The presidential elections are coming, and once again we’re wrought with a colossal number of candidates who have enveloped themselves in the flames of fundamentalism, extreme conservatism and globalist-capitalist rhetoric. It’s no surprise anymore to see such fantastically bombastic and absurd candidates, such as Ted Cruz and the retuning Rick Santorum wildly grasping at the presidency with hands soaked in the blood of phony-patriotism, superfluous financial backing and traditionalism-turned-fanaticism.
Now it seems that the Democrats are reading from the same handbook, because Hillary Clinton is now running for president again, and it is not as good of a thing as you may think.
If you lean to the left of the political spectrum, you may consider voting for the former First Lady, but I would caution a second thought because behind that enthusiastic laugh and charm is a history of aggression, anti-progressiveness and corporatism.
This is a woman who, according to Kshama Sawant, a councilwoman for the Seattle City Council, “has hired 200 advisers who tell her how she can look populist without angering her wealthy donors, and ultimately the question is absolutely about her record as a warmongering secretary of state who used her position to emphasize the drone attacks, to be a vocal proponent of the 2003 invasion of Iraq and to use her position to promote the interests of multinational corporations at the expense of the interests of working people…” and she is going to be “…the wall-street candidate.”
She also supported her husband, former president Bill Clinton, in abolishing Aid to Families with Dependent Children in 1995, which clearly demonstrates either a lack of empathy for people in need or her ability to kowtow to the whims of the more conservative rungs of Capitol Hill. Either way, I wouldn’t support her.
Even more alarming is her fervent condemnation of Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who informed the American public of the NSA’s massive surveillance program. She constantly references Snowden’s criminality, but fails to even acknowledge the wrongdoing of her government’s intelligence communities.
“Here is a woman who knew what the government was doing and spying on the American people. She didn’t tell us,” Robert Scheer, a columnist for Truth Dig passionately states. “She didn’t trust the State Department with her e-mail, but she never told us that the State Department, the CIA and the NSA were spying on the e-mails of all Americans. She thinks that’s fine.”
It is entirely evident that Hillary Clinton is not the president that we need for a progressive society. She is incapable of making the changes needed to jumpstart the shift to a nation that advocates transparency, peace and real equality. If elected, she will do nothing more than perpetuate a system which has consistently failed everyday Americans and places on a pedestal the financial institutions that hold us down.