Friday, April 29, 2016

Hillary News & Views 4.29: McEwan on Older Women and the Woman Card, HRC Policy: Voting Rights


Today’s Hillary News & Views begins with Melissa McEwan on older women voters and on Trump’s insidious “Woman Card” attack.

McEwan writes for Blue Nation Review:
Older women occupy a very particular space in our culture—a space frequently defined by an abandonment of listening. Rather than valuing the lived experiences of older women, and the wisdom those lives have imparted, we turn away from them, dismissing them as irrelevant; we neglect to listen, just at the moment where they may offer insights most profoundly worth listening to.
We cast older women aside—and with them, their voices.
So it doesn’t surprise me that there hasn’t been much interest in exploring older women’s support for Hillary, or what it might signify to them.
But among the older women who support Hillary—and, depending on your own age, you may count my nearly 41-year-old self among them—are lots and lots of women who see in Hillary Clinton a direct challenge to the habit of tossing away older women, like so much useless rubbish.
Hillary has a voice. And people listen to it. She has experience, which people respect. She has knowledge, and it is widely valued.
This is not the typical experience of older women, who are devalued at the intersection of misogyny and ageism—and whatever other parts of their identity (race, disability, body size, sexuality, gender) are used to devalue us, too.
Witnessing Hillary, an older woman, fight her way to get into the most exclusive boys’ club on the planet, and seeing her succeed, inching ever closer, is exciting. And more than that: It’s validating.
Because older women know they have value. It’s everyone else who seems to disagree.
McEwan writes for Blue Nation Review:
If Hillary had been born a boy, she wouldn’t be the same person that she is today, because her entire life’s journey wouldn’t have been undertaken on a path littered with gender barriers and sexist double standards.
(Which is to say nothing of the practical differences that would have manifested throughout her life if she were not a woman: Higher pay, more professional opportunities, never having to balance pregnancy and career, decreased likelihood of gendered violence, and all the other attendant benefits conferred by male privilege.)
Certainly there are male politicians who center women and girls in their advocacy, but none quite the way Hillary has. And none of them with the lived experience she has by virtue of her womanhood.
If Hillary were a man, she would not be the same person she is, and she would not be the same candidate.
Trump’s hypothetical male version of Hillary Clinton just wouldn’t exist. And that is a problem—because he casually suggests that such a person could exist, in a way that undermines her authority and experience as a woman.
It’s not just that she is a woman that matters, but that being a woman confers a perspective that informs her candidacy.
And, crucially, it is being a woman that opens her up to sexist attacks precisely like the one Trump is making.
There is a particular cruelty in his imagining an impossible scenario in which Hillary Clinton were a man, while simultaneously attacking her on the very basis that she isn’t one.
And because a picture is worth a thousand words:


I mentioned in the comments yesterday that I believe that the future of the Democratic Party is intersectional progressivism. In my view, Clinton’s landslide victory in the Democratic primary has validated that idea. I’m working on a piece that explores this more fully, but in the meantime, here’s a timely reminder of the foundation on which Clinton has built her campaign for the nomination and the presidency.

BuzzFeed reports:
One of the most important moments in this election happened at a high school library in Nevada.
Nearly a year ago, Hillary Clinton spoke to young undocumented immigrants and their families at Rancho High School in the working-class neighborhood of North Las Vegas, where 40% of the population is Latino. The setting was risky — just the kind of event that activists have turned into protests, with videos that travel far and wide.
Her words were directed at Jeb Bush.
She would offer a “path to full and equal citizenship” she said, while Bush, a favorite to win his party’s nomination, supported earned legal status — or as Clinton dismissed it, “second-class status.” That wasn’t unusual. Nor was her support for “comprehensive immigration reform.”
What she said next, however, was. “If Congress continues to refuse to act,” Clinton told the activists, she “would do everything possible under the law to go even further.” She wanted the parents of DREAMers, the parents of those seated around her, to be eligible for protection from deportation.
Clinton would prove to be very, very wrong about Bush. But she was correct about the driving issue of the election. The event would prove to be one of the most significant moments in the Democratic primary, and the policies Clinton outlined that day and as a result of that day will inform an election dominated by immigration policy, and the increasingly polarized approaches by both parties.
While Donald Trump talks of the wall and a far more restrictionist immigration policy, Clinton began her campaign with likely one of the most liberal immigration platforms ever adopted by a mainstream Democratic candidate.
Starting today, I’m going to spotlight Clinton’s policy proposals on a particular issue. One of the hallmarks of her campaign has been proposing substantive, detailed policy. With the primary race over, I’m sure many readers are looking at her with fresh eyes, and they may have missed these proposals the first time around.

