Supporting Hillary Clinton in 2016

These past few months many of my friends have contacted me to try to persuade me to support Bernie Sanders. It doesn’t bother me. I’m a Hillary supporter, but I like Bernie. I have nothing bad to say about him. Bernie’s more progressive in many issues than Hillary. I think Bernie should stay in the race and pressure Hillary to move to the left on more issues. If I thought the Democrats could have majorities in both houses of Congress, I’d support Bernie. But because of gerrymandering, the Republicans will probably retain their majorities in the House. I remember how the House Republicans have obstructed Obama these past 6 years, even though Obama is only moderately to the Left. Both a President Hillary or a President Bernie will have problems with an obstructionist House. I want a Democratic President who is a tough political strategist who can fight the Republican House. I think Hillary possesses that quality.

Hillary may not be as progressive as Bernie, but in the context of today’s political climate, Hillary is left of center. And she is good in women’s issues and many social issues. She has a wealth of experience as a First Lady, a Senator and as Secretary of State and she is knowledgeable about policy issues. Though Clinton has a reputation as being a centrist, the blogger P. Henry argues that Clinton was the 11th most liberal Senator during her time in the Senate. P. Henry wrote in the Daily Kos:

As it turns out, with a first-dimension score of -0.391 based upon her entire service in Congress, Hillary Clinton was the 11th most liberal member of the Senate in each of the 107th, 108th, 109th, and 110th Congresses. That places her slightly to the left of Pat Leahy (-0.386), Barbara Mikulski (-0.385) and Dick Durbin (-0.385); clearly to the left of Joe Biden (-0.331) and Harry Reid (-0.289); and well to the left of moderate Democrats like Jon Tester (-0.230), Blanche Lincoln (-0.173), and Claire McCaskill (-0.154).

Like everyone else on Earth who does not wear my clothes and kiss my wife in the morning, Hillary Clinton disagrees with me on some things. The same is true for everyone here, and some of those differences may be profound. That is a conversation we can have. But suggestions that she is “a liberal republican or a conservative dem,” to take one example of a quotation I read today, should stop here. By her voting record in Congress, Hillary Clinton is squarely in the mainstream of the national Democratic party in America, and would be a good ideological fit for it as its nominee. If anyone tries to tell you differently, ask them to show their work.

If Bernie stays in the race and if there are social movements pressuring Hillary, I think Hillary can be moved farther to the Left on important issues. E.J. Dionne, a columnist of the Washington Post, wrote:

…Clinton and her lieutenants need to ask why Sanders has done so well. It’s not simply that Sanders has become Mr. Authenticity, the proudly disheveled guy with the Brooklyn accent. He has also turned his campaign into a cause that goes well beyond himself. He has made big offers to voters — single-payer health care, free college tuition, breaking up the big banks, higher Social Security benefits.

And Sanders’s trademark talk about the corruption wrought by big money in politics speaks to the electorate’s sense across party lines that something is badly defective in our political system.

…she needs to compete far more aggressively with Sanders, both rhetorically and substantively, as a purveyor of big ideas of her own (she is not short on policy proposals) and as the answer to the small-minded politics of this moment.

Sanders could help Clinton find a path to victory, or he could expose her weaknesses again and again, one primary and caucus at a time. Which it will be is largely in her hands.

Ryan Lizza wrote for the New Yorker:

Sanders’s presence has required Clinton to adopt more populist economic policies, and the influence could go further…

…Sanders seems far more interested in affecting policy than in taking advantage of Clinton’s scandals. It might be the right decision in the long run; it’s not clear that attacking Clinton helps him win over the older and nonwhite partisans who are the core of her support. Sanders’s real legacy may be proving to the Democratic Party that the new generation of voters has no affinity for the old Clinton-era politics of moderation. ‘Sanders is speaking to a rising generation who want both a better and more responsible capitalism and a better and more ethical politics,’ Simon Rosenberg said. ‘Unrigging the system will be a central focus of Democratic politics for years to come—as it should be.’”

Sanders is far from ready to admit how narrow his path to victory is, but he is prepared to take credit for shaping the Democratic debate. ‘When people respond by the millions to your message, then that message is now mainstream,’ he said. ‘That changes political reality. Smart politicians like Hillary Clinton and anybody else have got to move where the action is, and the action is on those issues that I’ve been raising.

Here are some article that best sum up my thoughts on why I support Hillary. One is written by Jann Wenner of Rolling Stone magazine. Wenner wrote:

The debates between Clinton and Sanders have been inspirational; to see such intelligence, dignity and substance is a tribute to both of them. The contrast to the banality and stupidity of the GOP candidates has been stunning. It’s as if there are two separate universes, one where the Earth is flat and one where it is round; one where we are a country that is weak, flailing and failing; the other, an America that is still a land of hopes and dreams.

…Politics is a rough game, and has been throughout American history. Idealism and honesty are crucial qualities for me, but I also want someone with experience who knows how to fight hard. It’s about social and economic justice and who gets the benefits and spoils of our society, and those who have them now are not about to let go of their share just because it’s the right thing to do. And Clinton is a tough, thoroughly tested fighter.

…When I consider what’s in their hearts, I think both Clinton and Sanders come out on the side of the angels; but when I compare their achievements in the past decades, the choice is clear.

