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Response to ViseGrip (Original post)

Sun Apr 3, 2016, 02:52 PM

24. Corruption

I could look away at all the other stuff about Hillary Clinton.

However the "speaking fees" are where I draw a line.

Secret emails = maybe repub smear campaign
Not releasing speech content = lame excuse not to release, but whatever ...
Super Pacs = most are using them, money is going to campaign support, it's BS but whatever
Her Neoliberlism = at least the Dems throw middle and working class some crumbs
Flip flopping = they all do it
Misc Mudslinging = sigh

However, with these speaking fees, influence money is going directly into their personal bank accounts, the sheer volume and millions "earned" is what I can't get past. Yes other politicians have received mega money from speeches, but almost all after LEAVING politics for good.

The vast amount of personal wealth the Clintons obtained for "speaking" is obscene. He, while she was a senator and SOS, and she during her brief hiatus before jumping back into the political arena.

I could overlook a few engagements, and certainly fees earned speaking to the more neutral audiences, like University students. But if you look at the majority of organizations that bought a Clinton Speaker, it reads like a who's who of the big industry players that always have their hands out begging for more legislation that increases their bottom dollars, (while usually screwing over the average American).

The majority of speaking fees are bribes, money going directly into Clinton's personal bank account that is meant to influence political decisions in their favor. There is no other name for it. This happens all over the world and its called corruption.

Individuals holding political decision making power and their close relatives (spouse, children still living in the family home) should not accept anything of value that benefits them directly from any person or entity that is seeking an unfair advantage through legislation or other political decisions.

A person with integrity would never put themselves in such a position because generally you either have to screw over those that paid the influence money or the people you promised to protect from being taken advantage of by big industry. Rarely is it ever possible to serve both, which is why the money is being offered in the first place.

What I'm trying to say is I could be a good Democrat and support the Clintons despite any smears, or whatever else is thrown their way.

But no matter how much I try, I simply cannot get past the vast amount of personal wealth they have achieved by accepting what can only be called influence money. It's the very definition of absolute corruption no matter how you look at it.

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