by Judy Ferro
After the Republicans spent their convention filling the airwaves with Hillary-bashing, I feel compelled to announce that I like Hillary Clinton. I may love Bernie and lament that a million Californians didn’t know they couldn’t vote for him in their primary while registered Republican. I will still be very happy to see President Rodham-Clinton inaugurated.
Like many Democrats, I am wary of those big fees Clinton got for a few speeches to the Wall Street crowd. Those billionaires managing Trust Funds have already bought enough of Congress to be paying a tax rate less than that paid by a school janitor.
I have a lot of respect, however, for columnist Jill Abramson who managed the Washington Bureau of the New York Times for years. Abramson says point blank that she has investigated Hillary for years now and found no instances “where Clinton was doing the bidding of a donor or benefactor.” While Senator, Hillary did oppose a pro-Wall Street bill and later vote for it, but only after getting it amended significantly.
So Hillary choose to get the best bill possible rather than taking a firm stand on the losing side. I kind of respect that.
And I find the investigations, from Whitewater to Benghazi to e-mails, typical Republican “throw-enough-mud” strategy. They’ve found no grounds for charges, no crimes at all. Just unintended “negligence” which did not lead to harm.
What they have accomplished is proving themselves hypocrites. They were not concerned with Cheney’s revealing a covert CIA agent to reporters—and thus endangering all those agents who worked for the same cover firm. They remain totally unconcerned that 50 personnel were killed in seven embassy attacks during the presidency of George W. Bush. (You’d think that security breaches two years a row in the Pakistani embassy would bother some.) Nor were they concerned that the Bush White House “lost,” according to Wikipedia, between 5 million and 22 million emails.
I can’t respect Republican politicians who choose to be ignorant about the “beam” in their own eye.
And those who work past these negatives can find many things to like about Hillary.
She is strong. We’ve seen her grilled for hours by a team of Republicans and make the men look petty, childish and not too bright in comparison.
She is intelligent and informed. While others struggle to grasp the breadth of issues facing a president, she’s had years to explore them in the depth. She knows leaders in countries most of us couldn’t find on a map. Politifact has rated her the most truthful of the presidential contenders.
Hillary cares about our workers and our environment. She rejects policies such as a rapid increase in minimum wage and a carbon cap-and-trade program not because she doesn’t agree with their worth, but because she fears they would generate enough opposition to endanger programs with greater possibility of being enacted.
Hillary is a staunch advocate for women’s rights around the world. As Secretary of State, she worked to meet women activists in each country she visited. Not only did this give the women more visibility and credibility, it let their governments know that mistreatment of these women would not go ignored by the United States.
Hillary listens and learns. After originally supporting the Trans-Pacific Pact, she became a staunch opponent after listening to complaints about the provisions that extended patents for Big Pharma and the control it gave mega-corporations over U.S. labor and environmental laws.
It’s no wonder that even Idahoans who don’t plan on voting for Secretary Clinton see her as most likely to be our next president.