Hillary Clinton was in Hartford, Connecticut today, speaking at a rally there about the economy and Bush’s SOTU speech tonight. A clip of the speech is below:
It struck me listening to the clip from her speech and then reading the transcript, that Hillary Clinton’s politics are not politics of the past, as Ted Kennedy insinuated in his speech endorsing Barack Obama today. Indeed, Hillary Clinton is as much about the future of this nation as Obama is.
What I have seen in this primary race is a huge distortion of Hillary Clinton’s message, much like John Kerry’s message was distorted and squelched in ’04. We’re not hearing about the visions of Hillary Clinton, we’re not hearing about the things she want to do to fix this nation after 8 miserable years with BushCo at the helm. No, we’re hearing only that Hillary Clinton (and the Clintons) are the past and it’s time to move on.
But can we move on, when it’s clear to many that “by virtue of being a man, Barack Obama leeps across the experience threshold through his new generational change theme alone.” Can we move on when progressive men in our party “conveniently forget to mention women and children when they talk about poverty or human needs or America’s future.”
If Barack Obama were a woman running for president with his lack of experience and youth, those good old boys in Washington would not be clamouring to jump on his “change” train. It just doesn’t happen like that for women. Instead we always heare from the men in power that they “‘know what’s best for us’” when it comes to the future of our nation.
You won’t hear much about Hillary Clinton’s plans for change, because the elite men in power (and the media) have deemed her to be of the “past.” But she’s as much about the future as Barack Obama is. Maybe more, because she gets that it takes a lot of hard work for a women to get where she is today, and she gets that it will take a lot of hard work to change this nation. She’s listening to the voices of voters across this nation, the women, the children, the voices of those that politicians don’t listen to.
Because you won’t hear about this in the media tonight, the positive message of change from Hillary Clinton, here’s a few quips from her speech today:
I believe that everybody in America who’s willing to work hard for a living should bring home an income above the poverty line. I think that should be part of what we hold out for people and make sure that they have.
I believe health care is a moral right, not a privilege for the few and the wealthy.
I believe people have the right to organize and bargain collectively and have better wages and working conditions.
I believe that our education system is not just about our children taking tests but unlocking their imaginations and their potential. I believe our tax code should be fair to the middle class. It’s the middle class that built America. It’s the middle class that creates most of the wealth and the jobs in America, and its time that we have a tax code that reflects that again.
I believe that an investment manager on Wall Street making fifty million dollars a year should not pay a lower percentage in taxes than a teacher in Hartford making fifty-thousand dollars a year.
I believe that anyone who wants to move a job from Connecticut overseas should not get one penny of tax payer help to do it. There should not be any giveaways in our tax code to create jobs somewhere else than America. I believe every child deserves a chance to make it in life. That’s why we need a universal pre-kindergarten program, that’s why we need more help for families, so that they can get their own children off to a good start.
I believe we have to start over from scratch with No Child Left Behind and get back to having a partnership between our teachers and our students and the rest of us.
I believe that college should be affordable for middle class and working families again.
I believe we’ve got to do more to help those who don’t go to college- the young men and women who build the buildings we work in. They deserve more job training and apprenticeship programs for a better future.
I believe that we’ve got to restore the Constitution of the United States, we’ve got to respect our civil rights and our civil liberties, we have to respect the right to privacy and we have to say no loudly and clearly to those like President Bush and Vice President Cheney who don’t understand American history or American values.
I believe we can do better than what we’ve seen the last seven years with the cronyism and the corruption and the no-bid contracts and the indifference and the incompetence. I believe we can actually start appointing qualified people to the positions we ask them to hold in the government again.
I believe we can restore American leadership and moral authority in the world, beginning with ending the war in Iraq and bringing our troops home within sixty days of when I become President.
I believe that when a young man or woman signs up to serve our country in the United States military, we sign up to serve that young man or woman. We owe them the health care, the compensation, and the support and services that they have earned. I believe that we are strongest when we lead with our values. We have the greatest military in the world, there’s no doubt about that, but military force should be used only as a last resort, not a first resort. That is something we have to make clear to the rest of the world again
I believe we can work with other countries to find common ground. I believe that the rest of the world is holding its breath, waiting for a new day. I believe that we can have a new energy policy that is focused on clean renewable energy; that puts millions of people in Connecticut and across America to work in making and delivering that new energy.
I believe we can take on global warming and we can do it in a smart way and the United States can be a leader again in coming up with a framework that includes China and India and other countries in helping to save our planet and at the same time see the result in new jobs and new technologies and new exports. I believe we can have trade agreements that honor labor and environmental standards and that are enforceable against countries that violate them.
I believe we can get back to fiscal responsibility where, once again, the United States is strong. We’re not going into debt for the war in Iraq and tax cuts for the wealthiest of Americans but instead we are taking care of the needs of our people at home. If we move back toward fiscal responsibility we will regain our fiscal sovereignty. Right now we borrow money from Chinese to buy oil from Saudis. That is not a good deal for America, I believe we can do better than that.
I believe that the next election is not just about who gets elected. I believe the next election is about the next generation. It’s about all of these young people who are here today. It’s about your future, your potential, the country and world you will inherit.
I believe she can change America for the better. I believe she can inspire a new generation of women to seek to make a difference in our country as she has. And I believe that media and the good old boys in Washington don’t want you to believe that she can.