History has given us our share of great speakers. Pericles and Winston Churchill come to mind. By almost nobody’s evaluation does Ms. Hillary Clinton make the list. Well, we all have different gifts – and oratory, sadly, is not one of Ms. Clinton’s strong suits. So being the fair person I am, I thought that it would save the delegates in Philadelphia and the viewing audience the experience of an extended period of her cacophony and would offer her a ready-made speech which not only is short and to the point, but might help diffuse the moniker that Donald Trump has applied to her.
But before you see the speech, let me give you some background on Ms. Clinton.
As some of you may know, she started out as a Republican. But the ethics that party officially endorsed proved to be too much of a hurdle and Ms. Clinton felt there would be greener pastures – fields of lettuce – in the other party.
As a newly minted Democrat, Ms. Clinton served on the commission that investigated the Watergate intrusion which ultimately brought down President Richard M. Nixon. This proved to be a pivotal moment in Ms. Clinton’s political development because from it she learned that when you have power you can get away with almost anything – as long as you don’t get caught doing it – a lesson that Nixon learned the hard way.
Like Clinton, controversy dogged President Nixon throughout his political life. Like Clinton, a large number of Americans either distrusted or disliked Nixon. You be the judge of whether or not either of them deserves or deserved that opprobrium.
But in a karmic moment, I thought I would offer you one of President Nixon’s more famous speeches – which I believe that Ms. Clinton should appropriate and plagiarize in its entirety. And it is mercifully brief.
Of course, the only problem with giving this speech is that she is a crook. But that’s a small matter – and what difference does it really make now.