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—Hillary Clinton, during the 2015 Democratic primary debate.

Hillary Rodham Clinton is an American politician from the Democratic Party, and the wife of former President Bill Clinton. Renowned for her corruption and Machiavellian political handling, such as organizing for Barry Goldwater, drinking a bottle of oak-aged fortified orphan blood every night, and steering her husband like a fine automobile, and being in thrall to Wall Street, Clinton was elected Senator of New York in 2000.

The Republican base have had it out for the Clintons since the '92 election. George H. W. Bush probably would have sailed to an easy reelection if Perot hadn't entered the race and siphoned off Republican votes.[1][2][3][4] In the beginning, Hillary ("not a natural politician"[5]) took a more hands-on approach and was given the task of reforming the healthcare system. Republicans were appalled by this because she wasn't an elected official and this cut deep into a controversial political issue, as opposed to what most First Ladies get into. Fast forward to today. She has managed to buy her own political career with Wall Street money and is also associated with the two Democrats Republicans despise the most: Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

Loathing Clinton is a favorite pastime for many Republicans and assorted wingnuts despite her policies appealing to them more than other Democratic candidates. Their often sexist remarks are not much more enlightened than claiming women can't be presidents because they'll bleed over the freshly painted White House, or about her sheevil witch magic single-highhandedly causing Benghazi. Of course, since she's also detested by many left-of-center people for all the same reasons, she should be preferable to Republicans over most other Democrats. There's a lot of nonsense that circulates about Hillary (She's just a devil woman, with evil on her mind / Beware the devil woman, she's gonna get you from behind), but there are also a few lasting issues that cause people in her own party that are not also corrupt to distrust her. Even as politicians go, Clinton's record for political expediency is stunning; you wouldn't trust your own grandmother if she was as chummy with Blankfein, Dimon, et al. as Hillary is. There's a fundamental tension between the real Democratic party and the oligarchs that try to run the country, so the oligarchs' chosen candidate is always going to face scrutiny.

Widely seen as the frontrunner for the 2008 Democratic Presidential Nomination, her votes for the Iraq War and Patriot Act made her especially vulnerable to a long-legged, mack daddy badass who vocally (and sufficiently) opposed the War on Terror. They dueled throughout all 50 states in the primaries, a first in American history, before she was finally bested by Obama, who then chose her as his Secretary of State after he won the election. Her stay only lasted until the second term, when she stepped down to prepare for her requisite presidential run. Having been shoehorned into the 2016 presidential race (she's got the two most active and charismatic presidents in her corner, that's insane), Hillary is again facing competition from the left. She's the Democratic Mitt Romney: unpopular with the base, flip-flops on convenient issues, but you could do worse.[6][7]

Knowing how the Republican party treated the first Catholic President and African American President, it will be interesting to see how they treat the first female one.


[edit] Early history

Some critics of public schools urge greater competition among schools as a way of returning control from bureaucrats to parents and teachers. I find their argument persuasive and I favor promoting choice among public schools, much as the President’s Charter Schools Initiative encourages.
It Takes a Village, p. 244

She was born on October 26th, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois. She majored in political science at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. She used to be a Republican, and was the president of the Rockefeller-aligned Wellesley Young Republicans, but stepped down after her views changed regarding the American Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. Hillary was active in the civil rights movement since 1962, when she and her church youth group attended a speech given by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She, with her group, met and talked to King personally after his address, and the event compelled the 14-year-old to volunteer to babysit for migrant workers who could not afford child care. At age 20 in 1968, Hillary put on a black armband the day after MLK was assassinated and initiated a civil rights movement at Wellesley College. She led demonstrations and a drive to force the school to recruit more black students.

She described herself as having the "mind of a conservative and the heart of a liberal."[8] She left the GOP for good after attending the 1968 Republican Convention, denouncing the Republican party as racist after she saw Richard Nixon's supporters attack, sometimes physically, supporters of moderate Republican Nelson Rockefeller, who stood on the old guard Party of Lincoln platform.[citation needed]

She graduated in 1969 with a BA in political science, and entered Yale Law School, where she met her future husband and future President. She served as a staffer and legal researcher for the House Judiciary Committee when it passed Articles of Impeachment against Nixon in 1974. Clinton would do a lot of groundbreaking law stuff while her husband was busy getting elected to things, like Attorney General and Governor of Arkansas. For her loyalty and dedication, she was appointed as the first female head of the U.S. Legal Services Corporation[wp], a Democratic program that provided lawyers for criminals indigent persons accused of crimes.

