Dick Bernard: One Week to Election Day: #33 "What I Sent on Hillary"; the E-mails, etc.
Yes, you’re tired of “politics”, and “government” is the problem, not the solution. Of course, every one of us IS “politics”; we are “government”. Both reflect us. I surprises me that this is my 33rd commentary on politics in America (the first was June 6, 2015, when Bernie Sanders came to town). So it goes.
1. Does your vote matter? 90 seconds, Here. Your well-informed vote matters even more.
2. My strong endorsement of Hillary Clinton for President continues, as it has been since February, 2008. She has earned and deserves respect for her public service for ordinary people for her entire career. Donald Trump, to my knowledge, has zero experience in public service, and runs on a “none of your business” position about his personal financial and other affairs, such as his tax returns. In recent years, his party, the Republican party, which dominates the Congress and Senate, and many states, and wishes to continue that domination, consistently runs on a platform against government itself, and does its best to sabotage government, except on its own terms. This is not how democracy is supposed to work. This was the dream of Grover Norquist and his allies…to make people disgusted with their government, thereby facilitating a takeover.
3. E-MAILS: Amid the furor over the latest e-mail revelations, comes an interesting article from the New Yorker, about the George W. Bush administrations 22 million missing e-mails. This, apparently, is the “tip of the iceberg” of a much bigger story (wikileaks, and the like) which is yet to be told, but won’t be till after November 8.
4. WHAT HILLARY CLINTON STANDS FOR:
(Florence is my sister; Judi is our long-time friend.)
“My friend, Judi, did research and shared the following with her family and acquaintances, including those who still wonder if Hillary deserves their vote for President. Among all of the candidates on ballot, none are more qualified or deserving of their support.
Over her decades-long career in public service, Hillary has taken on her share of tough fights. Here are just a few of the biggest things she’s accomplished.
1. Fought for children and families for 40 years and counting.
After law school, Hillary could have gone to work for a prestigious law firm, but took a job at the Children’s Defense Fund. She worked with teenagers incarcerated in adult prisons in South Carolina and families with disabled children in Massachusetts. It sparked a lifelong passion for helping children live up to their potential.
2. Helped provide millions of children with health care.
As first lady of the United States, Hillary fought to help pass health care reform. When that effort failed, she didn’t give up: Hillary worked with Republicans and Democrats to help create the Children’s Health Insurance Program. CHIP cut the uninsured rate of American children by half, and today it provides health care to more than 8 million kids.
3. Helped get 9/11 first responders the health care they needed.
When terrorists attacked just months after Hillary became U.S. senator from New York, she worked to make sure the 9/11 first responders who suffered lasting health effects from their time at Ground Zero got the care they needed.
4. Told the world that “women’s rights are human rights.”
Standing in front of a U.N. conference and declaring that “women’s rights are human rights” was more controversial than it sounds today. Many within the U.S. government didn’t want Hillary to go to Beijing. Others wanted her to pick a less polarizing topic (you say polarizing, we say half the population). But Hillary was determined to speak out about human rights abuses, and her message became a rallying cry for a generation.
5. Stood up for LGBT rights at home and abroad.
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.” And here at home, she made the State Department a better, fairer place for LGBT employees to work.
6. Helped expand health care and family leave for military families.
Hillary worked across the aisle to expand health care access for members of the National Guard and reservists—making sure those who served and their families had access to health care when they returned home. And she worked to expand the Family Medical Leave Act, allowing families of those wounded in service to their country to take leave in order to care for their loved ones.
7. Negotiated a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
As our nation’s chief diplomat, Hillary didn’t back down when the stakes were high. As Hamas rockets rained down on Israel, Hillary went to the region immediately. Twenty-four hours after she landed, a ceasefire went into effect—and that year became Israel’s quietest in a decade.
8. Instrumental in the creation of the Adoption and Safe Families Act and the Foster Care Independence Act
9. Successfully fought to increase research funding for prostate cancer and asthma at the National Institute of Health (NIH).
10. Spearheaded investigations into mental illness plaguing veterans of the Gulf War; we now have a term for it – Gulf War Syndrome.
11. At the Department of Justice, she helped create the office on Violence Against Women.
12. Was instrumental in working out a bi-partisan compromise to address civil liberty abuses for the renewal of the U.S. Patriot Act.
13. The Clinton Foundation, founded by her and her husband, has improved the living conditions for nearly 400 million people in over 180 countries through its Initiative program. 4 star rating from Charity Navigator.here
1-7 are from the Hilary Clinton website
8-13 are from here
For 112 reasons to support Hilary go here.
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