After the nonstop “scandals” invented by the ratings hungry media, people are still looking for a reason to vote for one of the most qualified and internationally respected candidates to ever run for president. After all, being the most qualified and internationally respected candidate to ever run for president just isn’t enough if you name is Hillary Clinton. You need to smile more, be less ambitious and never, ever get sick in public.
But for anyone still confused about what we can look forward to: How about another 8 years of Obama? During a speech given Saturday night, she made it clear that she had every intention of continuing Obama’s legacy:
“We need ideas, not insults. Real plans to help struggling Americans in communities that have been left out and left behind — not prejudice and paranoia,” the former secretary of state said at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation gala in Washington, D.C. “We can’t let Barack Obama’s legacy fall into the hands of someone who doesn’t understand that.”
For the last 8 years, President Barack Obama has made huge and obvious changes to the country. He’s also quietly transformed America in ways that people are still completely in the dark about.
Obama refused to rescue the economy by inflating a bubble. Yes, it means that the recovery has been slow but it’s been incredibly steady and robust, shrugging off several global economic shocks and the collapse of the oil market. Think about that for a second: the price of oil cratered and it was barely a blip for us. That, in and of itself, is astonishing.
Obamacare has saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and improved the lives of millions of more while keeping billions of dollars in our pockets. It’s also exposing the greed of the insurance companies, bringing us steadily closer to public acceptance of the inevitable Public Option.
Obama’s foreign policy has restored America’s standing with the world. It’s hard to overestimate the stabilizing effect our renewed reputation has on the world in terms of peace, the economy and international cooperation. It’s not all sunshine and roses but it’s intelligent and responsible; a definitive change from the adolescent posturing of the Bush years.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Dodd-Frank have shielded millions from some of the worst depredations of the rich. A lot of people bitch about these two signature accomplishments because they are not perfect. These people are foolish and an overwhelming percentage of them also cannot explain what Shadow Banking is. As I’ve said repeatedly, if you don’t know what Shadow Banking is on even a rudimentary level (like me), you do not know enough about Dodd-Frank or what it’s done to discuss it in a meaningful way.
Obama has also reshaped the entire judicial branch of the government, appointing non-insane justices to hundreds of lifetime seats. Without right wing ideologues on the bench form circuit courts all the way up to the Supreme Court, Republican schemes to steal your vote, your rights and your money will fail. Even if you’re POSITIVE Hillary is 100% pro-corporate, do you really think her judges will support Republicans voter suppression schemes? Or anti-LGBT laws? Or keep supporting Citizens United indefinitely? Or strike down Obamacare? Or make contraception illegal again?
And does anyone really think Hillary’s not going to push to undo her husband’s tough on crime debacle? Yeah, it seemed like a good idea at the time and it even had the support of the black community (crime really was out of control back then) but the unintended consequences have been a disaster. There is zero chance she’s going to ignore it.
It took Republicans almost a century to undo all of the good FDR did for America and they’re itching to dismantle Obama’s legacy even faster. Hillary Clinton not only wants to preserve this legacy but expand on it. If she did absolutely nothing else in office but cement Obama’s changes, that would be enough to elect her. That fact that she wants to build on Obama’s foundation means we shouldn’t just want to elect her, we should be electing her with gusto.
Anyone that tells you otherwise is holding Hillary to a standard of ideological purity they hold no other politician to. Don’t let their constant whining hold you back. The Brass Ring is right there, waiting for us to grab it. Vote blue all the way down the ticket and it’s ours.
Obama mic drop via screencap.