She eventually quit government lawyering for a "high powered" law firm when President Ronald Reagan proposed zeroing out the LSC budget. She actually made more money than Bill during this period, which proves she wore the pants in the family (not that Bill often wore pants). For six years, from 1986 to 1992, she was a member of the board of directors at Wal-Mart.[9] At this time the Clintons began investing in the Whitewater Development Corporation with Jim and Susan McDougal. Whitewater would turn into a scandal when they were in the White House, and so Hillary Clinton would personally murder her lover Vince Foster (even though conservatives were sure she's a lesbian) over it and frame it as a suicide, at least according to some people.

[edit] First Lady

She first came to the nation's attention during Bill Clinton's run for the presidency in 1992, which is exactly the time conservatives really started to loathe her. There was just something about her that set conservatives off like rabid dogs. For the "traditional values" lot, it probably had to do with the fact she wasn't the typical potential First Lady, actually being a postgraduate and having a career and all. During the campaign she said something about not wanting to stay home and bake cookies, which upset stay-at-home moms who baked cookies, and their husbands who'd come home to eat those cookies. Bill marketed himself and Hillary as a "buy one get one free" deal, whereupon every position she held became fodder for the rightwing attack machine.

Once elected, Bill appointed her to head the Task Force on National Health Care Reform, and she suggested pretty modest changes. While they were hardly flawless, the wingnuts went whole hog and accused her of trying to impose a Communist-style government takeover of the US health care system (sound familiar?), and an ignorant mass of Republican voters got really nasty about it — to the point where she had to start wearing bulletproof vests at some rallies. They called the reform package "HillaryCare" (sound familiar?) and her poll numbers sank from the high sixties to the mid-forties over the issue. The reform was unable to pass in the House and Senate because of opposition from conservative Democrats, and the Republicans used the issue to win the midterm elections in 1994. (sound familiar?)

She continued to play an important policy role in the administration after that, though in a lot less public manner, since conservative commentators loved to use her as a punching bag. In 1997 and 1999, she advocated for the creation of the State Children's Health Insurance Program, the Adoption and Safe Families Act, and the Foster Care Independence Act; all of which dealt with healthcare in ways HillaryCare could not.

Basically, the right simply went viciously insane during the Clinton presidency, including lunatic notions that Hillary Clinton had murdered lawyer Vincent Foster, who committed suicide in 1993. One relatively respected rightwing outlet in particular, The American Spectator, destroyed itself "investigating" and "exposing" all the nefarious machinations of Bill and Hillary Clinton.[10]

[edit] Scandals

Bill managed to win election in '92, despite allegations ranged from sexual assault to drug running to bribery by the Chinese. Hillary managed to land her Senate seat in New York, defying allegations that she murdered Vince Foster and somehow embezzled a small fortune by losing money on the Whitewater land deal. We haven't even broken the ice on the endless Clinton Global Initiative is a front for sponsoring everything that has ever gone wrong ever! scandal-stories. The theme of "Clintons are headed for jail soon!" has been held among the anti-Clinton bloc for literally decades.

After Republicans managed to railroad her attempts to pass health care reform, she became an excellent boogey(wo)man for conservative voters. It started with the Whitewater controversy. The Clintons had invested in some real estate business that tanked, and there was a scramble to find out if maybe the Clintons had done anything illegal. The accusations ranged from Bill forcing someone to give an illegal $300,000 loan to one of their partners in the deal to Hillary ordering the murder of White House counsel Vince Foster.[citation needed] Yeah. That said, it probably wouldn't have come to that if they weren't disingenuous hard-asses about their involvement in the first place.

They also accused her of being behind the illegal firing of workers in the Travel Office in order to fill it with her friends from Arkansas and that she had illegally accessed FBI background reports on Republican White House employees.[citation needed]

It is understandable then that she'd accuse a "vast right-wing conspiracy" of working against her and her husband when the Lewinsky scandal broke in 1998. Conservatives had been attacking her for the better part of six years by this point. This scandal proved to be true, however. Instead of divorcing Bill for his infidelity though, she stuck by him, and he survived an impeachment attempt, ruining Republican wet dreams of removing him (and her) from the Presidency.

