The ongoing saga of the Clintons, which has been playing in American life for nearly two decades, apparently has another few decades to perform its comedy and tragedy. I twice voted for Bill Clinton and voted for Hillary Clinton as the US senator from New York. I have no regrets for any of these votes, but, today, find myself, like millions of Americans wondering if the Clintons have ever once thought about what is best for this nation. Senator Clinton insists she represnts a revolutionary moment in American history that must be continued regardless of what happens to her party or the nation. Her supporters say the senator has been viciously attacked and subjected to male chauvinistic prejudice and only by remaining in the primary fight can she make clear to male bigots that voices of females will not be silenced.
Let’s examine the record. In most state primaries, Senator Clinton has won more white male votes than her opponent which for some reason translates into male chauvinistic behavior. Perhaps, if she was unable to obtain many male votes, there might be justification for the charge of male prejudice, but that is not the case. Her supporters insist Barack Obama has made anti-female remarks but few, if any, are produced to support the allegations. However, her unrelenting attack on Obama has undoubtedly damaged his candidacy and assisted McCain. Do her supporters forget her remark that both she and McCain had the most experience in foreign policy?
Senator Hillary Clinton claims her candidacy represents an important moment in history for women. In a sense, she is absolutely correct. But, the “moment” is not really about her candidacy, but about what’s important for women. If John McCain wins the presidency, he will appoint at least two anti-abortion supreme court justices which would result in the end of abortion rights for women. John McCain will do nothing to further health insurance nor fight for child care nor fight to end sexual harassment at work, all things that impact women in the moment. McCain will not fight for decent wages for those struggling to survive, and since women have lower wages than men, this impacts them in the moment. McCain will continue appointing pro-business anti-human rights people to government agencies which translates into damaging the welfare of poor people, and this is not only happening in the present moment but will continue into future moments.
Never once has Senator Clinton considered that her continued involvement in the primary campaign is damaging the rights of women now, in the present moment. Bill Clinton was the one who gutted the welfare program that benefited poor people, a high percent of whom were female. His arrogant behavior as president was A factor– not THE- factor in Bush’s triumph in 2000. The Clinton fiasco with health care in 1993 hurt all Americans, and certainly impacted poor women. It is now forgotten there was a majority in 1993 in Congress to support health care, but the bungling arrogant approach of the Clintons killed that possibility.
Senator Clinton doesn’t have a clue about the greatness of Ted Kennedy. He lost his opportunity to become president due to personal behavior, and then set about to make himself a record in the US Senate as one of the great senators in American history. She has a similar opportunity, but unlike Ted Kennedy whose family tradition focused on public service for the nation, the New York senator is only concerned about her ego. Hillary Clinton is not a demon, she is not evil, she is simply a tragic figure who never placed the nation before her own interests. In a sense, both Hillary and Bill belong in a tragic Shakespeare play about the misuse of power.