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Fri Jul 24, 2015, 03:09 PM

I just have to say something about this dynasty crapola [View all]

First, I have literally no doubt in my mind that if a scion of the Kennedy family were running espousing the view Sanders does the same people bleeting about dynasties would have not one word to say (especially if that person were running against Hillary Clinton). But it isn't just the hypocrisy of this crowd that irritates me. It is the essential lack of truth in the charge of dynasty.

Let's start with a real dynastic candidate. Jeb Bush's grandfather was a US Senator who went to a private school and then to Yale who's own father was president of a steel company. His grandmother also went to a private high school and had been raised in privilege. His father was the son of a Senator, went to Yale, and served in the US House, was CIA Director, VP, and President. His mother went to a series of private schools and grew up in privilege. His older brother went to a private school, then Harvard, was Governor of Texas, and then President. He went to a private school, then to University of Texas, was Governor of Florida.

In comparison, Hilary's father was the child of an immigrant, played football at Penn State and started a successful textile business. Her mother was quite literally a starving orphan. She was the first woman and only the second person in her family to attend college. Her husband, grew up with a single mother, was the first in his family to attend college. The fact is that her credentials in 69 were equal to his but they went back to Arkansas because of the sexism that was prevalent in the early 70's. Remember as a married woman in the early 70's she couldn't even get credit in her own name in large swaths of the country. What ever one thinks of Bill and Hillary Clinton, they worked themselves up to the positions they are in now. Only one of their four parents went to college and none of their grandparents did. In contrast, Jeb grew up in massive privilege as did his parents and grandparents. Hillary isn't a dynastic candidate no matter how many manifestly dishonest people pretend she is.

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