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Hillary’s loss: a triumph of awareness

In full disagreement with Pam Frampton's Nov. 12 column, "Trump's win a triumph of ignorance," evidently I am not a fan of Miley Cyrus (a.k.a. The Tongue), who wrote regarding Hillary Clinton: "I think she's a total goddess and I just love her."

So, adoring Hillary acolytes like Cyrus must certainly love lies, perjury, lying about lies, short-circuiting minds, rampant cronyism, deflecting from uncomfortable truths, two-faced (public vs. private) hypocrisy, flip-flopping, ethics vacuums, quid pro quo deals, Wikileaks and Project Veritas revelations, spinning surrogates, entitlement, elitism, social engineering, ultra-efficient smear machines, epic greed and the most transparent opacity in history. Recall Hillary’s own absurd statement: “I’m the most transparent public official in modern times.”

Likely many Americans voted against Hillary. That was certainly what I did. In fact, I didn’t care if Trump were a socialist Hitler or communist Stalin. Trump did not have a politician’s track record, whereas Hillary had one that was over three decades long and absolutely abysmal, marked by personal enrichment (Public service? Hogwash!), conflicts of interest, ruthful vindictiveness, five FBI investigations, the Russian reset button, the Black Lives Matter racism, the mess in the Middle East, the Benghazi fiasco, the Goldman Sachs speeches, the town hall question from Donna Brazile, the rigged Democrat primary, the Clinton Foundation, the alleged election tampering by Clinton surrogates (watch those Project Veritas videos!), the spread of Muslim Brotherhood influence, the $5.4-million “crystal stemware” purchased for her State Department, the death of Vince Foster, the selling of the Lincoln bedroom, the vast right-wing-conspiracy/left-wing conspiracy theories, the defamation of the women who accused her husband of sexual assault, the carbon footprint for thee, but not for her family, and her participation in the anti-free speech Istanbul Process (Resolution 16/18).

For me, the tipping point was definitely the latter and Hillary’s absolute contempt for the Freedom of Information Act — the public’s right to know. For me, Hillary’s desire for absolute secrecy was the crux of her email scandal, not the neglectful handling of state secrets, though that too was evidently important. Both Hillary and Barack Obama have turned the State Department into a vast stonewalling machine. Judicial Watch has had to spend a fortune in lawsuits in an effort to open that machine up to public scrutiny. Today, Hillary remains in a pitiful state of psychological denial regarding all of the above. These things said, I love visiting Newfoundland and Labrador — because I can leave the politics at home.

G. Tod Slone

Barnstable, Mass.

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