Two days before the inauguration of Donald Trump as 45th President of the United State, a woman on Facebook had a freak-out. Did she blame the Tea Party for his election, the Republicans, the rust belt, the Evangelicals? No, she blamed Hillary Clinton because she shot down Bernie’s chances of winning. She blamed the feminists who failed to see that Bernie was the best candidate. “Our President must be strong… Our President must come from real people, the working and middle class people…”
Making Democracy a class war is never a good idea and except for Abraham Lincoln and Harry Truman, most of our presidents, including our founding fathers, were people of means. Hillary came from the middle class. Her father was the son of an immigrant who began his working life in his father’s shop. (Click)
To suggest Hillary Clinton isn’t strong is to ignore her performance as First Lady. With only her bully pulpit, she almost brought universal healthcare to the nation. That near miss scared Republicans who believe healthcare isn’t the purview of government. That near miss marked the beginning of an unrelenting assault upon her character, even from a hostile foreign government. Often accused but never found guilty, she withstood these attacks and continued to serve the people of this country. In my lexicon, that is being strong.
The real nub of the complaint is that Hillary Clinton “shot Bernie’s chances down…” One could argue the reverse, but in reality both had a right to run for public office. Of the two, Bernie Sanders is the newly minted democrat who, when he lost the primary, was slow to come to the aid of his party. More importantly, I would ask the Sanders acolyte if she has looked at the political demographics of this country. Is there anywhere in that vast sea of red which would encourage a reasonable mind to believe the voters are ready for socialism?
On the day of the inauguration, Hillary Clinton attended the swearing-in of our 45th president. She went to facilitate a smooth and peaceful transfer of power. Who dares accuse her of being weak or incapable of putting her country before her feelings? She went to the inauguration because she is capable of a quality few have mentioned. Grace.