Jeff is a computer professional who takes a great interest in politics and tries to always distinguish fact from opinion.
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 will work 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 will work on improving health care.
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 will focus on 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.
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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. She will support 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, she 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. She 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. She 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 for 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. She 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. She 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, 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. She'll expand the economy.
During the last two Democratic presidencies (Clinton and Obama), over 32 million new jobs were created. During the last two Republican presidencies, less than five million net jobs were created. Those Republican presidencies also gave us three devastating economic recessions. The two 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. Hilary knows how to be a diplomat.
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.