(For my thoughts on Senator Obama, read Democratic Musings.)
I’ve held off on posting my thoughts on Senator Clinton for a while now for several reasons.
Firstly, they’re complicated and difficult for me to articulate.
Secondly, they’re not as concrete as I would like them to be. That complicates my previously mentioned difficulty. The far right wing of the Republican party has definitely done a masterful job at demonizing her, and this would seem to be a very successful use of Overton Window type rhetoric. It’s spilled across the aisle, and that distresses me.
Certainly Senator Clinton has some baggage, but honestly, don’t they all?
After all is said and done, it’s the issues that matter. Yes, she voted to allow the invasion of Iraq and refuses to stop trying to defend that egregious error in judgement, and yes, that certainly pisses me off. But. What is she planning to do now?
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While I certainly applaud Senator Obama for his vote on the matter, he’s talking more and more like he intends to “Stay the course”. That is rhetoric which I definitely do not want to hear. Senator Clinton has said she’ll begin withdrawing troops immediately. I’m in favor of that. Now. Get our troops out of Iraq. Now. Now. Now.
Senator Clinton wants to make sure that every single American has health care coverage. I was initially concerned about the way she wanted to go about it, but after thinking about it, I’m not adamantly opposed to requiring it that way. We as a society have decided it’s beneficial to require car insurance for cars. If the choice is between that and leaving Americans without insurance, then I have to go with the requirement. Health care is just too important to be an optional luxury. Subsidize it if need be. I’m OK with higher taxes to help out those who need it.
Senator Clinton has come out with clear statements about giving religious fanatics the boot from Science, Education, and Governmental Policy decisions. Senator Obama has declined to echo those sentiments in all but the most vague of ways. I’m sorely and increasingly disappointed with Senator Obama’s absence on the issue.
Senator Obama wants to get more money to early education efforts, and I applaud that. My problem with his plan is that he favors slashing NASA’s budget to do it. If you’ll forgive the mangling of O. Henry, that’s about like cutting off all your hair and selling it to pay for combs. It makes for a poignant short story, but not forward thinking educational policy.
I’m very upset about these United States using mercenaries to wage war. We are the good guys. We don’t hire killers to do our dirty work. We wear the white hats. Right? So why will Senator Obama “not rule out” the use of them? Senator Clinton, on the other hand has co-sponsored legislation to outlaw the use of them.
“From this war’s very beginning, this administration has permitted thousands of heavily-armed military contractors to march through Iraq without any law or court to rein them in or hold them accountable. These private security contractors have been reckless and have compromised our mission in Iraq. The time to show these contractors the door is long past due. We need to stop filling the coffers of contractors in Iraq, and make sure that armed personnel in Iraq are fully accountable to the U.S. government and follow the chain of command,” said Senator Clinton.
After all is said and done, after all the wonderful public speeches, and after consideration of the candidates’ actual positions on the issues, Senator Clinton is the candidate who will get my vote in the Democratic primary on May 6.
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