People have a wide range of opinions about Hillary Clinton. She is both the most liked and disliked woman in the country. Gallup poll says Americans have named Hillary as the most admired woman in the world for 20 of the past 21 years. Yet she has very high unfavorable rating – 55% at the time of this writing. The only presidential nominee who has had a higher unfavorable rating is Donald Trump at 70%.
Some people complain that Hillary is too conservative and too corporate. They even call her a war-monger. Others say she is a socialist who wants to destroy capitalism and let terrorists walk into the country. While she's far from perfect, I don't believe that either of these views are true.
Hillary has her share of faults
It is not my intention to defend Hillary from every criticism or to suggest that she is the perfect Democratic candidate. Like many Americans, I'm not thrilled with the two main choices I have for president in the 2016 election. I have questioned Hillary Clinton's judgement more than once as well as her honesty.
But given the choices I have in this election, now that Hillary is the nominee, despite my misgivings about her, when I vote for her, I won’t be choosing the lesser of two evils. Far from it. This is possibly the most explicitly clear choice of any election in the past 50 years. The more I know about Hillary the more I am certain that I am voting for the most intelligent, experienced and competent candidate in the race.
A note to Bernie Sanders Supporters
If you're a Bernie Sanders supporter who has vowed never to vote for Hillary, I have no illusions that anything here will change your mind. You are entitled to vote as you see fit.
This article is about why I'm voting for Hillary Clinton. I have great respect for Bernie Sanders and I know Hillary and Bernie agree on the issues some 93% of the time.
1. Hillary works to stop gun crime
She supported the Brady Law, which mandated nationwide background checks before buying a gun, and she voted against legislation that shields gun manufacturers and dealers from legal accountability when they endanger Americans—a bill the NRA called “the most significant piece of pro-gun legislation in 20 years.”
She has falsely been accused by the NRA of wanting to repeal the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution. This is a claim that has been totally debunked by fact checkers such as Politifact, which rate this claim as false. She has always said she supports measures to stop gun crime that are consistent with the 2nd Amendment.
2. Hillary led the way for improving Healthcare.
In the 1990s, she spearheaded the effort to enact meaningful health care reform which would have covered almost all Americans.
Despite opposition from the pharmaceutical and health insurance industries—two of the most powerful lobbying forces in Washington—Hillary fought to allow Medicare to negotiate for lower prescription drug prices.
She also worked to help create the hugely successful Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The program provides health insurance to 8 million kids and helped cut the children’s uninsured rate in half.
3. She has spent much of her life working for children’s issues
Beginning in 1972 Hillary Rodham worked for The Children’s Defense Fund, a child advocacy and research group, founded by Marian Wright Edelman. She later served on the board of the Children’s Defense Fund.
In 1973 Hillary wrote an article for the Harvard Educational Review which inspired debate for years about how to define the legal rights of children.
In 1977 she co-founded the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families and published articles in the field of children’s law.
4. As a Senator she worked to advance women’s rights.
She was one of the leaders supporting the Lilly Ledbetter Pay Equity Act, which is now the law of the land.
As Secretary of State, she stressed that “women’s rights are human rights” and worked to advanced women’s rights in countries around the globe.
As First Lady, she helped create the Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women in 1994. During her travels to more than 80 countries she was a forceful advocate for women's rights. In 1995, during an unprecedented address in Beijing to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, Hillary recounted worldwide abuses and declared "It is time for us to say here in Beijing, and for the world to hear, that it is no longer acceptable to discuss women's rights as separate from human rights."
5. Her tenure as Secretary of State gives her unique experience to be president
She restored America’s leadership after the devastation of the Bush years. She brought diplomacy back into style. She restored our alliances with Europe and Asia as well as Africa and Latin America. It was during her tenure as Secretary of State that we tracked down and killed Osama bin Laden.
Her experience as Secretary of State makes her capable of discussing in great detail issues like nuclear proliferation, the international flow of illegal drugs, human trafficking, national defense, homeland security, our nuclear triad, and international trade (During her time in office we experienced a 50% increase in exports to China).
