Some years ago the former DA of Los Angeles and author of Helter Skelter, Vincent Bugliosi, mad the observation that we have grown tolerant of dishonesty. Very tolerant. So tolerant, in fact, that it is expected in most court cases and we overlook the fact that many of our nation’s leaders lie. A lot.
I’ve been watching the Hillary Clinton campaign disintegrate and I’m coming to the conclusion that people are growing weary of dishonesty. The problem with dishonesty, long term, is that, at some point, it has to stop if progress is going to be made.
Her ‘dodging snipers’ issue as, if taken all by itself, perhaps little. It, however, was impacted by the fact that there has been long term dishonesty by occupants of the White House and her answers strained credibility. I found myself sighing in disbelief wondering if she even believed herself.
Here’s the problem. There’s a long term honesty issue in the White House.
Bill Clinton did not earn the nickname “Slick Willie” for nothing. There are volumes to be said about the impeachment process with him, Kenneth Starr, etc., but part of Bill Clinton’s problem was that there was also a major amount of dishonesty coming from him. He lied through his teeth and only was forced into telling the truth by a looming DNA test.
George W. Bush ran on the platform that he was going to bring honesty and integrity back to the White House. (I often wonder ‘back’ from who? I think that Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter were, in fact, honest, but there’s been enough chicanery in the White House from both parties to indicate that using the word ‘back’ strains credibility.)
In any case, George W. Bush ran talking about his honesty and integrity. To be blunt, his complete lack of honesty and integrity have proven to be breathtaking.
Into this mix there is an election. Hillary Clinton has not appeared to be honest, and frankly, I’m totally understanding Clinton Fatigue. I’m tired of it. I think her slickness with words is doing her in. Sadly, she might, in fact, make the best President of the final three candidates, but I suspect we’re never going to find out.