Why Would Anyone Vote For Hillary?

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Next Monday the nine-month long grind of primaries, conventions, and voting to choose the next President begins with the Iowa caucuses. Unlike most state primaries that use a traditional secret ballot, the caucuses require you to show up at your precinct’s caucus site and be counted when the precinct vote is taken. In other words, everyone will know for whom you are voting.

If you are a Hillary voter, everyone will know that you support one of the most corrupt liars to ever run for the country’s highest office. One would think the embarrassment of the whole town knowing that you have no standards of integrity would be enough to stop you from making such a stupid decision. But maybe the real problem with Hillary backers is ignorance – they just don’t know how corrupt she is. So here is a brief history of Hillary’s venality.

Cattlegate – In 1978 Clinton deposited $1,000 with Refco to open a commodity trading account and began to trade cattle futures. This was her first foray into trading securities and she compiled a spectacular record. In just 10 months her account was up 9,900% (that is not a misprint) when she decided to close it and walk away with $100,000. How did she do it? According to her autobiography, Living History, she educated herself and closely followed the market. Who knew it was that easy?

It seems her autobiography doesn’t square with reality. Hillary had some rather unethical assistance. Her broker at Refco was Robert Bone, a former executive with Arkansas’s largest employer Tyson Foods, and the person actually placing her trades was James Blair, an attorney working for Tyson. The $1,000 deposited by Hillary wasn’t nearly enough to cover the trades she was “making” and at one point her account was $100,000 in the hole. Refco is required by exchange rules to make sure their clients keep enough money in their accounts to cover any losses, something Refco clearly did not do in Clinton’s case (Refco later paid a $250,000 fine to the exchange and Bone had his broker’s license suspended). It was also later revealed in a lawsuit that Refco was manipulating prices on the cattle market and making large “secret” trades that resulted in Hillary’s account making $40,000 in one day!

Why would Bone and Blair have engaged in such skullduggery for Hillary? Perhaps because her husband was the Attorney General for Arkansas in 1978 and Governor in 1979. Could the pair have been “laundering” a $100,000 bribe to the Clintons for Tyson Foods? One thing is for sure, Hillary didn’t make all that money because she’s an investment genius.

Whitewater – The scandal gets its name from the failed Whitewater vacation development that Bill and Hillary Clinton invested in with their friends Jim and Susan McDougal. But Whitewater was actually a side-show to the far bigger failure of the Castle Grande development.

In 1985 Jim McDougal, the owner of Madison Guaranty Savings and Loan (Madison S&L), bought 1,000 acres near Little Rock and dubbed it Castle Grande. The land cost $1.75 million, but because of banking regulations McDougal could only borrow $600,000 from Madison S&L. To get the rest of the money, McDougal had friends and bank employees take out loans from Madison, move the money around between themselves to hide the trail from bank regulators, then use it to buy the Castle Grande land. Thus all the cash came from Madison S&L in violation of federal law. Who was the attorney working for Castle Grande? Hillary Clinton.

Despite the effort of the money laundering scheme, regulators figured out what was happening and launched an investigation in 1986. They discovered that the various “investors” made $2 million in “fees” and determined that the development was a fraudulent scheme. Among those making the “fees”? Hillary Clinton.

In 1989 Castle Grande failed costing Madison S&L $4 million. This failure caused the collapse of Madison resulting in a $73 million bailout of its customers by US taxpayers.

After Bill Clinton became President, the New York Times ran a story on the Whitewater and Castle Grande fiasco. Public outrage prompted the Justice Department to begin an investigation in 1994. Shortly before the investigation began, Deputy White House Counsel and former law partner of Hillary Clinton, Vince Foster was found dead in Fort Marcy Park just outside D.C. The death was ruled a “suicide” but all of Foster’s legal documents, including ones related to White Water and Castle Grande, were quickly taken from his office and given to Hillary’s Chief of Staff.

When the federal investigation began the Clinton’s documents related to the case were subpoenaed, but wouldn’t you know it – the Clintons couldn’t find them! They remained missing for 2 years, despite “exhaustive searches”, until a White House aide found them hidden in a storage closet. Who could have put them there?

In the end 15 people, including both McDougals, were convicted of felony fraud, but not the Clintons. The Justice Department claimed they were just “passive” investors and couldn’t have known what was happening, despite Hillary’s legal work for the scheme. Bill Clinton later pardoned 4 of those convicted, including Susan McDougal (who refused to answer investigator’s questions about the Clintons).

The Illegal Email Server – This ongoing scandal is far too complex to relate in detail but there is one facet of it that is a federal crime that could put Hillary in jail (but don’t hold your breath waiting for that to happen) – did Hillary send and receive classified emails over the unsecured server in her New York home while serving as Secretary of State?