6. Through a combination of diplomacy and sanctions, she helped end Iran’s nuclear weapons program
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton put together a coalition including China, Russia, France, the United Kingdom, Germany and the European Union to implement extremely tough sanctions against Iran which ultimately led to the same coalition negotiating the Iran Nuclear Disarmament treaty.
As a result of Hillary's hard work, Iran gave up 98% (more than 12 tons) of their enriched uranium and 65% of their centrifuges and they agreed to international inspections to guarantee compliance with the treaty.
7. As our nation’s chief diplomat, she negotiated a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas
When Hamas and Israel were firing rockets at each other, Hillary went to the region to work toward a ceasefire. Twenty-four hours after she landed, a ceasefire went into effect—and that led to Israel’s quietest year in a decade.
8. As a senator, Hillary authored the Pediatric Research Equity Act
This law requires drug companies to study their products in children. The Act is responsible for changing the drug labeling of hundreds of drugs with important information about safety and dosing of drugs for children. It has improved the health of millions of children who take medications to treat diseases ranging from HIV to epilepsy to asthma. Millions of kids are in better shape and alive because of the law Senator Clinton authored.
- Link: Democrats celebrate their move left on minimum wage - LA Times
Hillary Clinton embraces the $15 federal minimum wage.
9. Hillary supports significantly raising the minimum wage
A minimum wage increase is the most effective way to reverse the trend of income inequality and reward people for their hard work. Hillary has long supported raising the minimum wage which will help millions of Americans who are struggling to stay out of poverty. She has stated that she supports a phased in minimum wage increase to $15 to be enacted on a nationwide basis.
10. She supports stronger environmental laws
This includes laws to eliminate lead as a public health threat, improve laws to guarantee safe drinking water by upgrading drinking and wastewater systems, investing more in renewable energy which will reduce urban air pollution reduce the impact of climate change and lessen our dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuels. She also recognizes the scientific facts that point to the danger of climate change and supports efforts to stop climate change.
- Hillary Clinton on Iran deal: "Diplomacy deserves a chance to succeed"
Stresses the deal built on "a decade of bipartisan pressure and diplomacy.";
11. Hillary supports diplomatic solutions when possible instead of military actions
As mentioned previously, Hillary was instrumental in bringing Iran to the negotiating table to force them to give up their nuclear program. During her time as secretary of State, we worked with other countries to use a combination of military threat and diplomacy with Syria which led to Syrian president Assad to give up his chemical weapons.She negotiated a cease fire between Israel and Hamas.
Some people accuse Hillary of being a war hawk because she voted to authorize the Iraq war, but it’s important to remember that she, along with the rest of us, was fed cherry-picked and even false information by the Bush Administration about Iraq’s WMD program. At the time of that vote, a majority of both houses of Congress voted for the war and a solid majority of the American people also supported going to war. It wasn’t until years later that we found out we had been lied to by the Bush White House to justify going to war. I find it difficult to fault her for making the same decision that most of Congress and the American people also made.
12. Hillary supports LGBT rights
As secretary of state, Hillary made LGBT rights a focus of U.S. foreign policy. She lobbied for the first-ever U.N. Human Rights Council resolution on human rights and declared that “gay rights are human rights.” Here at home, she made the State Department a better, fairer place for LGBT employees to work. She supports marriage equality.
It’s true that Hillary was slow to support marriage equality until just a few years ago, but then again, so were the American people. Up until just a few years ago, most Americans opposed gay marriage. It has only been in the past few years that a majority of Americans have begun accept marriage equality. Hillary, it appears, has evolved on this issue just as the American people have done.
13. Hillary has a realistic strategy in fighting terrorism.
Unlike Donald Trump, who summarizes his strategy for fighting terrorism as “Bomb the shit out of them”, Hillary has a much more nuanced and multi-pronged strategy. She proposes working with our allies in the region to increase military strikes against ISIS targets as well as utilizing all our intelligence agencies to cut off the money, weapons and supplies to ISIS. She is not eager to start new wars and, unlike Trump, she does not brand Muslims as terrorists or want to drive a wedge between us and the Muslim world. She believes in diplomacy and improving our relations with Arab countries and people of the Muslim faith.
