Oh, Good Lord. Robin Lakoff, a “professor of linguistics” at UC-Berkeley says the only reason Hillary’s illegal use of a private email server, mishandling of classified information, influence peddling via the Clinton Foundation, and lying to the FBI is being investigated is because The Patriarchy is trying to silence a brave and stunning woman.
The only reason the whole email flap has legs is because the candidate is female. Can you imagine this happening to a man? Clinton is guilty of SWF (Speaking While Female), and emailgate is just a reminder to us all that she has no business doing what she’s doing and must be punished, for the sake of all decent women everywhere.
Meanwhile, The Guardian, of all places, is doing what the mainstream American media won’t do (because Democrat-Media Complex) and digging into what Hillary’s emails reveal about our political culture and Governance. Basically, it’s a corrupt, rotten pay-to-play circle of insider politicians, media figures, and billionaire donors all scratching each other’s backs.
In one now-famous email chain, for example, the reader can watch current US trade representative Michael Froman, writing from a Citibank email address in 2008, appear to name President Obama’s cabinet even before the great hope-and-change election was decided (incidentally, an important clue to understanding why that greatest of zombie banks was never put out of its misery).
This genre of Podesta email, in which people try to arrange jobs for themselves or their kids, points us toward the most fundamental thing we know about the people at the top of this class: their loyalty to one another and the way it overrides everything else. Of course Hillary Clinton staffed her state department with investment bankers and then did speaking engagements for investment banks as soon as she was done at the state department. Of course she appears to think that any kind of bank reform should “come from the industry itself”. And of course no elite bankers were ever prosecuted by the Obama administration. Read these emails and you understand, with a start, that the people at the top tier of American life all know each other. They are all engaged in promoting one another’s careers, constantly.
And if you vote for Hillary, you are voting for this.