Hillary Clinton

21 May 19
O Society

by Rick Sterling Global Research edited by O Society May 21, 2019 An honest and accurate analysis of the 2016 election is not just an academic exercise. It is very relevant to the current election campaign. Yet over the past two years, Russiagate has dominated media and political debate and largely replaced a serious analysis […]

21 May 19
Thrive Global
As the campaign heats up, there’s a lot of talk about Russian interference and how to prevent 2020 from being a reprise of 2016. There were, of course, many factors that influenced that election. In a one-point game (or a 107,000 vote margin), every shot, or missed shot, is the deciding shot. So here’s another factor that played a part in 2016 and will likely come back in 2020: exhaustion. Remember, it was on the same day that Hillary Clinton refused to rest even after having been diagnosed with walking pneumonia that morning that she called “half” of Trump’s supporters a “basket of deplorables.” That was less than two months before the election and it dominated the news cycle for days afterwards. In her post-mortem book What Happened, she called the gaffe a “political gift” to Trump, one that she regretted handing to him. Would she have served up such a petit cadeau had she not been running on empty? We’ll never know – but we do know what sleep deprivation burnout do to us. Here’s the list of effects found in a study from the Walter ReedArmy Institute of Research: decreased global emotional intelligence, reduced empathy toward others and quality of interpersonal relationships, reduced impulse control and difficulty with delay of gratification, reduced positive thinking and action orientation, and a greater reliance on formal superstitions and magical thinking processes. It reads like a fairly concise summary of the current presidency that the now vast array of Democratic candidates are vying to end. And that’s no accident, since, in addition to all of his other limitations and regressive beliefs, Trump also believes he can function well on little sleep. “I have a great temperament for success,” he said during a 2015 campaign rally in Illinois. “You know, I’m not a big sleeper. I like three hours, four hours. I toss, I turn, I beep-de-beep, I want to find out what’s going on.” And what’s going on turns out to be a lot of magical thinking. Trump loves to crow about “fake news.” And maybe he actually believes it – as a study by researchers from the University of California, Irvine and Michigan State University found, sleep deprivation can also create fake memories. Another study from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, found that after 17 to 19 hours without sleep, which many if not most politicians would consider a normal workday, we start to experience levels of cognitive impairment equal to a blood alcohol level of .05 percent, just under the threshold for being legally drunk. One or two more hours without sleep, and we’re effectively drunk. Unfortunately, running while drunk by running on empty is the rule, not the exception, among presidential candidates and political leaders. In his book Eyewitness to Power, David Gergen, advisor to many presidents, including Bill Clinton, described how the new president-elect refused to take time to recharge in the weeks leading up to his Inauguration. “He seemed worn out, puffy, and hyper,” Gergen wrote. “His attention span was so brief that it was difficult to have a serious conversation of more than a few minutes.” This led Gergen to attempt to give some helpful advice. “I tried to say gently that the presidency is a marathon, not a hundred-yard dash, and I hoped he would have a chance for some downtime in the three weeks still remaining,” Gergen wrote. “I don’t think I registered. . . . Those who saw him in his first weeks at the White House often found him out of sorts, easily distracted, and impatient.” The consequences? The first week of Clinton’s presidency was dominated by his flat-footed handling of the gays-in-the-military issue, which earned him criticism from all sides. As Gergen wrote, this style of working “planted seeds that almost destroyed Clinton’s presidency.” In fact, as Bill Clinton himself later acknowledged: “every important mistake I’ve made in my life, I’ve made because I was too tired.” And the non-stop schedule of the campaign trail can be just as grueling as the White House. In April of 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama threw his campaign off track with his comment, at a fundraiser in California, about “bitter” people who “cling to guns or religion.” Was it the result of running — and speaking — on empty? We can’t know for sure, but it was his second event of the evening, and the day before was spent, as the New York Times put it, “hopscotching around Indiana, North Dakota and Montana.” Four years later, Mitt Romney took his campaign off the rails with his “47 percent” gaffe, claiming that’s the percentage who pay no income tax and who are “dependent upon government.” We don’t know Romney’s frame of mind at the time, but we do know it was his last of at least three events that day. In the next cycle, long before Trump had sown up the nomination, Timothy Egan zeroed in on his sleep habits as the “unified theory” of Trump. “When I see his puffy eyes and face, I don’t see a man who will carefully weigh all the facts and consequences of an action that could affect everyone on the planet,” wrote Egan in the New York Times. “I see an impulsive, vainly insecure person who cannot shut his mind down for a night.” Had Egan known how prescient he was, he might have had trouble sleeping himself. So why do we still have political candidates trying to communicate how strong and disciplined they are by bragging about how little they sleep? What they’re saying, in essence, is: “I work in a way that ensures I make my decisions while effectively drunk – please put me in charge of the country.” Right now, we don’t know much about the recharging habits of our current crop of candidates. For Bernie Sanders, we know – a positive — that he doesn’t use the snooze button (not surprising: it’s hard to imagine Bernie waking up gradually). For Joe Biden, not much either, beyond the fact that he once appeared to fall asleep during a speech by President Obama. In Biden’s defense, it was a speech about deficit reduction. Amy Klobuchar, according to an anonymous staffer “doesn’t sleep,” and reportedly often sends emails between 1 and 4 a.m. Cory Booker, on the other hand, recently came out against our culture of macho sleep deprivation braggadocio and put it in the wider discussion of public health. “We have created this culture of non-sleep, where we literally brag about these things,” he said on the “Pod Free or Die” podcast. “We should be talking much more as a society about health and wellbeing. . .Good sleep, good family care, taking time to be with your family is not an indulgence, it’s necessary for that building block of communities.” As for the other candidates, I recommend that we all start asking these questions. We want – or should want — candidates who value and respect science. When they talk about climate change, we expect them to accept the “scientific consensus.”  Well, the consensus on sleep is unequivocal. As Matthew Walker, neuroscientist and director of the Center for Human Science at the University of California, Berkeley, put it: “No aspect of our biology is left unscathed by sleep deprivation. It sinks down into every possible nook and cranny.” Or, in other words, you ignore sleep at your peril. And if you’re the president, at our peril, too. Our current president has certainly invigorated the debate over what fitness in office means. So in these early days of the campaign in which we’re getting to know our two dozen possible challengers, let’s use the occasion to widen the idea of fitness for office. Yes, past experience and the policies they put forward for the future are important. But so is how they take care of themselves, how committed they are to husbanding their decision-making resources, and how they plan to nurture their resilience to put those policies in action. Yes, we want to know what they’ll do in response to the 3 a.m. phone call, but we also want to know if they’re disciplined enough to have reserves to tap into before the phone rings.   As we’ve seen in the last few years, transparency is important in elections. And we should add renewal and recovery habits to tax returns on the list of what we should always know about candidates before we step into the voting booth.
21 May 19
Stand in the Gap for the Nations