14. Hillary opposes the Keystone Pipeline
Hillary knows that the Keystone Pipeline would do nothing to lower the price of gasoline for the following reasons:
- The tar sands oil transported by Keystone is the most difficult and expensive type of oil to extract and refine. The oil from Keystone would actually raise the price of gasoline.
- Refining tar sands oil produces higher levels of toxic pollution like mercury and arsenic than other types of oil.
- The Keystone pipeline would transport oil to New Orleans where it would be exported to other countries rather than used to lower the price of gasoline at home.
- The Keystone pipeline is not about creating jobs. Only a few dozen long term jobs would be created. The pipeline would only create more profits for oil companies while doing virtually nothing to create long term jobs.
15. The Supreme Court is arguably the most important reason to vote for Hillary Clinton
The next president will likely appoint two or more Supreme Court Justices. Supreme Court decisions profoundly affect the country for decades if not centuries. In recent years the Supreme Court has been an activist right-wing court that has worked to rewrite laws to benefit the rich and powerful at the expense of everyone else.
It is vitally important to prevent someone like Donald Trump from appointing the next two or even four justices to the Supreme Court and slant the court to favor the rich and powerful for more than the next decade.
Hillary Clinton has stated that she would appoint justices who would support a woman’s right to make her own reproductive choices, restore the Voting Rights Act, repeal Citizens United (which ultimately allows corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money on political candidates), and protect the rights of unions.
16. Hillary has encyclopedic knowledge of the multitude of issues that a president needs to know
As First Lady she had worked with her husband on many issues in the White House, been a United States Senator and Secretary of State. There is no issue nor any aspect of governing that Hillary is not familiar with. She will not need on-the-job training and will be able to hit the ground running when she becomes president. She's capable of answering any question about foreign policy, international diplomacy, nuclear proliferation, environmental regulation, children’s health care or student loan debt and she can discuss these issues with great expertise.
Compare this to Donald Trump, who would be the first President of the United States who had absolutely no military experience, no governing experience, no legislative experience and no record of public service at all. He doesn’t know the names of foreign leaders, knows nothing about the Constitution, cannot answer questions about foreign policy or national defense and has to bluff his way through almost every question he is asked.
17. Unlike Donald Trump, Hillary is good at communicating in the diplomatic, tactful, civil manner that the job requires.
Donald Trump derides civil and respectful behavior as “political correctness” run amok. He still tosses around terms like “loser”, “bimbo”, “stupid”, “a stiff”, “a lightweight”, “a clown” and much worse on a regular basis. He has no tact, no sense of civility, and no internal editor telling him when to tone down his rhetoric. He has demonstrated a very thin skin and a tendency to anger quickly at the slightest perceived insult. He could very well start World War III with his obnoxious insults and explosive temper.
Hillary, on the other hand, was our nation’s top diplomat. She knows how to speak with heads of state, ambassadors, legislators, religious leaders as well as potential enemies without starting an international incident. She has demonstrated the ability to take an insult without letting it get under her skin and she doesn’t hurl them back at those who insult her.
18. It’s the economy, stupid
During the last 2 Democratic presidencies (Clinton and Obama), over 32 million new jobs were created. During the last 2 Republican presidencies, less than 5 million net jobs were created. Those Republican presidencies also gave us three devastating economic recessions. The 2 Democratic presidencies gave us zero new recessions.
Hillary Clinton will continue the economic expansion that has occurred under both the Bill Clinton and Barack Obama presidencies. She will not rely on tax cuts for the rich as the solution to every economic problem, as Republicans do. Among other things, she supports debt-free college and revoking the tax breaks for companies that export American jobs overseas.
