I adored Hillary when she stumped for Bill in 1991. I was very impressed with her during the first term. Her book “It Takes a Village” was brilliant. I applauded her efforts for universal healthcare. Her speech in China on women’s rights was epic. I felt she was continually trying to keep Bill from being a Republican.
Then she was elected to the US Senate from New York.
And then she sold out.
Sold out to Wall Street, the big banks, to Monsanto, to the private prison industry. The tentacles that lobbyists extended into Bill’s White House captured her. Bill organized the bribes and the consultants. She won easily. But was thereafter nothing but a puppet on a string.
She voted for the Patriot Act. She supported Bush’s Iraq war. She supported Bush’s Afghanistan war. She lost my support and my admiration.
I worked for Dennis Kucinich in 2004 and 2008. In my humble opinion, Kucinich was the most ethical person to ever seek the presidency. Of course, he hadn’t a prayer of winning. But his candidacy moved the party to the Left.
Hillary Clinton is pragmatic if she is anything. She has publicly regretted her positions on the Patriot Act and Bush’s wars. She now regrets the War on Drugs, mandatory minimum sentences.
In 2010 she reversed herself on gay marriage. But she reverses herself frequently. She originally negotiated the Keystone XL pipeline with TransCanada and Canadian officials. Then she refused to take a position on Keystone. Then she said that she would take a position once the Obama administration took whatever action they would take. Then she decided to come out against Keystone while the Obama administration had yet to act.
Hillary was instrumental in the initial negotiations on the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), and even went so far as to praise TPP as the “gold standard” of trade agreements. Now she opposes it.
Her efforts to achieve universal healthcare endeared her to progressive Democrats during Bill’s first term. She was pummeled by the right for her position, and earned her the admiration of the those in the party who saw Bill Clinton as nothing more than Republican Light. Now she opposes universal healthcare!
Hillary makes decisions based on polling. Bernie Sanders is threatening her from the left, so she tries to sound more like Sanders, but her loyalties are to those who own her soul.
To be fair, I was impressed when she announced that she was taking on the poaching of elephants as a personal project. And then she actually followed through. She announced an $80 million dollar program to fight poaching and the ivory trade. I haven’t heard a word about the project since, but I will give her the benefit of the doubt that she carried through with her commitment.
At this point in the campaign in 2007, Hillary led Barack Obama by a larger lead than she now enjoys over Bernie Sanders. And we know how that race ended.
There is still plenty of time for Bernie to win the Democratic nomination.
But if Hillary is nominated, she will have to move substantially to the left to avoid a tidal wave of Sanders voters from staying home, writing in Sanders, or voting for Jill Stein of the Greens.
A word of advice for Hillary: Pledging not to appoint industry executives or lobbyists to positions in your administration would go a long way toward convincing Sanders voters that you are not a corporatist shill, bought and paid for by Citibank, JPMorgan Chase, Monsanto, Cablevision, Skadden, Arps, etc.
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