The first Ethics Alarms post about Hillary Clinton ironically enough, in 2009, awarded her an Ethics Hero. (She has two.) “I know, I know. Truth and the Clintons have never been friends,” it began. And, looking back, it was a pretty generous award: all she did was describe how an ethical decision is made, and claimed that was how she decided to accept Obama’s invitation to be Secretary of State. It didn’t prove she actually made the decision the way she said she did, and now, with the benefit of seven years’ hindsight, I think it’s likely that she was lying about it, as usual. Still, it proves that Hillary may know how to act ethically. This distinguishes her from Donald Trump.
Before heading to the voting booth, I decided to review all of the Ethics Alarms posts about Clinton. It is, I think it’s fair to say, horrifying. You can find them all here.
There are unethical quotes of the week and month, Ethics Dunce designations, Jumbos, where Clinton denied what was in clear view to all, and KABOOMS, where the sheer audacity of her dishonesty (or that of her corrupted allies and supporters) made my skull explode skyward. If you have a recalcitrant Hillary enabler and rationalizer in your life, you should dare him or her to read this mass indictment—not that it will change a mind already warped, of course, but because the means of denying and spinning what they read will be instructive, confirming the symptoms of incurable Clinton Corruption.In July of 2015, I responded to complaints—including one from an ethics professor— that I was not objective regarding Mrs. Clinton, that I was picking on her. The response was a manifesto, stating my standards and objectives:
An ethics professor just wrote to announce that he was ceasing to follow the blog because
“you have become a one note Hillary basher and compromised your disinterest.”
1. I do not bash Hillary Clinton. I accurately point out her serial unethical conduct and statements. I am an expert in non-profit ethics, and her foundation is unethical. I an an expert in government ethics, and her conduct in relation to both her foundation and her State Department e-mails was unethical. I am an ethicist, and she could not get through her first substantial interview without multiple deceits, misrepresentations and lies. Pointing these out, especially when the news media is not doing its job, is my duty and mission. Apparently a lot of people don’t know this woman is unethical. I am obligated to enlighten them if I can.
2. My main area of scholarship and my personal passion, is leadership and the American Presidency. The Democratic Party, to its shame, is trying to make this unqualified and corrupt woman President of the United States. Naturally this is of deep concern to me, as it ought to be for every American.
3. Even considering this, the blog has hardly been all-Hillary. I just checked: there have been exactly three Hillary-themed posts in the last 50. FIFTY. Five-O. Gee, sorry, Professor, that the ethical corruption of the presumptive President of the United States occupies my ethics blog’s attention 6% of the time.
4. The Clintons’ master strategy for escaping all of their schemes and deceptions is to deny, obfuscate and throw up smokescreens until the public gets sick of the controversy, and tunes out. It’s a good, if cynical strategy, but it won’t work with me.
5. I will cease writing timely blogs about Hillary’s Clinton’s unethical conduct when
- She stops lying.
- The new scandals, schemes, and cover-ups stop materializing.
- The news media starts doing its job.
- The public shows sufficient comprehension of how corrupt she is.
- She is no longer running for President.
And not before.
This still holds, and will continue to hold into the Hillary Administration, and whatever horrors it brings. I have continued to be faithful to this mission even as I concluded, some months ago, that I would have to vote for Clinton because, incredibly, the Republican nominated someone even more unfit and untrustworthy than she is. This is how the news media was ethically obligated to cover the campaign despite its own bias for Clinton, but did not. (An update on my decision to vote for Clinton will be forthcoming shortly.)
Nothing can substitute for the experience of reviewing the full library of Hillary’s ethical deficits, but her are a few posts that will give a sense of the character of the woman who might be the next President of the United States, and those who do her bidding…
“Clinton’s statement reduced that arrogant supposition to its essence. Forget about process, she is saying, do we want to get rid of a dangerous dictator, or not? The United States, however, is a constitutional democracy, and thus is built on process. Clinton’s sweeping extinction of process as an essential aspect of governing intentionally obscures the core American principle that not only must we do the right thing, but we must do it the right way.”
March 6, 2014: A Jumbo! Clinton denies what she’s doing while she’s doing it.
“In addition to the jaw-dropping dishonesty, lying-right-in-our-faces-and-expecting-us-to-like-it arrogance, there is also the problem that the statement is incompetent, cowardly and irresponsible. If Putin is acting like Hitler, then that suggests that certain actions are mandatory, and the comparison ought to be made. If he is not acting like Hitler, then the comparison will lead to the wrong conclusion and is unfair, and thus should not be made.”
October 26, 2014: Hillary says that businesses don’t create jobs, customers create jobs
“Clinton isn’t even an announced candidate, and she has already uttered enough nonsense to send a lesser icon into retirement, such as insisting that she and Bill were paupers when they left the White House, and boasting about the couple’s current millions being gained “by dint of hard work,” as in delivering canned one hour speeches for obscene fees to universities charging tuition that puts their graduates in debt for life. We don’t even have to get to her official rejection of the concept of accountability and transparency regarding the Benghazi tragedy, that, if there is any justice, will haunt her to her grave, symbolized by the quote, “What difference at this point does it make?” The statement this week is different in kind, though. It isn’t spin; it isn’t a controversial opinion; it can’t be explained away by anything other than “Mrs. Clinton took the wrong medication,” “She knows she can say anything and Democrats will accept it, and was performing a test,” or… “
March 7, 2015: The Clinton e-mail lies and cover-up begin
“They don’t have to be corrupt. They could choose to honor their party, the nation and the intelligence of the voters. Seriously–a major party really reasons that it is better to nominate an untrustworthy, incompetent, arrogant, reckless and secretive liar than to hustle to find a candidate who is, like, worthy of the office? How can anyone trust any candidate nominated by any party that reasons like this? Isn’t the obvious, ethical thing to do in this situation to announce that…
“Mrs. Clinton’s disturbing conduct regarding her official communications, intentionally skirting her own agency’s policies, endangering security and undermining public confidence, combined with the recent revelations that her foundation has allowed and is allowing contribution from foreign governments, must disqualify her from consideration as a Presidential candidate”?
It does, you know. If they don’t know, then that is the mark corrupted leadership, and a corrupt party.”
April 25, 2015: A Clinton influence-peddling tale
“The men who had built and financed the Uranium One were some of Bill Clinton’s biggest donors. The company’s Chairman donated 2.35 million dollars to the Clinton Foundation, and despite a signed agreement from Hillary as a condition of her becoming Secretary of State that all donations to the Foundation during her tenure would be disclosed and transparent, somehow this very sensitive and potentially inappropriate, potentially suspicious, potentially illegal contribution just happened to fall through the cracks, and wasn’t reported.“
October 9, 2015: Clinton integrity on display…or not.
“Or if lack of integrity isn’t a deal breaker, how about arrogance or stupidity? In her 2014 memoir, Hillary Clinton listed the negotiation of TPP as one of her key accomplishments as Secretary of State, and she just sent it to GOP presidential candidates, even though it is smoking gun evidence not only to her lack of integrity, but to the complete contempt she has for everyone intelligence, or, in the alternative her carelessness and habit of metaphorically shooting herself in the foot. Why would any politician choose to increase the circulation of self-authored evidence of trustworthiness? There are only a few possibilities…”
June 14, 2016: Clinton’s totalitarian streak revealed…
“Here is Hillary, herself under a criminal investigation by the FBI for violating a federal law or five and still running for President because, after all, it’s just an investigation, and in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave one does not lose rights and privileges until one is actually convicted in a court of law. And yet here she is saying that an FBI investigation should suspend a Constitutional right.”