What kind of person can say, as Hillary Clinton said, “We didn’t lose a single person” in Libya, when she was Secretary of State, on September 11, 2012, hence when the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi was attacked by terrorists that murdered ambassador Chris Stevens, information officer Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALS Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty?
Did Hillary simply forget the dead?
What kind of person can forget this atrocity, which has dogged Clinton throughout her 2016 presidential campaign, and that has led to a Congressional investigation of the private email server she used while Secretary of State?
Should we attribute this forgetfulness to temporary amnesia? Or should we attribute this forgetfulness to Clinton’s moral obtuseness? Or perhaps we should ascribe Clinton’s forgetfulness to a lack of conscience? Or perhaps we are dealing with a person who for many years, has been so steeped in shady, if not illegal, political, behavior, but who has never been called to account for such behavior, in consequence of which she cannot recollect having committed any wrongdoing?
Or perhaps she has been so long habituated to the cynicism of politics as to have become oblivious that her behavior may have been immoral, and that others may so regard her behavior in this cynical world in which she has lived and prospered without ever being denounced and punished for any wrongdoing?
So what difference does it make if a few Americans are murdered by Muslim terrorists, when such murder is a daily occurrence, and it doesn’t really matter whether this murder is attributable to ideology such as Islam?
For Hillary Clinton and countless others in the world of democratic politics, as well as in the world of academia, ideology has no veridical moral significance, since the very concept of morality is obsolete, and therefore should not clutter one’s memory or disturb one’s equanimity.
As is said on American campuses and in U.S. Supreme Court decisions legitimizing gay marriage, “I’m OK, you’re OK,” hence Hillary’s forgetfulness is OK!
Editor’s Note: Hillary Clinton did not stop here. She cheerfully spoke of “putting lots of coal miners and companies out of business.” She thus not only forgot that coal mining companies hire real people trying to earn a real wage, but also forgot how her remark would sound. Either she doesn’t care, or she should see an endocrinologist and have him check her for hypothyroidism. Nor would these two conditions be mutually exclusive.
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