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Democrats: Stop Dissing Our Candidates and Stop Them from Doing It Too!

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My Assignment: To Laud Both Candidates

OpEdNews has given me the assignment of lauding Hillary Clinton because the site has been accused of being too pro-Obama.

(editor's note: no specific writer was assigned any story on Hillary, but writers were invited and encouraged to writer articles that support Hillary) 

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I think it is time for all of us—Democrats, Republicans, and Independents—to start lauding both Democratic candidates in anticipation of all the fodder we are feeding to the Republicans for McCain to use against us once the real campaign begins.

Otherwise, what will we have after the primaries? Two Democratic candidates like tired dogs in the summer, hating each other, having split the party entirely—oh, what a feast for Bomb Bomb. A wrecked Bam Bam or a decidedly downHill.

On Hillary: her accomplishments are too numerous to list. Like Obama, she practiced law, but for a longer time, in Arkansas, serving also as first lady of that state. In Arkansas, she had a good opportunity to mingle with conservative southerners (Arkansas is a red state). As first lady of the United States, she traveled even more extensively than Obama did, accompanying her husband in most of his expeditions abroad.

Hillary attempted to establish universal healthcare in this county early in the Clinton regime and promises to do so more successfully if elected president, as does Obama in a first-time effort, with a record that supports this concern as well as campaign promises as one of his top priorities. Hillary’s focus has been the well being of children and women in this country, translating this concern into numerous acts—see here for a very biased comparison of legislation sponsored by her and Obama.

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Might we blame sexism for the fact that so much more of his legislation addressing issues similar to hers were passed?

Since her 2000 election to the U.S. Senate, Hillary has co-sponsored or authored the following legislative acts that were passed:

  • legislation to track the health status of our troops so that conditions like Gulf War Syndrome would no longer be misdiagnosed
  • legislation that expanded health benefits to members of the National Guard and Reserves
  • legislation that encouraged investment to create jobs in struggling communities through the Renewal Communities program
  • the Children's Health Insurance Program
  • legislation to improve the quality and lower the cost of prescription drugs and to protect our food supply from bioterrorism
  • the Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act
  • legislation that will bring more qualified teachers into classrooms and more outstanding principals to lead our schools

She was re-elected as senator of New York by a margin of 67 percent.

Hillary has been on the following Senate committees and subcommittees: the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions , and the Senate Special Committee on Aging.

A Young Republican at Wellesley College Hillary was also a leader whose name appeared ubiquitously on campus (I was there, overlapping with her last two years as an undergraduate). And so, in addition to her time in Arkansas, Hillary was steeped in Republican idealogy, a convert thus well backgrounded in the viewpoint of the opposition—as well qualified as her fellow candidate, Barack Obama.

As Obama appeals to third world youth, Hillary is bound to be a role model for young women, including those from the third world, feeling frustrated by a professional world still dominated by white European men.

As far as her “coattails” ascendance to one step away from presidential candidacy, consider that her role model, Bill Clinton, is considered by some to have been the best president ever (His IQ, at 180, is the highest in presidential history.). She has lived the presidential life, sweating and rejoicing with her husband. Consider that Obama, considered the first black candidate, is half white and looks it. And so we are really one step away from competition between a black male and a white woman. Will this be the only time that such candidates campaign against each other (Gracias to hillaryclinton.com for most of the above information.)?

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On Obama: he is young and brilliant, having distinguished himself at Harvard to a level to die for, head of the Harvard Law Review. Thence we have people skills, leadership potential, brilliance on or off his feet.

Then we have a concerned activist, organizing in inner-city Chicago, all the way to the state senate, where he gained bipartisan support for legislation reforming ethics and health care laws. He sponsored a law enhancing tax credits for low-income workers, negotiated welfare reform, and promoted increased subsidies for childcare. Obama also led the passage of legislation mandating videotaping of homicide interrogations, and a law to monitor racial profiling by requiring police to record the race of drivers they stopped.

During his 2004 general election campaign for the U.S. Senate, he won the endorsement of the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police, whose president credited Obama for his active engagement with police organizations in enacting death penalty reforms. He was criticized by rival pro-choice candidates in the Democratic primary and by his Republican pro-life opponent in the general election for a series of “present” or “no” votes on late-term abortion and parental notification issues (I am indebted to Wikipedia for the invaluable information in this paragraph).

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Marta Steele is an author/editor/blogger who has been writing for Opednews.com since 2006. She is also author of the 2012 book "Grassroots, Geeks, Pros, and Pols: The Election Integrity Movement's Nonstop Battle to Win Back the People's Vote, (more...)
 

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