that’s going to get blown away is your credibility.

    In one sense any discussion in this country about the US election is irrelevant since we don’t have a vote. But it’s natural to take an interest in a state which has the power to significantly influence what happens to the rest of us. And it’s important to be aware of what narrative the media and politicians in the UK (and Scotland) are trying to sell us and why.

    I generally avoid the BBC and the corporate media and my attitude to the media is influenced by the likes of Chomsky, Pilger and Media Lens. Perhaps because of this I find rather amusing the idea – being put forward by many supposed leftists and liberals – that she should be preferred to Trump because she is a democrat. The two party system in the US is democratic but mainly in theory. Democracy counts for little in a country where the rich and powerful buy politicians wholesale. It’s within this understanding of ‘democracy’ that the dynastic Clintons are to be found. But the demagogic, racist, sexist etc. Trump really is even worse.

    I have an image of the mask being pulled off Clinton’s face to reveal the lizard person underneath, followed by an audible gasp of horror from the crowd as they realise that they may still have to vote for it as the lesser of evils. The choice being presented to those American voters who are thoughtful and caring cannot be seen as anything other than really bad. From a left wing viewpoint neither of them will improve the lot of ordinary people in the US and elsewhere. But we almost never hear of this on mainstream media. It maintains the fiction that one of them (in the case of the UK media this is usually Clinton) may have some baggage, but she/he is definitely to be preferred to the other one.

    If I were an American I would probably say “A plague on both your houses” and vote for Jill Stein. Sometimes rejecting the choice presented to you is the only principled stance to take.

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    • johnrobertson834 November 8, 2016 / 3:20 pm

      Thanks ic. I agree with all you write. McKenna is a hack perhaps, only that?

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      • Sam November 8, 2016 / 6:29 pm

        If he’s not a hack what else could he be?

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      • johnrobertson834 November 9, 2016 / 7:37 am

        Just another sad young man, knowing what he hates but not having anything to care for.

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  6. johnrobertson834 November 9, 2016 / 7:32 am

    The SNP leadership have another lesson to learn now – don’t get too comfortable, don’t seem closer to other foreign political elites than you are to your voters, don’t have any secrets, keep the personal income limited and open, don’t make a clint of yourselves?

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