Here’s her answer taken directly from HillaryClinton.com – “Clinton only used her account for unclassified email. No information in Clinton’s emails was marked classified at the time she sent or received them.”

Guess that ends that, right?

Not according to the FBI, the CIA, and the State Department. Hillary initially claimed her homebrewed server was only used for personal emails. Once it became clear that she had used it for State Department business she changed her story to say only unclassified emails went through the server. Then classified information was found in emails on her server. Hillary once more changed her tune, making the statement that is found on her campaign website.

But that statement is a weasely way to claim she didn’t know the information was classified, which is not the truth. Classified documents are kept on the government’s own secure system and cannot easily leave that system. They wouldn’t have gone through Hillary’s server. But that doesn’t mean she didn’t send emails discussing information she could only know by seeing the secure classified documents. Discussing this classified information outside the secure system is illegal. Such emails have already been found on her server. There is no way she didn’t know the information was classified.

By the way, a Serbian hacker gained access to her server twice in 2012. If some dude in Belgrade can get to top secret information that easily don’t you think the Chinese, North Koreans, Iranians, Russians, etc. were doing it also?

All the other scandals – Cattlegate, Whitewater, and the email server are just three of the more egregious examples of Hillary’s corruption. But they aren’t the only ones. Way back in 1974, as a brand-spanking-new lawyer, Hillary worked on the staff investigating the Watergate cover-up. She was fired by Chief Counsel Jerry Zeifman … “Because she was a liar. She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality.”

Over the years she was involved in illegally obtaining FBI files on Clinton enemies (Filegate), taking bribes from US tech companies in exchange for allowing them to sell to China (Chinagate), pardoning tax evader Marc Rich in exchange for contributions to Hillary’s Senate campaign, accepting contributions to the Clinton Foundation from a foundation run by the Iranian government during her 2008 Presidential campaign, siphoning money (as much as $17 million) from the Clinton Foundation for her personal use, attempting to steal $190,000 worth of furnishings from the White House at the end of Bill Clinton’s term, lying about the cause of the terrorist attack on the Benghazi consulate, and hiring private investigators to dig up dirt and intimidate the many women sexually harassed or even raped by her husband.

She is so dishonest that she even lies when it serves no purpose. During her 2008 run for President she claimed to have been attacked by snipers during a 1996 trip to Bosnia. She vividly recalled running for cover at the Tuzla airport but video of the trip shows her calmly walking across the tarmac and accepting a poem from a little 8 year-old girl. Obviously there wasn’t a sniper. This past November she made a speech where she claimed she tried to join the Marines in 1975 but was rejected! At the time she was beginning her law career in Arkansas and was planning her wedding to Bill in just a few months. Several members of the Marine’s judicial service say the corps would have snatched her up because they were desperate for lawyers at that time. Another pointless lie uncovered.

This is all ample evidence to judge Hillary’s character – she’s a liar, a thief, a conwoman, and a downright arrogant nasty sociopath. Why would anyone vote for her? The reason most Democrats give is “because Bernie can’t win the election.” But that’s not even true. According to RealClearPolitics.com Bernie does better than Hillary in head-to-head polling against the Republicans. This idea that Hillary is the Democratic Party’s best shot at the Presidency is flat out wrong.

But maybe Bernie’s wacky economic ideas are too much for a lot of Democrats, who certainly don’t want to vote Republican. Then there are other options. The Libertarians have half a dozen candidates vying for the Presidency. The Green Party is running Jill Stein again. The Constitution Party has three candidates and there are at least two dozen Independents who have filed to run. There are many alternatives to voting for Hillary and they are ALL better.

Knowing all this, why would someone vote for Hillary? Because he/she believes the best President is one who lies, cheats, and steals. That is the only possible explanation.


As the year progresses I will keep a running tally of the number of unarmed citizens and dogs killed by police. I will also keep tabs on the number of cops killed in the line of duty.

Here’s the count for the first 4 weeks of the year along with links to the most recent killings:

Unarmed Americans killed by police: 3

New Mexico State Police Criticized For Using Taser On 74-Year-Old Man

Dogs killed by police: 4

Jeannette Police Shoot And Kill Dog

North Port Officer Fatally Shoots Pit Bull

Family Heartbroken After Pomona Police Shoot Dog Near Crime Scene

Police killed in the line of duty: 2

Wayne Middlesteadt is the author of Five Ways to Beat the Market and The Golden Age of Distance Running.

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Wayne Middlesteadt is a 1986 graduate of Georgia Tech and has an MBA from Georgia State University. Currently working as a financial writer and track and field historian, his latest book is Five Ways To Beat The Market.