Sunday, June 26, 2005

Hillary Clinton's Wellesley College thesis - The Rosetta Stone

update - March 4, 2007 - click here for my response to MSNBC's whitewash of Hillary's thesis. - end update

Click here for a previous post regarding Hillary Clinton's college thesis. Peggy Noonan refers to this thesis as the "Rosetta stone of Hillary studies."

For those unfamiliar with the Rosetta Stone, suffice it to say it was the first piece of ancient Egyptian writing that allowed archaeologists to translate the remaining Egyptian writings. By 1799, archaeologists had long known of and been perplexed by Egyptian writings dating back 5,000 years. The Rosetta Stone was the key to translating all of these writings so that the great mysteries of Egypt could be unlocked.

Prior to the Rosetta Stone's discovery in the ruins of a buried Egyptian fort, ancient Egyptian wonders such as the Pyramids and the sphinx stood mute in the desert.

In modern times, we have observed Hillary on the national stage for more than 13 years. We have observed her role in Bill Clinton's scandals, including the one great scandal of our time. We have seen her defend him and pretend to be the last person on Earth to believe him. We have seen her failed health care plan and her double dealings in Arkansas. We have seen her voluminous biography, in which she managed to say absolutely nothing in 562 pages.

as mute as the pyramids

All of these items loom large in the history of the 1990's. Yet none of them make sense without understanding Hillary's core philosophy. That is why we need the thesis. According to Peggy Noonan, Hillary discussed "how to change the American political culture." This discussion occurred in the context of a tribute to a leftist political organizer. Does she reveal her own thoughts on the radicalization and even balkanization of the American political process? It is hard to say, because the thesis has been closely guarded from the moment Hillary entered the national political stage. Jack Anderson could not discover its contents:
Recently syndicated columnist Jack Anderson was doing a story on Hillary Clinton, and in the process his staff requested a copy of her 1969 senior thesis from Wellesley College. It was a seemingly simple request, since normally college theses are public record, available to anyone.

Not, however, in this case. Anderson was told that the current Wellesley president had created a new rule in 1992. The new rule, Anderson says, is that "...the college would seal the senior theses of any Wellesley grads who were either the first lady or the president of the United States." (Perhaps not coincidentally, the president of Wellesley is a long-time friend of Mrs. Clinton's.)

Okay, Anderson asked, can you just tell us the *subject* of the paper? No. Well, was the new policy enacted at Clinton's request? Again, no answer.

Perplexed and intrigued, Anderson contacted Hillary's White House press corps. He was assured it was no big deal, and that he'd be sent a copy of the paper, along with an explanation of why it had been sealed. Several weeks passed, however, and no thesis appeared. Finally he was told that no copy would be coming -- and no explanation would be given.

Eventually, Anderson provided a relatively innocuous explanation for the thesis' contents, but the mystery remains.

Apparently, Barbara Olson came into possession of a copy before she died (on 9-11). She did not publish it, but she wrote her own impressions of this 75 page document:
The thesis' title, "There is Only the Fight ... An Analysis of the Alinsky Model," exposes Clinton's strong ideological attachment to her most influential mentor, Saul Alinsky.

Reading this work makes it clear why she had to remove it from public view, for Alinsky, who died in 1972, was a radical social activist who preached grass-roots organizing and intense, confrontational politics.

Alinsky defined "obtaining power" as a key tactic of organizing his "mass jujitsu." His formula for attack: "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it."

Olson's review is helpful, but only a reading of the original thesis will provide the full story.
Richard Poe, citing Olson's book, summarized it this way (while correcting certain anti-Hillary myths):
A series of hard-Left mentors introduced Hillary to the brass-knuckle realities of revolutionary activism. As a Wellesley undergraduate, she met and interviewed radical organizer Saul Alinsky, whose Machiavellian tactics she admired. Hillary's senior thesis supported Alinsky's call for class warfare.

Once the Rosetta stone was translated (after 20 years of painstaking effort), the writings in the Egyptian pyramids and elsewhere made sense. The secrets of the ancient world were secrets no more. If we can unlock Hillary's radical past, we can explain the mystery that was the Clinton White House and all of its seemingly contradictory policies and political wars. We can also explain (and maybe avoid) the balkanized future that awaits this country as a result of a second Clinton presidency and its aftermath.

I really don't know whether a copy of this thesis is available or what Ms. Olson did with her copy. I do believe a good place to start would be with Barbara Olson's book, "Hell to Pay" and the books of Saul Alinsky.

Now is the time to look into these matters. We can do the research now and figure out how we will expose Hillary Clinton's true agenda. If we don't research this subject until the summer of 2008 when Hillary has a 7-10 point lead in most polls, it may be too late.
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