Hillary To The Rescue: Clinton To Kick Off Series Of Speeches To Bolster Trust In Government

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Back in June, President Barack Obama made his own bully attempt to shore up Americans’ growing skepticism of the Federal government by telling a San Jose audience “we’re going to have some problems here” if people won’t trust him, Congress and the court system to uphold the Constitution. His heavy-handed wordplay went over like a lead dirigible.

Now Hillary Clinton is preparing to put her own spin on the President’s “trust us” message.

In a move expected to revive her public profile as the 2016 Presidential campaign season gets underway, Clinton will launch a speech blitz over the “next few months,” with the first – an address on the “balance and transparency necessary in our national security policies” – set to take place next month in Philadelphia.

Clinton unveiled her speech tour at a Monday address before the American Bar Association in San Francisco. She used the bulk of her 45 minutes behind the mic to lambast the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down portions of the Voting Rights Act that had unequally leashed some States’ ability to draw their own voting districts without Federal babysitting.

Cribbing a page from President Obama’s playbook of class warfare, Clinton said race-based voter discrimination is very much alive and well in 2013.

“In the weeks since the ruling we have seen an unseemly rush by previously covered jurisdictions that will make it harder for our fellow Americans to vote,” she said. “Unless we act now, citizens will be disenfranchised and victimized by the law instead of served by it….[A]nyone who says that racial discrimination is not a problem in American elections must not be paying attention.”

Breitbart wryly notes that Clinton isn’t exactly a confidence-inspiring torch bearer for Americans demanding their voyeuristic government to put down the binoculars:

According to Philip Rucker, White House correspondent for The Washington Post, Hillary planned to emphasize restoring faith in government – an ironic theme, considering that she was a member of the current administration presiding over the rapid decline in faith in government.

No word on whether this round of addresses will remunerate Hillary at her customary rate of $200,000 a pop.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.