NEW YORK, New York, USA (sentinel.ht) – Hillary Clinton’s undermining of the “magnificent efforts of working people in Haiti” is among the litany of reasons why Dr. Cornel West, a major Bernie Sanders supporter, is not endorsing Clinton’s candidacy and will vote for the Green Party candidate, Jill Stein, instead.
Dr. West was appointed by Senator Sanders to the committee that drafted the Democratic Party’s platform. But when Sanders endorsed Clinton and said she would make an outstanding president, West said he disagreed with his brother Bernie, saying, “I don’t believe she will make an outstanding president, at all.”
In an interview with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, the American philosopher, academic, social activist, author and public intellectual, said former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is a “neo-liberal disaster”. Asked to further explain that term, Dr. West expounded with case evidence on Clinton. He said:
“A neoliberal disaster is one who generates a mass incarceration regime, who deregulates banks and markets, who promotes chaos of regime change in Libya, supports military coups in Honduras, undermines some of the magnificent efforts in Haiti of working people, and so forth…”
“That’s the record of Hillary Clinton. So there was no way—when my dear brother, who I love very deeply, Bernie Sanders said she will make an outstanding president, I said, ‘Oh, I disagree with my brother. I think she’ll—I don’t think she’ll make an outstanding president at all.'”
“She’s a militarist. She’s a hawk. She could take us into war with Russia. She could take us into war with Iran. So, I mean, I think she’s—she’s dangerous in terms of her neoliberal ideology—not as a woman, because I’m supporting, of course, my dear sister Jill Stein.”
Hillary Clinton hopes black people forgot
Although Hillary Clinton will struggle to turnout the black vote, it appears, now, that she will have an enormous share of the vote but the facts do not warrant it. Dr. West was preceded by University of Chicago Professor Michelle Alexander earlier this year who ditched support for Hillary Clinton and pushed for African-Americans to understand the damage she and her husband, Bill Clinton, has done them.
2008 Hillary Clinton’s racist attack against Obama
Crystal Wright – Telegraph
The video, entitled “The Clintons Hope You Forget,” is a Republican National Committee ad that shows Americans a litany of ugly, racist attacks which the Clintons waged against then-candidate Barack Obama in 2008.
For instance, stumping in South Carolina in 2008, Hillary remarked that Dr. King’s dream was kick-started when President Lyndon B. Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act.” In other words, as NBC Meet the Press host Tim Russert later told Clinton, it was as if Hillary implied “it took a white man to get blacks to the mountaintop.”
And Hillary’s racial attacks didn’t stop there. The Clintons will say and do anything to get elected. When it was politically convenient for Hillary to paint Obama as a hater of white Americans, that’s exactly what she did.
“Senator Obama’s support among hardworking Americans, white Americans is weakening,” Hillary boasted.
In the book Game Change published in 2010 and widely reported by both the liberal and conservative media, Bill Clinton was reported to be outraged that Senator Ted Kennedy endorsed Barack Obama as a candidate in 2008 over Hillary.
“A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee,” Bill yelled at Kennedy. So much for equality.
During Hillary’s 2008 campaign, the book noted: “Bill Clinton’s main assignment was continuing to make phone calls to super delegates, in which he pressed the case for Hillary and against Obama aggressively – at times too aggressively. Clinton’s message, sometimes implicitly, sometimes explicitly, was that the country wasn’t ready to elect an African American president. Some recipients of the calls found them discomforting, others embarrassing; few found them effective”.
Bill Clinton’s mass incarceration legislation
Michelle Alexander – The Nation
For Bill’s record with blacks look no further than his 1994 crime bill, which incarcerated more blacks than any other President in US history.
Bill Clinton presided over the largest increase in federal and state prison inmates of any president in American history. Clinton did not declare the War on Crime or the War on Drugs—those wars were declared before Reagan was elected and long before crack hit the streets—but he escalated it beyond what many conservatives had imagined possible. He supported the 100-to-1 sentencing disparity for crack versus powder cocaine, which produced staggering racial injustice in sentencing and boosted funding for drug-law enforcement.
Clinton championed the idea of a federal “three strikes” law in his 1994 State of the Union address and, months later, signed a $30 billion crime bill that created dozens of new federal capital crimes, mandated life sentences for some three-time offenders, and authorized more than $16 billion for state prison grants and the expansion of police forces. The legislation was hailed by mainstream-media outlets as a victory for the Democrats, who “were able to wrest the crime issue from the Republicans and make it their own.”
When Clinton left office in 2001, the United States had the highest rate of incarceration in the world. Human Rights Watch reported that in seven states, African Americans constituted 80 to 90 percent of all drug offenders sent to prison, even though they were no more likely than whites to use or sell illegal drugs. Prison admissions for drug offenses reached a level in 2000 for African Americans more than 26 times the level in 1983. All of the presidents since 1980 have contributed to mass incarceration, but as Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson recently observed, “President Clinton’s tenure was the worst.”
Some might argue that it’s unfair to judge Hillary Clinton for the policies her husband championed years ago. But Hillary wasn’t picking out china while she was first lady. She bravely broke the mold and redefined that job in ways no woman ever had before. She not only campaigned for Bill; she also wielded power and significant influence once he was elected, lobbying for legislation and other measures. That record, and her statements from that era, should be scrutinized. In her support for the 1994 crime bill, for example, she used racially coded rhetoric to cast black children as animals. “They are not just gangs of kids anymore,” she said. “They are often the kinds of kids that are called ‘super-predators.’ No conscience, no empathy. We can talk about why they ended up that way, but first we have to bring them to heel.”