After looking up to the former First Lady for years, I now realize who she really is
When I first saw Hillary Clinton, it was when an unknown governor of Arkansas Bill Clinton was running for President in 1992. She used the name Hillary Rodham Clinton and was an attorney for the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock.
Her hair was worn in a long bob style and she became famous for her headbands, sort of like Larry King is with his suspenders. I was mystified by her. Unlike Nancy Reagan or Barbara Bush, I could tell she was ambitious. She became a pseudo mentor for me and because of her, I did the 10 year night school method to get through college. Thank you Hillary.
During Bill’s presidency, Hillary became quite controversial. She made statements such as “I don’t stay home and bake cookies.” She tried in vain to reform health care. She tried to be part of her husband’s cabinet and she was admired for standing by her man when Bill’s sexual appetite caught up with him.
When Bill left office, she ran for Senator in New York even though she’s from Illinois. She started wearing New York Yankee baseball hats, bought a home and campaigned like a native New Yorker until she won the election. Her record in the Senate is impressive with the exception of voting for the Iraq war.
In 2008, she ran for president against Barack Obama, another senator who ironically is from Hillary’s home state of Illinois. Their debates were heated, but in the end I thought she was going to come out on top. For the first time, Democrats had the choice between a woman and a black man.
After President Obama won the election, the nation was elated to have the first black president. Obama soon appointed Hillary to be Secretary of State. I thought Obama really took the high ground seeing as how he took several punches from her during the campaign. Clinton dressed the part and clocked more hours and miles than any other Secretary of State that came before her. I remained impressed by her, but something in my gut didn’t feel right.
When Hillary resigned as Secretary of State, the rumors instantly began about how she was going to rest up so she could run for President again in 2016. She wrote in a letter, “I am more convinced than ever in the strength and staying power of America’s global leadership and our capacity to be a force for good in the world.”
In my lifetime, this woman had come a long way. In many of her speeches, she has been a champion for women’s causes, but nothing ever really changed. In fact, they have gotten worse. As much as I would like to see a female president, Hillary is not it, not by a long stretch. Historians say that a politician’s legacy is the true story of how they did their job.
In October, 2014, Mother Jones published an article called “How Hillary Clinton’s State Department Sold Fracking to the World.” She urged other countries to use the process and to “give it another chance.” I couldn’t believe what I was reading. Everything she had done keeps bringing her down a rung on the ladder.
In Hillary’s book, “Hard Choices”, she refused to take a stand on the Keystone pipeline. On her watch, the State Department ignored a major pipeline spill in 2010 by another Canadian company called Enbridge (the first major spill of Canadian diluted bitumen in a U.S. river). The State Department then gave the green light to Keystone saying a Keystone XL rupture would not impact public health. The residents of Marshall, Michigan would strongly disagree.
Benghazi has become a joke because of the endless Republican led hearings, but after doing some research on other embassy attacks, Christopher Stevens was the only ambassador to be killed. That’s why Benghazi was such a big deal. I still wonder why she didn’t insist on extra protection right after the United States helped topple their dictator.
When John Kerry took over as Secretary of State, foreign affairs were in far worse shape, particularly in the Middle East, than when Clinton was sworn in. The United States is currently carrying out military operations in eight countries. The more I think about it, the more I realize that President Obama has never talked about her accomplishments during her time as Secretary of State.
I do however remember who Hillary is married to. I remember Bill Clinton signing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and GATT. I remember how he gutted welfare. I remember he did away with Wall Street regulations right before leaving office (we know how that went). The Clinton’s are globalists and corporatists. They have only perpetuated the the damage of Reaganomics.
Unemployment is down now, but salaries are still low and many skilled and educated workers are doing jobs they didn’t train for. Many people are working full time, but are still living in poverty. I’m starting to think the Clinton’s sabotaged the country more than they have helped. Even in the 2014 midterms, both Clinton’s campaigned for several Democratic candidates and they all lost.
Today I saw a article from The Hill with the headline: “Warren Trounces Clinton.” It was such a relief to read that progressives would rather have Elizabeth Warren first, Bernie Sanders second, and Hillary Clinton third for the 2016 presidential election. If the rumors are to be believed, Hillary is going to announce her candidacy for president in January of 2015.
I doubt Hillary will make it. The debates are going to be very confrontational if Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders decided to run. They will justifiably slam her for being a corporate shill. Not supporting or voting for Hillary Clinton will not be a hard choice for me at all.