19. Hillary will not allow Republicans to cut Social Security or Medicare
Virtually every Republican to run for president and most Republicans in Congress talk about the need to overhaul “entitlement programs” like Social Security and Medicare which they claim are increasing our national debt. Social Security has a 2.5 trillion dollar surplus that has no impact on the national debt. Neither program has ever added a single penny to the national debt.
Republicans also propose privatizing Social Security as George W. Bush tried to do a few years ago.
Hillary Clinton has vowed to prevent any cuts to either program and opposes all attempts to privatize Social Security.
20. A President Trump will undo all the successes that have occurred under President Obama.
During Obama's presidency, 20 million people gained access to health care. Insurance companies can no longer drop you due to a preexisting condition. Millions of Americans get a rebate on their premiums thanks to The Affordable Care Act. Obama signed financial system reform that prevents another collapse like the one in 2008. He raised fuel efficiency standards which reduced pollution and lowered our dependence on foreign oil. He created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau which protects consumers from excessive fees, rate hikes deceptive marketing and unreasonable due dates. He also signed the Lilly Ledbetter Pay Equity Act.
The only way to preserve these and other accomplishments is to elect Hillary Clinton president. There is no question that Donald Trump and the Republican Party will work to repeal every one of these initiatives if they win the White House.
21. Hillary’s proposals will benefit all Americans, while Donald Trump will benefit the wealthy at the expense of everyone else
One of Donald Trump’s primary economic promises is that he will dramatically cut taxes for big businesses. Trump believes, along with the Republican Party, that in times of economic trouble, our first obligation is to help the wealthiest and most powerful Americans hold on to their massive wealth by giving them tax cuts. In the past, this has proven to do very little to stimulate the economy. Trump also promises to stimulate the economy by dramatically cutting EPA regulations which protect us from the toxic effects of industrial waste.
Hillary Clinton believes that our first obligation is to help the weakest and most vulnerable Americans among us. The best way to stimulate the economy is by helping those who are at the bottom rung of the economic ladder. They are the engine that drives our economy. When they have more money they tend to spend it and create more demand for goods and services, thus creating more demand for jobs. Hillary also opposes Donald Trump’s plan to cut EPA regulations.
22. My final reason for supporting Hillary Clinton:
I have a son in the military and I do not want to see him dragged into an unnecessary war. I believe that Hillary Clinton would be a much more level headed Commander-in-Chief than the explosive Donald Trump. Hillary is a calm, mature, rational stateswoman who has extensive experience working with heads of state as well as our country’s adversaries.
Trump has not the slightest understanding of how to talk to our friends and enemies in a civil, tactful, diplomatic manner. It is unimaginable to me to have him as the man who has his finger on the nuclear button.
When I weigh the good against the bad, I find that, despite her faults - and she has plenty - Hillary Clinton has demonstrated throughout her life that she is a dedicated, smart, competent and hard working public servant. Many of her accomplishments are little known because she didn't seek to publicize them.
My choice as a voter is pretty clear. I can choose Hillary Clinton, an experienced, intelligent, stateswoman with decades of public service, who has worked to help others all her life and can speak intelligently in great detail about any topic a president needs to know, or Donald Trump, the world’s most obnoxious, thin-skinned, self-absorbed billionaire who rips off people on a daily basis and cannot respond intelligently to the simplest question without completely bluffing his way out of answering.
This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.
Leslie McCowen from Cape Cod, USA on June 12, 2018:
Thanks for this article jeff. I think there are 3 people on hubpages who actively support her...you make 4. This place is a hotbed for the far right. Don't know why. I once gave 10 reasons for supporting her, and youd think I committed mass murder.
Then, there are the milque toast dems...who waffle and try to please Trump voters: who are the most babied group of demographics ive ever seen. How come trump isnt hauled before congress for lying?
And of course, the religios....who suddenly dont care about the former morality they used to beat everyone else over the head with.
Well guess What? Trump asked Marla Maples to have an abortion, and there are stories out there that he's paid for them more than once.
I can't wait for abortion suddenly being ok with them.
Maybe then they'll keep their gvts out of women's private lives.
