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Hillary Clinton is of questionable character, and that should worry us

Hillary Clinton is of questionable character, and that should worry us

April 21
00:44 2016

Sidney Johnson | Staff Writer

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Hillary Clinton’s political accomplishments place her at the helm of prospective leaders of the free world for the 2016 election.

The former senator has fought for LGBT rights and championed for both women and children along with a list of others for nearly four decades. For heaven’s sake, she keeps a bottle of hot sauce in her purse and played dominoes with locals while campaigning in Harlem — she’s official. But her questionable voting record, lack of transparency and big-donor affiliation stagnates optimism for those who are looking to make her the first female President of the Untied States

Three strikes: you’re out

2001: The Patriot Act. This legislation was a violation of our 4th Amendment right, plain and simple.

2002: The Iraq War. Her vote gave President Bush authorization to engage the phony occupation of Iraq. Over 4,000 U.S. troops died and cost the nation over six billion dollars.

2016: Trans-Pacific Partnership. “The country would see a net loss of 448,000 jobs due to the agreement.” And yes, Hillary, we know Obama approves. Stop using him as validity for your decisions. He can be wrong, too.

To be fair, Clinton has apologized for her “Yay” vote for the Iraq War, but was recently quoted as saying she would be more “muscular” than President Obama in regard to foreign policy if elected. Notwithstanding is the current administration’s drone program, which has tragically killed hundreds of civilians abroad. Got to appreciate her pro-war honesty, though.

Transparency (or lack thereof)

An attendee at one of Clinton’s speeches to Goldman Sachs was quoted as saying the content of her dialogue at that time is “so far from what she sounds like as a candidate now,” leading many to play skeptical in regards to her current positions.

Either she is taking her sweet time in releasing these transcripts, or she knows it will destroy her campaign and is giving citizens the run-around. This reluctance also illustrates her historically low approval ratings.

Additionally, while attending a fundraising gala at Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s front-lawn two-weeks ago, Clinton’s staff was accused of using a white noise machine to block reporters on the sidewalk from hearing her speech. Considering transparency is key in any democracy — this is troubling to say the least.

The Takeaway

Clinton is undoubtedly qualified, but one must question the lack of trustworthiness she bears. The Democratic establishment has chosen their candidate even before every vote has been counted. This isn’t due to her superior policy but because Clinton “plays ball.” She upholds establishment procedure while cloaking herself in a self-proclaimed pragmatism that is actually pessimism: How can we afford six trillion dollars for a faux-war but not basic universal healthcare for our citizens? She is a center-right, pro-corporatist neo-conservative, all traits of a sane Republican.

American voters are done choosing the lesser of two evils. They are finished with dirty political tactics. They oppose any voter suppression and demand the next POTUS (and Congress) do exactly what citizens elected them to do — reflect the progressive will of the people and bring their corporate donors to heel. If this task is too difficult, Hillary, then why do we need you?

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