Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Hillary Clinton Fairy Tale

     The official campaign biographies of Hillary Clinton read like a mashup of fairy tales, legends, and popular American memes.  The narrative flits about like Tinkerbell from one image to another.  At one moment, you think you're reading a Cinderella rip-off; in the next moment, Hillary comes off more like Joan of Arc.  Her Horatio Alger rags-to-riches story begins in one of the richest and whitest suburbs in the United States; and progresses from one symbolic gesture to another, with Hillary treading well-worn pathways and calling it "breaking down barriers" and "breaking glass ceilings."  Scandals, abysmal failures, and utter disasters are glossed over and forgotten.
     Many videos have exposed the lies for what they are.  I've decided to take a different approach.  Below are links to my three-part video in which I play along with the Clinton fairy tale.  Hillary is presented alternately as Cinderella, Joan of Arc, and other champions of female empowerment.  Somehow, though, reality keeps intruding on the fairy tale.
     In Part 1, we see the fairy tale version compared to the reality of Hillary's "average American" childhood.

     In Part 2, we take a look at her wilderness years, during which she showed how much of a champion of women and children she was (in particular, the rights of a 12-year-old girl).  Part 2 ends with the disaster of Hillarycare.

     In Part 3, we see her rise from former First Lady to various positions that had already been held by dozens of women before her: Senator, Secretary of State, and presidential candidate.

 The 2016 Democratic primaries, of course, were the grandest fairy tale of the year.

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