We would have been so much better off with Hillary, and not to mention, made history. Did they forget that? All this talk about historic now that two chubby dictators are involved.
Don't wonder how Hitler and Stalin happened. Just look around. It's here.
And Hillary was right about all of it.
Pollyannalana from US on June 12, 2018:
Why would gun control reduce crime? Has it anywhere guns are outlawed? No! The criminals will always have weapons, gun control only lets them know they are safe to carry out their crimes. How can anyone be so stupid to believe these stupid lies?
Of course when it comes to government the criminals never pay for crimes as Hillary surely has not. Will we any live to see justice against this vile, calculating crook? We better not hold our breath.
Who could defend a woman who would have children murdered inside the womb right up to birth? If this doesn't tell you something I don't know what it would take. No use wasting our time. I do believe she will see justice, maybe not in this life but certainly in the everlasting one. The one she can never escape.
Brad on June 11, 2018:
This entire article is a chain of falsehood.
Not a single item the one fact that I can offer here is that she is a two time loser of the presidency.
She was in congress when 2008 economic failure occurred. What did she do in congress to try and stop it from happening.
With all of her knowledge and experience that you boast about here, how did she claim she didn't know about the C on her email. The government has encrypted servers and devices for a reason.
Seriously, the is the best you have for the presidency.
I don't know where you get these ideas.
DocRock on October 17, 2016:
Gun control will not stop crime,
No one ever claimed it would. It will REDUCE crime.
Name a law that has totaly elimanated a crime...just one...we'll wait. They dont exist.
Jean Bakula on September 19, 2016:
Thanks for a well written and fact filled hub about Hillary.
We began having more division in our country when the R party let religion be a guide for what is a secular country. It's mostly Evangelicals who have these backwards ideas, when our country needs to move forward. I study religions and never really heard much about Evangelicals until the last 2 elections. My son has a teacher who actually has lesson plans for what to do if he is "raptured up" during a class, since only his church is the right one. A country can't be so influenced by religious nuts.
There are a lot of good books about Thomas Jefferson and why the Constitution is set up the way it is, basically so the power isn't in any one group.
And I watch all Hillary's speeches. She DID NOT say she wanted to take away the 2nd Amendment. Of course, it only became important to racists who thought they had to protect themselves with militias from a Black President. It sickens me to find how backward our country really is, even though I love it.
jeff61b (author) on August 31, 2016:
Virtually every word in your comment is untrue. Your understanding of gun crime, health care, economics and terrorism is laughable. Your claim that Hillary killed Americans is a complete lie.
Thank you for the amusing comments. I needed a good laugh.
Thinkingperson on August 31, 2016:
Longshadow, you prove by your devotion to Herr Trumpf - once again - that there are still those unfortunate individuals who are best described (by P.T. Barnum) as SUCKERS.
SusanMMacdonald on August 18, 2016:
Well written, and it echoes my own opinion. She's not my first choice (I was a member of Republicans for Bernie Sanders) but as the mother of a son who's almost old enough to register for Selective Service, I do not want Donald Trump as Commander in Chief. I just wrote a Hub myself as to why I do not consider Trump fit to be president of the USA (https://hubpages.com/politics/Is-Trump-Fit-To-Be-P...
Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on August 18, 2016:
LOL, AP. Trump is the default leader of all of the conspiracy theories out there and believes every one of them. He even creates CTs where none existed. He is STILL spouting the 'Obama is a foreign born, Kenyan, Muslim' and he can prove it.
Why are we not surprised that his new campaign manager is the owner of Breitbart News? (a step down from the National Inquirer).
Austinstar on August 18, 2016:
And of course, that's NOT what I said. I said, "Sharia law is EXACTLY the same as Biblical law." They BOTH have the same rules and regulations. What part of "Separation of Church and State" do you not understand?
You are perfectly welcome to live under Biblical law all you want to - but you CANNOT force others to live under Biblical law, Sharia law, or any other law not passed in this country by due process of the U.S. Constitution of LAW!
