|Meme: "Argue FOR Hillary Clinton without mentioning Trump"
||[Jul. 24th, 2016|12:31 am]
Liberal justices on the Supreme Court, a minimum wage raise, free tuition for two year colleges, automatic voter registration added to the Voting Rights Act, ending immigrant detention, extending Medicare and Medicaid to cover Puerto Ricans, reopening of the debate over the public option for the ACA, double the Build American Bonds subsidy to update crumbling schools, attempt to pass the Buffett Rule (30% tax on incomes over $1million per year), proposes the Equality Act to turn Obama's executive orders that gender identity and sexual orientation be considered protected from discrimination, end conversion therapy, increase investment in the Global Equality Fund, transition Internet access away from providers to utilities and make WiFi available in most public spaces, combine infrastructural repair projects for dams, levees, and dykes with renewable energy and water sanitization to make all three more efficient, a proffered constitutional amendment to undo Citizen's United (though probably unlikely), and guarantee up to 12 weeks of paid family (maternity OR paternity) and medical leave would be among the legislation she's offering that I would support, that is directly attainable through legislation she already has prepared, and that she has the political capital to attain some of. |
There's far, far more on her platform, but those are the ones that are things I could see actually happening barring continued Republican obstruction which is at this point table stakes.
The leading paragraph of proposed legislation I opened with is from her own website; it's publicly available information and it's not that difficult to read. Many of her proposed ideas link to further documentation and evidence supporting what she's trying to do. I do not find this same level of depth and evidence based policy on any competing candidates' website. I make decisions based on content, not sloganeering.
I'm also not very concerned about her 'scandals'; I think the fact that she's survived 30 years of Republican witchhunt indicates she's actually MORE clean than you'd expect a regular every day human to be rather than less (counterintuitive but after all even if she 'gets away with it', that just shows she's fucking effective at what she does); I think Comey poisoned the well with his speech because he was the spearhead of the witchhunt and knew he had nothing technically against Hillary's e-mails even though he's a hardcore obstructionist Republican; I think even if you added up all the 'election scandals' and assumed that every single one of those ballots were actually uncounted (little proof) and every single one were actually Bernie's (stretching hardcore) that he'd still come short of his 4million and 10point loss against her; and that he shouldn't be surprised that a party he's never been a part of and never drawn votes, funding, major legislative accomplishments, or political capital for would support him over the long term associate of their institution that has been involved in the White House, State Department, and Senate; and I don't really give a shit if anyone doesn't like a politician as a person because I care more about what they can do over whether or not they give you nice little fuzzy butterflies in your tummy when they speak.
But speaking of fuzzy butterflies, I think the fact that many of the civil servants and representatives that have actually worked with her in real life have nothing but praise for her leadership and her character shows that she may not campaign well, but she does a good job where it matters. Anybody who's sweated an interview with full knowledge that they have the skills for the job itself should be able to relate.
I even think the fact that leftists consider Hillary a Republican to be a mark in her favor, because I like centrist technocratic wonks that can work with multiple platforms. I think the fact that everyone's upset she works with businesses shows she works with businesses. Hell, another way of looking at how much she got paid for her speeches at Goldman Sachs is that she got paid less than most male speakers for the same type of event work. Isn't that fun?
I find a lot of her 'contradictions' and 'hypocrisies' to be overstated and in most cases I find a leader who pivoted after learning additional information, largely toward the better solution determined by the newer information rather than away from it. A good example is the issue of imprisonment, which the Clinton's helped increase with bipartisan support in a decade where all trend-lines pointed toward increasing crime rates; mentioned crime rates subsequently decreased for complex and not fully understood reasons while the issues of aggressive confinement have shown to come out, and now she's on the side of prison reform due to new information learned over a quarter century. Another example is the pivot to the LGBT rights issues, which show just how effective pro-LGBT campaigning has been, and it's hard to understate the rapidity and nearly exponential growth that campaign managed, taking it from a largely not-talked-about issue on the federal level to a full on Supreme Court decision in favor of gay marriage in less than the period of time I've even been old enough to vote. I think expecting someone to know the same things now as they will in 25 years is total nonsense.
