Richard H. Collins

For Hillary a “critical situation” means preventing her husband’s political career from catastrophe. But today we are dealing with terrorists plotting to harm Americans using the latest technology to stay one step ahead of law enforcement.

The pacifist left that makes up a vocal part of her party’s base and is venomous in its opposition to giving the administration these critical tools. And so in order to gain their support – or at least mitigate their opposition – she has repeatedly attacked President Bush and supported efforts to undermine his ability to operate these programs effectively.

This is standard operating procedure for Hillary. On issue after issue she has said one thing and done another. She publicly refused to specify whether she would support raising social security taxes in order to make the fund solvent. But in a discussion with a voter in Iowa she admitted that tax increases are in fact being considered.

When President Bush proposed using private investment accounts to provide younger workers with greater retirement security Hillary castigated it as risky and promised that “privatization” would never be the answer. But when forced to find a cost effective way to address the issue, she proposed a 401(k) program that is remarkably similar to Bush’s proposals.

And these are just two recent examples. The fact is that, like her husband, Hillary has one standard for herself and another for everyone else. She has a long standing habit of saying one thing for public consumption and doing or saying another when she doesn’t think anyone is paying attention.

It is hard to escape the conclusion that Hillary’s positions and actions are based not on principle and firm beliefs, but on political expediency. In an age of terrorism, however, this is not just a character flaw but a question of national security.

Given her history and the dangers we face, electing Hillary is clearly not a risk we can afford to take.

Richard H. Collins

Richard H. Collins is the founder of, a website dedicated to educating the public about Hillary Clinton’s liberal record.

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