Pollyannalana from US on August 17, 2016:
You know nothing if you think Sharia is from the Holy Bible. Let me tell you all a little secret. Remember Abraham who was promised to be father of a nation (Israel) but his wife Sarah was very old and laughed at God when he told her she would conceive. She did conceive but before she did being doubtful she sent a maiden into her husband who gave birth to a son named Ishmael. They were sent away when Sarah had her son but this maiden and her son were the beginning of what we have today. This people changed the Holy Bible to claim they were God's chosen and whether you want to believe any of this or not surely you have to wonder what everything is all about.
Anyway you could say Obama (and Hillary) are on the side of Ishmael and that will bring no good to anyone.
Please look up Sharia law if you have not, it is of the devil and good and evil is exactly what is going to be going on from here on out and it is not going to be pretty. Even scoffers surely wonder, but the answers are there for anyone who wants them.
Guns won't help us, it could delay things but guns will be the least of it. Hearts will be failing many for what is coming upon this earth. You have only seen a hint but surely you have to wonder?
Mae Merriweather aka Boss Lady Mae from Atlanta, GA on August 17, 2016:
Nicely said...please check out my hub @ https://hubpages.com/politics/Why-I-have-Decided-t... to why I have decided to vote for her. I am not too thrilled either and I said it in my article as well. I just can't see myself voting for Donald Trump when he had shown me how he would behave when someone says or do something he doesn't like. He is an embarrassment to himself and would be to the United States if we were dumb enough to elect him.
Cynthia on August 15, 2016:
Thank you for this article! I am so tired of hearing Hillary demonized!
Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on August 14, 2016:
@Polyannalana - I'm sure you thought Obama was going to do away with the 2nd amendment and come take your guns away too.
A President CANNOT undo a Constitutional Amendment without a 2/3 majority of both Congress AND Senate! Executive order doesn't work on Constitutional amendment revisions.
Sharia law is what religionists WANT and crave for some reason. Sharia law is EXACTLY the same as Biblical law. The Constitution of the United States is purposely written to EXCLUDE religious laws.
We will not be "overrun" by terrorists here in the USA because we have such an overwhelming force in our military and our police forces.
YOU are the one who needs to "open your eyes". That is why I am providing this little lesson on Constitutional law. Enjoy.
Kathleen Cochran from Atlanta, Georgia on August 13, 2016:
REF: Why facts don't change a person's opinion? Please read.
Pollyannalana from US on August 13, 2016:
She clearly said she will do away with the 2nd Amendment for anyone who bothers to listen to what she says, by executive order if no other way. By the time all of you sheeple come out of your bubble it will be too late. Pee Wee Herman would make a better president and you are really just reelecting Obama anyway. He is not going anywhere, not even moving from DC as a matter of fact. We will have Sharia Law which Hillary is for btw (look at youtube, she says so) and overrun by terrorists and/or Islamic Muslims (which Obama is) in less than a year. They are already working on all this as quickly as they can. I just wish you people would open your eyes! It is the saddest thing I have ever witnessed, like you all have blinders on.
Kathleen Cochran from Atlanta, Georgia on August 13, 2016:
Thank you for saying it all in one place and for doing it so well. I'm not looking for a hero for a president. I've lived too long and seen too much to be that naive. This list is free of rumor, accusations, and untruths.
Thank you for your son's and your family's service.
Jo Miller from Tennessee on August 13, 2016:
In the 2008 election I was a Barack Obama supporter and had some negative feelings toward Clinton. I liked, however, her graciousness toward Obama after her loss, and knew I would be supporting her this time around.
I will never 'like' her as much as Obama, but I don't have to personally like a candidate to agree with their policies. I think she'll make a good President. I hope she learns to be more careful with ethical concerns. The Clintons do seem to skate a little close to the edge when it comes to ethics.
Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on August 12, 2016:
Amazing summation of why we should all vote for Hillary! I'm with her. I have always seen through the bullshit that is Trump. It's all over his face and comes out of his mouth constantly.
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