Today's edition of Hillary News & Views begins with Clinton's centralization of gun control as a core issue of her presidential campaign. Using social media, Clinton is both showcasing her own stances on gun control and contrasting those positions with the GOP extremists:
Watch Hillary say: “We have got to do something about gun violence in America—and I will take it on.” https://t.co/9sbP4UHW41— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 31, 2015
We lose people to gun violence every day. It’s time to come to grips with this.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 27, 2015
We need commonsense reforms to keep weapons out of the hands of criminals, the violently unstable, domestic abusers, and terrorists.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 27, 2015
A majority of Americans and a majority of gun owners support universal background checks.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 27, 2015
It makes no sense that bipartisan legislation supporting universal background checks failed despite overwhelming support from the public.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 27, 2015
Politics are hard. But when it comes to gun violence, we cannot give up. We cannot sit by while more good people die. We must keep going.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 27, 2015
When @JebBush says the federal government "shouldn't be involved in gun laws," what exactly does that mean? Watch: https://t.co/u1hTCwmDoP— The Briefing (@TheBriefing2016) September 2, 2015
Clinton's Twitter feed has also been celebrating the 20th anniversary of her landmark Women's Rights speech in Beijing, with videos detailing the pressure she faced to stay home and some of the reaction that the speech received:
20 years ago, Hillary gave her historic speech to the United Nations Women’s Conference. #Beijing20 https://t.co/aqf58ZbScH— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 1, 2015
Reviewing notes on the way to the conference, Hillary knew the #Beijing20 speech would be her most important yet: https://t.co/sBIqqeWRyw— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 2, 2015
The Beijing speech, along with Women's Equality Day, have Clinton doing the same thing regarding women's rights as she's doing with gun control: proudly declaring her support while contrasting it with the extremist retrograde opposition on the right:
Equal pay, paid leave, childcare: These aren't just "women's issues," they're family issues and economic issues. #WomensEqualityDay— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 27, 2015
No woman should have to go back to work 24 hours after giving birth. #WomensEqualityDay— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 27, 2015
Retweet if you agree. pic.twitter.com/OjW9FBzlfm— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 31, 2015
Denying women access to health care might be good politics in a Republican primary, but it’s terrible policy in the real world.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 28, 2015
What Republicans are saying about women may be red meat in a GOP primary—but it's wrong in 21st-century America. https://t.co/SrQVhKJVoq— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 28, 2015
Happy Women's Equality Day from the Republican presidential candidates! https://t.co/kQdJMcsxgn— The Briefing (@TheBriefing2016) August 26, 2015
When Jeb talks about defunding Planned Parenthood, he's talking about blocking millions from lifesaving health care. pic.twitter.com/iBqgrQ0eUT— The Briefing (@TheBriefing2016) August 25, 2015
What would be at risk if Jeb Bush defunded Planned Parenthood: cancer screenings, STI treatment, prenatal care... pic.twitter.com/wfq4XZukZt— The Briefing (@TheBriefing2016) August 25, 2015
And going for the heartstrings, here she quotes the late, great Ann Richards...
Born September 1, 1933, Ann Richards was the 1st woman governor of TX in her own right—and a fighter for families. pic.twitter.com/FYXCIEn4Fw— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 1, 2015
...and here, she showcases a 101-year-old Hillary supporter, born ten years before women had the right to vote:
101-year-old Jerry—born before women had the vote—joined @TheDemocrats in Minneapolis yesterday for Hillary’s speech. pic.twitter.com/kd2DnSiMWA— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 29, 2015
A big question from a small supporter in Iowa: How will Hillary get things done? See her answer: https://t.co/GwveqoBuis— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 30, 2015
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remains the best hope for Americans who are counting on strong and experienced leadership to deal with the economic injustice, educational crises, and foreign instability, which have plagued our country in the early part of the 21st century.
Clinton’s three most compelling characteristics continue to be her vast experience in foreign and domestic policy; her tenacity and history of getting things done across the political aisle, particularly as a senator; and the ferocious enthusiasm of her followers, particularly among young women working for true political gender equity that is long overdue.
Clinton is not only the smartest and the toughest person in the race, she is also the person who has put forward specific policy proposals on issues ranging from profit sharing for workers, revitalizing rural America, criminal justice reform, universal automatic voter registration, to an economic plan that recognizes equal pay, paid family leave and childcare are essential to competitiveness and growth.It's a beautiful endorsement, but not nearly as touching as this one from the granddaughter of Henrietta Caroline Credo, one of the matriarchs of the suffrage movement:
My grandmother was a nurse, Henrietta Caroline Credo. She marched in the suffragette parades in New York prior to women being granted the right to vote. I can remember her telling the story of the march. How the men lined the streets and called out insults and threw whatever they could find at the women who walked. She said that the woman in front of her was hit in the head with a slat from an orange crate that still had the nails in it. Grandmother said she caught her before she hit the ground and helped her walk the last part of their march arm in arm.
I have always been thankful to the sacrifice and perseverance of those women. Because of them I have never taken my right to vote lightly. I have watched Hillary Clinton serve this country and I have been impressed by they way she has tackled every difficulty and adversity placed before her. I believe she has the experience, knowledge and courage to carry the office of President and lead this country into a new era. I don’t think this will be an easy race but I will do what I can to support her. Period.One can only wonder what Credo would say today, with women not only having the vote but even serving in an office as high as Secretary of State...and still dealing with misogyny. The Huffington Post reports on another Clinton e-mail reveal: that she confronted sexism on her own staff while Secretary of State, though even being in that position doesn't get through to the "ogres":
Even Hillary Clinton, one of the world's most visible advocates for women and girls, sometimes has to make sure that the men who work for her aren't dismissive of women's issues.
In late May of 2010, Clinton's longtime aide Philippe Reines wrote the secretary of state an email congratulating her for having "called out the ogrish males on your staff who roll their eyes at womens issues and events."
It is unclear from Reines' email who exactly the "ogrish" men were, but it's clear that Clinton was tackling the issue of sexism within her own staff.
Yet even though Clinton is among the most powerful political figures in the world of either gender, her message that day may not have gotten through to its intended recipient.
"FYI I'm pretty sure I saw [REDACTED] roll their eyes at the very moment that you were obviously referring to them," Reines wrote the secretary. "They just don't get it."And ending again on a fun note, Vox observes that Clinton's e-mails show a Washington that is more Veep than House of Cards:
I like politics and I like watching television, so naturally I love TV shows about Washington. The sentimental favorite, of course, is The West Wing, a show in which politics is about the Big Ideas and Big Issues that brought most of us to DC in the first place. The most exciting is House of Cards, where plots and intrigues keep you bingeing to the end.
But the most realistic, by far, is HBO's Veep, which, though broad in its satirical arcs, correctly catches the absurdity and triviality that dominates the daily lives of the most important people in government.
The treasure trove of Hillary Clinton emails that have been dribbling out this summer show just how profoundly right Armando Iannucci's show gets Washington.For more on Hillary Clinton's campaign for the presidency, check out…
The Hillary 2016 Platform Series
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July 31, 2015: National Urban League
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