Hillary No Change or Hope
I find the candidacy of Hillary Clinton boring, contrived to be progressive, and disingenuous. Hillary Clinton, a former Goldwater republican, senator, and Secretary of State under President Obama is running to be the first female President and it is a sad situation.
A recent article by Lisa Featherstone in The Nation highlights Mrs. Clinton's efforts "as first lady of Arkansas to weaken teacher's unions and scapegoat teachers - most of them women, large numbers of them black - for problems in the education system.." Also according to Ms. Featherstone, in 1996 when Bill Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, "Hillary wasn't a mere spectator to this; within the White House, she advocated harsher policies like ending traditional welfare, even as others in the administration, like Labor Secretary Robert Reich, proposed alternatives. Clinton defended her preferred policies by demonizing mothers struggling to get by as "deadbeats" who were "sitting around the house doing nothing."
On foreign affairs as Secretary of State, Ms Featherstone says that "Yet Clinton, as secretary of state, went so far as to claim that wars could help liberate women - for example, by making the Taliban respect human rights in Afghanistan..." Does this view of the world demonstrate the recognition of the realities? She sounds more like a republican warmonger living in a bubble of spreading democracy, and we all know how well that has worked for the last sixty years.
Mrs. Clinton latest show of duplicity has been attacks on Bernie Sanders Medicare for all proposal which in 1993 she supported. She opposes meaningful Wall Street reform (reinstatement of Glass-Seagal), the $15 minimum wage, free public college education, and has consistently supported intervention in Libya and the Iraq war.
The general election with Mrs. Clinton running against one of the GOP buffoons will be close and she could easily lose because she offers nothing new except being female. The progressive supporting Sen. Sanders will not be inspired to vote for her and this could easily lead to her defeat because Mrs. Clinton is merely a republican running for president as a democrat, no change or hope.
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