Sociopath Or Public Servant? Clinton’s ‘Trust Gap’ May Be Rooted In Her Personality

June 29, 2016

Clinton on voters’ trust issues: ‘I know I have work to do’ … Hillary Clinton, facing direct criticism about her trustworthiness from rival Donald Trump, admitted Monday she needs to do more to earn voters’ trust.  “I personally know I have work to do on this front,” Clinton said at a Rainbow Push Collation luncheon, from prepared remarks. –CNN

This recent speech by Ms. Clinton was an effort to rectify a growing “trust gap” between her and voters. It was all about acknowledging mistakes – and showing she listened and cared.


Clinton has long struggled to explain why voters don’t trust her, but Monday marked the most thorough and comprehensive attempt she has made to address the issue during this campaign.

“It certainly is true, I have made mistakes. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t,” she said.

But Clinton also blamed external factors.  She pointed out that opponents “have accused me of every crime in the book. None of it is true, never has been.”

The CNN article (above) expanded on this point, explaining how being in the public eye for so long had allowed criticism to take hold and fester.

Clinton acknowledged in her speech that she couldn’t simply talk away the doubts.

It remains a problem. A New York Times/CBS News poll earlier this year discovered 64% of voters answered “no” regarding their belief that Clinton was “honest and trustworthy.”

And even as Clinton addressed the issue as best she could, the Internet, or certain parts of it, were flooded by reports of a UN official who died accidentally before a trial that supposedly would have seen him testify against her.

The imputation, of course, was that she somehow had him murdered.

From the NY Post’s Page Six:

John Ashe was due in court Monday with his Chinese businessman co-defendant Ng Lap Seng, who is charged with smuggling $4.5 million into the US since 2013 and lying that it was to buy art and casino chips.

According to Page Six, prosecutors would have linked Ashe to the bagman Ng. “It would have been very embarrassing. His death was conveniently timed.”

Snopes contradicted this perception: “Ashe wasn’t going to testify against Hillary Clinton.” The reports were simply fallacious.

This is perhaps symptomatic of Hillary’s larger plight. Her reputation for supposedly nefarious deeds is so extensive and well known that people easily think the worst of her.

And her enemies, of which there are many, exploit her reputation by continually circulating items about her that further impugn and reduce her reputation.

Sometimes, Ms. Clinton is her own worst enemy.

Not long ago she told an urban radio show that she liked to carry hot sauce in her handbag. This may have been a clumsy attempt to reduce  the impact of a quote of hers regarding young black men. According to the Washington Post:

“They are often the kinds of kids that are called ‘super-predators,’ ” Clinton said in 1996, at the height of anxiety during her husband’s administration about high rates of crime and violence. “No conscience, no empathy, we can talk about why they ended up that way, but first we have to bring them to heel.”

Clinton has been near the center of the political scene for so long that her gaffes are probably as well known as they are numerous. And it is easy to find lists of serious accusations leveled against her.

Among others, the conservative website WorldNetDaily posted a list of 22 purported Clinton scandals in mid-2015. You can see the list HERE,

Excerpts below (some language from WND):

Turning the IRS into a ‘gestapo’ to attack enemies during her husband’s presidency.

Attacking Bill’s former lovers via blackmail, intimidation, harassment and worse.

Shielding Bill from accusations of rape and battery leveled at him as a result of numerous fleeting trysts.

Vandalizing the White House when leaving office and trying to steal its furniture.

Stealing a comprehensive list of FBI files in order to gain information on adversaries who were then blackmailed.

Murdering deputy White House counsel Vince Foster to ensure he wouldn’t talk about two others scandals: Travelgate and Whitewater.

Keeping top secret emails, on a private email server located at her home – instead of using the government-mandated process while serving in high appointed positions.

Soliciting million-dollar donations during Bill’s re-election campaign from technology companies in return for permission to sell high-tech secrets to China.

Firing the staff of the White House Travel office in order to replace them by friends and then trying to put the head of the travel office, Billy Dale in prison. (Travelgate.)

Assisting in the collapse of Madison Guaranty Savings and Loan, a Little Rock savings bank, as a result of the collapse of a real estate deal. (Whitewater.)

Murdering dozens of additional individuals to ensure that additional scandals were never prosecuted. (Lists of suspicious deaths and suicides circulated regularly on the Internet during the years of the Clinton administration.)

Providing favors for various foreign individuals and enterprises while Secretary of State in return for donations to the Clinton Foundation.

Filing false tax returns regarding Clinton Foundation’s income and activities.

There are even more scandals in the WND list, which apparently doesn’t include one that took place during Bill’s Arkansas governor days involving cocaine smuggling in and out of the Mena airport to generate income for covert Latin American wars.

Many of these scandals are well-documented but for some reason both Hillary and Bill  have escaped indictment.

That may not be the case now, as the private email server scandal is so well known and egregious that it can neither be explained-away nor ignored.

