By Jerry Alatalo
he entire world is talking about the “Panama Papers”. With 13-days between now and the New York state Democratic primary vote, it will rise to the top as an issue and become the difference resulting in a resounding victory for Sanders. The Sanders campaign was already rolling with momentum-building wins in 7 of the last 8 states – including Tuesday in Wisconsin – but when the people of Wyoming and New York learn the stances Clinton and Sanders took with regard to Panama in 2011, Clinton’s run for the White House quite possibly comes to an end.
Once the American people become aware of the profoundly different, “pro” and “anti” positions of Clinton and Sanders on the global tax haven industry, the gleeful smile and exuberance expressed by then Secretary Clinton in 2011 upon learning of the murder of Libya’s Gaddafi – and immediately after her uttering the infamously quoted “We came, we saw, he died!” – will likely transform into a deep depression. Hillary, even though her aspiration to become the 1st woman President of the United States ran into a “Panamanian Buzzsaw”, will consider herself fortunate she’s not living in Libya, at the very least.
The 2011 NATO bombing of Libya into the stone age was not about bringing freedom and democracy to the people of that nation. It was all about stopping a planned, ready to become reality, introduction of a new currency for the whole continent of Africa. Gaddafi was leading the initiative; one which, if it had come to pass, would have freed the people of Africa from the predatory actions of financial institutions and owners of the Federal Reserve, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, City of London among others. Corrupt leaders in Africa would have found themselves without any more dirty money to stash in Panama and the other 70-plus tax haven jurisdictions around the planet.
Nobody should expect Clinton to offer an honest, accurate description of the Panama Papers and what the expose’ means for ordinary Americans. One would probably win if betting she stays away from commenting on the topic of global tax evasion to the greatest extent possible. Unfortunately for Ms. Clinton, the story has become too large to avoid (it has record-size media “legs”), and coming forward with her views on the matter is now inescapable. The political tactic she used in refusing to show Americans the transcripts of her Goldman Sachs speeches – “I’ll offer my opinion on the Panama Papers when everyone else does” – is a prescription for failure.
While the “Goldman Sachs play” would fail, it’s difficult to perceive how choosing to comment on the global tax evasion industry could be any less problematic for Ms. Clinton. If she chooses silence, she loses. If she speaks to the issue, intensifying the impression in New York voters’ minds that Sanders fought tax evasion and she facilitated it, she loses.
Why should Ms. Clinton prepare for dealing with election defeat and depression? Because an unprecedented scenario combining the phenomenon of New York voting, Goldman Sachs speeches, Wall Street corruption, record planetary wealth inequality, austerity, Middle East war and peace, now massive tax evasion by the world’s wealthiest, most powerful people has emerged. Ms. Clinton, whose true record will become revealed to Americans in the next 13 days, has been on the wrong side of the world’s most important issues. The wrong side of history.
But “Don’t cry for me, America” after Hillary finally becomes exposed and loses the Democratic nomination to Bernie Sanders, because her and Bill will have all the time in the world to “hang” with their “people”, their multi-billionaire friends – such as the mega-rich international banking family the Rothschilds, or the Rockefellers, or the Waltons of WalMart. After all, the “idle rich” have all the time in the world for working on how to make Earth a better home for this and future generations.
Or, if the Clintons aren’t interested in world peace now, after she leaves politics they can join up with George W. Bush, Jeb and dad George H.W. Bush, CFR head David Rockefeller, Dick Cheney, Tony Blair, etc. and start a “Billionaire Art Society”, donating their paintings to charities like the Iraq, Libya, Syria or Yemen Relief Fund. If only George Carlin were alive today. Carlin would’ve received some long-overdue respect and admiration, perhaps a degree of personal satisfaction, as the “Club.. that you and I ain’t in…”, and how they’ve operated in secret for decades, becomes known by everyone on Earth.
Whether one describes the amazing events occurring as part of a political revolution, an evolutionary leap for humanity, or arrives at some other explanation, there are awesome and important transforming movements happening. It’s perhaps a great stretch to equate the Panama Papers with Revelations in the Bible, but for Hillary Clinton and her “peeps” it very likely feels that way.
(Thank you to The Young Turks at YouTube)