[edit] On marijuana

Casual attitudes towards marijuana and minors’ access to cigarettes raise the likelihood that teenagers will make a sad progression to more serious drug use & earlier sexual activity.
It Takes a Village, p. 152

Unlike Bill, who "didn't inhale," Hillary Clinton claims she has never smoked pot and wants to "wait and see" what the polls say in a year what kind of results the legalization for recreational use of marijuana has on states like Washington and Colorado before taking a stance on marijuana legalization. Clinton also questions the medical benefits of marijuana, arguing that there has been insufficient research.[11]

[edit] Stances on LGBT issues, same-sex marriage

After many years of working with and listening to American adolescents, I don’t believe they are ready for sex or its potential consequences--parenthood, abortion, sexually transmitted diseases--and I think we need to do everything in our power to discourage sexual activity and encourage abstinence.
——It Takes a Village, p. 149

When Bill won the Oval Office in 1992, both he and Hillary were more liberal towards gays than their predecessors, Reagan and Bush; the Clintons at least acknowledged that homosexuals existed.[12] That said, there was a lot of room for improvement.

Hillary supported the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, stating that marriage has historically and religiously been between a male and a female.[13][14] Furthermore, she supported the "don't ask don't tell" policy, claiming that it was a compromise between banning homosexuality in the military and accepting it fully.[13] In 2004, on the Senate floor while attacking a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage (SSM), Clinton stated:

"I believe marriage is not just a bond, but a sacred bond between a man & a women. I have had occasion in my life to defend marriage, to stand up for marriage, to believe in the hard work & challenge of marriage. So I take umbrage at anyone who might suggest that those of us who worry about amending the Constitution are less committed to the sanctity of marriage, or to the fundamental bedrock principle that exists between a man & a woman, going back into the midst of history as one of the foundational institutions of history & humanity & civilization, and that its primary role during those millennia has been raising & socializing children."[13]

Clinton has generally been opposed to SSM, but has supported or has not opposed same-sex civil unions. Even during the 2008 presidential campaign, Clinton opposed recognizing SSM at the federal level, in favor of letting states decide.[14][12] In 2000, Clinton stated:

"Marriage has historic, religious and moral content that goes back to the beginning of time, and I think a marriage is as a marriage has always been, between a man and a woman. But I also believe that people in committed gay marriages, as they believe them to be, should be given rights under the law that recognize and respect their relationship."[13][14]

Clinton publicly opposed SSM until 2013.[15] In 2013, Clinton stated:

"I support it personally and as a matter of policy and law. Marriage is a fundamental building block of our society--a great joy and, yes, a great responsibility. To deny the opportunity to any of our daughters and sons solely on the basis of who they are and who they love is to deny them the chance to live up to their own God-given abilities."[13]

Many have claimed that Clinton changed her position on SSM purely for political reasons rather than out of principle.[16] President Obama has undergone the same "evolution." But, unlike Hillary Clinton, Obama has not contrived revisionist history and outright falsehoods to cover for his prior, anti-gay positions and statements.[17]

[edit] Senate term

She ran for a Senate seat in New York in 2000 despite never having lived there before, and was accused of carpetbagging (moving to the state solely for political gain). She won the election soundly against Rick Lazio, 55% to 43%.

On foreign policy she was much more hawkish, voting for the Iraq War and supporting the continuing war in Afghanistan, one of her main concerns being the condition of women's rights in the country. As previously stated, she also voted for the PATRIOT Act and its renewal. She was against an immediate withdrawal from Iraq unlike some liberal activists, putting her in the unique position of having conservatives hate her and a number of progressives not like her either. She would later oppose the "surge" in Iraq in 2007, and voted for a withdrawal plan set on a deadline which was vetoed by President Bush.

On domestic issues she sided with the Democrats more. She voted against the Bush tax cuts, the nominations of John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, voted for the Immigration Reform Act and against the Federal Marriage Amendment which sought to ban same-sex marriage.

In 2005 she introduced the Family Entertainment Protection Act[18], which would have made it a Federal offense to sell a 'mature' or 'adult' rated video game to anyone under seventeen. Her legislation paralleled a California law that was struck down by the Supreme Court on First Amendment grounds in 2011.[19] She cited the game Grand Theft Auto as an example of the sort of game she wanted to keep out of children's hands. She continued to push the bill through her first Presidential campaign in 2008, but it never passed.[20]

She ran for re-election in 2006, spending over $30 million on the race and trouncing Republican John Spencer (not the actor) 67% to 31%, proving she had the seat locked.