Ultimately, the “trust issue” that Ms. Clinton is determined to rectify may be more deeply rooted than she wants to admit. It seems to have to do with an almost compulsive level of brutality, arrogance and contempt.

This was briefly on display when she told a reporter regarding Libya and Muammar Gaddafi, “We came, we saw, he died.”

She seemed more amused than regretful, though the Libyan war, in addition to its great violence, left an entire country shattered, its infrastructure ruined, its prosperity destroyed.

Conclusion: When evaluated all at once, her actions seem those of a sociopath who will go as far as necessary to achieve her goals. Her terrifying personality traits are probably what Americans are responding to subconsciously when they find her untrustworthy. These traits will not be fixable no matter how hard she tries to bridge the “trust gap.”

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If The Public Shouldn’t Have Them, Why Does the IRS Need AR-15s?

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Michael Krieger
June 27, 2016

Here we go again. Stuck in the aftermath of a horrific shooting and all politicians think to do is scheme about how to take more rights from the citizenry. There are no good guys here. The Democrats want to railroad over due process by denying firearms to people on Orwellian watch lists, while Republicans plot to give the FBI more warrantless surveillance powers. This is the authoritarian knee-jerk response to tragedy we get from the U.S Congress.

Hypocritically, when it comes to foreign policy, all we hear are incessant calls for more militarism, more war and more regime change. As I warned in yesterday’s post, Is the Syrian War About to Experience a Major Escalation?  51 State Department officials just issued a cable calling for the bombing of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. An event likely to lead to direct confrontation with Russia.

While all of that is bad enough, the U.S. government continues to eagerly and aggressively arm non-defense federal employees with weapons of war.

As Adam Andrzejewski of Open the Books and former U.S. Senator Tom Coburn noted in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed:

The number of non-Defense Department federal officers authorized to make arrests and carry firearms (200,000) now exceeds the number of U.S. Marines (182,000).

For more, let’s take a look at a few excerpts from their piece, Why Does the IRS Need Guns?

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Breakaway Links Of The Day – 5-25-2016

Zy Marquiez
May 26, 2016

Today we got 7 links and each addresses a different component of our system.

Have a great day.

Texas Begins Construction Of Its State Gold Depository
[ | Dr. Joseph P. Farrell]

Planning The Matrix
[ | Jon Rappoport]

Frankenfish: Canada Approves First Ever GMO Salmon
[RTAmerica | Alex Mihailovich]

Dr. Len Saputo – Alternative Health Care Outside Big Pharma & Medical Industrial Complex

Study: This Activity May Cut Your Risk Of 13 Types Of Cancer
[ | May 23, 2016]

America’s Two-Tiered Justice System
[RT America]

IRS Malfeasance Gives A Glimpse Of Larger Government Corruption
[ | Staff]

IRS Malfeasance Gives A Glimpse Of Larger Government Corruption

May 25, 2016

No One Hates the IRS More Than House Republicans … Pity John Koskinen, who agreed to take one of the worst jobs in America and is now being punished for it.  In 2013, President Barack Obama asked Koskinen to take over at the Internal Revenue Service amid budgetary chaos, deteriorating morale and a simmering scandal. House Republicans are now trying to impeach him.  – Bloomberg

We don’t pity John Koskinen. We watched a good deal of the IRS hearings as they unfolded and it was fairly obvious a cover-up was taking place.

The people involved either weren’t telling the truth or were subject to convenient memory lapses.

It was obvious that higher-up officials at the IRS, presumably at the behest of the Obama administration, has schemed to delay the non profit status of Tea Party groups opposed to Obama.

It was obvious as well that no matter how much evidence was collected by the committee under Republican leadership, the Democratic Department of Justice would not bring an indictment.

And it did not.

IRS officials destroyed emails by “accident” while blaming the actions of the IRS on out-of-control low level individuals.

The woman at the center of the scandal, Lois Lerner, resigned and took the fifth. The Committee talked about indicting her as a first step to putting her in prison, but nothing has happened.

The cover-up went all the way to the top. Koskinen himself, while giving the appearance of being cooperative, always seemed a step behind the investigation.

There were many things he didn’t know about. And after a while it became obvious that he didn’t want to know.

Koskinen’s job, as an Obama appointee, was to clean up and move on.


Blame was duly apportioned … The agency’s boss resigned, a top deputy retired, and the director of the offending unit was placed on leave and declared in contempt of Congress. Half a dozen congressional committees vowed to fumigate every pixel of offending detail. One managed to produce an 8,000-page report.

It certainly sounds like there were repercussions, but not really. Someone retired. Ms. Lerner was questioned by Congress. A voluminous report was produced and ignored.

Delaying non profit status of anti-Obama groups was only the latest IRS sin.

A previous scandal saw the IRS apologizing for what reports called “a lavish 2010 conference in California that included an elaborate Star Trek spoof training video.”

The entire conference cost upwards of $3 million and the IRS later warned expenses could exceed $5 million.

The agency didn’t know exactly how much because no one was keeping track of costs.

And that’s the real problem: government doesn’t operate like a normal business.

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