Why I’m Supporting Hillary Clinton

  1. She has been under attack from conservatives and Republicans for over 25 years and survived. There is an entire cottage industry built up around slandering her, just her, in books, magazines, websites, newsletters, and on and on and on. And she has gone on holding her head high. One of the things I want most in a President is courage—and Hillary Clinton is courageous. She has to be, because people say awful things about her all the time, and threaten her with terrible violence. And she does not have to do this. She could just retire, and live out her years in quiet luxury. I chose to take her at her word that she is running for President because she believes that she is the right person for the supreme responsibility of the office of Chief Executive.
  2. The world is a complicated and terrifying place today, and therefore domestic stability is crucial. I don’t want or need a revolution. I want good sensible legislation, supervised by sound judgement, and carried out by competent administrators. Hillary Clinton is not perfect, but she understands the importance of organization. And government is all about organization. The President is not a dictator. We are not ruled by oligarchs. Democracy is real. Elections matter.
  3. Because Hillary Clinton would be the first woman President and I think that would be great. I think she ought to be President anyways, but also, we should have a woman President. It would be a great victory for gender equality.
  4. Because Barack Obama has been a hugely consequential President, and I have an abiding interest in the preservation of his legacy. The Republicans in Congress are going to continue to try and destroy every single accomplishment of the Obama administration for years to come. And, as I mentioned in point one, Hillary Clinton has an established reputation for resilience. She will defend the Obama administrations accomplishments and build upon them. And she will do it the old fashioned way: gradually, carefully, patiently. She knows how to make a proposal, and she also knows how to negotiate.
  5. Because she supports Planned Parenthood. Because she supports women’s rights, and reproductive rights, and children’s rights. These are all very difficult issues to speak on, and they are often divisive, and for this reason it even more crucial that they are spoken of, and discussed publicly, and I believe that Hillary Clinton will see to it that they are in the public consciousness.
  6. Because Congress in 2017 will very likely be controlled by the Republican Party. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has made it clear that he would like to see radical reform of the Federal budget. Huge tax cuts, and huge cuts in government services. Hillary Clinton will fight this – and she will have a fighting chance.
  7. Because Hillary is realistic. She has an established reputation. She won’t lead us into some ill-advised war. She won’t try to deport millions of people. She won’t encourage people’s worst instincts, or play to the crowds. She won’t be the speaker Obama is, either. But what we need is not soaring rhetoric, what we need is well considered strategy. The ability to make mistakes without losing hope. We need someone who will ask us to believe in the good of people.

I know a lot of people think Hillary is a fraud. But I got out of the habit of thinking people are lying to me a while ago, and I think it’s a better way to live.

I know a lot of people like Bernie, and that’s fine. I’ve been reading all about how excited people are about Bernie, and I have some opinions about that, too.

I’m supporting Hillary Clinton, because I think she should be President.

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2 comments

  1. Bill Hansen · February 2, 2016

    Hillary is a great woman and is certainly the most qualified person in America to be president.

    The country has become an oligarchy, but in a different way than you refer to. Our campaign finance system Has created government that completely favors wealthy corporate interests and individuals. The system is rigged and will only get worse until there is a voter revolution that elects people who will put power back in the hands of the majority.

    That’s the revolution that Bernie is talking about. He may not be the ideal vessel, but he’s the vessel we have. If not now, then when?

    Hillary would be the best choice to navigate the systemic corruption that is our government now, but the underlying problem would stay the same and become more entrenched.

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  2. samuelbarbour · February 2, 2016

    First of all, let me just say thanks for taking the time to comment on the blog. You’re my very first commenter! Politics aside, its exciting for me. Thank you.

    So, I have a couple basic problems with calling the US an oligarchy. The first is: if it really is an oligarchy, then elections do not matter. I believe that elections do matter, partially because I think there is compelling evidence for that being the case, but also because it is what I want to believe. If the problem is the system, who are we to hold accountable? If we, the people, are the problem, then we can also be the solution. The second basic problem I have with the idea of the US as an oligarchy is that it implies a departure, but it does not specify the situation. Did we become an oligarchy under GW Bush, or was it under Reagan? How do we differentiate oligarchs from regular rich people?

    Reform is as important today as it has ever been. And in that sense I see Hillary Clinton, and also Obama, as part of the political tradition of FDR. Part of reform is recognizing priorities, like campaign finance or health care, but another part is confronting and overcoming political resistance to reform. This is an important part of why I think it’s so important to understand the US as a democracy– it should be acknowledged that people who vote against reform are still legitimate voters, who deserve to be heard. For some of those people, reforms that you or I might think obvious and necessary seem like plain old oppression.

    Some of my reasons for not wanting a revolution are the pension system, Social Security, Medicare, and the maintenance of national security. There are millions of people who depend on the stability of pensions and social welfare programs that would be seriously threatened in the event of a revolution. Gradualist reform might be frustrating and slow, but it also means maintaining past commitments.

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