Category: Hillary Clinton
Posted: 11/07/16 23:01
by Dave Mindeman
I have spent this last couple years (well more like 8) as a Clinton supporter. I have always felt that although she may be an imperfect candidate, she will make an outstanding President.
I will admit that Bernie tugged at my heart. He had the right message and some great ideas, but I still felt that when it came to understanding foreign and domestic policy - especially in regards as to how to implement it - Hillary had the edge.
As usual, the controversies ensued. There are so many Clinton haters on the far right and they never have hard facts, they only need to put their imagination into print. Case in point is the "Clinton Cash" piece of trash which uses innuendo and tainted facts to try to bring down one of the most admired and effective charity foundations in the world.
The e-mail scandal was another fabricated piece of dogma. An exhaustive FBI investigation and hours and hours of Congressional testimony has found nothing. But the facts don't matter - they use the idea that she made a mistake in setting up a private server and used every conceivable cause and effect relationship they could insinuate. It became fact in social media and on Breitbart....and with Trump using his far right bully pulpit and echo chamber, his followers will believe anything.
I am amazed at some of the things put on Twitter as if they are unquestioned in authenticity. There are no real sources - all it takes is one opinion expressed in a personal blog and the echo chamber does the rest.
If Hillary wins tomorrow, I am not naive enough to think that any of this hate and fearmongering will end. But what disappoints me is that so many people who should know better fall into the same trap.
Bernie supporters, naturally, would look for policy failings of Hillary Clinton and make a case that way. Fine. I fully understand those differences. But these crazy election fraud theories and her being deep in the pockets of Wall Street. That was way overblown. Yes, DWS was inappropriate plenty of times, but she wasn't the entire DNC - plenty of committee members disagreed with her policies (Gabbard and Rybak to name a couple). My personal opinion was that she should have stepped down long before she did. But that was then, this is now.
But what disappointed me the most was that a lot of progressive people started attacking Sec. Clinton with links to Breitbart and Drudge and PowerLine and Red State. C'mon - these characters don't understand what real research and reporting actually is. They just tell lies. And lies should never be used for convenience.
If Clinton wins tomorrow, she needs our support. She also needs us to challenge her when she strays off a progressive policy line. There is no reason not to oppose her on some policy initiatives, but we need to do it on the merits, not on just some kind of false mistrust.
There will be plenty of obstruction going on. I imagine the GOP will hold the House...and the Senate can still filibuster. She may have to compromise on what she really wants in order to get most of what she expects accomplished. We have to listen to that. Have her back when she argues the point. Be willing to give her the benefit of the doubt when it is not fully what we would like to see.
Let's not get into making the perfect, the enemy of the good. We have an opportunity here once more. She will be different from Obama - but she may have a better start than the former President because she will know from the beginning what it is that she is up against.
Let us at least try to have a united front as Democrats. We are up against a Republican Party that has been wounded, but it makes them more dangerous because the ugly side of the GOP is seeping through.
We have to hold the high ground and give Hillary Clinton the benefit of the doubt. She has fought hard. She has taken a lot of abuse. But like she says, she just keeps fighting.
Let's fight with her.