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More than once in my life I have been told in a peremptory way by someone superior to me to do something I was already doing or just beginning to do. It happened often enough to become a pet peeve.

Why does this always happen to me, I wondered. Do I bring this upon myself? Turns out maybe I do since in hindsight I notice a pattern.

Once I identify a problem, I consider ways to address it which I might begin testing out and mention to a friend, colleague, or superior later. Or I might bring the problem and proposed solution to a superior for approval before implementing the solution.

More often than I’d have liked, the response of the person has been, “Well! You should do X,Y,Z!” “Yes,” my hurt response would be. “That’s exactly what I am already doing/was asking to do with your approval.” Then I typically would slouch off all bent out of shape and hurt.

This pattern in my past is perhaps the reason why I felt so angered and hurt this morning watching an America Divided episode about Appalachia on Epix when narrator Nick Offerman directed a snide remark at Hillary Clinton. The episode was specifically about the coal industry.

During her 2015-16 presidential campaign, Hillary said some sentences that were lifted from context and used as rallying cries against her. I guess this happens to many candidates. She was my candidate, so it bothered me.

What everyone heard was something like, “A lot of people are going to lose their jobs.” That was the sentence that was carried like a banner against her. It was the sentence that Offerman singled out. The only one.

What he and many missed was that she also proposed replacing fossil fuel energy with clean renewables and bringing that industry into coal country where miners could be retrained to work in clean energy production.

Later in the Epix show, Offerman interviewed a woman who was implementing exactly the kind of program Hillary had proposed. He was impressed. Small comfort for his “Geez HRC,” earlier. No comfort since he did not credit her with her suggestions.

Where was the disconnect? Many Hillary supporters have complained that the media did not highlight her agenda. Maybe that is it. CNN and MSNBC carried her major policy speeches and campaign rallies. But the next day on the plane, the questions from the press were not about the policies she was proposing. They always fell back on her email. Or John Podesta’s email. Or somebody else’s emails to her.

Did Offeman miss out on Hillary’s full coal country message? I guess, like many Americans, he did. As he is the host of a documentary show about politics in this divided nation, I hold him more responsible than most Americans to know what her full message was. It is, after all still available on her website.

I suppose it angered and hurt me personally because the whole gestalt so closely parallels my pet peeve. He dissed Hillary and liked what a program was doing when that program was actually following a blueprint Hillary had proposed. I would not be surprised to find that Hillary was in communication with those very principals during her campaign.

“She already proposed doing that,” I wanted to yell. But it was useless.

Hillary is not president and hasn’t done a single thing to hurt Appalachia. She did not shut down the coal industry. It did itself in, and cleaner, greener alternatives have arisen which Hillary proposed importing to areas hurt economically by the decline of coal.

So, GEEZ, Nick Offerman! Do your research before you go on camera with partial truths.

I could not help but notice that Gretchen Carlson is a co-producer on this show, so I am going to lay part of the blame on her, as well. Shouldn’t someone have familiarized themselves with Hillary’s policy before slamming her in this documentary? Can’t say I can vouch for their thoroughness or fairness.

Perhaps, given the title of the show, the intent is to ensure future seasons by misrepresenting facts thereby keeping America divided. Knowing the plan linked below is part of the job before you slam Hillary Clinton on this issue.

Here is the detailed plan Hillary put forth for coal communities >>>>

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When Hillary visited The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Friday evening, she was greeted with a standing ovation. She addressed many of the same issues she spoke about with Rachel Maddow.  I will not revisit those.

On the subject of the Mueller investigation, she did say something on this show that she did not say the other night. It is an important point. She cited a difference between crimes committed prior to assuming office and those committed in office. It is an important distinction. She said a president can be the subject of a criminal investigation. When asked if he can be indicted, she made a distinction between actions before taking office and after taking office.  If before, she believes he can be indicted. If after, it then falls under the impeachment process.

While she does have a paperback edition of What Happened out that contains an updated supplement, her real reason, I think, for hitting the talk show circuit is to emphasize that: 1) indeed our democracy is in critical condition and 2) no caped crusader, including her, is going to come swooping in to save it. She made these points on both TV appearances.