[edit] Leftist bona fides

Despite her reputation as a flip flopper, Clinton was one of the most liberal members during her time in the Senate. According to an analysis of roll call votes by Voteview[21], Clinton’s record was more liberal than 70 percent of Democrats in her final term in the Senate. She was more liberal than 85 percent of all members. Her 2008 rival in the Democratic presidential primary, Barack Obama, was nearby with a record more liberal than 82 percent of all members — but still less so than Clinton.

Rhetoric is also significant here, because Clinton has a history of making very liberal public statements on policy and politics. Clinton rates as a “hard core liberal” per the scale.[22] These metrics rate her as liberal as Elizabeth Warren and barely more moderate than Bernie Sanders. While Obama is also a pegged as a “hard core liberal,” Clinton again was rated as more liberal than Obama.

[edit] 2008 presidential nomination campaign

See the main article on this topic: 2008 U.S. presidential election

Clinton had been preparing for a Presidential run since at least 2003, and during the first half of 2007 she led in all the opinion polls among Democrats running for the party's presidential nomination; after actually having to deny she was a lesbian,[23] the media widely assumed she would win.

[edit] Primaries and caucuses

The race dragged through all 50 states between Clinton and Obama. Clinton placed a dismal third in the Iowa caucus, shattering the perception she was a shoo-in for the nomination (Obama placed first and John Edwards came in second). Clinton won the New Hampshire primary (a reversal of post-Iowa predictions), which some attributed to sympathy for when she showed a rare moment of emotion during an interview.[24] The two had a head to head battle throughout the Democratic primaries, threatening to split the Democratic base as the contest went on and on. Clinton won big states like New York, California, and New Jersey on Super Tuesday while Obama won more, but smaller states. They roughly shared the popular vote.

Clinton wasn't prepared for the long slog though, having thought she'd won the nomination by Super Tuesday, and from there her campaign lagged behind Obama. What cemented it was the book Game Change, where Obama started pulling ahead and the Clintons went completely batshit off-camera. Obama won a majority of the contests, but Clinton won just enough primaries to stick in out, namely Ohio and Pennsylvania. Bill was livid, because it was destiny that his wife be president. (It was pre-ordained! This Obama guy must be cheating!) She became a source of ridicule and was mocked as power-hungry, some pointing out it was almost statistically impossible for her to win now. She made several gaffes like claiming to have been shot at with sniper fire while visiting Bosnia as First Lady, despite video evidence showing differently.[25] After a swath of superdelegates declared for Obama on June 3rd, his delegate wins in South Dakota were enough to push him over the 2118 delegates needed to secure the nomination. Clinton refused to immediately concede the contest but on June 7th she suspended her campaign and threw her support behind Obama.

In an interview with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader editorial board, she brought up the 1968 assassination of presidential candidate Senator Robert Kennedy when asked why she was remaining in the race. Ostensibly, she mentioned the assassination, along with her husband's 1992 primary campaign to illustrate that previous primary seasons have run into June. However, one implication of mentioning Kennedy's assassination and her reasons for remaining in the primary race was the possibility of something bad (very bad) happening to Obama.

Investigation had shown that Clinton mentioned the 1968 assassination on at least four occasions in conjunction with her desire to remain in the primary race. Many pundits however considered it to be a major gaffe and the death knell of Clinton's campaign.[26] She "sort of" apologized "in case" anyone was offended.

[edit] DNC 2008

The moment of truth for Clinton came at the Democratic National convention in 2008. Slated as a guest speaker on August 26, everyone was ready for her to filibuster at the podium while her disgruntled supporters made all kinds of trouble. However, these expectations were shattered as she gave a rousing speech praising Obama, ripping into John McCain and calling for unity in the Democratic Party. As if the speech wasn't enough, Clinton cemented her intentions firmly by calling for Obama to be nominated as the candidate by acclamation, only adding to the applause. She then pledged her full support to the Obama campaign, erasing any thoughts of ill will from the minds of the voters and the Democratic Party members.