I don't think she's perfect, I don't think anyone's perfect, and precisely zero of the candidates running including Bernie proffered up some major changes I would personally prefer, but my biggest thing is that if people are so insistent of the continual decline of the United States despite a wealth of statistical evidence to the contrary, then their 'alternative candidates' should at least be better than the established candidates we have.
Nothing in this cycle has convinced me anyone could do a better job than she could, and the fact that I see leftists and progressives taking up Republican fucking talking points to shout her down because they didn't get their favorite crazy haired curmudgeon is a bunch of total nonsense.
Furthermore, why haven't many people been posting arguments for her like this? They have. Those voices have been dismissed as 'mainstream media,' sheep, naive, or simply ignored. I haven't found very many people at all willing to defend Hillary on the Internet, but I do find a plethora of them conversing about it in real life. This is because this election cycle has become the legitimization of trolling as a political tactic, and being pro-Hillary is putting a target on their social media profiles. I do not believe there is a 'silent majority' for Hillary, but I do believe there is a silent minority bloc, largely centrists, who are disengaging with the political debates because they don't feel a welcome and understanding environment conducive to these discussions. I think this silent minority accounts for Hillary's largely consistent 2-3% leads in actual votes over polls in most states.
I notice that Hillary has the best leads in terms of black votes, Hispanic votes, and women votes. Because as a white man I can't claim what is in 'their own interest', I prefer to defer to their judgment on the matter rather than try to tell them to change their mind.
What I've learned from this election cycle is that people'd rather feel disaffected than talk actual policy. I feel like I've personally learned not to dismiss individual's complaints despite the wealth of statistical evidence to the contrary because statistics doesn't ease pain, and the pain is real even if the argument doesn't make sense. I am hoping, personally, that such lessons will be a wake-up call and that the chaos of this election cycle causes a redistribution of interest groups, and that if the Republican party really does devolve to a white nationalist party, I hope many interests flee it and join some other including the Democrats and Libertarians and maybe a few Greens.
I'm REALLY hoping that what citizens have learned are the rules of engagement, and that you don't fucking change an entire system by protest-voting some feckless figurehead, but that the sorts of things that Bernie achieved can be accomplished on local levels; or more specifically, I'm hoping Green and Libertarian party members will start thinking about trying to get mayors, city councilmen, judges, and county clerks elected, build platforms, create tents to welcome people to, and generally actually engage in civics and discourse, rather than just expecting alternative choices to magically appear just because they don't like the current options.
I'm NOT upset. I do NOT believe the nation is going in the wrong direction. I do NOT agree that the world is getting worse. I believe social media amplifies and saturates the issues of the world so that we are more aware of wrong things that happen, but with that awareness comes progress and we are taking it on; the problem is an overstatement of evils that don't exist to the degree believed in. I think pessimism and cynicism is the problem, not the solution to the problem, and people acting out in anger and fear are causing more anger and fear rather than more solutions. I go as far as to state that if you're angry, you're NOT paying attention. The more attentive people I meet are the ones with the most ideas for solutions and who take the most enjoyment out of performing their duties. The people that I see most angry and fearful oftentimes don't seem to participate any further than ranting on Facebook.
I am happy with Obama's administration and stewardship of the federal government and I like his and Hillary's brand of representation over other options available at this time.
It's through considered and direct action with the support and companionship of colleagues and overlapping interested people that shit gets done, and I casually reject any implication that ideological purity tests will do anything but alienate and divide competing social groups, regardless of which ideology. And so I'm not going to give my position a name, but will simply remain available to help you achieve your own current goals if you think I have the skills and overlapping interests to do it.
And finally, fuck it. Might as well have the symbolic win of a female president, because YOLO.