Yesterday, I was at work, filling my coffee cup with what passes for coffee, when one of my coworkers - and only really vocal Republican at the Library - asked me, "So, how do you feel about the Clinton's these days?" Without considering the vulnerable position I was putting myself in against my political nemesis, I said, "THEY LIE!! They're outright LYING about what Barack Obama is saying and then look at the camera and say, 'I'm not making this up', except the are!" My rant continued and the proud, smug look on this Republican's face continued to spread.
I am specifically talking about this:
OBAMA: "The Republicans were the party of ideas for a pretty long chunk of time there over the last 10, 15 years."
BILL CLINTON: "Her principal opponent (Obama) said that since 1992, the Republicans have had all the good ideas. It goes along with their plan to ask Republicans to become Democrats for a day and caucus with you tomorrow, and then go back and become Republicans so they can participate in the Republican primary. I'm not making this up, folks."
Uh, yes Bill. You are.
I thought about it all day, and throughout the night as well, and frankly, I'm even more pissed off than I was yesterday! I loved Bill Clinton and I am not too proud to admit it. Maybe I was taken by his charm, but he was a great president and I was so pleased to see the work he was doing after his term. But now? Seeing him on the campaign trail? I really believe that he and Hillary will stop at nothing to win this election. And that includes outright, blatant lying.
I have lived through nearly 8 years of lies. As a result, thousands of people have died. Hundreds - maybe thousands - of people have been tortured. Phone calls have been tapped. Civil liberties have dissolved. I'm sick of it. I am a citizen of the United States of America and I demand greater accountability from my elected officials.
One of the most frustrating thing about this whole damn situation is that I live in Kentucky, where the primary is held second to last in the country. My vote doesn't count. I have absolutely NO SAY in whether we will elect hope or lies. All I can do is pray that hope wins because if we have another term of lies, I'm not sure our country and its democracy will survive.