[edit] Secretary of State

In 2009, President Obama chose Clinton to be his Secretary of State (much to the revulsion of conservatives, and some liberals who hadn't gotten over the primaries). In an attempt to revive the beloved Clinton-Obama rivalry from the Democratic presidential nomination, pundits quickly invented rumors of a titanic power struggle between the State Department and the White House.[27] Didn't happen. Clinton's critics frequently bring up the 2012 Benghazi attack, which an entirely preventable security shortage could have short-circuited. While much of it is the usual conspiracy-mongering from wingnuts her handling of the situation was decidedly less than optimal, and much of the aforementioned conspiracy mongering could have been headed off if she hadn't completely blown it to start with.[28] She later resigned by the end of Obama's first term and was replaced by John Kerry.

Her lasting accomplishments as Secretary of State were characteristically of a hawkish route.[29][30] Showing she learned nothing from the Iraq War vote she disavowed during an election campaign, Clinton backed an escalation into the Afghanistan War despite the power being accumulated by regional warlords due to the conflict. She was a leading proponent for a "humanitarian" intervention against the Libyan government of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya; she was actually caught having a laugh on screen upon learning of his death.[31] Said intervention led to the disintegration of the country into rival governments along the coastline, with terrorist gangs including Al-Qaeda and ISIS setting up shop and taking over cities as the unrest continues.[32]

She pressed Obama to arm the Syrian rebels, many of whom were Islamists[33] who would later become the Islamic State. She endorsed the usage of air strikes against the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad within the Obama administration, which Chuck Hagel - the Republican - opposed as Defense Secretary.

Perhaps her most telling decision was to have her State Department enable Obama’s expansion of lethal drone strikes against people said to be terrorists by John Brennan, who later became Director of the CIA. Her adoration of Israel, AIPAC, and Benjamin Netanyahu also led her to block every effort Palestinians made at the United Nations to achieve recognition, even UNSC resolutions declaring Israeli settlements illegal (despite the fact the entire world and most legal scholars share this view).[citation needed]

[edit] 2016 presidential run

See the main article on this topic: 2016 Democratic Party presidential nomination
See the main article on this topic: 2016 US Presidential Election

On April 12th, 2015, she announced another run at the White House. Her campaign has been riddled with scandal fodder. Most of the information about the Clinton's isn't new (nothing sticks to the Clintons), but it is going to be repackaged and resold for today's audience. In June 2016, she easily became the Democratic Party's presumpive nominee for the President of the United States, running against a billionaire and, as always, opponents who don't have a chance.

Take the issue of Uranium One, which from all appearances is quite the sordid tale. The latest chapter occurred when the Russians, who needed and obtained Clinton's approval, took control of a massive uranium company around the same time that a bank with strong connections to the Kremlin made heretofore undisclosed donations to the Clinton Foundation.[34] Her foundation also accepted donations from oil companies who were lobbying for more favorable oil policies.[35]

[edit] The email scandal

One scandal that's plagued the Clinton campaign is her use of a private email server set up in her home from which she transacted State Department Business while Secretary of State. Some of the emails contained highly classified information which flew around from an insecure server. The FBI is conducting a criminal investigation into this matter and it appears that the use of the private server violates several federal criminal statutes.

The Freedom of Information Act can perform its transparency function only when government employees follow the law about where they send and receive their professional emails. As Newsweek pointed out, "since Clinton used a private server, which is not subject to FOIA, journalists won't be able to request them."[36] Clinton supporter and former Governor and senator of Nebraska, Bob Kerrey, is disturbed by the email scandal: “It is about wanting to avoid the reach of citizens using FOIA to find out what their government is doing, and then not telling the truth about why she did.”[37] As the ACLU put it, "make no mistake, the scandal has highlighted the very real dangers to government transparency that result when politicians use private accounts to conduct official business."[38]. Though, she likely hasn't done anything criminal her subsequent improper deletion of 30,000 emails violated the Federal Records Act[wp].[39]

It has also been revealed through her emails that, as Secretary of State, she had supported the Libyan intervention (even though there were major humanitarian concerns),[40] pitched Iraq as a 'business opportunity',[41] used the Global Shale Gas Initiative to push fracking on various countries around the world,[42] and that she was the main advocate of the TPP within the Obama administration.[43][44]

