Conservatism, properly understood, is an ideology with a positive agenda. As conservatives, we are for a set of principles that lead us to value individual rights and responsibilities, humility in our government, and respect for our history and culture. But too many people define conservatives as whoever is against liberals. This is wrong.
On April 15, 2017, the Clinton Global Initiative, part of the Clinton Foundation, will shut down. The CGI’s website says it “convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges” and has “improved the lives of over 435 million people in more than 180 countries.” So if it’s doing such great work, why are the Clinton’s closing up shop?
It would make sense to shut down the CGI to avoid conflicts of interest if Hillary Clinton had won the election. But she lost. So now what is the reason to end the program they say has helped hundreds of millions of people?
Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to President Obama, claimed that Obama’s “administration hasn’t had a scandal and he hasn’t done something to embarrass himself.” Really?
- It wasn’t all that long ago we discovered that several VA hospitals were creating fake documents to cover up the fact that the wait to see doctors was so long they were essentially denying care to veterans. This was a major scandal that Obama promised to correct, but has done little about since the headlines went away.
- In 2013 it was discovered that the IRS had been targeting conservative organizations and denying them tax except status. This is not a made up story. Before he did nothing about it, Obama himself said he had “no patience with it. I will not tolerate it.” But no charges were filed or punishment met out. Lois Lerner, who was in charge of the department that targeted conservative groups, was put on paid leave before she eventually retired with full benefits.