Hillary Hate and How to Cure It – What Have We Learned?


This woman is poised to be our next president, if we all work hard enough to make that happen.

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I’m with her. Are you?

Many liberals and centrists have bought into a very nasty set of narratives about Clinton; that she’s a DINO, that she’s basically the same as Donald Trump, the Republican party’s nominee for President of the United States, that her and her husband are sleazy, evil folk, and that voting for a third party candidate would really be in everyone’s best interests.

But as we’ve seen over the last week, none of this is really true. Far from being a DINO, Hillary has shown herself to consistently be what she presents herself as now: a left-leaning centrist who voted with the Democratic party most of the time, and will work to further liberal and progressive goals, but will do so with a certain amount of pragmatism.

She certainly isn’t the same as Trump. The two differ greatly on almost every issue that you can name. From climate change to minimum wage to health care to foreign relations, the two are as different as night and cheese. If you think otherwise, you’re being willfully ignorant.

As for her and her husband being all sleazy and evil, well, Snopes can go into every one of the myths about them in far greater detail than I can. But bear in mind that her greatest enemies, the Republicans, have spent millions of dollars investigating her and Bill both, and have come back with him lying about sex in a deposition in a civil lawsuit, and her with…nothing. She’s never been indicted, never been charged, never been convicted. So what’s more likely? That she’s genuinely not done the vast majority of the various things she’s been accused of, or that her and Bill somehow have power over the Tea Partiers?

Finally we learned that a third party option isn’t really an option at all, unless your goal is to put Trump into office. You can argue until you’re blue in the face about how a vote for Stein is a vote for Stein, and not tantamount to a vote for Trump, but you’re simply wrong. I’m sorry.

We have learned in the last week that Hillary is the best hope for our nation going forward. She is running against a candidate so dangerously unstable that the Republican party elite have fairly sprinted away from him. Remember that neither of the Bushes, nor the governor of Ohio showed up for the convention in Cincinnati. Remember the various Republican officials who have started coming out talking about how even they intend to vote for Hillary.

If you’re a Jill Stein supporter, can’t you just hold your nose and vote for Hillary? If Republicans can, you certainly can.

This is, without a doubt, the most important election of my lifetime; possibly the most important since 1932, and certainly up there with 1912 and 1860. Trump’s candidacy is an actual, real, legitimate threat to our republic. Our country would be damaged for generations if he became president. You think Scalia was bad? Imagine a court with three of them, if not more. You think the Middle East hates us now? Imagine how much worse that would be after we invade Syria and Iran, and re-invade Iraq. You think the economy isn’t great, that the environment needs help, that sexual and racial and religious minorities need protection?

Do you really believe Trump will do a better job on any of those issues than Clinton?

At the end of the day the choice is simple: do we continue along the path Obama has set us on, making small, but important, and lasting changes, or do we cast it aside and allow Donald Trump to be our president?

I know I’ve made my choice. I know I’ve made the right choice. I hope you have, too.

Hillary Hate and How to Cure It – The Cold Equations


We’ve talked about the myths of Hillary as a crooked liar. We’ve discussed the ways she’s different than Trump. We’ve covered how she’s hardly a DINO, but is more of a left-leaning, pragmatic, centrist.

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We’re going to talk about how, if you plan to vote for someone other than Hillary, you aren’t a liberal.

Yes, I know, it seems like voting Green, or even voting for the Libertarians might be a liberal act. After all, Jill Stein won’t be leading us into any wars, right? And Gary Johnson, well…uh…actually, I don’t get why any self-described liberal would vote for Johnson, so let’s just ignore him and move on.

The nature of our political process is such that it allows for two and only two parties. This isn’t some big plot by the media, but rather, it’s simple mathematics, as this video shows.

The math is pretty irrefutable. Now there are voting systems that allow for more diversity, and I for one would love for us to have single transferable voting as our primary method. But that’s not what we have, most Americans wouldn’t want it (or would just say, “What?”), and no major politician is working toward it.

