‘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.