Shortly after the horrific shooting in Orlando, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke of the event at a political event in Cleveland. During this speech, she made the following statement: "This is a moment when all Americans need to stand together ." She then goes on to talk about how she, if elected president, will work to stop lone wolf terrorists from causing more mayhem. She also suggests that America and its allies must work together to defeat the entities who use propaganda and money to incite and arm terrorists across the globe. In her speech, Clinton also addresses the need to tighten up gun control laws so that people who cannot get on an airplane cannot purchase again. She also touches on the fact that weapons of war should not have a presence on America's streets.
Let's begin with the positives. Hillary Clinton is saying all of the right things (so far) about the need for more stringent gun control. She's also done a much better job that Trump when it comes to addressing this issue in a rational way. So, what does this mean? Hillary is doing better than a rabid, fear mongering, thin skinned, foreign policy incompetent, sexist, racist troll. This might be one more reason to vote for her in November, but it doesn't mean that she's going to be a good president. There is, after all, a difference between voting for a candidate because you truly support them and voting for a candidate because they are simply the best alternative to someone truly awful.
Now, let's take a look at Clinton the politician. On one hand, she has endured sexist slurs, false allegations, and other unfair attacks from the right wing media. In spite of the fact that she was mocked for saying it, her words about a right wing conspiracy were pretty much true. On the other hand, Clinton is herself an establishment politician who is clearly backed by a political party that would rather serve its own interests than create a primary system that works for the citizens. She's also not above fudging the truth during a political campaign.
What does all of this have to do with her words on the events in Orlando? Let's go back to her statements about America, its allies, and terrorist threats. Let's dig deeper into her words to CNN where she claims that she is not afraid to use the words Radical Islam when addressing these attacks.Take a moment to absorb these sentiments bit by bit"
-- Radical Islam
-- Terrorist Threats
-- America And its Allies Must Not Only Contain The Threat; They must defeat it.
If you were paying attention when America attacked Iraq and Afghanistan, essentially destroying two countries infrastructures, slaughtering thousands of people, and accomplishing absolutely nothing besides enriching military contractors, Clinton's words should be familiar. They should also be absolutely horrifying.
Clinton is establishing a path for more pointless and devastating military action in the Middle East. That really sucks. Although, on the other hand it shouldn't be shocking. Clinton might be a democrat and a liberal, but she is also a hawk and it is likely that her post election policies will reflect that. The result is likely to be more young men and women being sent to the Middle East to earn profits for corporations and to die and be maimed for lies. And for what reason did she choose to talk about terrorism and radical Islam when referring to this issue? By all appearances, the shooter was a self loathing homosexual who only used his religious background as a distraction.
So, how should true progressives handle Hillary Clinton?
First of all, progressive voters need to know that they can support Clinton over Trump, but also work against the DNC machine that ran a kangaroo court of a primary that got her elected. They can vote against establishment democrats in primary congressional elections, especially those (looking at you Debbie Wasserman Schultz) who actively gerrymandered the process.Then, when Hillary does make it into office, voters and progressive journalists can hit her hard and keep her honest on her words about gun control and the need for real change. After all, these do seem to be her most honest sentiments when it comes to the massacre in Orlando.