We are the only ones who can save it, and there is only one way we are going to be able to do that: get out the vote. Notice I did not say “vote.” I said “get out the vote.” That means that we have to work as hard as we did in 2016 to get people to the polls. We have to convince them of the importance of this election and talk to them about the candidates who have pledged to address the issues closest to us. We have to remind people to register before deadlines. We also have to remind people to check their registrations to be sure they have not been purged – sad as that is to say. Finally, we have to make sure we get our friends, families, and neighbors to the polls. When Democrats vote, Democrats win.

Standing ovation

On the Judiciary Committee’s Watergate legal team.

Here is an article from The Daily Beast.

 

When Hillary Clinton sat down for an interview with Stephen Colbert set to air on Friday night’s Late Show, it was still up in the air whether or not Christine Blasey Ford would agree to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week about her sexual-assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

But stepping back to before she lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump, Colbert had a bigger-picture question for Clinton: “Do you think the nomination process in general is irreparably damaged following the Republicans not allowing Merrick Garland to be heard?”

“Well, it’s one of the reasons I think a lot of Americans are just fed up with the political process,” Clinton, who was promoting the paperback release of her book What Happened, replied. “Because in a democracy, you have to have at least enough trust to be able to work with each other and try to solve difficult problems. When the Republicans refused to give a distinguished judge, appointed by President Obama, even the courtesy of meetings let alone a hearing, that sent such a terrible message.”

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The Plot to Subvert an Election, from New York Times reporters Scott Shane and Mark Mazzetti, does not contain everything we know about the Russian incursion into our culture and our 2016 election.  This compilation is, however, comprehensive enough to provide a good, quick survey course on the subject.

Because, as Rachel Maddow pointed out this week, Hillary Clinton was relentlessly in the bull’s eye of the Russian efforts, the entire anthology should be of interest to her 2016 supporters and voters and to Democrats in general. We know it has not stopped. We know they are still doing this in the run-up to the primaries that are almost upon us. Worse, we know that the primaries are not and will not be the prime target. 2020 will be. The presidential election will be – once again. We had better be prepared.

Here is a portion.

Putin Is Angry

The Russian leader thought the United States, and Hillary Clinton, had sought to undermine his presidency.

The Russian leader believed the United States had relentlessly sought to undermine Russian sovereignty and his own legitimacy. The United States had backed democratic, anti-Russian forces in the so-called color revolutions on Russia’s borders, in Georgia in 2003 and Ukraine in 2004. It had funded pro-democracy Russian activists through American organizations with millions in State Department grants each year.

With little evidence, Mr. Putin believed this American meddling helped produce street demonstrations in Moscow and other cities in 2011, with crowds complaining of a rigged parliamentary election and chanting, “Putin’s a thief!”

And Mrs. Clinton, then secretary of state, cheered the protesters on. Russians, she said, “deserve the right to have their voices heard and their votes counted, and that means they deserve free, fair, transparent elections and leaders who are accountable to them.”

Mr. Putin blamed Mrs. Clinton for the turmoil, claiming that when she spoke out, his political enemies “heard the signal and with the support of the U.S. State Department began active work.”

The two tangled again the next year when Mr. Putin pushed for a “Eurasian Union” that would in effect compete with the European Union. Mrs. Clinton sharply dismissed the notion, calling it a scheme to “re-Sovietize the region” and saying the United States would try to block it.

Read much much more and see video clips >>>>

We must remain wary of social media presences that play to the disaffected. What we saw, among many other ploys from Russia in 2016, were seemingly American accounts admonishing Bernie Sanders supporters not to vote for Hillary Clinton. Also from the article:

The Russian operation also boosted Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate who had dined with Mr. Putin in Moscow, to draw votes from Mrs. Clinton. It encouraged supporters of Mr. Sanders to withhold their votes from Mrs. Clinton even after he endorsed her.

If you are a disaffected Hillary voter, I caution you to be wary of “Hillary supporters” masquerading as Americans on social media. Typically, they praise HRC to the skies but also embed lies within their posts and/or the comment threads, e.g. claiming that Guccifer 2.0 was not Russian (refuted in the Mueller July 13 indictment and in this article) or that Russian organized crime deals exclusively in politics and money laundering and not in weapons or drugs. (They will sell you a mothballed USSR military submarine to transport drugs if you have the money. With a nuclear weapon if you have even more money. This is documented.)

