Thursday, November 8, 2007

Hilary Clinton: A Good Choice for the Next President?

Like most Americans, the choice for our next president is a difficult one. Like most, I listen to news, try to get a balance and establish a gut reaction to the candidates. The internet is deluged with info and video, all has an impact.
At this stage, none of the candidates really turn me on. There is something about all of them I distrust. I am not swayed by dirt the opposing side brings up about their past. We all have some. Usually, those that bring up the dirt are equally guilty and trying to divert my attention. Like most Americans, I decide for myself. I am neither a Republican nor Democrat, but both parties have good positions and various topics, so I comprise of the "middle of the road" group that can vote either way.
Hilary Clinton's only real governmental experience is her few years as a Senator. Sure, she is an attorney, but in all reality, not a practicing one. So what, so am I. She is (or was) the wife of one of America's most popular President's, Bill Clinton. But she is absolutely no Bill Clinton when in public. The charisma is not there. She was in the White House, but left no visible mark. Of course, nobody can read the memos and discussions between Bill and Hilary until long after the election. This begs for a "why"? Hilary was a mom and wife. That could be her only connection with many women out there. Isn't it odd that little to nothing has been asked of Chelsea, their daughter? What kind of parent was Hilary?
Hilary's flip flopping on the issues or never providing a detailed answer to questions really bothers me. I was going to vote for her, being a woman had nothing to do with it (there have been many great woman leaders in history), but changing her position on an issue one week and then again a week later only shows she is willing to say or do anything to win. She no doubt's desperately wants to be the first woman president of the US. It's starting to show. She accused the "male" candidates of ganging up on her in a debate and tried to play the sexism card. It reveals a dark side of her character--blaming others when she is responsible for her own mucking up the debate with answers that even she could not keep straight. Hey, it happens to men , too.
She continues to play the sexism card, stating how old ladies of 90 yrs come up to her and claim to state they will vote for her because she is a woman. How nice. Tell me, how many of this old timers have you actually seen in ANY of her campaign stops? Zero. First, those women would've been born in 1917, I doubt if they are in any shape to fight the crowds etc. It is obvious she wants and hopes all women will vote for her simply because she is a woman first, and a good candidate, second.
Her experience with foreign policy is zero. Condolezza Rice would be far better!  Hilary is really a socialist--the government will be in your life even more than it is now. She has never even been a mayor of a small town, let alone, a city. She has never operated a private business. Never been a governor of a state.
Hilary, when it comes to REAL qualifications, has Bill (I am sure he will be her major consultant if she wins), 2-3 years as senator, and the White House years.
Speaking of that, most women would divorce and move from a husband who cheats on them, let alone, how Bill did Monica. Yet, Hilary "stood by her man", the question is: is this a good thing? what were the motives (avoid scandal, personal embarrassment, have different beds yet stick together to brave the storm).
Maybe Hilary did not want to lose what she had, maybe she did not care, she was staying with Bill for her own personal gain?
Many women will vote for her simply because she is a woman and they have a problem with men. Other women will vote for her because of her so called qualifications. At this point, no really understands what her positions are on key issues. Her answers seem to evade and cloak a position.
However, I think it is in her character to say and do anything to be elected and to enter the history books. Of course, the other candidates do this also but at least you know what they stand for to some degree.
Unless she improves, my vote will go elsewhere because my gut tells me not to trust her. Period.

1 comment:

KJ McCoon said...

My only additon would be "If not Hillary then who? I agree with everything you've said (for the most part). Now I just have to figure which would be the lesser evil. Barack Obama is the other front runner for the democracratic party and I like him in many ways. However, most people get a little anxious about electing another young hotshot to office (It hasn't faired well since Kennedy, and look where it got him.) I'm really not sure about any of the republicans. I only like McCain because I am part of a huge military family, and feel that our country owes him more than we can ever repay, not to mention that he may very well take care of "our boys" (And my family as well). Who else is there with a "REAL" chance and what position do you hold on them?