The definitions of a crucible (aside from being a pot in which metals or other substances are heated to a very high temperature or melted, which we will get to later), are:
a very difficult test or challenge
a place or situation that forces people to change or make difficult decisions
Ever since she announced her candidacy for President in April of 2015, Hillary Clinton has been through the most challenging crucible in the history of this country, possibly the world.
But, let’s start at very beginning, shall we? I understand it’s a very good place to start.
The Hillary Rodham Clinton Cattle Futures Controversy
Whaaat? You never heard of this one? Well, wasn’t that long ago. Actually, the history of it begins in 1978 and 1979…but that’s not what’s important here. The “issue” came to light when she was First Lady of the United States in March of 1994 (and it coincided with the Whitewater controversy, which, by the way, is a complete and total coincidence).
In 1978 and 1979, Hillary invested $1000 on cattle futures and got a whopping $100,000 after only 10 months.
This, as we know, never happens. She became under suspicion of possible conflict of interest and disguised bribery.
After about a month of investigations, a former chairman of the Mercantile Exchange, Leo Melamed, was brought in by a special request from the White House to review the tradings. The next month he declared the whole issue a “tempest in a teapot,” and said that while Clinton’s brokers had not required her to provide typical margin cushions, she had not knowingly benefited. There was a question whether she had been allocated larger profits due to larger block trades and there was no evidence of any wrongdoing there either.
The Whitewater Controversy
This is one of the big ones, and, as pointed out earlier, it happened at the same time as the cattle futures controversy. I mean, I don’t blame them. Who doesn’t like a good organic burger now and then?
This one started in 1992, with a New York Times article that said The Clintons had invested and lost money in the Whitewater Development Corporation. Again, this never happens. It’s very unusual for newly married couples to lose money in real estate.
In August of 1994, Kenneth Starr was appointed by a three-judge panel to continue the investigation.
After 30 months of investigation, the panel and Starr found no evidence that the Clintons knowingly participated in any criminal activity. Starr’s successor, Robert Ray, criticized the White House for its delays in providing evidence and said the “unmeritorious litigation” by the President’s lawyers severely impeded the progress of the investigation and led to a cost of nearly $60 million dollars. This was in a final report in 2000.
What else? Oh, yes. She defended a rapist and laughed. Both are true…sort of.
Okay, here we go:
1–In 1975, Hillary Rodham, was a student at the University of Arkansas School of Law.
2—It was there that she founded the University of Arkansas School Legal Clinic.
3—Mahlon Gibson, a Washington County Prosecutor, recommended to Judge Maupin Cummings that Rodham defend Thomas Alfred Taylor, a 41 year-old man accused of raping a 12 year-old girl because Taylor had requested a female lawyer.
4—In a 2014 interview with CNN, “Gibson said Clinton called him shortly after the judge assigned her this guy and said, ‘I don’t want to represent this guy. I just can’t stand this. I don’t want to get involved. Can you get me off?’
“I told her, ‘Well contact the judge and see what he says about it,’ but I also said don’t jump on him and make him mad,” Gibson said. “She contacted the judge and the judge didn’t remove her and she stayed on the case.”
5—In a separate interview Clinton said she had obligation to provide the best defense she was able to provide.
6—The prosecutor was reluctant to release evidence, which turned out to be a pair of the defendant’s underwear with a hole cut out of it.
7—Clinton presented the evidence to a forensic expert in Brooklyn, NY who said there wasn’t enough material to test.
8—Taylor took a lie detector test and passed.
9—This was one of the times Clinton can be heard laughing on tape, because she said it destroyed forever her faith in polygraph tests.
10—The two other times were when she was talking about her difficulty in obtaining the evidence.
In an interview with Mumsnet, Clinton stood by her defense Clinton stood by her defense “When you’re a lawyer you often don’t have the choice as to who you will represent,” she said. “And by the very nature of criminal law there will be those you represent you don’t approve of. But, at least in our system, you have an obligation. And once I was appointed I fulfilled that obligation.”
Now. We’ve gone through all the horrible things Hillary was supposed to have done.
Except for the controversy about her using a private email server.
And the Benghazi controversy.
OK, about those emails- I will share with you a segment from a Rachel Maddow show where she goes in depth about the regressive methods used by our most sensitive government agencies. Hint: It’s a bad system.
And as for the Benghazi issue…I’ll just leave this here.
Hint: It was a witch hunt.
And the crucible bit-the part about a pot in which metals or other substances are heated to a very high temperature or melted.
Imagine Hillary Clinton as the pot into which all kinds of metal have been tossed in for a quarter of a century. Imagine all of those metals turning into gold by the sheer force of her alchemy.
There now, we’ve covered both definitions of the word.
Hopefully, this will clear up for some of the most open minded among you that the conservative right is sending you a bunch of hooey in the hopes that you will eat it up for breakfast without looking at it too closely. Please don’t.