WHY I AM FOR HILLARY:
SUPREME COURT: First and foremost, we will need a Democrat in the White House over the next eight years to nominate new Supreme Court justices. We can not allow a Republican president to unbalance the court even further to the Right.
MIDEAST WARS: I believe a Republican president will undeniably get us into more Mideast wars, particularly with Iran. President Obama has been extracting us from Iraq & Afghanistan. He has, for the most part, kept us out of Libya & Syria. And he is calming the sabre-rattling over Iran. I believe Hillary will continue to choose discretion over aggression.
WOMEN'S RIGHTS: Hillary has been a champion for women's' rights around the world. She will be the same for women and children here in the United States - fighting for equal pay, reproductive rights, affordable child care and family economic assistance.
THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS: A fundamental pillar of Hillary's campaign will be to address the fundamental problem of economic inequality. While folks like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders make stronger statements against the out-sized influence of Wall Street, I believe neither can win the presidency. Though Hillary has intimate bonds with banks and financial institutions, she also has a firm commitment to increase opportunity and prosperity for working families and the poor. Economic equality will be one of the core concerns of her candidacy and presidency.
DIPLOMACY: President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took us out of an age of bluster and threat and into substantive dialogue with our enemies and allies. Right now the world is highly volatile, with sectarian religious conflicts around the globe. Terrorism knows no boundaries. It is critical that we continue to have a president and administration unafraid to engage our adversaries across a negotiating table instead of on a battlefield.
CONTROVERSY: Throughout her public life, Hillary Clinton has been accused of wrongdoing, supposedly tainted by scandal. These false accusations have all been brought by her detractors and enemies. We live in an age where all you need are bold, repeated lies and accusations to tarnish a reputation. When the media and Hillary-haters use the phrase scandal-ridden, they are perpetuating a falsehood. Hillary Clinton has never been found guilty of any nasty charge against her, because she is the innocent victim of an orchestrated campaign of misinformation. Anyone who can survive that kind of false, malicious attack and scrutiny certainly has the strength and fortitude to tackle the great challenges of a presidency.
PUBLIC SERVICE: Hillary Clinton has lived a life of public service. She worked as an attorney running legal clinics for the poor in Arkansas. She worked for the Children's Defense Fund on schooling for children with disabilities. As First Lady of Arkansas, she championed education. As First Lady of the nation, she fought for health care reform and helped create the successful Children's Health Insurance Program. As a senator she helped New York farmers and businesses get their goods to market. As Secretary of State she engaged world leaders over women's rights and economic exploitation and built a coalition for tough sanctions against Iran.
CONGRESS: No candidate is perfect. Hillary has been accused by the Left as being too far to the Right. That can be mitigated by changes in Congress. I think President Obama has been the best president of my lifetime. I believed in him, his intentions and his policies. Yet, an obstructionist Republican congressional opposition was able to thwart much of what Obama could have accomplished. The same is going to happen to Hillary Clinton, should she become president. Which means, it is perhaps more important that we change the balance of power in Congress. We must elect reformers, liberals and progressives. They will help move Hillary more to the Left, which is where, I believe, she is inclined to be.
DREAM TICKET: My dream ticket is Clinton/Warren. A ticket like that would show the voters that Hillary is serious about her core campaign message of rebuilding the middle class. For this to happen, Warren needs to moderate her challenges to Hillary's message during the primaries and caucuses, leaving an opening for them to join forces in common cause for the election campaign.
REPUBLICANS: The Republican party is in the process of destroying itself. After the presidential defeat of so-called moderates McCain and Romney, the base will be looking for a radical conservative - like Cruz. The establishment Republicans will be looking for someone who can take votes from Hillary - like Bush. The anti-Washington Republicans will be looking for a governor to challenge Beltway cronyism - like Walker or Christie. Religious fundamentalists will be looking for anyone who loves and serves Jesus - like Huckabee. The Tea Party will be looking for bomb throwers - again, Cruz.
EXPERIENCE: Hillary has deep presidential experience. She was a fundamental partner in the White House with president Bill Clinton, working on domestic issues. As a senator she has worked with a president from the opposing party on behalf of her constituency and the nation. As Secretary of State, she has a deep understanding of foreign policy. Not a single one of her potential Republican opponents can claim a more presidential record.
OBSTRUCTIONISM: Consider the potential Republican presidential candidates and tally all the things they are AGAINST - workers' bargaining rights, reproductive rights, universal health care, Social Security, aid to the impoverished, veterans' benefits, gay rights, diplomatic negotiations, campaign finance reform, infrastructure building, Wall Street reform, immigration reform, fair taxes, fair wages, economic equality, clean energy, gun safety. Not a single one of the GOP candidates cares one whit about working Americans. The Republicans are bought and owned - lock, stock and barrel - by corporate interests.
SCARY AS FUCK: Just listing the potential Republican presidential candidates scares the fuck out of me - Bush, Christie, Jindal, Paul, Cruz, Rubio, Huckabee, Santorum, Walker, Carson, Trump, Graham, Perry, Bolton, Fiorina, Kasich, Pence. I have watched them pander to audiences at CPAC and the NRA. The far-Right views they espouse in order to win primaries and garner a nomination is enough to make me feel reassured by the inevitability of a Hillary Clinton presidency.
DYNASTY: Some influential American family names are associated with public service - Kennedy, Rockefeller, Roosevelt. That's not a bad thing. It depends on what values those families and their public servants advocate. Hillary Clinton has earned her place in American society and in political power, not from her name, but from her work, her intentions and her achievements. By contrast, when a stream of powerful Republicans went on pilgrimages to George W. Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, they weren't going to get the measure of the man they wanted to run for the presidency. They went to give him his marching orders. The Bush dynasty is run by dangerous neo-Cons like Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, Stephen Hadley, Michael Hayden & Michael Chertoff. These same men, who dragged us into two horrific wars, are the advisers to Jeb Bush.
THE REAL DEBATE: We make a painful spectacle of presidential campaigns in this country. We make our candidates for our highest, most important office endure months of gut-wrenching scrutiny and attack. The media salivates for "gotcha" moments. National political campaigns rely on negative opposition research and disinformation funded by wealthy and powerful donors. In some ways I am happy that Hillary is not going to have to face withering criticism from within her own party to gain the nomination. Free of that primary/caucus burden, she can focus on the real debate, differentiating herself from the real opposition - the corporate puppet-masters, the religious "Wrong," the government haters, the bigots, the war mongers and the obstructionist demagogues.