Troubles for current Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton seem to be unrelenting, but for good reason.
The latest development in the continuing discussion and investigation into the State Department email scandal divulges that Clinton apologized for her use of a private email address — an apology that was long overdue.
Despite the recent drop in the polls and slowly developing consciousness of Democrats, it’s startling that Clinton continues to be the front-runner for her party’s nomination, even if by a margin, and that her campaign isn’t in worse shape.
It’s deplorable that a woman running for the highest office in this country doesn’t see this situation as something that could even remotely affect her campaign. She is deceitful, incompetent and represents the past.
She repeatedly refused to apologize for using a private email address, even telling the Associated Press in an interview that it would have been a “better choice” for her to use separate email accounts for her personal and public business.
The question on the minds of countless Americans, though, is what prompted this apology?
Before the profound confession, Clinton offered a classic non-apology, saying she was sorry that this situation was confusing. In essence, this is equivalent to saying, “I’m sorry you feel this way.”
Further discussions have surfaced raising the inquiry of whether this entire scandal was contrived to begin with. Even if it was, the question still remains why she felt it was necessary to issue a full apology through email and Facebook after having been given copious opportunities to do so before this situation got out of hand.
“I wanted you to hear this directly from me,” Clinton said. “Yes, I should have used two email addresses, one for personal matters and one for my work at the State Department. Not doing so was a mistake. I’m sorry about it, and I take full responsibility.”
This email scandal is only the beginning, though. Clinton has continuously demonstrated that she will do anything to win, even if that means likening Republican views on women, specifically the belief of the right to life and the unborn, to those of terrorists.
According to The Blaze, Clinton, during a campaign speech in Cleveland, said, “Extreme views about women, we expect that from some of the terrorist groups.
We expect that from people who don’t want to live in the modern world. But it’s a little hard to take coming from Republicans who want to be president of the United States. They are dead wrong for 21st-century America. We are going forward. We are not going back.”
The irony of these statements, though, is that Clinton is the politician who is out of touch, not the Republicans.
She is a 20th-century candidate, who is not capable of leading our country in an age that demands 21st-century leadership.
The Clintons live by a different set of rules than the rest of Americans.
A woman who puts her privacy above national security, and whose political self-preservation is of first priority, is deeply unfit to be commander-in-chief.
An apology does not remedy this situation.
Lauren Konkol is a contributing writer for the Central Florida Future.