[edit] Hillary and Big $$$

From 2013 to 2015 Hillary Clinton made $2.9 million on 12 speeches to big banks[45] and $225,000 from a single speech for Verizon Wireless[46] although there is nothing illegal about former Secretaries of State earning money on the speaking circuit. And according to sources in the industry, there is nothing unusual about someone with the name value of Hillary Clinton being able to charge so much.[47] It was later revealed that Hillary and her husband have raised over $3 billion over 41 years in charitable and campaign donations. The majority of the money — $2 billion — has gone to the Clinton Foundation, which the Washington Post described as "one of the world’s fastest-growing charities, which supports health, education and economic development initiatives around the globe".[48] Her campaign has also accumulated $6.9 million from fossil fuel donations.[49][50] The Hillary Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee, she has funneled $60 million in donations through 33 state-affiliated Democratic parties.[51] Lots of confusion surrounds this, leading some to incorrectly claim that the money isn't being used to support down-ballot races.[52]

To her credit, she called for more financial regulations after the 2008 financial crisis,[53] but these regulations have been considered as weak tweaks and not an overhaul.[54] Her refusal to reinstate Glass-Steagall was criticized by Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley[55].

To the delight of her non-wingnut detractors,[56] Charles Koch, the GOP billionaire mega-donor, intimated on ABC's This Week that "it's possible" Hillary Clinton would be a better president than anyone in the GOP field.[57] Clinton tweeted that she didn't want his endorsement. She also began a full-bore campaign to solicit money and support from right-wing Wall Street Republicans, including Jeb Bush’s former finance chair.[58]

[edit] Hillary and the Israel Lobby

Hillary actively courts the Israel Lobby[59] and has even been willing to impliedly criticize Democratic President Barack Obama's position on Israel[60] in general and on Israel's hard-right prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu in particular. One particularly hideous statement of hers came when she justified Israel's attacks on civilians in Gaza (i.e. a UN school housing refugees), claiming it "was impossible to know what happens in the fog of war", in sharp contrast to Obama administration's condemnation of the "disgraceful" shelling and when the UN found there to be no Hamas equipment/military activity near the school[61].

In November of 2015 she published an article in the Jewish-American magazine, Forward, declaring her strong support for Israel and declaring that "fighting for Israel isn’t just about policy — it’s a personal commitment to the friendship between our peoples."

Pro-Palestinian activists were deeply critical that in her article Hillary omitted all reference to Israeli settlements in the West Bank as well as the siege and bombings of Gaza.[62] In her Open Letter to Hillary Clinton from a Young Palestinian Feminist, about the Forward piece, Layali Awwad wrote, "when you chose to speak about my homeland, not once did you mention Israel's human rights violations against Palestinian women and children." In her widely circulated letter, Awwad asked, "Did you know that half of Palestinians are women and girls? Did you know that like our brothers, we also live under military occupation and that Israeli settlers steal our land?" [63]It would be fair to say her positions on the Israel-Palestine conflict are well to the right of left-wing Zionists and liberal Jews who are critical of Israel and not blindly devoted. At AIPAC 2016, Hillary couldn't resist pandering to Israel's right-wing by lambasting Trump for promising to stay neutral on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, denouncing the BDS movement, and endorsing a more hawkish alliance with Israel.[64][65]

[edit] Neoconservatism

Since Hillary's campaign has started the one thing she has been consistent on has been her hawkishness.[66][67][68] Early in her campaign, it was revealed that the Clinton Foundation, her family's charitable organization, had taken donations from Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Qatar while she was Secretary of State - these countries also bought guns from various military contractors who had also donated to the Clinton foundation.[69]

Her foreign policy positions involve a no-fly zone over Syria,[70] and using ground troops against ISIS. This would entail the US military shooting down Syrian, Iranian, and Russian airplanes if they flew over Syria.[71] Even though Hillary says she strongly backs the nuclear deal [72] she has said she would support enacting new sanctions on Iran (after the US agreed to drop previous sanctions in accordance to the Iran nuclear deal),[73] Her presidential campaign has accepted money from Boeing who she helped gain federal defense contracts after they donated to her Foundation as Secretary of State.[74] Historically, she has always been a massive warhawk[75][76] and has befriended some of the worst despots around the globe.[77] [78]

Her foreign policy positions have attracted many of the traditionally Republican neocons to support those positions[79][80] such as Max Boot[81], a self described "American imperialist"[82], Jamie Weinstein[83], the neoncon writer at the Daily Caller, Jennifer Rubin[84], a neocon writer for the Washington Post who has advocated against the Iran nuclear deal[wp] since it was signed in 2015, Robert Kagan,[85] the founder of the Project for the New American Century, Dick Cheney,[86] Dubya's Vice President and fellow war criminal who still endorses the use of torture, and Henry Kissinger,[87] Nixon's Secretary of State who orchestrated various war crimes and helped to slaughter millions of innocent people by carpet bombing Cambodia and endorsing political purges in South America.