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Hillary Hate and How to Cure It – The Clintons: Evil Masterminds of Evil!


Say HELLo to two of the most evil people in the world! Bill and Killary Hillary Clinton!

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[cue ominous music]

According to the Clinton hate machine, est 1992, the Clintons are deeply evil. They’ve got a long death list, which includes the murder of a former friend. They’ve committed any amount of fraud and possible treason. They targeted innocent Americans for death at Waco. They are sleazy, they are corrupt, and they need to be kept far, far away from the levers of power.

Even worse than Bill is Hillary. She stole the primaries from Bernie, is in the pocket of the big banks, is a massive war-monger, and can’t even keep her man in line! Not to mention all the secret health issues, the Benghazi thing, and what’s up with those emails, anyhow? She’s not trustworthy, she’s not relateable, she’s a big phony, and really, she’s pretty much just a bitch.

If you find yourself nodding in agreement with any of those things, congrats. You’re buying into the right wing narrative against the Clintons in general and Hillary in particular. You’re buying into the lies, the smears, and the distortions. Karl Rove smiles upon you.

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Hillary Hate and How to Cure It – Playing the Trump Card


For those of us on the left, let us never forget that despite whatever flaws you think Hillary has, this is the man we’re working to keep out of office.

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No caption needed, really.

Somehow there are people out there on the left, and some in the center, who seem to genuinely believe there is no real difference between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump when it comes to positions on various issues.

Well, those people are what we call, “incredibly wrong”. There’s  a massive difference. It boggles the mind, really. In just about every key area, Hillary is on the side of the left and the people of America, and Trump is on the side of Trump.

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Hillary Hate and How to Cure It – DINO Woman


According to some, Hillary Clinton is nothing but a DINO. Now while that could mean she’s a t-rex, what it actually means it that they think she’s a Democrat in Name Only.

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What does this mean in practical terms? It means that the people who are calling her that are convinced that she’s not a true Democrat. They think she’s basically a Republican who claims to be a Democrat because reasons.

This should be a fairly easy thing to prove when you think about it. All you have to do is look at a mix of Hillary’s voting record in the Senate and her promises on the campaign. Plus you can add in what she did before she got elected to the Senate. When you add up all these things, you find someone who isn’t a DINO, but is, rather, a pragmatic left-leaning Democrat.

BEFORE THE SENATE

The first most of us knew about Hillary’s politics was when she came along in 1994 to push for single-payer health care. Yes, let me remind those of you who have forgotten, or who weren’t alive at the time, that Hillary was a big proponent of single-payer health care reform. This was, of course, blocked by Republicans, and no small number of Democrats, and that was the end of that until the ACA came along. Even that isn’t single-payer, but it’s a start.

Before that, Hillary…well, let’s take a look at this list of accomplishments published by the Daily Kos. I’ll cut off the parts that happened after she joined the Senate.

•First ever student commencement speaker at Wellesley College.
•President of the Wellesley Young Republicans
•Intern at the House Republican Conference
•Distinguished graduate of Yale Law School
•Editorial board of the Yale Review of Law and Social Action
•Appointed to Senator Walter Mondale’s Subcommittee on Migratory Labor.
•Co-founded Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families
•Staff attorney for Children’s Defense Fund
•Faculty member in the School of Law at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
•Former Director of the Arkansas Legal Aid Clinic.
•First female chair of the Legal Services Corporation
•First female partner at Rose Law Firm.
•Former civil litigation attorney.
•Former Law Professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law.
•twice listed by The National Law Journal as one of the hundred most influential lawyers in America
•Former First Lady of Arkansas.
•Arkansas Woman of the Year in 1983
•Chair of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession
•twice named by the National Law Journal as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America
•created Arkansas’s Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youth
•led a task force that reformed Arkansas’s education system
•Board of directors of Wal-Mart and several other corporations
•Instrumental in passage of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program
•Promoted nationwide immunization against childhood illnesses
•Successfully sought to increase research funding for prostate cancer and childhood asthma at the National Institutes of Health
•Worked to investigate reports of an illness that affected veterans of the Gulf War (now recognized as Gulf War Syndrome)
•Helped create the Office on Violence Against Women at the Department of Justice
•Initiated and shepherded the Adoption and Safe Families Act
•First FLOTUS in US History to hold a postgraduate degree
•Traveled to 79 countries during time as FLOTUS
•Helped create Vital Voices, an international initiative to promote the participation of women in the political processes of their countries.

