I feel a bit guilty writing about issues south of the border but with a Prime Minister who is still riding high in the polls and the recent visit from William and Kate and their adorable moppets, Canada really is a happy, happy place at the moment. Okay, there’s Kathleen Wynne to criticize but I think there is enough dumping on her already.
On to the circus that is American politics. Apparently there are many Americans who are willing to vote for a narcissistic, disagreeable, uninformed con man with visions of grandiosity dancing in his oddly coiffed head because they don’t trust or they don’t like Hillary Clinton? By almost any measure Hillary Clinton is possessed of a razor-sharp intelligence, an abundance of experience and may well be the most qualified person ever to run for the U.S. Presidency.
The odd thing is that when pressed for specifics, most people who are anti-Hillary can’t really come up with anything. Sure, there’s the odd outburst about Benghazi but a House Judiciary Report found “no attempt to mislead over Benghazi.” Let it go…question asked and answered. Just because you don’t like the answer doesn’t mean it’s not definitive.
Then there is the brouhaha about her private email server. Yes, the FBI called her handling of them “extremely careless” and maybe she’s been disingenuous when explaining it, but it did not warrant any prosecution. And of the tens of thousands of emails, 113 contained classified information and only three of them had classification markers. Again…nothing to see here so move along.
So why DO so many people on the right hate Hillary Clinton?
Most of the anti-Hillary commentary doesn’t deal with her views on immigration, the use of the military, taxation, social programs or health care. They don’t debate how she voted in the Senate. They don’t refer to her performance as Secretary of State. All of which are pretty stellar actually.
They just attack her as a woman whose life was a blank slate until she got married. Again and again you see commentary suggesting that Mrs. Clinton rode to fame on Mr. Clinton’s coat-tails. If anything, the reverse may be closer to the truth. It is sexism pure and simple. We like to think that we are better than that…or beyond it…but it simply isn’t true.
A few indisputable facts:
“Hillary Clinton graduated with honors from Wellesley College where her commencement address was featured in Time (June 13, 1969) and Life (June 20, 1969).
After graduating from Yale University School of Law, she went on to work for the Child’s Defense Fund in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her article, “Children Under the Law”, was published in the Harvard Educational Review.
In 1974 she was a staff lawyer of the House Judiciary Committee during its consideration of impeachment charges against Richard Nixon.
Keep in mind that all of these things above occurred before she was married.
In 1988 and in 1991, Hillary Clinton was named one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” by the National Law Review. And she was twice elected to the United States Senate before serving as the Secretary of State.” (Compiled from online sources)
The woman has credentials up the wa-zoo!
People criticize her shrillness, her voice, and her “masculine” speaking style. What she uses is a rhetorical style of speaking, which is also used by men called great orators – Reagan, Clinton and Obama. Some wise person said, “Our failure to appreciate the highly developed argumentative skills of an expert advocate, when the advocate is female, reveals our deficiencies, not hers.”
If she laughs it’s called a cackle. If she smiles she is said to look crazy. If she looks a bit tired they call her old and past her prime. Sexism and ageism are both in full display on this one. So, when she holds her emotions in check (not unlike Barack Obama) and speaks in a calm, logical, detached tone, they call her cold and calculating.
As to being a part of the old establishment, it seems to me that Clinton just wants to work within the structure that exists, unlike a Bernie Sanders for example, who wanted to radically transform American society. It’s a not unreasonable position.
The hatred – and I don’t use that word lightly – for Hillary Rodham Clinton is personal and irrational and sexist and ageist. And it just might get the most willfully ignorant and intellectually lazy person ever to run for President elected. He makes George Bush look like Albert Einstein.
Following a career in the hospitality sector and the acquisition of a law and justice degree in her 50s, Dale embarked on a writing career armed with the fanciful idea that a living could be made as a freelancer. To her own great surprise she was right. The proof lies in hundreds of published works on almost any topic but favourites include travel, humour & satire, feature writing, environment, politics and entrepreneurship. Having re-invented herself half a dozen times, Dale doesn’t rule anything out. Her time is divided equally between Muskoka and Tampa Bay with Jim, her husband of 7 years and partner of 32 years. Two grown ‘kids’ and their spouses receive double doses of love and attention when she’s at home.
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