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How Hillary Seemingly Gets Away with (Almost) Anything

Updated on March 26, 2016
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Lifelong learner, musician, author, world traveler, truth enthusiast, and all around bon vivant.

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We’ve All Been There

We’ve all been in situations where we either did something we were not supposed to do (e.g., you “borrowed” your sister’s sweater without permission), or didn’t do something we were supposed to do, when we were supposed to do it (e.g., turn in a report on Monday). In the case of “doing something,” it usually implies that we were aware that our behavior was inappropriate before we did it. In the case of “not doing something,” we were still aware and complicit in our inaction.

In most cases, life goes along just fine for a while, particularly if you are good at hiding your behavior. That is, until somebody else notices and calls you on it. Your sister asks you where her sweater went, or your boss/teacher asks about the report that is now overdue. Now you have a choice: admit your wrongdoing, take responsibility, apologize, make amends, and get on with life – or – dodge the issue somehow. This is the proverbial fork in the road.

Take Responsibility

It may be difficult initially, but when you take responsibility for your actions (or inactions), it’s actually over more quickly, less people get hurt, you feel better about yourself, and you have the opportunity to get back on track in record time. Sometimes (not too often, but not never), you actually improve your situation by coming forward with the truth, thus showing good character and building trust. Unfortunately, there is this thing called “human nature,” that propels us to obfuscate, minimize, distract, and otherwise attempt to “get away with” just about any bad behavior. This is a very, very bad habit to get into.

If we had observant parents growing up, who took the time and effort to put us on the right path, we learned early in our lives that apologizing and “owning” our bad behavior, was the best thing to do. I remember to this day, a situation at George Washington Elementary school, when my Mother made me apologize to a teacher for telling “toilet humor” jokes in the Girl’s lavatory. By today’s standards, it would hardly rise to the attention of anyone in authority, but back in the day, when indoor plumbing was still being perfected, it was a big deal. I think I had made reference to “logs” floating in the punch bowl, or something else like that. It was considered vulgar, and not ladylike, so I was told to apologize for my poor choices. It was one of the best lessons that I ever learned. Everyone involved relaxed, and I wiped the slate clean.

Today

Fast forward to today. Now we have people in the political limelight, that wouldn’t know what the truth is, if it walked up, introduced itself, and shook hands. They are so busy trying to look good, and please everyone, that they rarely give you a straight yes or no answer to any question. Yet they claim that they try to tell the truth. What does that mean, exactly?

When it comes to admitting bad behavior, that seems to be the last thing they want to do. Here is the pattern, in eight easy steps.

  1. Ignore and avoid the topic. Never bring it up yourself. Wait for someone else to notice, and then avoid that person. Do this as long as possible.
  2. When confronted, start with an indignant and/or dismissive rejection that any wrong-doing occurred, and suggest that person accusing you of the bad behavior has an ax to grind or is out to get you.
  3. Be slow in responding to any follow-up questions, and try to ignore additional evidence as long as possible.
  4. When irrefutable evidence is presented publically, reluctantly admit that while it certainly does appear that there is something wrong, it’s all a mistake or misunderstanding. You can easily fix it. Ask for time, and imply that you have everything well in hand.
  5. When your accusers persist, blame them for their malice. It’s all a witch hunt; they are just picking on you, and so forth.
  6. When that doesn’t work, suggest that perhaps something is wrong, and that it’s a mistake, and was not intended to do anyone harm, and that it doesn’t rise to the level of dishonesty that your opponents are suggesting.
  7. While all this is going on, try to carry on as if nothing is amiss. Minimize, distract, and delay at every opportunity. If at all possible, find some bad behavior of somebody else, and point to that repeatedly.
  8. Wait. And wait some more. Finally, if it just doesn’t go away, grudgingly admit your wrongdoing, but make sure it’s at a time when most everyone is so sick and tired of the subject, that they barely notice.

Sound familiar? It should. It’s the Clinton playbook. Starting with Bill, and continuing with Hillary. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a solid strategy for dealing with past mistakes and flaws of character. I am tempted to try it myself. But then again, my Mother is still alive, and I’d never get it past her.

Go Ahead, Call Me a Hater

If you are a solid Hillary supporter, and have read this far, you are probably indignant. Since I am both female and Caucasian, you are thwarted and can’t use the “gender” or “race” assassination cards. But you can’t wait to get to the comment section to call me a Clinton Hater. Which, by the way, is categorically untrue. Initially, I was encouraged to see and potentially support a female presidential candidate. Then, upon taking a critical look at her record and behavior, I just couldn’t bring myself to support her.

I challenge you to look over the Email Server and other issues again, and tell me if I am right. I also challenge you to read from a source of news that you don’t normally use. For example, if you always just read The Washington Post, branch out and try USA Today. Or if you always just read domestically produced news, try the BBC for a change. If nothing else, you may gain a fresh perspective.

Do you feel that Hillary is truthful and trustworthy?

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  • Carolyn M Fields profile image
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    Carolyn Fields 17 months ago from South Dakota, USA

    Again, Brad. I write hubs. I get "credit" for writing hubs, because unlike you I plan to actually make money some day when I build up a portfolio. If I spend all my time answering questions, I'm not writing hubs.

    I don't know how else to make it clear.

    Again, it's my own self-interest, which I freely admit.

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    bradmasterOCcal 17 months ago from Orange County California

    Carolyn

    These were the points you had against answering questions. The forum doesn't change them, Whether it is questions or hubs.

