The questioning of Hillary Clinton and her political and financial ties via the Clinton Foundation and other sources is nothing new. This conversation and its concerns have been happening for some time (see Hillary Helps a Bank—and Then It Funnels Millions to the Clintons and The Problem With Hillary Clinton Isn’t Just Her Corporate Cash. It’s Her Corporate Worldview, both from 2015), It is not a plot to discredit Hillary. Nor is it a strategy to give Trump more votes. Or Jill Stein, or any other candidate. It is about questioning a political worldview that deserves scrutiny, attention and challenge. It is not about painting anyone as evil or a monster. I, personally, don’t believe in such things. What it is about is addressing our decisions as human beings trying to do right by ourselves and others and looking closely at the choices we make and the repercussions and effects of those choices.
I understand that many people are concerned about criticisms of Hillary. I don’t point them out because I want to see people not vote for her. I keep the conversation alive because I believe Hillary will be the next president of the United States and – though we’ll be spared a Trump presidency which is no small achievement – we will nonetheless have a president whose approach to politics is via a corporate worldview that became popular in the Reagan era and, via Bill Clinton, also became part of the Democratic political landscape.
I believe deeply that it is an immensely unstable and detrimental approach that desperately needs to change if we are to avoid the wars and military actions already in the making that I believe Hillary Clinton will likely lead us into. If we are to build a thriving middle class, offer Americans a genuine profit-free health care option, and – maybe most importantly and dire – tackle Climate Change in the precariously short window we have left.
As I stated above, Hillary is not a monster. She is not evil. I believe Hillary believes in what she is doing. I believe she believes it is good. Unfortunately, I don’t think Hillary has evolved quickly enough with the times. Not because she’s stupid or incapable, but because she has devoted her life to working within a political system that has ultimately turned out to be more destructive than constructive, despite intentions. The greatest challenge comes in not only being willing and able to recognize this, but to change one’s ways and the goals and approach one has set for themselves and to envision an entirely new approach to life and work and the choices and viewpoints one has represented throughout their career and lifetime. It is a profoundly complicated act and can be both personally and professionally devastating. But to not do so, in not making that leap of change, I believe Hillary will unwittingly not only keep us from moving forward, she will set us back in far too many ways that effect far too many lives. She’ll do some good, thank god – and in those things she has my support. But the direction she currently represents both economically and in her foreign policy I believe will be devastating for generations to come.
I’m not asking or suggesting anyone not vote for Hillary. I am asking people to be demanding. Support what you agree with. And openly don’t support and – even more importantly – fight to change what you believe may ultimately cause more harm than good. When challenge is presented, there is always pushback and resentment. It comes with the territory. Whether it comes from Hillary herself, her campaign, or her strongest advocates and supporters, the desire to paint those openly questioning Hillary’s politics as deserters or extremists is going to be irresistible for many. You will hear – like with the creation of the “Bernie Bros” narrative – many people working diligently to paint anyone on the left who openly questions Hillary’s political approach and history as being dangerous themselves. The negative and divisive narrative of the “Alt Left” has already begun. It is simultaneously a knee-jerk reaction and a calculated response.
It is without question that there is too much at stake to allow Donald Trump to become president. This cannot be stated more emphatically. But that does not diminish – or justify – the challenges we face with a Hillary presidency. The difference? Hillary’s not insane. She has the capacity to listen. But only if you give her something to listen to.