Well behaved women, stanza eight

It appears Pennsylvania has told the Greenies where they can get off on their recount nonsense.  With lawsuits pending in both Michigan and Wisconsin (where the recount is underway) and the bad guys needing to flip at least Pennsylvania and something else in order to put the electoral college in any sort of range where faithless electors could make a difference it looks like the Greenies just managed to fleece the Hillarybots and, like leftists are known to do, spend lots of money on nothing.  I’m not sure if that puts Jill Stein in the “good” or “bad” category for her spotlight in “Well behaved women” but then I wouldn’t call her exactly historic either.

Still, ’tis the season to lambaste badly behaved first ladies who made bad history, and with that in mind we turn to the former first lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos.

As the wife of President Ferdinand Marcos, who ruled the island nation from the mid-60s to the mid-80s, Imelda gained a reputation for her opulent lifestyle and abrasive personality.  In a nation plagued by poverty and deprivation she was known throughout the world for her massive collection of shoes, and it is widely believed that she raided the government coffers to fund other acquisitions including massive buys of real estate in Manhattan.  She cozied up to dictators around the world including Fidel Castro, Saddam Hussein, and Muammar Gaddafi, and headed up what was essentially a combination Department of HHS/Department of the Interior that she ran with an iron fist.  When her husband fell ill in the early 80s she essentially took over the presidency as well.  She had a major role to play in exiling an opposition leader, Benigno Aquino, in the early part of the decade, and when Aquino was allowed to return in 1983, and was assassinated the moment he stepped off the plane in Manila, she was accused of being involved.  Her husband appointed a commission to investigate her and, surprise surprise, found her not guilty.

In 1986, following an election that Marcos claimed to win but was widely believed to have been rigged, the Marcos’ fled the Philippines for Hawaii.  In 1991, after Ferdinand’s death in 1989, Imelda was allowed to return by President Corazon Aquino (Benigno’s widow), and Imelda promptly ran for president herself, losing badly.  But demonstrating that some people just don’t ever get it and never will, she managed to get herself elected to the Filipino Congress and Senate, where she continued to be plagued by scandals and lawsuits, some of which have resulted in her being ordered to repay some small portions of the untold amount of money she and her husband embezzled.  She remains one of the wealthiest politicians in the Philippines to this day, after a long life of “public service.”

Gee, that doesn’t sound like anyone we know does it?

Tune in next week for a more uplifting example of a woman behaving well and making history.


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