Ok, yes, the Young Republican stuff is awkward, but a: Republicans were a different breed back then (bear in mind it was a Republican who created the EPA), and b: we all have our experimental phase in college. And I could do without her being on the board of Wal-Mart.

Otherwise, what I see here is someone who, again, has stood up for liberal causes, defended the rights of women and children, and has a great educational background. All of this points to someone who has been generally liberal and, at her worst, a left-leaning centrist.

None of this is the behavior of a DINO.

But, hey, let’s take a look at what she did once she was actually in a position of power.

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Hillary Hate and How to Cure It – Introduction


Do you know who one of the most admired women in politics was back in 2009? Here’s a hint: she’s currently running for president.

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66% approval rating in 2009

Hillary was quite widely admired by many back in 2009 when she was selected as Secretary of State. And during her time at the State Department, she maintained a very high favorable rating. Upon leaving the office, she was almost as well-liked as she had been when she went in, and that was after Benghazi. To the left, she was a strong person, standing up against a Republican backed witch hunt, and someone we all generally liked.

Of course that was before she made the mistake of running for president.

Now her favorable ratings are in the toilet, and she ranks only slightly higher than Republican Party Presidential Nominee Donald Trump (no matter how many times I type that, it still doesn’t make sense). She’s currently polling in a statistical dead-heat, and her chances of winning the general election are at a mere 59.2% according to Fivethirtyeight’s “polls plus” predictions.

Now much of this is caused by hate of Hillary on the right. They’ve hated her ever since she crawled up out of Arkansas, and they’ll never give her any slack. Millions wasted on pointless investigations of everything from Whitewater, to Benghazi, to the email scandal, and they still aren’t done with her. I’ll wager that if she does win, and the House and Senate remain under GPO control, they’ll continue investigating every possible scandal and try to delegitimize her presidency in a way that’ll make their treatment of Obama look like a love-in.

I’ll never reach those people; no one will. They’re suffering from Clinton Derangement Syndrome, and nothing is going to make them view her in a rational fashion. So this article isn’t for them.

This will be, instead, a series of articles for those in the center and on the left. Those who are waffling in their support of Hillary, or who are outright against her. Those who are considering anti-science candidate Jill Stein, or anti-sanity candidate Gary Johnson. Those who can’t bring themselves to support her, but so often can’t articulate why.

This mini-series of articles is for you.

It will begin tomorrow, when I will address some of the specific claims those on the left have with regard to Hillary; basically the belief that she’s a DINO, or a Democrat in name only.

On Monday, I’ll address the specific ways in which she is better than Donald Trump, and why it’s important as Hell that all rational people support her over him.

After that, I’ll examine some of the various lies about the Clintons; many of which you might well believe yourself.

I’ll continue on with the cold equations of why a third-party vote is a waste, and basically amounts to a vote for Trump.

I’ll wind everything up with a summary of what we’ve learned and why it’s important as fuck that we elect Hillary.

I hope those of you who are anything other than Trump supporters will join me on this little journey. And at the end, I hope you’ll find yourselves happy to vote for Hillary, happy to support her, and will come to realize just how fantastic she really is.

And if you have any questions, or comments, or anything you’d like me to talk about, please let me know! I’m always happy to have feedback.

Live-Blogging the Clinton Acceptance Speech


Here we go! Press F5 to update occasionally. Enjoy!

