BENDINELLI: Facts are nice … sometimes



Ryan Bendinelli

Lying is not cool – especially for politicians. The worst kind of lying is when the average person already knows the truth.

Chalk one up for Hillary Clinton, who is above the truth, and thinks the majority of Americans are morons. Recently, in failing to offer any sort of actual opinion on immigration reform, Clinton said this to a group of Iowa voters:

“Unfortunately because the Bush Administration has failed … to bring about reform, governors are holding the bag … Therefore, I broadly support what governors like Spitzer are trying to do. I don’t pretend to know all the details. But I think it’s understandable that states are trying to fill a vacuum left by federal government. That is not an answer. I don’t want to see 50 states’ policies on immigration.”

Apparently Clinton is more than just shady on details of what goes on in the state she moved to so she could get elected. She is also unaware of the details of Capitol Hill’s happenings.

This past spring, President Bush worked with a bipartisan group in Congress to put together an immigration reform bill. As many compromises do, the bill had strong opposition on both extremes.

President Bush and Senator McCain were both badly damaged in the eyes of the far right. However, they were willing to stake their reputations for the sake of achieving something that needed to be done.

This bill failed to make it through the Senate. It failed because a group of senators, led by the Democrats but allied with some conservatives who knew it would cause the bill’s failure, broke the compromise and drastically changed the bill. Clinton was among them.

Perhaps if Clinton had ever demonstrated any real form of leadership she would be in a position to criticize Bush. She has not. She failed to accomplish anything significant in seven years as a U.S. senator.

Her single leadership position in the Senate is chairperson of the Superfund and Environmental Health Subcommittee. This is what the Democratic Party sees as a viable candidate, as a person who can be truly effective as president of the United States?

The Democratic Party of late is not void of “leaders” willing to flat out lie for political points. In discussing the California wildfires, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid attempted to tie the fires to global warming. A quick lesson for Reid: fires occur when heat, fuel and oxygen are put together.

When brush and trees are left dry for long periods of time, it only takes a small flame to create a catastrophe. To try and cheapen the tremendous loss that people on the West Coast have faced for the sake of advancing Reid’s agenda is despicable.

Over the past four years, the Democratic mantra has been that Bush lied to take the United States to war for his own political gain. It seems that the pot has indeed called the kettle black.


Ryan Bendinelli is a senior political science major from Millington, N.J. He can be reached at [email protected].