I’ve never been clear how Hillary Clinton, who left the Secretary of State’s office with a 65% approval rating, could fall into disgrace the moment she decided to run for President of the United States. (“Hillary: Should she just go away?” The Week, April 21, 2017, pg. 17.) Emily Jashinsky, the Washington Examiner, thinks she has the answer. Clinton’s approval rating fell because of her “record of corruption.”
Please, Emily! I blush at your disingenuousness. No record of Hillary’s corruption exists, only the accusations, courtesy of fake news. Even so, how can you use corruption to explain her defeat when the nation elected Donald Trump, a man who paid $25 million to make fraud charges disappear? The moral virtue you demand of Hillary apparently didn’t apply to her opponent. If Virtue could take human form, it would stand stupefied before a man so willing to lie, to say anything to anyone, promise anything to anyone, revise history to make it self-serving and, on his rampage to power, convert truth into a sport, splitting it into two teams: truth and alternate truth.
Did misogyny do Hillary In?, Jim Treacher of DailyCaller.com doesn’t think so. He reminds us, “Fifty-three per cent of white women voted for Trump.” (Ibid pg. 17) But I say, “Hang on old man. Don’t you know females can be as misogynistic as males?” What matters isn’t gender but mindset: the conviction that women are inferior. Consciously or unconsciously, plenty of women seem to believe it. (Blog March 15, 2017.)
Timothy Stanley of CNN.com, is less critical. All he wants is for Hillary to stay in the shadows. She’s “alienat[ed] so many voters,” he worries, her reemergence could damage the Democratic Party. (Ibid pg. 24.) Really Timothy? You blame Hillary for the state of the Democratic Party? How long have you been a political commentator?
Hillary Clinton is a strong woman, at the top of her game with much to give to the country and the women’s movement. She lost an election. She isn’t Typhoid Mary. Her presence at the Women in the World Summit shows people still value her leadership. Like Al Gore, allow her find her new role without the editorial cackle.
I’m not surprised Hillary is willing to serve. She has a big heart, one large enough to forget defeats and answer the call of those who need her. By example, she shows us the face of grace and compassion. We can ask no more of her.