This Is Not the Politics of the Past

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.

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Pamela Leavey is the Editor in Chief, Owner/Publisher of The Democratic Daily as well as a freelance writer and photographer. Pamela holds a certificate in Contemporary Communications from UMass Lowell, a Journalism Certificate from UMass Amherst and a B.A. in Creative Writing and Digital Age Communications from UMass Amherst UWW.
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7 Responses to This Is Not the Politics of the Past

  1. NB says:

    Right on. I am sick of the double standard. Hillary Clinton will be by candidate in November even if I have to write her in. And I do not take that decision lightly, I have always been a loyal democrat, but if the good ol boys won’t stick up for her as she gets torn to shreds for no reason except that she exists, than I sure as hell will not stand by them.

  2. NB

    I hear you. One of the things that ticks me off is that the good old boys are actually part of those who are ripping her to shreds.

  3. CognitiveDissonance says:

    Pamela, that was a wonderful video clip. I’m glad I found your blog (via Taylor Marsh). I am so tired of the Obamazoids who don’t seem to realize that we’ve got to get someone in the White House who really understands how things work, what needs to be changed, and who will do what it takes to make it happen. And I’m especially tired of the old boys network who would rather turn things over to a rookie who hasn’t a clue than to a capable woman who can do the job. It’s been that way all my life (I’m 54), and it’s damn time that it changed!

  4. Bjorn says:

    My support for Obama has nothing to do with gender. A year ago I was rooting for Obama too, but I still thought very positive of Hillary Clinton. I was happily surprised when Obama won Iowa, but afterward Hillary turned very very negative. And she glosses over it and how her husband has been behaving as if it weren’t happening. You know you just can’t be right in this nomination contest, if you’re for Obama you’re a sexist, if you’re for Hillary you’re a racist. This is ridiculous. I support Obama because I just think he’s got a better vision for our country. It has nothing to do with anyone being a woman. I voted for Gabrielle Gifford for congress, I voted for the Arizona governor Janet Neapoliano. So give me a break.

  5. CognitiveDissonance

    Welcome to the Dem Daily. I think Hillary is more than capable for the job and frankly in the past week or so watching the good old boys rally round Obama and diss HRC has been a real turn off. A real turn off. The media has made a farce out of this primary season and what so many people don’t get is that they won’t give HRC fair coverage.

    This speech today is a prime example. No coverage – why? Because Uncle Ted was busy passing the torch. Ugh.

  6. Bjorn

    Weeks ago the Clinton campaign outlined that Obama was the first to go negative about a year ago –

    I have never seen that addressed by Obama or his team. Likewise, the Clinton camp acquiesed many times when her surrogates mis-spoke but Obama has never taken responsibility for the things his have said about her.

    Innocence I guess is in the eyes of the beholder. My eyes have been reading both sides for a long time now and I believe Hillary Clinton has a better vision for this country.

  7. Bjorn says:

    I didn’t say anything about who was negative first. Man I used to think that Republicans were hate mongers, but now I see our party isn’t any better. Maybe it’s even worse. I just can’t believe how negative things have gotten. Name calling for supporting someone is just beyond the pale. I think many supporters of Hillary think they are owed something. And somehow when Obama started doing well you felt like that which you were owed was taken away. Well Hillary isn’t owed the nomination. It was never inevitable. With 40+% of the population not liking her, and now just about half of democrats as well, how can she win. It’s not about who was negative first, it’s about who made things ugly.