Thursday, November 3, 2016
With this strange period in which political dysfunction cannot get any bizarre or hail maryish on the last play of the game with three seconds left type of ish, I have decide to entertain myself thinking about other things that happen to cross my mind when I tune out. One is what I will address now, how Hillary Clinton reminds me of Jacob Zuma but only two times as worse. Hillary Clinton and Jacob Zuma are the epitome of establishment politics and poster children of what to expect when one uses the system to enrich themselves above and beyond unscrupulous reproach and corruption.
It is easy when you speak of Jacob Zuma, the current President of South Africa to see the level of alleged corruption he is involved. Unlike Hillary he either doesn’t care if he is seen as being corrupt, or just sees his job as an avenue for personal profit and such is expected. This is the problem, having lived in South Africa, I know that this is politics as usual. But Zuma had a different orientation into formal governmental politics that just disallowed me to see him, once obtaining office, to be as corrupt as other African politicians after independence.
Zuma was one of the first ANC leaders to return to South Africa to begin the process of negotiations after the ban on the ANC in February 1990. Eventually he would become Deputy President of the ANC, a position which he would be removed from by then ANC President Thabo Mbek in 2005 – due to allegations of corruption and fraud related to a 1999 $5-billion weapons acquisition deal that he profited from economically. Through all of this, Zuma still managed to become the ANC candidate for President in 2009 and was sworn in as President of South Africa that same year and re-elected again in 2014. Being from the ANC, the party of liberty and freedom it just surprised me that he was able to Phi Beta Kappa his corruption skills so quickly.
But Zuma has nothing on Hillary R. Clinton, the present democratic nominee for the U.S. Presidency. HRC has been preparing for this since her Goldwater girl Nixon days. Yes, ever since she was a young lawyer working on the Watergate investigation until her Benghazi testimony, plane to see she has dreamed of this right here – being President of the U.S. Indeed interesting because while with Nixon, she was accused of being unethical during the House Judiciary impeachment inquiry into Watergate – something about lying and hiding some documents.
Likewise multiple investigations made into South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has found evidence of corruption in his administration starting with him. From improper relationships with wealthy businessmen to rape, Zuma’s past decade has seen one racketeering charged followed by another, with Zuma repeatedly denying doing anything wrong or unethical. Even in light of evidence that he approved the use of state companies to make himself wealthy.
Hillary Clinton is the valedictorian of using the state and/or the machinery of the state as a vehicle for self-profiteering. From allegedly stealing antiques from the Whitehouse to Travelgate and the death of Vince Foster, from Norman Hsu to her dealings with the King of Morocco or the Russian Rosatom Uranium mine deal; her path was with the added advantage of being white and middle class whereas Zuma was not. Consequently the range and diversity of scandals and allegations collected by the Clintons led them to view white privilege profiteering based on using the state as normal behavior.
And the private server bit – saying you intended to set up the server but you didn’t intend to use the server for official state department business. This is harder to understand that her saying she didn’t make loot from the Clinton foundation, or that she didn’t integrate foundation business with state dept business. Hillary has a few bodies too, but I would not put it past Zuma to have some as well. Even still, Hillary has him beat, and just wait to see her expand that lead if she becomes president.