Well it’s been a hot Summer here in Florida with the usual weather – hot, humid, high in the nineties, chance of scattered thunderstorms.
Saturday I received my gubernatorial Primary ballot – the Democratic primary is next month. I’ve yet to fill it out and mail it in. Pretty sad that the only Democratic candidate for Governor here in Florida with a chance of winning the general election is a former Republican.
Which got me thinking again over morning coffee.
Does anyone know what Hillary stands for? Good luck with that. Any controversy at this point might tarnish the march to the coronation.
Yes, she’s currently on her grand book tour telling us all about the “hard choices” she had to make as Secretary of State. So many of her supporters are waiting breathlessly for the word that yes, she is a candidate for President. The procession to the oval office can then officially begin.
But does anyone have any idea of her positions? I mean, what is Hillary FOR?
Seems at this point she is running strictly on her resume yet there is a serious, rumbling populist undercurrent for change in this country, on the right and the left. Is Hillary for “change”? Or just more of the same? Just another corporatist pol, “fighting for the middle-class”? Aren’t they all?
Lately she has been speaking in the vacuous platitudes of a well off, sheltered and out of touch political hack – avoiding virtually all policy issues. It is reported that she has earned some $12 million on speaking engagements since leaving State. Not bad. Democrats, including Hillary, have collected as much money, if not more from Wall Street as Republicans.
Let’s face it; our foreign policy is in shambles. Hillary ran the show for four years with little to show for it. Oh yes. “Hard choices”. Does she shoulder any of the blame for our current mess or is John Kerry the patsy?
Is she for war and empire? Usually she is. Does she take money from banks? Damn right. Does she support repeal of NAFTA? Reinstating Glass -Stegall? Who knows. I doubt it. She can’t run on those planks – her husband Bill’s “signature” achievements.
Is she for universal health care and a single payer system? Reversing the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy? Raising the minimum wage? Where does she stand on income inequality and what does she think should be done about it?
Legalizing marijuana? Closing Gitmo? Reining in the NSA? Cutting defense spending? Bringing troops home? Negotiating with “terrorists”? Does she support reversing Citizens United and Hobby Lobby with anything but lip service? Where is she on immigration?
What ever happened to Democrats? Where the hell is the Democratic left? Besides being against hate speech and for gay marriage and women’s health, what are they doing for working men and women?
Rand Paul, who can’t be wrong all the time, is the only voice speaking against empire and our military adventures around the world. He and Elizabeth Warren are the lone voices feared by banksters. Everyone else, including Hillary, seem pretty milquetoast; ready to do as they are told by those with the big checkbooks.
Seems to me Hillary stands for “more of the same”. We can all celebrate the election of a woman like we celebrated the election of a black man. What a great country!! Then we can go back to our exceptionalist “normal” and minimum wage jobs.
And status quo.
In the words of Emma G: “If voting changed anything they’d make it illegal!”.