Almost as strange as the Republican’s nomination of the xenophobic, conspiracy-theorist, entertainer Donald Trump, is the visceral hatred of the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton expressed with such venom at the Republican convention, hatred which seems to stem not so much from her statements or actions but the fact that she is who she is and has the audacity to think she should be president. This is demonstrated in the phenomenon that when she has held office as First Lady, U.S. Senator, and then Secretary of State, majorities of Americans have thought of her very favorably and have admired her tenures. But when she strives for office, hatred seems to ensue.
By Chris Hotchkin
Fact checkers assert Hillary Clinton has run the most honest campaign of all in the herd who ran for president in 2016. Yet she is constantly labeled as dishonest, without any specific causes to warrant such a label. Her Republican opponent, who campaigns strictly by name-calling, never says her name without a disparaging label in front, because lacking any real policy proposals that make any sense, name-calling is all he’s got. It is so ironic that this ambitious woman, whose husband President Bill Clinton calls a Change Maker, who has been the constant brunt of conspiracy theories from Vince Foster to White Water to Benghazi to deleted emails, faces an opponent who is the ultimate conspiracy-theorist. Sarah Palin might not have been able to say what newspaper she reads, but Mr. Trump isn’t even asked because everyone knows the honest answer would be only the tabloids.
If you do the right thing and vote against Mr. Trump’s hatred, xenophobia, and fear mongering, if you vote for Hillary Clinton, who are you voting for?
· A distinguished graduate of Yale Law School, former law professor, former First Lady of Arkansas, former First Lady of the United States, twice elected U.S. Senator from the State of New York, and former Secretary of State.
· Author of six books, including It Takes a Village and Hard Choices.
· A mother and grandmother.
· A woman who has devoted her entire professional life to public service, especially service towards families and young children.
· A woman who when she graduated from law school, went to work for the Children’s Defense Fund, making sure children with disabilities received an education.
· A First Lady who worked to reform health care, and when that effort ran into the organized resistance of health insurance companies and was unsuccessful, worked with both parties to pass the Children’s Health Insurance Program which cut the in half the number of uninsured kids and today still makes sure that 8 million American children receive health care.
· A respected U.S. Senator, twice elected from the state of New York. As senator she worked hard to make sure the first and second responders to the 9/11 attacks in NYC received the health care they needed, and helped secure 21 billion dollars in funding for rebuilding of the World Trade Center site.
· A woman who had the courage to speak out at the U.N. Conference in China about women’s rights and stated that “women’s rights are human rights and human rights are women’s rights”.
· A woman who was chosen by the president who defeated her in the 2008 primary, to serve as his Secretary of State, and who served our nation intelligently and indefatigably. During her tenure as Secretary of State she advocated strongly for LGBT rights around the world. She helped broker a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel, supported the Commander in Chief in the capture of Osama bin Laden, and was the most traveled Secretary of State ever, helping to repair the U.S. image around the world.
· President Obama has called her the most qualified person to run for president—ever.
This is critical folks. Get out and vote for the sake of our children and our families, our service men and women, and our nation. Vote proudly for Hillary Rodham Clinton.