No One Needs Your Lousy Party, or A Modest Proposal for Hillary Clinton
The following is intended as satire, unless a certain someone takes it seriously.
Dear Hillary Clinton:
Perhaps you think a big night out on the town with some of your most fanatical fans will cheer you up after what's been a very bad month for the Rodham-Clinton Clan. However, there must be a better way to spend your ever less valuable time than this pity party you and your running mate, Governor Tim Kaine, are planning on throwing for a few of your nearest, dearest and wealthiest friends:
Democrats Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine are planning a thank-you party next week for those who donated millions to their presidential campaign.
The party at the Plaza Hotel's Grand Ballroom on Dec. 15 is expected to feature fashion icon Anna Wintour, investor Alan Patricof, hedge fund manager Marc Lasry and more, according to the New York Post's Page Six.
"Hopefully there’s no balconies so nobody can jump," an insider told Page Six.
I know it must be rough, having to celebrate losing an election to Donald Trump, a man's who's literally a walking, talking brand for a Mussolini revival show. Indeed, I can't fathom why anyone would be inclined to attend your gala, even if the the drinks and food do represent a a tax free return on some small portion of the money they burned on the altar of the unrivaled and unparalleled political catastrophe that was your 2016 Presidential campaign.
Ms. Clinton, I have to ask: doesn't this "thanks for all the moola, guys" shindig look a little unseemly for a woman who back in February stood before a "packed house" of people at a Baptist Church in Flint, Michigan in desperate need of help that they hoped you would provide for them in their struggle to receive assistance to mitigate the damage done by their lead-poisoned water system.
Albert Deloney believes Hillary Clinton's visit to Flint today will bring more than a political speech.
"With Mrs. Clinton coming, I think that's going to get us more help," said Deloney, adding he his great-granddaughter has been dealing with a rash on her hand which he said is related to the water issue. [...]
Flint resident Maudie Coley was excited to get the chance to see Clinton, proudly stating "I am a Hillary supporter 100 percent," but she also hopes for some relief in regards to the city's infrastructure.
"I think she could promote funding for the infrastructure. That's what we need. We need more than speeches," she said. ... "Action. That's what we need -- action."
Joann Cooper hopes Clinton's visit will help lead to a permanent fix. She's been using bottled water for everything from washing dishes to bathing at her Flint home.
"The problem needs to be fixed in every home, every pipe," she said. "We need to be able to feel safe when we turn the faucet on to drink, not turn it on thinking we're putting deadly chemicals into our body."
Help that you did promise you would deliver them - in a speech (presumably unpaid). Must seem like such a long time ago, but really it wasn't. And those poor people of Flint are still suffering, still looking for the help they need. They are still waiting for clean water to drink, cook with and bathe in, even as the media has moved on to more significant matters such the latest and greatest Trump outrage regarding his impending assumption of the office that you so doggedly sought and fought for for so many years.
Now I know, you aren't going to be the first female President of these here United States thanks to that despicable FBI Director Comey and those angry ass country folks" who couldn't wrap their head around the importance to them of you being the one to break that biggest of glass ceilings. I know you must be pondering what you're going to do with the rest of your life now that the Oval Office option is finally off the table, but trust me partying like it's 1992 with some of your closest and dearest "friends" seems sort of pointless, don't you agree?
Unless you're still dreaming of resurrecting your family's foundation from its recent run of misfortune regarding its future financial viability. I hate to be the one to tell you, but that ship has sailed never to return.
However, you still matter a great deal to a great many people in this country (and no, I'm not talking about the ones gloating over your inglorious defeat). People who believe in you. People who would follow your lead if you would only point the way, including many of the same people who helped fund your campaign to the tune of $1.3 billion. So let me offer you gratis this suggestion to burnish your tarnished legacy. Make good on those promises you made to the people of Flint, or at least try to do so.
I know, it must seem like a small matter in the great scheme of the many more important things to which you previously were accustomed. It doesn't offer any monetary remuneration for your efforts, whether through honorariums for speeches given to audiences of corporate executives or other services rendered. And perhaps you believe it isn't worthy of your talents or attention after such a devastating blow to your self esteem. But you know, it might just be what the doctor ordered to stave of that serious bout of depression and deep despair in which I suspect you're wading right now.
All you'd need to do would be to put a face on this cause that, sadly, so many in the media forgot once the Michigan primary election ended. You'd revitalize this cause and give it some added juice just by associating yourself with a matter greater than - well, your self. And I bet you could do a dandy job of fundraising and lobbying your pals in Congress. You might even and maybe make an appeal on behalf of the people of Flint to your old friend who appears to be in a little in over his head right now concerning the requirements of his new job.
Furthermore, you wouldn't be in this all by your lonesome. A group of well-trained, dedicated professionals and patriots would have your back, willing to do all the heavy lifting that's required to re-focus the nation's attention on this travesty of injustice and environmental racism. That's right, these folks. You know, our nation's most honored heroes, our military veterans:
Just days after they arrived at the Standing Rock Sioux protest camp to join the activists protesting against the Dakota Access oil pipeline, a group of U.S. military veterans have a new mission, and a new destination—Flint, MI, where the crisis over the city’s contaminated water is still raging.
“We don’t know when we are going to be there but we will be heading to Flint,” Wes Clark Jr., who helped organize the thousands of veterans who flooded into Standing Rock in recent days, told MLive.com. “This problem is all over the county. It’s got to be more than veterans. People have been treated wrong in this county for a long time.”
Why don't you and your swanky "jet set" posse consider making alternative plans this holiday season? Instead of another forgettable evening out with the fancy cocktail shrimp and lobster tail entree crowd, you could do a lot of good for the people of Flint, Michigan, Hillary Clinton, if you truly want to. Well, do you? Do you really? Because you know what they say (they being in this case Joseph Barber Lightfoot):
Try to help others. Consult their weaknesses, relieve their maladies; strive to raise them up, and by so doing you will most effectually raise yourself up also.
Who knows, it might do your physical, mental and spiritual health a great service by doing some good for people so many in our country have written off as even less than deplorable - our own country's version of untouchables. Poor people.
Please give it all due consideration, will you?
Steven D. Searls a/k/a Steven D