Now girls are often raised to see love only as giving. Women are praised for their love when that love is an act of giving. But to love is to give AND to take. Please love by giving, and by taking. Give and be given. If you are only giving and not taking, you’ll know. You’ll know from that small and true voice inside you that we females are so often socialized to silence. Don’t silence that voice. Dare to take.
Hillary Clinton’s Self-Pity Tour Makes a Stop at Wellesley College
Hillary Clinton apparently has no intention of going away, even after humiliating herself on Election Night and her embarrassing months-long blame game she’s been stuck in since.
She made a commencement speech at her alma mater Wellesley College, an all-women’s college, to the class of 2017. The first ten minutes or so were fine. Clinton talked about her experience at Wellesley and cracked a few mildly funny jokes to an audience who laughs were so over-the-top such a laugh track could be used on an episode of The Big Bang Theory. Whatever, she had a crowd to please and she was doing it.
Sadly, it didn’t take long for her to pivot her speech from being about the graduates to being about herself.
Clinton is obviously still bitter about the election, so after she had yet another coughing fit, she took the opportunity at his commencement ceremony to make jabs at President Trump. She invoked Watergate, which occurred not long after she graduated back in 1969, when saying this:
“We were furious about the past presidential election of a man whose presidency would eventually end in disgrace with his impeachment for his obstruction of justice after firing the person running the investigation into him at the Department of Justice.”
A few things worth mentioning; 1. Nixon was never impeached because he resigned while the impeachment process was underway. 2. It was actually her husband Bill Clinton who was impeached for obstruction of justice (along with perjury) during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. And 3. the comparisons between Trump and Nixon are incredibly weak.
She went on to trash Trump’s newly-released budget plan by essentially calling it evil as she claims it would hurt the young, the old, the sick, the poor, etc and that it will put the country and the world at risk because it doesn’t do enough to tackle climate change. Wasn’t this speech supposed to be uplifting?
Here’s my favorite part.
The former Secretary of State gave a battle cry for the truth and warned the class of 2017 with this:
“You are graduating at a time when there is a full-fledged assault on truth and reason. Just log on to social media for ten seconds and it will hit you right in the face. People denying science, concocting, elaborate hurtful conspiracy theories… drumming up rampant fear about undocumented immigrants, Muslims, minorities, the poor, turning neighbor against neighbor and sewing divisions at a time when we desperately need unity….
“If our leaders lie about the problems we face, we’ll never solve them. It matters because it undermines confidence in government as a whole, which in turn breeds more cynicism and anger, but it also matters because our country like this college was founded on the principles of the enlightenment, in particular the belief that people, you and I, possess the capacity for reason and critical thinking and that free and open debate is the lifeblood of a democracy. Not only Wellesley but the entire American university system, the envy of the world, was founded on those fundamental ideals. We shouldn’t abandon them, we should revere them…”
And also this:
“As the history majors among you here today know, all too well, when people in power invent their own facts, and attack those who question them, it can mark the beginning of the end of a free society. That is not hyperbole, it is what authoritarian regimes throughout history have done…”
Why is this my favorite part? Because there is so much hypocrisy, it can clog an artery.
Let’s tackle the first portion. Clinton claims there’s a “full-fledged assault on truth and reason” and perhaps she’s right. There’s so much fake news out there that’s pushed by both sides. Most reports now solely rely on anonymous sources so that the media can essentially publish whatever it wants and not face any sort of consequence if something is debunked. She says people are “denying science”, which she is obviously referencing to climate change skeptics, but she doesn’t acknowledge the science deniers on the left who don’t believe chromosomes determine one’s gender and don’t believe that a fetus is a living thing. She says people are “concocting conspiracy theories”. Another valid point, but Democrats have concocted this conspiracy theory that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia without any sort of evidence! They’re jumping to a conclusion they want to believe while disregarding reality that currently lacks the proof. She says people are “drumming up rampant fear,” yet her entire presidential campaign was drumming up the rampant fear of Donald Trump. For nearly a year and a half, she basically told the American people “vote for me because Trump is the boogeyman.” And that’s partly why she lost because she had no message of her own.
Now onto the second portion. She says that when our nation’s leaders lie, it “undermines confidence in government as a whole, which in turn breeds more cynicism and anger.” Again, what she says is right but she nor President Obama have any sort of moral high ground on the subject of honesty. From lying about how you can keep your healthcare plan to the lies pushed about the Benghazi terrorist attack being sparked by an internet video, she’s making it seem like the Trump administration is the first to be dishonest. For goodness sakes, her husband Bill Clinton coined the most infamous lie in presidential politics when he said “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” When she says that “critical thinking and open debate are the lifeblood of our democracy” and that how “the American university system was founded on those ideals” I chuckled because the liberal left no longer believe in such principles. Democrats call you racist if you criticize Obama, or sexist if you’re against abortion, or homophobic if you’re against same-sex marriage, or xenophobic if you want to build the wall, or Islamophobic if you use the term “radical Islamic extremism.” They have no interest in having a civilize discussion on the issues we face because anything they see as politically incorrect enrages them and their knee-jerk reactions remove any sort of rationality. And while the university system used to be the epicenter of robust debate in America, it is now where “safe spaces” keep naive students in their own bubbles and where conservatives who is invited to speak on campus face violent protests and riots, which often times leads to the suppression of their free speech.
Finally onto the last portion, where she eluded to the Trump presidency turning our country into a dictatorship because they “invent their own facts” and that they’ll “attack those who question them.” Perhaps the clapping seals among the Wellesley graduates don’t recall all the facts Hillary Clinton invented. Just look at the press conference she gave at the UN just as the email scandal emerged. Everything she told the American people in March 2015 was a lie. She lied about not having classified information on her computer, she lied about having a private server for convenience. Heck, before he let her off the hook, then-FBI Director James Comey disproved all her lies during his infamous press conference. And the clapping seals don’t recall how Hillary Clinton is known for attacking those who refutes her, particularly her husband’s victims who she tried to bully and shame into silence.
In a speech that was supposed to be about the graduates, Hillary Clinton proved that not only is she the Queen of Hypocrisy, she’s still the biggest victim in her own mind. Instead of encouraging them to look forward to the future with optimism, she made them feel just as miserable as her.
Don’t underestimate how much antagonism there is toward women and how many people wish we could turn the clock back. One of the things people always say to you if you get upset is, don’t take it personally, but listen hard to what’s going on and, please, I beg you, take it personally. Understand: Every attack on Hillary Clinton for not knowing her place is an attack on you. Underneath almost all those attacks are the words: Get back, get back to where you once belonged. When Elizabeth Dole pretends that she isn’t serious about her career, that is an attack on you. The acquittal of O.J. Simpson is an attack on you. Any move to limit abortion rights is an attack on you—whether or not you believe in abortion. The fact that Clarence Thomas is sitting on the Supreme Court today is an attack on you.
Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim. Because you don’t have the alibi my class had—this is one of the great achievements and mixed blessings you inherit: Unlike us, you can’t say nobody told you there were other options. Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead. Twenty-five years from now, you won’t have as easy a time making excuses as my class did. You won’t be able to blame the deans, or the culture, or anyone else: you will have no one to blame but yourselves. Whoa.
From Nora Ephron’s epic commencement speech to Wellesley College’s Class of 1996
I want to join the Wellesley College Class of 1970.
Half the class didn’t graduate because they went on strike for the last two weeks of classes to protest the invasion of Cambodia, and their valedictorian couldn’t speak at commencement because she was in jail after being arrested at a protest.
This might be the most Wellesley story I have ever heard (and its only 10 am).