Listen to this episode of 50 Shades of Green Divas …
Hear GD Max’s soundbite from Hillary and a clip from GD Meg’s interview with Van Jones.
I will vote for Hillary Clinton, and here’s why…
Yea, I felt the burn, I’m more progressive (leaning towards socialism) than most people I know, but I’ve got a pragmatic, self-preserving side too. I think Bernie Sanders had a wonderful and important impact on this race and will continue his influence into the White House with Hillary, because folks like me (and we are numerous and growing) demand it. If Hillary has shifted off of center towards the left, it is because of the overwhelming and powerful mandate from Bernie Sanders and his very vocal minions, who want fairness brought back into the game and feel like it is absolutely vital to take care of our sick and our poor. Don’t get me going…
So, if you drank the cool aide dosed with hallucinigenics by the GOP, you’re thinking Hillary is a career liar and has done nothing, but murder people and evade prosecution. I just don’t think she and Bill are powerful enough to have manipulated the world to such a degree for as long as the accusations have been coming in. Not that either of these two are perfect… Carly Fiorina once said, If you want to stump a Democrat, ask them to name an accomplishment of Mrs. Clinton’s. So, let’s take a moment to review some of Hillary’s accomplishments, which are honestly, even if you loath Hillary like many clearly do, it is darned impressive:
- 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
- Served on five Senate committees:
-Committee on Budget (2001–2002)
-Committee on Armed Services (2003–2009)
-Committee on Environment and Public Works (2001–2009)
-Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (2001–2009)
-Special Committee on Aging.
- Member of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
- Instrumental in securing $21 billion in funding for the World Trade Center site’s redevelopment
- Leading role in investigating the health issues faced by 9/11 first responders.
- In the aftermath of September 11th, she worked closely with her senior Senate counterpart from New York, Sen. Charles Schumer, on securing $21.4 billion in funding for the World Trade Center redevelopment
- Middle East ceasefire. In November 2012, Secretary of State Clinton brokered a ceasefire deal between Israel and Hamas
- Introduced the Family Entertainment Protection Act, intended to protect children from inappropriate content found in video games
- First ex-FLOTUS in US History to be elected to the United States Senate (and re-elected)
- Two-term New York Senator
-(senate stats here: https://www.govtrack.us/…)
-(voting record here: http://votesmart.org/…)
- Former US Secretary of State
- GRAMMY Award Winner
Grammy winner? Ok, she may not be your favorite candidate or person for that matter, but even Barack Obama said she is more qualified than anyone, including himself, to be president. And until you have done even a fraction of the things on this list, please acknowledge that among the current candidates, she probably is the most qualified to lead this country.
And that’s why I can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman — not me, not Bill, nobody — more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States of America.
~ Barack Obama
I’m not saying that we vote for Hillary and slump back into our beanbag chairs in defeat.
I’m saying, let’s get her in there. I believe she can and possibly will hear us roar. There are so many important movements afoot, like the Standing Rock Sioux gathering that is growing into an unprecedented alliance between various native nations and thousands of non-native people around the country to help fight big oil and preserve sacred lands and waterways. It’s become a fight much bigger and deeper than the North Dakota Access Pipeline. It is time to honor old treaties and take a stand for earth and the resources so freely shared and so quickly squandered. It is time to recognize how shamefully, disgustingly poorly native people in this country have been treated.
The Occupy Wall Street movement started something. I went down there and felt the passion and the power of people who are ready for change. Since then there are many effective peaceful protests like Sacred Stone Camp, Black Lives Matter, March Against Monsanto, that are pushing agendas and manifesting real change. Hell, moms armed with blogs and smart phones have gotten products pulled from shelves nationally!
I say don’t let up. Push from within. I commit to doing everything in my power to hold Hillary to higher standards as a woman, as a human and as a leader for human rights, fair treatment and most of all for the environment.
But I won’t turn my back because she isn’t perfect or I’m sad about Bernie or the whole process disgusts me (because it does at this point). To do so would be to invite a raging narcissist, racist, misogynist, ass to run amuck as the leader of the free world. Seems like a bad idea to me. Think about what he has accomplished… come up with anything positive? Yea, me either.
All that said, I will just ask that whoever you vote for, do it. Just VOTE people. Don’t sit this one out. Too much at stake.
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