In times of stress a good laugh helps, except this is not funny. Trump is right. Why do the Democrats ignore Clinton bleach wiping computers, secret emails on an unsecured server and lies, yet go after Trump for talking with Russians! Democrats are straining at a nat and swallowing a camel. Let’s keep proclaiming “The […]

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21 May 19
Russia News Now

© Verso Books “AQ [al-Qaida] is on our side in Syria,” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was advised in a February 2012 email from her deputy chief of staff. Journalist Max Blumenthal opens his latest book, The Management of Savagery, with this telling epigraph. The statement to Clinton reveals the kinship between US military […]

21 May 19
Russia News Now

© Verso Books “AQ [al-Qaida] is on our side in Syria,” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was advised in a February 2012 email from her deputy chief of staff. Journalist Max Blumenthal opens his latest book, The Management of Savagery, with this telling epigraph. The statement to Clinton reveals the kinship between US military […]

21 May 19
SHTF Plan - When It Hits The Fan, Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

So – once again we’re playing a game of “which former Obama administration official is lying?” 

21 May 19
So few critics, so many poets

By Scott Ross May 3rd marked the observation of something called “World Press Freedom Day,” first proclaimed by the United Nations in 1993. There is much irony inherent in this, the first especial instance of which was the passage three years following that initial proclamation of a bill, engineered by Bill (and Hillary?) Clinton and […]

21 May 19
The Long Version

Damn that antiquated constitution and it’s old fashioned rules regarding how we elect our leaders! The political Left appears to be in all out war against the constitution, the Founders of our nation, and our history. They wish to pick and choose which parts they will adhere to and which parts they won’t depending on […]

21 May 19
Hmm Daily
“A good place to sample what’s on people’s minds is the Yankee Kitchen,” Trip Gabriel wrote in the New York Times, inserting the unexamined premise of the reporting trip he took to Ohio in the place where an observation might have belonged. It was the perfect piece of non-analysis: more than two years into the Trump presidency, a national politics reporter was eagerly demonstrating his, and his department’s, and his tribe’s complete inability to learn anything. Was the Yankee Kitchen a good place to sample people’s minds? It was not the place in Gabriel’s dateline. The story was written from Youngstown, and was supposedly about Youngstown, yet the restaurant was in Vienna Township—because the generic Trump-voter story depends on conflating depressed Rust Belt manufacturing centers with their whiter, more affluent outskirts. “Youngstown” sounds like hard times, but Youngstown proper is majority nonwhite and voted for Hillary Clinton. So it was off to the exurbs, to find the right kind of people: One of those voters is Darrell Franks, a retired tool and die maker, who was once a Democrat but now votes Republican.“What I want from a president is the rest of the world to look at him and go, ‘Don’t mess with that guy, he will get even,’” Mr. Franks said one morning in the Yankee Kitchen in Vienna Township, Ohio. “I don’t want kinder, gentler. I don’t want some female that wants her agenda.” It is possible that the preferences of Darrell Franks will determine the Democratic nomination in 2020, but if so, it will only be because three straight years of media-amplified caricature have convinced everyone that they have to vote for the kind of person someone like Darrell Franks wants, to avoid being governed by the person Darrell Franks actually voted for. But also, while we’re taking someone’s arbitrary ideas about someone else’s preferences for reality: who eats breakfast in diners? Politicians and the press agree that the diner is the place to go to find the common man. Beto O’Rourke jumps up on the counter to get his point across. Don’t most normal people eat breakfast at home? There’s another unexamined substitution going on here, like presenting tract developments as mill towns. Politicians don’t go to diners to talk to ordinary people. They go to diners to talk to a specific class of people: old people with a bit of disposable income and too much time on their hands—that is, people who are already disproportionately likely to vote; that is, the people who already helped make things the way they are. And reporters go to diners to be told the things they think they already know.