[edit] Tough on crime

The 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act... stopped the revolving door for career criminals with its "three strikes and you're out" provision.
It Takes a Village, p. 124
(Reform) the “strike” system to focus on violent crime by narrowing the category of prior offenses that count as strikes to exclude nonviolent drug offenses, and reducing the mandatory penalty for second- and third-strike offenses.

On the campaign trail, she successfully presents herself as a friend to African Americans. Black politicians and pastors are endorsing her, she has a huge lead with minorities, and her husband was often called the first black president. However, some critics like to bring up her quote, as First Lady, about young, impoverished black children who had to turn to crime: "They are often the kinds of kids that are called ‘super-predators.’ No conscience, no empathy. We can talk about why they ended up that way, but first we have to bring them to heel."[88] The Clinton "tough on crime" policies were disasters for black communities, and they used the Republicans' dog whistles to sell it.

What critics of this today fail to understand is that these were policies that the black community actually wanted at the time. Like many tough-on-crime policies that have been passed in the U.S. since the late 1960s, the law enjoyed the support of many black activists and political leaders, who saw it as an imperfect but necessary measure to combat pervasive violence in poor black urban neighborhoods. Gang violence was out of control in the early 90s and there was perception that no one seemed to care until Bill Clinton was elected. This is in general why older (i.e. the most reliable block of primary voters in the electorate of any race) black voters won't hold it against Hillary. Even with the dog whistles and the mass incarceration. [89] Michael Fortner, a professor of urban studies at the City University of New York and the author of the 2015 book Black Silent Majority had this to say about the support for these policies:

There was grassroots mobilization of the community, particularly by black pastors. There was a group of influential black pastors who signed a letter encouraging the Congressional Black Caucus to support the bill. And then later, on top of that, black elected officials, who portrayed themselves at various points as uncomfortable with some of these laws, went along anyway because of pressure coming from their communities, and because they also realized the problem was so bad.

There were certainly liberals who opposed some elements of the bill, particularly the death penalty element and the three-strikes element. Jesse Jackson is interesting because he was throughout that year opposed to the bill—that’s true. But many black leaders didn’t agree with everything in the bill at first but made peace with it despite their misgivings. There’s an interesting quote from the letter those pastors wrote to the Congressional Black Caucus: “While we do not agree with every provision in the crime bill, we do believe and emphatically support the bill’s goal to save our communities, and most importantly, our children.” A group of 10 black city mayors also supported the bill. So while there was some opposition in the black community, there was also significant support. Many of the members of the Congressional Black Caucus did try to get rid of some of the more punitive elements in the bill, but in the end they decided to go with the president and support the final bill.

[edit] Nancy Reagan and AIDS

LGBT activists and their allies, especially those who lived through the terror-filled decade of the 1980s, were outraged and furious[90] when Hillary Clinton took the occasion of Nancy Reagan's funeral to state:

It may be hard for your viewers to remember how difficult it was for people to talk about H.I.V./AIDS back in the 1980s. And because of both President and Mrs. Reagan – in particular, Mrs. Reagan – we started a national conversation, when before nobody would talk about it. Nobody wanted anything to do with it.
—Hillary Clinton on MSNBC

No sentient being alive in 1980s American could have not realized that the Reagan White House laughed about AIDS[91] and would not publicly address it, much less authorize sufficient funding for treatment or a cure,[92] at a time when tens of thousands of gay men were being stricken by this agonizing and then-fatal disease.[93] Nancy Reagan's friend, the closeted actor Rock Hudson, just before AIDS killed him begged her for help with the federal red tape necessary for him to receive treatment from a French physician. She refused.[94] There is no evidence whatsoever that Nancy Reagan cared about the plague taking so many young lives; her silence was deafening.

