There was an odor about this past campaign, and it was highly reminiscent of something. It was not the earthiness of fall, or the sweetness of spring, nor was it the freshness of great expectations that accompanies great change.It was the stench of corruption, and it was reminiscent of the last time Bill and Hillary Clinton were in the political ascendancy. It wasn’t just a stale stench, although that lingered with abundance, it was the even more offensive smell of fresh outrages, with new repellent odors lingering around everything the Clintons do.
An essential part of this corruption, as it has always been, is that they lie about everything they do. They destroy everything and everyone they touch, and then go forward claiming great success. On the part of Hillary and her time at her top Cabinet position, look at the tragedies of Libya, of Syria, of Yemen, of Egypt, of Iran, all under her dismal watch as Secretary of State. We are all suffering as a result of these complete failures, for all of which Hillary Clinton claims success.
No one, not even their supporters, believes a word they say anymore (but they don’t care); certainly not the poor benighted people living under those regimes that Hillary and Bill Clinton ‘helped.’ Let’s look at one of their initial such experiments, and perhaps the most prolonged, and tragic, disasters of the Clintons.
Much in the news at present is Haiti, part of an island in the Caribbean originally called Hispaniola, with 1/3 third of its land mass being Haiti and the other 2/3 being the very separate nation of the Dominican Republic. The two disparate parts of Hispaniola have always had quite separate characters, and have never had close relations. They have actually often been in conflict with one another.
Haiti, called “The Emerald Isle” by Christopher Columbus, who discovered the island in 1492, has had an extraordinary history, filled with romance, violence, royalty, tragedy, farce, villainy, greed, slavery, great military courage, voodoo, and political genius.
What has resulted from the ensuing centuries is a sad, wrecked, mess of a Caribbean nation of millions of people that for years has been, and continues to be, the poorest country in the Americas.
At a certain point in its checkered history, Hispaniola separated into the French part of the island, the west, and the Spanish part of the island, the east. This was based on numerous factors, including colonization by separate nations (France and Spain), settlement of different parts of the island by former pirates (mostly French), and seemingly irrelevant treaties between European nations. Thus, the defining characteristic of the island was created, which was a geographic one.
The French part of the island, starting from the mid-17th century, became a highly profitable agricultural territory, not only because the land was fertile and one in which sugar cane thrived, but also because the French who settled there developed a massive slave system. It was said about French Caribbean slavery as represented on Saint Domingue, as Haiti was known at that time, was:
particularly brutal, worse than virtually any other place in the western world. Slaves were routinely treated with great brutality and inhumanity.
The French “allowed the number of slaves to grow without any concern” and by the late 18th century there were 500,000 slaves and 50,000 free people, of whom 30,000 were free people of color, both black and mulatto.
This combination of factors, along with the spirit of the French Enlightenment and later the Revolution, which inspired many in the New World, had an extraordinary effect on Saint Domingue. An uprising of free people of color that occurred in 1791 resulted in a full-fledged revolutionary war on the French part of the island that finished ultimately in the defeat of the French on the island.
Make no mistake, the position of the French settlers and slave and plantation owners was mightily defended by well trained, well-equipped, and determined French troops. They fought against untrained and barely armed slaves and former slaves led by a former slave himself with the impossibly beautiful name of Toussaint L’Ouverture; it was said about Monsieur L’Ouverture that he and his rag-tag army fought so brilliantly that they won 7 hard-fought battles in 7 days.
Thus, the first and only slave rebellion in the world that achieved what it set out to do was fought and won in the land now known as Haiti.
Slavery was finished in this newly freed land, and the first all black republic was established, with a constitutional prohibition against white people owning land. Unfortunately, the European nation the Haitians, both black and white (there actually weren’t any more white Haitians anymore; they were all run off or killed in the revolution) looked to as their motherland, France, was going through great changes itself. The Jacobins, whom the revolutionary Haitians emulated and whose class violence “brought indiscriminate death to France,” were out of power and replaced by the autocratic regime of Napoleon Bonaparte. The soon-to-be Emperor was not particularly interested in colonial adventures (he was much more interested in acquiring nations like Spain, Italy, Egypt, Sweden, and the like), so he just rather blithely restored the practice of slavery to Haiti, supplied more French troops, and promptly ignored the whole situation.
An interesting historical fact about Haiti, Toussaint, and Napoleon is that when the two men had finally agreed to terms of peace for Haiti, Napoleon agreed to Haitian independence and Toussaint agreed to retire from public life.