I’m starting with voting rights, an issue Clinton first raised in a major speech last June. At the time, she called out several governors who were in the race at the time. In September, her campaign released this fact sheet:
Hillary Clinton’s Proposals to Restore Integrity to American Elections 
Americans are understandably cynical about a political system that has been hijacked by billionaires and special interests who will spend whatever it takes to crowd out the voices of everyday Americans. And with the rise of unlimited, secret spending in our political process, it is virtually impossible for anyone to really know who or what is influencing our elected officials. On issues from climate change to equal pay and immigration reform, voters won’t believe Washington will work for them unless we take on the power and stranglehold that wealthy interests have over our political system.
Hillary Clinton has made revitalization of our democracy a key pillar of her campaign. She will fight to ensure that our democracy works for everyday Americans and leads to government of, by, and for the people, not just the wealthy and well-connected. Her proposals will curb the outsized influence of big money in American politics, bring sunshine to secret spending, and institute real reform to raise the voices of regular voters. Key proposals include:
  1. Overturning Citizens United Decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2010, by a 5-4 margin, the Citizens United case helped unleash hundreds of millions of dollars of secret, unaccountable money into U.S. elections that is drowning out the voices of ordinary Americans and distorting our democracy. To undo the harm of Citizens United and other wrongheaded campaign finance court decisions, Clinton will:
    • Appoint Supreme Court justices who value the right to vote over the right of billionaires to buy elections. Clinton will appoint Supreme Court justices who understand that the Constitution protects citizens’ right to participate fully in the democratic process, and that decisions like Citizens United, which upended campaign finance law, and Shelby County, which gutted the Voting Rights Act, are not good for America.
    • Support a constitutional amendment. Clinton supports amending the Constitution to allow Americans to establish common sense rules to protect against the undue influence of billionaires and special interests and to restore the role of average voters in elections.
  2. Ending Secret, Unaccountable Money in Politics Outside groups have spent more than $600 million in secret money in the three federal elections since Citizens United, yet it is difficult to know who or what is behind that spending. Clinton believes that the public has a right to know who is spending money to influence elections and the actual sources of funds for those expenditures. To increase transparency in our political system and end the era of unaccountable money in politics, Clinton will:
    • Push for federal legislation to require effective public disclosure of political spending. Clinton will require outside groups that engage in significant political spending to timely disclose significant donors that support those expenditures. She will also require disclosure of significant transfers between organizations and close other loopholes that allow individuals, corporations and others to hide their political spending.
    • Promote SEC rulemaking requiring publicly traded companies to disclose all political spending to their shareholders. Clinton believes that information about how corporate funds are being used to fuel political activity and influence elected officials is material to investment decisions and should be made available to shareholders.
    • Sign an Executive Order requiring federal government contractors to fully disclose all political spending. If Congress fails to act on common sense campaign finance reform, Clinton will use executive authority to increase transparency of political spending by all companies that are awarded federal contracts.
  3. Amplifying the Voices of Everyday Americans Outsized political influence by wealthy corporations and individuals has discouraged everyday Americans from participating in the political process. In the 2014 election, the top 100 campaign donors alone spent nearly as much as all 4.75 million small donors combined. Meanwhile, 2014 also marked the first time in almost a quarter century that the total number of donors reported to have given to political campaigns decreased from the prior midterm election.
The current system creates disincentives for voters to feel like their participation matters and for candidates to focus more of their attention on regular voters. It also sets up barriers to ordinary people with extraordinary ideas seeking elective office and serving their country, especially women and people of color. Clinton believes we need a system that empowers all citizens to fully participate and have their voices heard. She will:
  • Establish a small donor matching system for presidential and congressional candidates that will incentivize small donors to participate in elections and candidates to spend more time engaging a broad, representative cross-section of constituents, and will include:
    • Matching funds for small donations. To increase the role and influence of everyday Americans who cannot write large checks, the program will provide multiple matching funds for small donations.
    • Lower contribution limits. Candidates who opt to participate in the program must agree to a substantially lower limit on how much money they can receive from any individual donor.
    • Cap on public matching funds. To ensure fiscal sustainability, there will be a reasonable limit on the total amount of public matching funds available to each candidate, but no limit on the number of small donations candidates can receive from their supporters up to the individual donor contribution limit.
    • Qualifying contribution thresholds. To qualify for matching funds, candidates must first demonstrate that they have sufficient public support for a viable campaign by raising a minimum number of small donations from their constituents.
Finally, for our campaign finance system to have meaning, Clinton believes we must vigorously enforce our campaign finance laws.
This is only one part of Clinton’s comprehensive agenda to revitalize our democracy so that it values the voices of everyday Americans, not just those at the top.
Clinton recently laid out her vision for protecting voting rights and expanding access to the ballot box for all Americans, calling for:
  • Universal, automatic voter registration, where every citizen in every state in the union would be automatically registered to vote when they turn eighteen—unless they actively choose to opt out;
  • A new national standard of no fewer than 20 days of early, in-person voting in every state, including opportunities for weekend and evening voting;
  • Congress to move quickly to pass legislation to repair the damage to the Voting Rights Act done by the Supreme Court’s Shelby County decision; and
  • Implementation of the recommendations of the President’s bipartisan presidential commission to improve voting, which includes expanding early, absentee, and mail voting; providing online voter registration; and establishing the principle that no one should ever have to wait more than 30 minutes to vote.



  1. Again, mega-kudos to Lysis for cranking these out almost every day! And now fleshing it out with the policy stuff, great. I wish we could re-head the "Restore Integrity to American Elections" as "Senator Sanders Plan to Restore Integrity to American Elections" to trick his followers into reading and praising it. Goals, plans and basic common sense!

    1. he's losing on his own now, probably don't need to help. He should restore his own integrity. Start by confession.

  2. Donald is continuing to 'out' the right-wing message by amplifying it. He's funny, he's my favorite opponent, and our 50-state strategy. he also exposed Bernie with his foreign policy speech, that's what Bernie wants with as little substance. And Jane is returning the favor, her hope that the emails will ensnare the next president is as weird as anything on their side and since she's his senior advisor, that has to be what her husband thinks too.

    and no tax returns, they filed an extension for 2015, all to not know how much Jane earned off the public dime on her commission job and off the bernie small donors?

    with competition like this, who could hope for more, thank you Donald and Jane, keep it up!

  3. my friend Debbie, who has never taken an interest in national elections, bought herself a woman's card, she was thrilled with Hillary's response.

  4. I just hope everything in Hillary's platform will prosper if ever she wins. The employees from professional research paper writer help will surely vote for her.