Hillary Clinton's praise for Nancy Reagan elicited an immediate and angry backlash on social media, and several hours later she "apologized" on Twitter for having "misspoken". This half-assed apology caused a good deal more anger, with long-time activist Dan Savage decreeing: "Not. Good. Enough."[95] Hillary followed with issuing an evasive apology in the Huffington Post,[96] noting that the national conversation on HIV and AIDS was started by "generations of brave lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, along with straight allies, who started not just a conversation but a movement that continues to this day" but failing to address the issue of the Reagans' terrible record in acknowledging the AIDS epidemic decimating the gay community in the 80s, a plague the White House wouldn't even publicly mention.

[edit] Courting the paranormal vote

In 1996 it was reported that Clinton talked with the dead, notably Mahatma Ghandi and Eleanor Roosevelt, with the help of "Mystery School" founder Jean Houston.[97][98] Clinton confirmed the talks, but downplayed them as a somewhat-common thought experiment. On her talks with Eleanor, "I occasionally have imaginary conversations with Mrs. Roosevelt to try to figure out what she would do in my shoes. She usually responds by telling me to buck up or at least to grow skin as thick as a rhinoceros." Clinton wrote.[99] Hillary and her husband now joke about "communing with the dead",[100] and sites like WND take them literally.[101]

In 2016 it was reported that Clinton believes extraterrestrials have likely visited earth.[102] Her in-depth knowledge about UFO terminology, and willingness to disclose information the US government is supposedly withholding, has gained her the confidence of Joseph Buchman and other believers in Area 51 conspiracies.

[edit] Other woo

Hillary's unsavory friendship with quack Dr. Mark Hyman has led her to rely on him with respect to health matters, despite his history of pushing pseudoscience such as "functional medicine".[103]

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[edit] Footnotes

  1. Ross Perot was a spoiler , claimed he was threatened by Bushies.
  2. THE 1992 ELECTIONS: DISAPPOINTMENT -- NEWS ANALYSIS An Eccentric but No Joke; Perot's Strong Showing Raises Questions On What Might Have Been, and Might Be
  3. Perot More Like Spoiler
  4. Less Clout, But Perot Again Can Be The Spoiler
  5. Gass, Nick, "Clinton: 'I am not a natural politician'", Politico (03/09/16 10:05 PM EST). Unlike her husband, the genial salesman who could make you see that imaginary monorail.
  6. Ex: Slippin' into a fake Southern accent while campaignin' in the South and claimin' she grew up poor.
  7. Simon, Roger, "Hillary should stop poor-mouthing"' Politico (06/24/14 05:03 AM EDT). Same with that sob story Romney told about eating cans of tuna and living frugally… off his trust fund's dividends.
  8. Get to Know Hillary Clinton, ABC
  9. Barbaro, Michael. As a Director, Clinton Moved Wal-Mart Board, but Only So Far, New York Times, MAY 20, 2007.
  10. The Life and Death of The American Spectator
  11. 6 times Clinton sounded, acted like a candidate, CNN
  12. 12.0 12.1
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2
  18. See the Wikipedia article on Family Entertainment Protection Act.
  19. See the Wikipedia article on Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Ass'n.
  20. Josh Gerstein, Hillary frowned on racy ads and video games, Politico, Apr. 27, 2015.
  21. [1]
  22. [2]
  23. Hillary Clinton: I'm not a lesbian, New York Daily News
  24. Hillary Clinton's Moment, Newsweek
  25. Hillary's Balkan Adventures, Washington Post
  26. Clinton regrets RFK assassination remark, MSNBC
  27. For Clinton, ’09 Campaign Is for Her Turf, The New York Times
  44. WikiLeaks's archive on her emails
  47. [3]
  53. [4]
  58. Hillary forces target Bush donors
  72. Mrs. Clinton’s speech, at the Brookings Institution, amounted to a strong endorsement of the deal struck by President Obama and her successor as secretary of state, John Kerry
  76. Her foreign policy is neoconservative because she is herself neoconservative
  78. And yes, she lied about not being involved in the Honduras coup
  89. [5]
  92. Ronald Reagan actually proposed an 11% reduction in AIDS research funding for the year 1986.
  96. On the Fight Against HIV and AIDS -- and on the People Who Really Started the Conversation
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