    And you didn't even do it in my hub, so I am the one that is confused.

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    Carolyn Fields 17 months ago from South Dakota, USA

    Brad . . . I'm confused. I think we may be discussing apples and oranges.

    I prefer to have conversations inside hubs and not in the Q&A forum . . .

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    bradmasterOCcal 17 months ago from Orange County California

    Carolyn

    This hub totally was a surprise and I don't understand your

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    Ignore and avoid the topic. Never bring it up yourself. Wait for someone else to notice, and then avoid that person. Do this as long as possible.

    When confronted, start with an indignant and/or dismissive rejection that any wrong-doing occurred, and suggest that person accusing you of the bad behavior has an ax to grind or is out to get you.

    Be slow in responding to any follow-up questions, and try to ignore additional evidence as long as possible.

    When irrefutable evidence is presented publically, reluctantly admit that while it certainly does appear that there is something wrong, it’s all a mistake or misunderstanding. You can easily fix it. Ask for time, and imply that you have everything well in hand.

    When your accusers persist, blame them for their malice. It’s all a witch hunt; they are just picking on you, and so forth.

    When that doesn’t work, suggest that perhaps something is wrong, and that it’s a mistake, and was not intended to do anyone harm, and that it doesn’t rise to the level of dishonesty that your opponents are suggesting.

    While all this is going on, try to carry on as if nothing is amiss. Minimize, distract, and delay at every opportunity. If at all possible, find some bad behavior of somebody else, and point to that repeatedly.

    Wait. And wait some more. Finally, if it just doesn’t go away, grudgingly admit your wrongdoing, but make sure it’s at a time when most everyone is so sick and tired of the subject, that they barely notice.

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    As it seems, when you commented on my hub that you exhibited many of these points????

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    Carolyn Fields 20 months ago from South Dakota, USA

    Lady,

    I agree - I don't much like any of the people currently running. I had some early on favorites, but they all dropped out.

    So sad.

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    stella vadakin 20 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    It should be interesting to see who will be the next President. I hate to be a spoiler, but I do not like either one of the people who will be running. I am afraid of Trump and some of the things he has said.

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    Tyler S 20 months ago from Your Subconcious

    I just wrte about something similar

    I agree with you alot you should read what i published about Clinton its really short

    https://hubpages.com/politics/Rigged-DNC-Clinton-C...

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    Mel Carriere 20 months ago from San Diego California

    Hillary is little miss Machivellian. I think she truly believes she is the best thing for the country and that the ends justify the means. She openly defies the election laws by having her much more charming hubby hang out at polling places, and knows the apparatus isn't going to do squat to stop her. We're seeing rigged elections like those in third world countries. She frightens me and I will never vote for her.

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    DreamerMeg 20 months ago from Northern Ireland

    As I am not a US citizen, it really doesn't matter what opinion I have on this but I love the hub, I think ALL politicians learn this in politics 101, LOL.

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    Carolyn Fields 20 months ago from South Dakota, USA

    I am moderating these comments. I will allow some negativity, but please refrain from outright name calling.

    Thanks.

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    TSAD 20 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

    Well, just like any other criminal who gets caught doing a crime, it's never the first or only, person they raped or mugged, or house they burglarized, or racket they were running.

    You can bet the crimes the Clintons have committed and gotten away with far exceed the scandals they have been accused of in severity and scope. Take Al Capone, in the end what did they get Capone for? Income tax evasion, probably the least of his crimes!

    If Hiliary goes down for her email scam (she probably won't because like any loyal mobster the (Obama) Familia will cover for her, knock off witnesses, whatever need be done. You'd have to have been born yesterday to believe it the worst of her crimes.

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    JG Hemlock 20 months ago from VISIONS AND DREAMS

    Ohhhh I know people that know her very well, up close and personal and yes they have been in the white house. She is wicked. Don't think so? Try again...she is the epitome of evil. If you only knew the truth you would vomit.

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    Ralph Schwartz 20 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Step 8 nails it - the Clintons wait it out, then call it old news a lot of the time. Great piece.

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    TSAD 20 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

    Lions, absolutely true and the duplicitous media has demonstrated over and over again there is a double standard applied to Republicans and Democrats.

    However the really remarkable thing is that if a Republican had an email scandal or other questionable behavior concerning classified documents the Republicans would disown him.

    In the Democrat Party scandal and questionable behavior is a prerequisite for promotion to leadership and/or powerful positions. That party truly is run like a racketeering crime family, it boggles the mind that any morally principled person would want to be associated with it.

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    CJ Kelly 20 months ago from Auburn, WA

    It is remarkable that the media do not seem to care, or call either of the Clintons out on anything. Can you imagine if a Republican had an email scandal or other questionable behavior concerning classified documents? Nonstop coverage. What about their "Foundation?" Dereliction of duty on the part of our press corps. Shared.

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    TSAD 20 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

    I don't understand why people like you can't leave a poor old granny alone and let her follow her dream. It won't be long she'll be too old to shrill at her audiences anymore (because evidently she thinks she has to shrill to be understood) and then she'll never be heard.

    Like what does it matter if she (and her husband) is the epitome of pure evil, nobody is a saint and we really don't care if she'd run the country into the ground, she's a woman and that's more than enough reason to vote for her, just ask her.

    I don't know Carolyn, if I were you I'd worry someone will report this HP. You know that discussing the facts is frowned upon by many hubbers, the ones who report anyone who deals in the facts.