Hilary Clinton and History
This week Hilary Rodham Clinton gained enough delegates to be the Democrat’s nominee for President of the United States. This is a truly historic moment but as far as I can tell it is being greeted with a subdued yawn in most circles.
Why isn’t there more positive response to these events? Why isn’t there wild enthusiasm for the first woman to helm a major party ticket?
I believe there are three reasons for this lack of enthusiasm.
First, we have her husband, Bill Clinton, whose baggage includes extra-marital affairs, the Marc Rich pardon, etc.
Second, Ms. Clinton is very much a “more of the same” candidate. She does not call for radical change and does little to appeal to those who believe that the system isn’t working for them. She is a creature of the system and her millions of dollars of income would tend to indicate that she believes the current system and works well.
And third, the Sanders campaign. The campaign for the democratic candidacy was plagued by Clinton favoritism. The scheduling of the democratic debates on weekends and against sporting events was designed to minimize other candidate’s exposure. Could she have beaten him in a straight up contest without super delegates and other nonsense? We’ll never know but it leaves a sour taste.
There can be no doubt that Clinton is hard, cold calculating politician. Certainly, there are many and I am one of them that hoped the first woman nominated by a major party for the presidency would be more of a transformational figure. But there is nothing radical or even original in her positions. Anyone who reads the beltway media like the Washington Post can predict her campaign positions with accuracy.
So, she is not a transformational figure and not much perceptible will change should she be elected in terms of woman and men and the United States. But a line will have been crossed; a change made that will echo across the centuries and its implications will have real effects. For the next woman in pursuit of power, position or just simple significance, the struggle will be easier; the goals more clearly marked and change more easy to effect.
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If Sanders enters the contest as an Independent candidate he is better placed to win.
I don’t know about that. Third parties in the United States don’t have legal status in most states without a year of filing the proper documents. He can’t get on the ballot in most states now. jp
I dont think so though because I thought by joining a party he has a ready well known platform to show who he is.
I haven’t seen any posts from you in an age. How are you? I’d like to see you take up blogging again. The world needs more ethical blogging. jp
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Many thanks for your concern! I have been busy with my health but am tryjng to pick it up again on the work front
Will definitely continue blogging, and hopefully they would be good posts
Posted 2 replies but dont see it on my mobile now(?) hope you’ve got them
Sometimes it takes a while before they come up but I got them both. Thank you very much. jp
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