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7:05pm MST – As we begin, Chelsea is giving a speech introducing her mother. She still looks quite a bit younger than I think she should.

7:07 – Hillary used to leave notes for young Chelsea detailing her plans for improving childcare in Arkansas. Cute, but…I mean, c’mon.

7:10 – We’re getting a good framing of “Hillary as caring mom”, which is nice. She’s always handled mothering well.

7:12 – The image of “Hillary as a fighter for you”, is also a good one.

7:16 – The speech is over, and now we go to the obligatory candidate video, narrated by Morgan Freeman, because of course it is.

7:19 – We’re getting repeats of a lot of the bits we heard the other night when Bill spoke. It’s a bit eh. The watermelon bit was amusing, though.

7:22 – Glad to see that the Democrats aren’t above exploiting 9/11. I really look forward to when this is no longer something viable for candidates to talk about.

7:24 – Ah, “the bin Laden situation”. Another thing I am kind of tired hearing about, and btw, we didn’t “bring him to justice”, as people like to say. That would have involved a trial, which we didn’t bother with.

7:25 – “There is more than enough of the American dream to go around…” Excellent.

7:27 – Finally done. It wasn’t terrible, but…eh. Now on to the main event!

7:28 – Whatever problems the Clintons might have had during their marriage, I still get the impression of two people who care deeply about each other. It’s nice to see.

7:29 – Ok, the video has been done for two minutes now. Can we stop with the song and get to the speech?

7:31 – She certainly seems quite choked-up, which is understandable!

7:33 – A few moments of self-deprecating humor. Always welcome!

7:35 – A thank-you out to Sanders. A smart idea, given the Sandernistas who continue to agitate.

7:38 – An emphasis on compromise by invoking the Founding Fathers. Quite wise, especially given the way the Republicans (and the extreme left), have viewed compromise as vice rather than virtue.

7:39 – “Rise together”. There’s a campaign motto for you.

7:42 – She’s taking Trump head-on. This is good.

7:43 – Now they’re chanting her name. Seems spontaneous, but my guess is that it’s an effort to drown-out some Bern Victims.

7:47 – “Love trumps hate” is also a great motto.

7:49 – She’s directly addressing her public perception and personality issues. That’s good.

7:54 – She’s never going to go down as a great public speaker, but she is making some excellent points about what really matters.

7:57 – Sanders looking dour. But to be fair, I suspect he’d look dour even if someone handed him a gold brick on a platinum plate.

7:58 – “When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit!” I do like some of these lines.

8:02 -Appointing the right kind of justices is a good first step. Second? Making the Senate give them hearings.

8:04 – “I believe in science!” It’s quite sad that that’s a campaign point.

8:06 – Interesting to see how many non-white faces are out there. From what I understand, only about 20 of the delegates at the RNC were black. 20. I also like that she’s calling it, “Donald Trump’s convention”.

8:09 – Now talking about student debt. A definite plus for the Sanders crowd. And a sop out to those who want to go to technical schools. An excellent idea.

8:13 – Now calling out Trump on his various shady and hypocritical business practices. A wise move. The idea of “Trump as successful businessman” needs to be stomped down hard.

8:15 – She’s right to tout the Iranian deal, even if it was done after she left office.

8:17 – I’ve seen others talk about it, now I will, too. It’s strange, fascinating, and a little neat to see the Democrats co-opting all the religious and patriotic imagery that the Republicans have relied on for the last 35 years. It wears better on the Democrats than it did on the Republicans.

8:18 – “A man you can bait with a Tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.”

8:20 – “I’m not here to repeal the Second Amendment. I’m not here to take away your guns. I just don’t want you to get shot by someone who shouldn’t have a gun in the first place.”

8:26 – A reminder of how important it is to stand up to bullies. I like that.

And that’s that. I enjoyed it for the most part. Good, but not quite great. She said what needed to be said, and said it well enough, though. Even if she didn’t quite hit it out of the park, it was still a solid triple, and that’s fine.