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Hillary Clinton is one sly fox

Opinion Column

John Wallace

John Wallace

The other day I heard Hillary Clinton say she would like to see a woman President in her lifetime. She is one sly fox.

As a child, she was a Brownie and a Girl Scout. She was selected for the National Honor Society and was a National Merit Selection in high school. She graduated in the top 5 percent of her class. She earned a law degree from Yale. She was listed as one of the top 100 lawyers in the country. Twice. She was the first lady of Arkansas for 12 years. She was the first lady of the U.S. for eight years. She was a U.S. senator for eight years and she was the U.S. secretary of state for four years. I don’t care who you are, them’s pretty impressive credentials. Every time someone told her, “You can’t,” she asked, “Why not?” She is an example to all women about what you can do. Is there another woman more qualified to be president? Is there a man more qualified?

Hillary reminds me of Old Ironsides, the USS Constitution. She is one of the originals, still in service since 1794. A little broad in the beam, but still seaworthy. The ship, not Hillary. She fought many a battle and today is still working to defend this country against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Hillary, not the ship. But the reason they remind me of each other is the most famous battle of the career of Old Ironsides.

During the War of 1812, she met the HMS Guerriere, the pride of the British Navy. They fought 400 miles southeast of Nova Scotia in an epic battle. They stood side to side and battered each other with everything they had for 30 minutes. Then, they ceased fire to assess the damage. As the smoke cleared, the USS Constitution stood proud and tall. As if the battering only made her stronger. The HMS Guerierre was in shambles. Her fore and main masts were gone, leaving her an unmanueverable wreck. They had the sense to throw in the towel when Old Ironsides loaded the cannons for round two. The Americans boarded the ship and set fire, forever ending the story of the HMS Guerriere.

I don’t know if Hillary was attacked before she got to the White House, but all civility went out the door when she got there. Even the mafia has a code about not involving families with business. It’s like a decision was made somewhere, in the vernacular of those who have such discussions in the drawing room over cognac and cigars, “Release the hounds.” Whitewater, Travelgate, universal health care, Monica. She walked thru the mudslinging with her head held high. She knows who she is; she doesn’t need you to define her. Her accomplishments do that. When she left the White House, they all waved bon voyage, shook her hand and patted her back. Good-bye, good luck and good riddance.

Then she showed up in New York running for senator. They dusted off and trotted out all the tired lies, innuendoes and half-truths about Hillary. “Is that all you got boys? I got your accusations right here.” New York liked her so much they elected her. Twice. She ran for president. She should have known better than to try to get into that traditional boys club. Who did she think she was? But when the smoke cleared, there stood Hillary. Secretary of state. Another four years of experiences.

2016 is a long ways off and a lot of things can happen. She is, at this point, the most qualified person in terms of taking on and succeeding at challenges. If you don’t want to vote for her because she is a woman, if that’s how you pick your leaders, that’s your right. Conventional wisdom says, at least a third of voters will vote for her because she is the Democratic Nominee. Of the third of undecided voters, a third of them will decide they want to see a woman President in their lifetime. And at least another third will vote for her because they believe she is the most qualified. Game, set and match.

Look at her resume. It’s not like she won’t be able to handle the job. She has been preparing for it her whole life.

John Wallace, of Leesburg, is employed by the post office.