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Monday, May 20, 2024
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Hillary Clinton embraces book banning

During latest debate, Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton embraced book bans, drone targeting of critical works.

Book burning: “30 April 2007, 19:33 in Stockholm, Sweden.”; fire; book bans

The Democratic National Committee puts several copies of The Art of the Deal to the torch. (mikael altemark from STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, CC-BY 2.0)

Presidential executive orders could effectively overturn the United States Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, said former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during last week’s debate.

In Citizens United v. FEC, the Supreme Court struck down a law allowing the government to ban movies and books critical of Hillary Clinton.

During the third and final Presidential debate, the Democratic candidate argued that the controversial Citizens United ruling could be overturned by a future president by changing the rules of engagement for domestic drone strikes.

Clinton argued that most authors and directors are “relatively soft targets, they walk around freely thumbing their nose at us without any fear of reprisals.”

Clinton suggested that if Julian Assange, Dinesh D’Souza, and Christopher Hitchens were targeted by drone attacks, “books and movies such as the movie at the heart of the Citizens United ruling would be effectively banned—no one would write them any more, for sure.”

Julian Assange is the Australian editor-in-chief of the Wikileaks project, which has recently released documents critical of the former Secretary of State for accepting million dollar donations from foreign governments, and businesses wishing to do business with foreign governments.

Dinesh D’Souza is the Indian-American director of Hillary’s America, the movie that would have been banned if the Supreme Court had not ruled in favor of political speech in the Citizens United case.

Christopher Hitchens is the liberal columnist who wrote No One Left to Lie To, which described Hillary Clinton as “reptilian”, and accused her of “the exploitation of mammalian sentiments”, of being utterly nasty and mean-spirited.

…everything about this candidate, was rotten from the very start. Mrs. Clinton has the most unappetizing combination of qualities to be met in many days’ march: she is a tyrant and a bully when she can dare to be, and an ingratiating populist when that will serve… She is entirely un-self-critical and quite devoid of reflective capacity, and has never found that any of her numerous misfortunes or embarrassments are her own fault, because the fault invariably lies with others… she can in a close contest keep up with her husband for mendacity. Like him, she is not just a liar but a lie; a phony construct of shreds and patches and hysterical, self-pitying, demagogic improvisations.

Political strategists noted that Mr. Hitchens should be an especially soft target. His body has been stored in Houston, Texas since he died in December 2011. The outspoken journalist succumbed to a sudden cancer shortly after writing a strongly critical piece for Slate about Mrs. Clinton’s relationship with Sidney Blumenthal. Hitchens accused Blumenthal of “defaming more than one truth-telling female witness” on behalf of the Clintons, and accused Mrs. Clinton of engaging in “sexual McCarthyism”.

Hillary Clinton said she doesn’t remember where she was when Christopher Hitchens contracted cancer. She said that she’d recently suffered from a fall that made it difficult to remember things before her concussion. She also said that “her hormones were all out of whack because she was a woman, how could she be expected to remember details?”

Following the debate, Clinton explained that publishing books and making movies critical of herself is “the worst kind of sexism, it’s nerve-wracking for a woman to enter politics when men are allowed to criticize them.” She argued in favor of removing critical political speech from schools, libraries, and other public forums such as movie theaters and bookstores.

When asked what to do with all of those books banned by her policy, Mrs. Clinton responded, “It will be winter soon, and cold, and my administration will lead the fight in the search for alternative energy sources. I think that’s enough said about that.”

“Before you ask that follow-up,” she continued, “remember that we can reach you anywhere in the world in four minutes.”

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