There are several writers of varied levels of English Language Proficiency (ELP). The “ops,” i.e. sock puppets, trolls, bot controllers, access content from databases on cloud platforms as outlined in the July 13 Mueller indictment. The ultimate plan is very likely to skew the 2020 top line vote in ways that would dismay Hillary Clinton and re-elect Donald Trump.

This is not a short read, but it can be taken in episodes if necessary for a weekend read. It is rich with graphs, stats, videos.  It is well worth the time. You will not likely find this much information on the subject elsewhere all in one piece. It is probably also well worth a bookmark.

Have a lovely weekend. Fall is coming.

 

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Set your DVR! We now know the air date for the episode of Madam Secretary with special guests, Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell, and Hillary Clinton. Check your local listings.

Behind the scenes of ‘Madam Secretary’ during a day of historic cameos

(CNN)For some advice on a delicate situation, Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord is going to turn to three people who know what it’s like to deal with a tough decision on the season premiere of “Madam Secretary.”

Executive producer Barbara Hall knew they were “reaching for the stars” when they asked former secretaries of state Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell to make appearances on the show. But the stars (or secretaries) aligned.
The trio make their appearance in the October 7 premiere.

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In one of his final appearances on the Senate floor, Senator John McCain urged his colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get back to regular order. Hillary Clinton echoed that imperative on The Rachel Maddow Show last night. Appearing on the anniversary of the release of her book, What Happened, and upon the release of the paperback edition with a new afterword (also published in The Atlantic), Hillary addressed, among other topics, the Kavanaugh confirmation logjam, the Special Counsel probe, the Manafort deal, and the ongoing Russian influence not only in our elections but in our very interactions.

Rachel began the interview quoting from the piece that ran in The Atlantic, and asked Hillary why she is afraid of losing our country. Hillary responded saying that putting aside ideological concerns we have to defend our democracy. Degrading the rule of law, de-legitimizing elections, attacking truth and reason, undermining our unity … is a crisis. She said the authoritarian tendencies, left unchecked could result in the erosion of our institutions to an extent that we have never imagined here. We are not there yet, she contends, but that is because there is an election. “We need a new Congress, and we need a new Republican party.”

With a new Congress, Hillary thinks we need an agenda broader than one of impeachment. She listed policy changes already made, and said those need to be addressed. If people do not go out and vote, she thinks we will see more dismantling of institutions.

She believes that she was clearly a part of the puzzle where Russian interference was concerned in 2016, but she thinks they are playing a longer game of undermining democracy here and globally.  She said, “Foreign money, foreign interference in our elections, I don’t care if it’s from the right, the left, the center, up, down; I don’t care where it’s from. It’s wrong. It’s illegal,and the American people deserve to know if it happened so we can try to prevent it.”¹

Rachel replayed a clip from a year ago where Hillary said we have to depend on those around Trump to be our first line of defense against him doing something that might have serious repercussions. The Times op-ed of September 5 and Bob Woodward’s Fear appear to show that remark to have been predictive.

Her prediction now is that after the election Trump will wholesale fire people. She said he is close to being uncontrollable. She is hoping people will see that we need checks and balances and will vote accordingly. While she has not heard any specifics of invocation of the 25th Amendment, she thinks there are private discussions in the White House, and that people are worried.

It was a broad, extensive interview and thought-provoking. Hillary has warned us in the past. Once again she is sounding the alarms. Yes, we must get out the vote. But we must do more. We need to hold the government accountable. First, we must hold the line. Then, we must repair the damage. That demands advocacy. It is going to take more than a village. It is going to take the whole country.

See the full interview here >>>>

 

 


¹Please bear this comment in mind and take it very seriously to heart if you are one of those who defends a “Hillary supporter” whom you suspect or know not to be American but who insists upon not only impersonating an American but also insists upon telling Americans how to think and how to vote. Proxies, trolls, sock puppets, and bots take every side. There is a purpose to this alleged support. Do not be duped.

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