Hillary Clinton

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Hillary Clinton

Hillary Diane Clinton, née Rodham (b. 26 October 1947), is an American politician of the Democratic Party, wife of Bill Clinton, and was from 2009 to 2013 secretary of state (similar to foreign secretary or foreign minister in other countries) in the administration of Barack Obama, thus sharing the responsibility for various foreign policy failures. In the United States Presidential Election of 2016 on 8 November 2016, Clinton was defeated by Republican Donald Trump. Daughter Chelsea is married to Jew Marc Mezvinsky since 2010.


Hillary Clinton and the magical negro; The cartoonist Matt Bors Bors explained the cartoon "Black Endorsements Matter" in a post at the Daily Kos: The "Magical Negro" is a trope in cinema where a black supporting characters are "portrayed as coming to the aid of a film's white protagonists" and who "possess special insight or mystical powers," as Wikipedia has it written up. From who Ta-Nehisi Coates is voting for, to shots at John Lewis and Killer Mike's respective endorsements and missteps to reconciling the '94 crime bill and various problematic statements over the years, black support of candidates have become like Magic cards, used to defeat foes in online combat.[1]

A native of Illinois, Hillary Rodham attracted national attention in 1969 for her remarks as the first student ommencement speaker at Wellesley College. She embarked on a career in law after graduating from Yale Law School in 1973. Following a stint as a Congressional legal counsel, she moved to Arkansas in 1974 and married Bill Clinton in 1975. Rodham cofounded the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families in 1977 and became the first female chair of the Legal Services Corporation in 1978. Named the first female partner at Rose Law Firm in 1979, she was twice listed as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America. First Lady of Arkansas from 1979 to 1981 and 1983 to 1992 with husband Bill as Governor, she successfully led a task force to reform Arkansas's education system. She sat on the board of directors of Wal-Mart and several other corporations.

Hillary Diane Rodham, Dorothy and Hugh Rodham’s first child, was born on October 26, 1947. Two brothers, Hugh and Tony, soon followed. Hillary’s childhood in Park Ridge, Illinois, was happy and disciplined. She loved sports and her church, and was a member of the National Honor Society, and a student leader. Her parents encouraged her to study hard and to pursue any career that interested her. As an undergraduate at Wellesley College, Hillary mixed academic excellence with school government. Speaking at graduation, she said, “The challenge now is to practice politics as the art of making what appears to be impossible, possible.” In 1969, Hillary entered Yale Law School, where she served on the Board of Editors of Yale Law Review and Social Action, interned with children’s advocate Marian Wright Edelman, and met Bill Clinton. The President often recalls how they met in the library when she strode up to him and said, “If you’re going to keep staring at me, I might as well introduce myself.” The two were soon inseparable–partners in moot court, political campaigns, and matters of the heart. After graduation, Hillary advised the Children’s Defense Fund in Cambridge and joined the impeachment inquiry staff advising the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives. After completing those responsibilities, she “followed her heart to Arkansas,” where Bill had begun his political career. They married in 1975. She joined the faculty of the University of Arkansas Law School in 1975 and the Rose Law Firm in 1976. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter appointed her to the board of the Legal Services Corporation, and Bill Clinton became governor of Arkansas. Their daughter, Chelsea, was born in 1980. Hillary served as Arkansas’s First Lady for 12 years, balancing family, law, and public service. She chaired the Arkansas Educational Standards Committee, co-founded the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, and served on the boards of the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Legal Services, and the Children’s Defense Fund.[2]

In 1994, as First Lady of the United States, her major initiative, the Clinton health care plan, failed to gain approval from the U.S. Congress. However, in 1997 and 1999, Clinton played a role in advocating the creation of the State Children's Health Insurance Program, the Adoption and Safe Families Act, and the Foster Care Independence Act. Her years as First Lady drew a polarized response from the American public. The only First Lady to have been subpoenaed, she testified before a federal grand jury in 1996 due to the Whitewater controversy, but was never charged with wrongdoing in this or several other investigations during her husband's administration. The state of her marriage was the subject of considerable speculation following the Lewinsky scandal in 1998.

After moving to the state of New York, Clinton was elected as a U.S. Senator in 2000. That election marked the first time an American First Lady had run for public office; Clinton was also the first female senator to represent the state. In the Senate, she initially supported the Bush administration on some foreign policy issues, including a vote for the Iraq War Resolution. She subsequently opposed the administration on its conduct of the war in Iraq and on most domestic issues. Senator Clinton was reelected by a wide margin in 2006. In the 2008 presidential nomination race, Hillary Clinton won more primaries and delegates than any other female candidate in American history, but narrowly lost to Senator Barack Obama. As Secretary of State, Clinton became the first former First Lady to serve in a president's cabinet.

Radical past

Today Hillary Clinton presents herself as a political moderate, however her past is very radical. In an article in The Nation, Tom Hayden himself a radical from the 1960s, tells of Hillary Clinton’s connection to the Vietnam anti-war movement and radical causes linked to the revolutionary Black Panther Party.

Hayden begins by noting that Hillary Clinton was in the streets of Chicago for three nights at the Democratic Party convention in 1968. At Yale University she helped to set up student monitors in the defense of Black Panther Bobby Seale who along with others were charged in the murder of another Panther they believed was a informant. She and others were looking for technical civil rights violations so the Panthers could walk free. After graduating Yale she continued her defense of Black radicals by going to work for a communist law firm of Treuhaft, Walker and Burnstein in California that specialized in defending the Panthers and other revolutionary leftists.

She was also good friends with Saul Alinsky and highly influenced by his philosophies.[3]

Responsibility for Benghazi attack

Long-awaited testimony from Hillary Clinton on events leading to the deaths of four Americans in Libya in 2012 has revealed few new details, despite Republicans questioning the Democratic presidential contender for hours and Democrats slamming the investigation as a witch-hunt. Following the marathon 11-hour hearing on Thursday, Clinton remained relatively unscathed after parrying away a seemingly endless barrage of questions about the attack on the US consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi that killed US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others. The question of whether the deaths could have been prevented remains one of the hotly contested issues on Capitol Hill. Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time of the attack, was speaking for the second time before a Congressional committee to put to rest any lingering questions. Speaking before a panel of 12 House members – seven Republicans and five Democrats – Clinton again said she bore responsibility for the tragedy, but rejected Republican attempts to blame the Benghazi attack on poor security precautions at the two facilities where the four Americans died. “I take responsibility for what happened in Benghazi,” Clinton told the committee, which is expected publish a final report on the incident in 2016. But “I was not going to second-guess” the security professionals who made decisions on what to do in Libya prior to the attacks, she added. She firmly rebutted claims that she failed to boost security at the US diplomatic compound overrun by fighters on September 11, 2012, saying she was never consulted directly about requests for additional measures.[4]


  • "Hillary Clinton has a long history of corruption and a long list of bodies who defied her. Between her pedophile husband and her money laundering pay-for-play as Secretary of State, there should be no reason not to investigate Hillary, Bill and her cohorts. Lock Her Up is a brief and concise history of Hillary Clinton's very tainted legacy, from Arkansas to D.C., and 2016. More to come, we're sure." – Dr. Rayna M. Gangi, 2016

See also

Further reading

  • Dr. Rayna M. Gangi: Lock Her Up – Hillary Clinton in a Nut Shell, 2016

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