True success stories are few and far between. But that’s what makes them so compelling. The story of Hillary Clinton could have been one for the ages. A young American girl grows up to be the Senator of New York, Secretary of State, and the first female President of the United States. But criminals can never be heroes, and Hillary’s lawless pursuit of power will forever tarnish her story and relegate it to an inept political tragedy.
A week ago you could Google “pathological liar,” and a picture of Hillary Clinton would appear. Today, I’m sure America’s grandma wishes the Internet didn’t exist.
Oh, the good old days. The web-less nineties; when news was in print and networks could almost entirely control the political narrative of the country. Back then the Clintons had real power. Bill was the leader of the free world, and Hillary was his 2IC. Unfortunately, wielding ultimate power wasn’t satisfying if the world didn’t know it.
And so one night, in an abandoned wing of the Clinton White House, Hillary called a meeting of the minds—between her private and public self—and committed to personifying the power.
It was there, alone in the dark—likely under the ever-vigilant gaze of past presidential portraits—Hillary Clinton unconditionally surrendered her self-respect for the prospect of becoming the most powerful woman ever.
That fateful decision has since paid off tremendously. Hillary is worth hundreds of millions of dollars. She represented the third most populated state as a two-term Senator. As Secretary of State, she was America’s chief diplomat. By 2015, she was the undisputed heir of the Democratic party. She was about to achieve everything she promised to herself. But then something happened.
Not in an instant. Hillary was too smart to let any one thing destroy her empire. Like all autocrats, her ultimate demise was the complacency that often results from unfathomable privilege. She developed a dangerous comfort level operating with no accountability; to the point that she began to believe the lie that she was untouchable. The greatest downside to absolute power is not that it corrupts absolutely, but that it often blinds you to the inevitable.
When Napoleon set off across the Niemen River with over half a million soldiers, he didn’t anticipate defeat; let alone one that didn’t occur on the field of battle. He was a genius military tactician, and he commanded the Grande Armée—a military force designed not merely to win but to annihilate the enemy. Yet, as he sat atop his steed, surrounded by a smoldering Russian capital, it began to snow. And in the end, it was freezing temperatures, supply issues, disease, and—to a lesser extent—the Russian’s Fabianesque tactics that slowly ground down the great Napoleon.
Likewise, When Hillary announced her candidacy, the Democratic primaries were a mere formality. Hillary’s political war machine was built for the general election, and no Republican candidate was ever going to stand a chance against the most qualified person to ever run for President—let alone another “first.”
So August arrived, and her campaign set their targets on Trump. They marched straight into his proverbial capital and set fire to his ego. They attacked his character, temperament, and “penchant for sexism.” With the war over, they simply waited for news of his surrender. The victory was just a matter of time.
But then it began to snow.
At first, it was a small flurry of WikiLeaks, but slowly it was apparent their campaign was experiencing the beginnings of a blizzard of epic proportions. They quickly huddled and realized they never planned for this contingency. The ultimate political war machine was systematically being undone by their naive arrogance, and Clinton’s Grande Armée was daily forced to decide between deserting or loyally dying with their emperor.
I find it ironic that the same Fog of War that blinded her in Benghazi now hovers twice as thick over her campaign headquarters. Fortunately for her, Obama is less inclined to leave her for dead. Like Napoleon before her, Hillary will likely be forced to abdicate herself and receive a justly deserved political exile. But is that enough?
With the fight for the White House now over, the war for our country continues. The American people have elected a political outsider. How will the political elites respond? Will they choose to serve the American people, or will they continue to embrace the false song of globalism?
Anthony DeChristopher is a 9-year veteran of the United States Army Special Forces and holds a M.A. in Strategic Security Studies from National Defense University’s College of International Security Affairs. I’ve published articles at The Hill, The Blaze, and American Thinker.