A Far More Important Question for Hillary
by JBS President John F. McManus
No one should downplay the revelations about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s misuse of her private email account to transmit and receive sensitive government-related messages. The matter is important, of course, because whatever she sends and receives via an unsecured private computer can easily be hacked by enemies of our nation.
Over recent weeks, as her reckless delinquency with email emerged, Mrs. Clinton tried to treat the matter as an unimportant media-created non-issue. She even joked about it when she told a group of Democrats in Iowa, “By the way, you may have seen that I have recently launched a Snapchat account. I love it – those messages disappear all by themselves.” And when a reporter asked her whether she had indeed wiped her server clean of information, she tried to laugh it off by quipping, “What, like with a cloth or something?”
Press reports have recently confirmed that Mrs. Clinton’s technician has cited his right under the Fifth Amendment to avoid self-incrimination. More questions came to her during an Associated Press interview where she insisted, “What I did was allowed.” Then, she took questions from NBC News veteran Andrea Mitchell and responded that she was “sorry that this has been confusing to the people and has raised a lot of questions.” The people were wrong, she inferred, not herself and her misuse of computers.
For several months, her responses have included no apology and no admitting of guilt on her part. But she abandoned that tactic on September 8th when she took questions from ABC newsman David Muir. About using her unsecured email account for government business, she stated: “That was a mistake. I’m sorry about that. I take responsibility. And I’m trying to be as transparent as I possibly can.” So she has obviously decided to cease sidestepping and joking, now openly admitting a serious breach of confidentiality that any truly competent Secretary of State wouldn’t think of doing. The American people are supposed to forget all the previous dodging and now applaud her frankness and her attempt to be “transparent.” Many won’t comply, and some have even called her a “liar” and an “untrustworthy person.”
But there’s a far more important matter no media star seems willing to raise. Early in 2015, Mrs. Clinton moseyed down to United Nations headquarters in New York where she spoke to an adoring crowd at the Sixth Annual Women in the World Summit. She pandered to the assemblage of gay, transgender, and abortion advocates, and then while referring to the American people, she forcefully insisted, “Deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.” She obviously wants to abolish the fundamental moral and religious foundation that contributed mightily to the building of our nation. Her intentions in this area are enormously more important than her misuse of computers.
America has always been known as a nation whose admirable reliance on “cultural codes” and “religious beliefs” enabled the people to govern themselves. But all of this must go claims Mrs. Clinton. By ignoring her extremely revolutionary attitude, self-important media stars indict themselves. Yes, they should press her about her casual and potentially dangerous handling of email. But let the American people know how truly un-American she really is.
Mr. McManus served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the late 1950s and joined the staff of The John Birch Society in August 1966. He has served various roles for the organization including Field Coordinator, Director of Public Affairs, and now President. He remains the Society’s chief media representative throughout the nation and has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs. Mr. McManus is also Publisher of The New American magazine and author of a number of educational DVDs and books.
Hillary’s War on America
by JBS President John F. McManus
In 2014, while campaigning in Iowa for Democrat Bruce Braley to win a Senate seat, Hillary Clinton told a Braley rally: “It’s not enough to be a woman; you have to be committed to expand rights and opportunities for all women.” Her listeners knew that her way to increase opportunities for women called for doing away with restrictions on killing helpless babies in the womb. Of course, she casually ignores the fact that half of those whose lives would be snuffed out in abortion chambers would be females who, if left alone in the womb and cared for after birth, would join the ranks of the world’s women.
Candidate Braley lost his election to Iowa’s newest senator, Joni Ernst, who is an outspoken opponent of abortion. Ms. Ernst also happens to be a woman. If elevation of women to higher positons and greater influence were Clinton’s main concern, she should have considered campaigning for Ernst. But restricting abortion is her constant target and any threat to the practice really gets her juices flowing. Her frequent reference to safeguarding and increasing the availability of the practice clearly indicates its place in what she calls the “war on women.”
The message given by this former first lady and would-be president obviously didn’t resonate well with enough voters in the Hawkeye State. Not only did Mr. Braley lose his bid for the high office, he gave up his seat in the House as well. But Hillary’s failed effort in Iowa has had little effect on her determination to proceed with the real war, the one on the unborn.
On April 23rd, the wannabe president took her crusade to the United Nations where she spoke at the “2015 Women in the World Summit.” Surrounded by like-minded enemies of the unborn who desire to upgrade women by killing unborn babies, her message included insistence that “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases have to be changed.” Her goal: uncontested acceptance of abortion and contraception. Accordingly, her way to promote women’s empowerment now includes altering the religious beliefs of a majority of the world’s people, especially her fellow Americans. The Clinton “war on women” has now been elevated to battling “deep-seated” cultural codes and religious beliefs wherever they stand in her way. And she expects that such a campaign will carry her to the office of President of the United States. If she wins such a prize, she will obviously use the power it contains to wage war on any opposing traditional religious and cultural standards.
Today, there are numerous countries and regions where enforcement of strict Islamic rule establishes its own religious beliefs and cultural codes. Muslims call it Sharia Law. What’s at stake with Hillary Clinton’s campaign is our nation’s long-established guarantees of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and several other freedoms – all of which are part of the American cultural code. Hillary’s obvious intent is to create something akin to Sharia law here in America. She won’t call it that, but it is what she seeks and she appears as determined as any ruling imam, ayatollah or sheik. Are there enough Americans to block her acquisition of such power? The coming year will provide the answer.
Mr. McManus joined the staff of The John Birch Society in August 1966 and has served various roles for the organization including Field Coordinator, Director of Public Affairs, and now President. He remains the Society’s chief media representative throughout the nation and has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs. Mr. McManus is also Publisher of The New American magazine and author of a number of educational DVDs and books.