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Hillary Clinton: History Repeats Itself?

Hillary Clinton: History Repeats Itself?

By Andre Vltchek
Dissident Voice
August 27, 2016

Once upon a time, there was a man called James Buchanan.

He was a Democrat, a Secretary of State and then the
President of the United States.

A good friend of mine, a historian, told me about him.

Buchanan was the last U.S. President who previously served
as Secretary of State.

He was a Pennsylvania native, and he took his place in the
Oval Office in 1857.

Now, more than 150 years later, Hillary Clinton may be about
to follow in his footsteps.

And some footsteps they were!

Before serving as Secretary of State (in the administration
of President James K. Polk), James Buchanan was a Senator,
elected as a Democrat, same as Mrs. Clinton.

While heading the State Department, the future President did
some nasty, really nasty things, like provoking a war with Mexico
and defining Washington’s colonialist policy towards Cuba and
the Caribbean basin.

Elected President at a time of growing animosity between the
industrial anti-slavery North and agrarian pro-slavery South,
he was unable to calm the passions of the opposing sides and
to find a political solution to the crises.

He committed some of the most outrageous errors, and to this day
is remembered as one of the worst leaders in American history,
being held responsible for the Civil War, which started just a few
months after he retired.

Before stepping down as a President, Buchanan’s only suggestion
for averting the disaster was issuing, “an explanatory amendment”
reaffirming the constitutionality of slavery in the states, the
fugitive slave laws, and popular sovereignty in the territories.

The National Intelligencer, then a leading opposition newspaper,
published a biting, sarcastic piece about Buchanan’s adventurism
and expansionism:

We must retrench the extravagant list of magnificent schemes
which received the sanction of the Executive … the great Napoleon
himself, with all the resources of an empire at his sole command,
never ventured the simultaneous accomplishments of so many
daring projects. The acquisition of Cuba …; the construction of
a Pacific Railroad …; a Mexican protectorate, the international
preponderance in Central America, in spite of all the powers of
Europe; the submission of distant South American states; … the
enlargement of the Navy; a largely increased standing Army … what
government on earth could possibly meet all the exigencies of such
a flood of innovations?

Sounds familiar?

Hillary Clinton, also a former Senator for the Democratic Party, also
used her time at the State Department in the most ‘effective way’.

She initiated a war in Libya, provoked a devastating civil war in
Syria and masterminded a coup in Honduras, while provoking and
antagonizing left wing governments in virtually all parts of Latin
America.

Running for President of the United States at a time of growing
social tension and what is often described as ‘popular outrage’,
Mrs. Clinton, just like Mr. Buchanan, is now offering absolutely
no new, progressive and effective solutions or reforms that could
prevent the situation from slipping into a shattering social disaster.

She is fighting for the status quo, and in the process eliminating
her political opponents in the most Machiavellian fashion.

Many now predict that if Hillary Clinton is elected, her reign
may lead into a real tragedy similar to the one that occurred
in the United States a little over 150 years ago.

Unlike James Buchanan, she also sits on a pile of nuclear weapons,
while doing her absolute best to antagonize and provoke two
powerful and independent-minded nations: China and Russia.

Her policies could easily lead to the most destructive international
conflict, or even a series of conflicts.

But it does not seem to distress her.

She is on her ego trip, and on a crusade.

While history judges Mr. Buchanan simply as an inept, bigoted,
and trigger-happy imperialist and supremacist, Mrs. Clinton also
shares all those characteristics of her predecessor, but with her
own unique touch: she is also in possession of those grotesque
and deadly, “qualities” of Dr. Strangelove.

*****

Human beings are not as complex as we often think they are,
and history tends to repeat itself.

Both of this year’s US Presidential candidates have, undoubtedly,
their doubles in the not so distant past.

While Donald Trump’s lived in the 20th Century in Germany
and Italy, Hillary Clinton had a homegrown predecessor; a
man who was defending slavery and the status quo and who,
most importantly, turned the United States into an aggressive
imperialist and neo-colonialist power.
http://dissidentvoice.org/2016/08/hilary-clinton-history-repeats-
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