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Response to kath (Reply #178)

Mon Jun 29, 2015, 07:02 PM

210. Hillary has a long history of pandering.

 

In 2004 many polls were published showing that America was a "Christian nation," with all the attendant Sunday-morning talk show pomp-and-circumstance and the right-wing radio gloating. Thus, when confronted with the gay marriage issue, Hillary pandered to Christian Conservatives (note the use of Christian Conservative phrasing):

https://www.catholicvote.org/video-hillary-clinton-marriage-is-sacred-bond-between-man-and-woman/

“I believe marriage is…a sacred bond between a man and a woman….a fundamental bedrock principle that it exists between a man and woman, going back into the midst of history, as one of the founding, foundational institutions of history and humanity and civilization. And that it’s primary principle role during those milennia has been the raising and socializing of children for the society into which they are to become adults.”


In 2011, after a brutal air war campaign that reduced Libya to a smoking ruin and plunged the African nation into a downward spiral of misery and chaos, all based on trumped-up lies about "genocide," Hillary pandered to jingoistic American Exceptionalists who get a vicarious rush from the imposition of American military might. Note the paraphrasing of Julius Caesar, not thought of as history's greatest progressive:



Now, as the primary campaign is heating up, Hillary is issuing statements declaring solidarity with LGBTQ Americans:

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/06/gay-marriage-supreme-court-ruling-hillary-clinton-boost-119475.html

In her statement, Clinton hinted that the Supreme Court’s ruling hadn’t put the issue to bed. “For too many LGBT Americans who are subjected to discriminatory laws, true equality is still just out of reach,” she said. “While we celebrate today, our work won’t be finished until every American can not only marry, but live, work, pray, learn and raise a family free from discrimination and prejudice. We cannot settle for anything less.”


Likewise, with respect to the Charleston shootings:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2015/06/23/hillary-clinton-takes-her-message-of-racial-reconciliation-to-missouri/

“I appreciate the actions begun yesterday by the governor and others in South Carolina to remove the Confederate flag from the statehouse, recognizing it as a symbol of our nation’s racist past that has no place in our present or our future," she said. "It shouldn’t fly there, it shouldn’t fly anywhere.”


Are these latter statements pandering? It's an open question. Hillary's record on issues of sexual orientation and race are spotty - see the 2004 quote above, and Ken Burch's post RE: Hillary's support for the prison industry that preys on young black men. One could certainly look with a jaded eye on Hillary's recent statements and conclude that she is looking for good press from a recent tragedy and a landmark Supreme Court ruling. Given that she appears to have no problem saying whatever her audience wants to hear, it's not out of the question.

And that's a problem for a campaign based entirely on optics - the appearance of insincerity is a deal-killer. She just doesn't have the established track record to lend her positions the credibility she needs. One way to deflect attention from her record is to project onto her opponent the weaknesses that some might see in Hillary. Thus, endless questioning of Bernie Sanders for his imaginary lack of concern.

Disingenous? Of course. But such a course of action has the added bonus that when these disingenuous posts get called out for what they are, the line of attack can be switched to a semantic argument and the victim card can be played.

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