An Open Letter to Hillary Clinton on Her Reluctance to Release Her Wall Street Speech Transcripts

By | February 7, 2016

Secretary Clinton,

I believe you are not reading the mood of the country during the 2016 Presidential Election. People are tired of the typical, persistent politics of money that dominates politics in the United States. People are tired of dishonest politicians that discuss “evolving” positions but in the end vote to meet the demands of the rich. Then, here you are giving hugely overpriced speeches to Wall Street and being resistant to release the text of these speeches to the people you want to serve.

This, Secretary Clinton, is unacceptable.

The Bible discusses the quandary as such:

No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. Matthew 6:24

It goes on to describe these as God and money. In this instance you are attempting to serve the interests of Wall Street lobbyists and the American people. These interests are at odds.

Senator Sanders message is resonating because he is right. Wealth is continuing to flow up to the top 1% while the rest of us are getting poorer. We want a champion to stop this and balance it out. It’s ok for people to get wealthy, but there must be a balance.

But, understand this. The average household income in the United States is $51,939. In one speech to Wall Street you made a little less than four times that amount. In all of your speeches to Goldman Sachs, you made more than the net worth of your Democratic opponent.

It worries people, especially those that are part of the Democratic Party, that your interests are aligned closer to the elite than the common person. As a former Democratic president, Jimmy Carter, described it, the United States is now “an oligarchy with unlimited political bribery.” Hence, when a former Secretary of State who many believe will run for President, and now is running for President, makes $2.9 million in speeches to Wall Street, many people want to know what she said to them.

You are now saying you will release your speech transcripts if your opponents will release their speeches. Currently, your opponent is Bernie Sanders. He made, according to the New York Times, Bernie made $1867.42 for 3 appearances, one on Real Time with Bill Maher.

And if you are including the Republicans running as needing to release their speeches, guess what: the Democratic primary voters don’t care. We EXPECT them to be in the pocket of Wall Street. We EXPECT that they will kowtow to their interests. We EXPECT better from you.

That, Secretary Clinton, is the problem. When you are asked about why people would see you as dishonest, you blame Republicans. You say they are the reason for the questions around the your email server. And now you demand they release the transcripts to speeches, too.

But, Secretary, you are the one that evolves on myriad positions.

You are the one that decided to, for your convenience, setup a private email server.

And you chose to speak to Wall Street, making you rich and creating doubt in Democratic voters.

So, please, release the transcripts. If you continue to resist doing this you will allow your opponents to continue to question what you are trying to hide. We have no reason to question the integrity of Bernie. In this instance you would be able to put to rest one troubling question that will continue to overshadow your campaign.

Nicolas Queen, MSW LGSW

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  • Bobs_Vendetta

    Hillary Clinton won’t release these transcripts — at least, not in unedited form — for the same reason she fails the authenticity test. Clinton is a pro-Big business, pro-Wall Street, pro-free trade Democrat. She is, after all, the quintessential Clinton Democrat. She cannot let the voters see her real political self, because that is what they will see. And they will reject it.

    Her only chance is to mislead the voters and get them to believe she is somebody besides who she really is and has an agenda other than her real agenda. Do not underestimate her willingness to lie as much as is necessary to accomplish that.