A few months later, the French invited Toussaint to come to a negotiated meeting with full safe conduct. When he arrived, the French betrayed the safe conduct and arrested him, forcing him on a ship headed for France. Napoleon ordered that Toussaint be placed in a prison dungeon in the mountains (which was done).
A short time later, Toussaint died there “by means of cold, starvation, and neglect.”
When asked years later in exile on the island of St. Helena about his dishonorable treatment of Toussaint, Napoleon was known to have said:
What could the death of one wretched Negro mean to me?
These events led to continued bloody conflict in Haiti, which lasted for many years, while the fledgling leaders of the newly independent state attempted to imitate the French system they had just so violently rejected, but without slavery. They built an “economy based on plantation agriculture and sugar,” and while there was considerable initial success from these efforts (Haiti returned the economy to roughly 75% of the productivity of the pre-Revolutionary period), what resulted in a system more like European serfdom than what the Haitian people wanted. What thus arose were two Haiti’s—the elites and the masses, which is what has existed in Haiti since that time and exists to this day.
The reaction of the rest of the western world was one of utter shock at these cataclysmic events in the Caribbean, as there were still numerous extant slave owning and slave trading nations, and they did not want the contagion of the Haitian revolution to infect their own situations. As a result, none of these nations, which included the new United States of America, would officially recognize the new black nation of Haiti, especially its motherland of France, as until the French citizens whose lives had been lost and whose property had been usurped had been compensated, that nation would not recognize Haitian independence.
As a result of this international ostracism, among other factors:
the growth of democracy in Haiti (was) to be virtually impossible. The masses of Haitian rural peasants were illiterate and remain so today. Both the Industrial Revolution and the Democratic Revolutions (sic) passed Haiti by.
Combined with massive soil erosion because no one knew how to combat this devastating problem on the formerly fertile island, nation-wide illiteracy, increasingly removed elites in power, and centuries old sanctions still practiced against the Haitians internationally, the various political uprisings over the decades, and horrific natural disasters, like the earthquake of 2010, together created the Haiti that we have today.
Today Haiti is a:
As a result of the most recent of these natural disasters, Hurricane Matthew, the Clintons entered the picture to ‘help’ Haiti. They flew in to save the island nation, of course by private jet with many handlers and bundlers, though unencumbered with any accurate history of the country as a guide. Acting with their accustomed hubris, the Clintons would save the day for these poor benighted people. The Clintons did not expend their time and largesse for the people of Haiti, of course, they did it because they needed an issue to counter a few scandals that were popping up at the time, seemingly an ever-recurring problem. So, the two grifters used their fake charity organization, The Clinton Foundation, and with great aplomb, invaded Haiti with aides, public relations specialists, along with lots of cameras, and announced that they would fix things. Billions of dollars came into the fake foundation to help the stricken Haitian people, and thus all such funding was filtered through the Clinton Foundation.
nation in disarray and disorder, unsafe, economically desperate without much clear hope of significant improvement … (while) the vast majority of Haiti’s people live in desperate poverty and personal unsafety. They are jobless, hungry, unsafe, and discouraged.
It has recently been documented that 8%—that’s 8%—of all monies that went through the Clinton Foundation for a specific charitable goal got to that goal, while the other 92% of the billions being contributed went to the Clintons and the others to whom they wanted it to go, whether that be their cronies in the U.S. or the foreign oligarchs that would continue to support them financially. The Haitian people received very little, and next to nothing therefore was done to help them by the most visible of their “saviors.”
The most recent devastation to the island was in large part because the Haitian infrastructure was as old and decrepit as it was (e.g., one of the major bridges of Haiti was washed away in this most recent hurricane leaving an entire third of the island nation inaccessible). The soil was unable to secure its vegetation, as no improvement had been made vis-à-vis the erosion problem causing most of the 300 deaths in this most recent tragedy made by falling trees. And housing for the majority of the Haitians was blown away as easily as palm fronds, as pretty much all the money given to the Clintons for the benefit of the Haitian people and their housing didn’t quite make it to the intended recipients.
Notwithstanding all these facts, the Clintons, as a result of their presence on the island, and because of all the billions donated to the Clinton Foundation, announced that they had ‘fixed’ Haiti.
This is exactly how the Clintons would have fixed the United States of America if they had been victorious in 2016..