…Clinton is far more likely to win the general election than Sanders. The voters who have rallied to Sanders during the primaries are not enough to generate a Democratic majority in November. Clinton will certainly bring them along, and add them to the broad coalition that Democrats have put together in the past to take the presidency, as did Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

Chez Pazienza wrote for The Daily Banter:

There are reasons you may choose not to vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016, but one would hope they’re policy issues rather than problems with her personality — because the “personality” that’s been sold to the American electorate is largely manufactured, and not by Clinton herself (another facet of the smear: that she’s a phony). The reality is that Clinton was one of the most liberal members of the Senate during her time there, ranking within ten points of progressive messiah Bernie Sanders and her history as a crusader for progressive causes is precisely what so motivated the GOP to destroy her in the first place. As far as the right was concerned, Clinton stepped far over the line when she pushed for healthcare reform way back in 1993 and her activist past informed a future as a “difficult woman”…

…Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders share a lot of the same basic policy prescriptions. The difference is one of method. Sanders makes sweeping pronouncements and talks of a revolution that will be so undeniable that it will upend the American political system as it’s been for decades and silence all who oppose. Clinton, on the other hand, promises that she’ll continue to fight tirelessly for liberal causes and concedes that at times that fight won’t yield perfection but it will yield results that benefit people’s lives.

…You can say you don’t want to vote for Hillary Clinton because she’s scandal-prone and who wants to go through another four or eight years of that. But remember two things: One, no matter what Democratic candidate gets elected, he or she will face a daily trial by fire from irrationally outraged conservatives. Seven years of Barack Obama-fueled insanity proves that. Two, the supposed scandals that Clinton’s been enduring for the past 25 years are mostly nonsense. The GOP wouldn’t have it any other way. And they couldn’t be happier that right now so many liberals have turned against the woman they utterly despise in favor of someone they’re fully aware they can beat. Because they understand she’s the only thing standing in their way in 2016.

A New York Times editorial wrote of their support of Hillary:

One of the most attractive parts of Mrs. Clinton’s economic platform is her pledge to support the well-being and rights of working Americans. Her lifelong fight for women bolsters her credibility in this area, since so many of the problems with labor law hit women the hardest, including those involving child care, paid sick leave, unstable schedules and low wages for tipped workers.

…As secretary of state, Mrs. Clinton worked tirelessly, and with important successes, for the nation’s benefit. She was the secretary President Obama needed and wanted: someone who knew leaders around the world, who brought star power as well as expertise to the table. The combination of a new president who talked about inclusiveness and a chief diplomat who had been his rival but shared his vision allowed the United States to repair relations around the world that had been completely trashed by the previous administration.

…Mrs. Clinton has honed a steeliness that will serve her well in negotiating with a difficult Congress on critically important issues like climate change. It will also help her weather what are certain to be more attacks from Republicans and, should she win the White House, the possibility of the same ideological opposition and personal animus that President Obama has endured. Some of the campaign attacks are outrageous, like Donald Trump’s efforts to bring up Bill Clinton’s marital infidelity. Some, like those about Mrs. Clinton’s use of a private email server, are legitimate and deserve forthright answers.

Hillary Clinton is the right choice for the Democrats to present a vision for America that is radically different from the one that leading Republican candidates offer — a vision in which middle-class Americans have a real shot at prosperity, women’s rights are enhanced, undocumented immigrants are given a chance at legitimacy, international alliances are nurtured and the country is kept safe.

This is 1995 video footage of First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton delivering a speech to the Fourth Women’s Conference in Beijing, China.

On Thursday, Dec 6, 2011, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered a historic speech in Geneva, Switzerland, in recognition of International Human Rights Day. The speech focused on the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people around the world.

A video of First Lady, Hillary Clinton, presenting her health care reform plan to Congress in 1993

This is a March 17, 1993 video footage of First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton delivering a public service announcement (PSA) on the Clinton adminstration health care plan.

Sec. Hillary Clinton responds to a question about the role of U.S. government supporting access to safe abortion, contraception, maternal health care and education abroad with a vigorous defense of reproductive rights and family planning.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks entitled “Frontlines and Frontiers: Making Human Rights a Human Reality” in Dublin, Ireland on December 6, 2012.

A video of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton saying farewell to State Department employees at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on February 1, 2013.

On the eve of the first Democratic debate in October 2015, Clinton showed up unannounced to a union protest in the shadow of Donald Trump’s Las Vegas hotel, telling the real estate mogul to “represent all of the people of the United States.”

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About angelolopez

I’ve wanted to be an artist all my life. Since I was a child I’ve drawn on any scrap of paper I could get a hold of. When I went to San Jose State University, I became more exposed to the works of the great fine artists and illustrators. My college paintings were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve, an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. I also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. I graduated with a degree in Illustration. Since my time in college, my goal has been to be a successful children’s book illustrator. I’ve illustrated 3 books: Two Moms the Zark and Me by Johnny Valentine in 1993; Night Travelers by Sue Hill in 1994; and Cherubic Children’s New Classic Story Book Volume 2 for Cherubic Press in 1998. I’ve painted murals for Lester Shields Elementary School in San Jose, the Berryessa branch of the San Jose Public Library, and Grace Community Church in Los Altos. I’ve had a few illustrations published in South Bay Accent Magazine and I will have an illustration published in the January/February issue of Tikkun magazine.
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