Tuesday, January 08, 2008

I Support Hillary Clinton

I support Hillary Clinton for President. I think she would be great at the job. I have quietly supported Hillary since I knew she was running, but didn't say much about it because I suspected that the only reason I wanted to cast a vote for her was because she was female. Now I think I know why I want her to win.

Hillary Clinton wants to be president not because she's a woman, or because she's entitled, or because she's power-hungry, but because she knows she can do it better than anyone else. You can see it in her face, in her frustration over the last week. She can't seem to understand why people don't believe her, don't trust her, don't want her. I understand though.

Barack Obama is slick and smooth, and Hillary is abrasive and tough. He is talking about hope and change and light and liberty. She is talking about experience, competence, knowledge, and work. Of course, he gets a lot of applause. People want to yell for hope and change, even if there is no substance behind the words, no specifics to support the glossy rhetoric.

No one is jumping out of their seat for competence. No one is waving a flag for hard work. But I want her in that office because she will be competent and work hard. That is what I need her to do. I do not need her to orate or inspire me. I need her to fix the country, and I think she will.

If she would have, from the beginning, talked like I've seen her talk this week, with tears in her eyes, about how she will be a good president, instead of saying "change" 53 times a minute and relying on Bill Clinton to shape her message, I think she'd be ahead right now. She is very compelling, when she breaks down and just speaks from the heart. I got this feeling, this week, that she feels responsible for the country, and that we should let her do what she needs to do.

Hillary Clinton may not win. She may be a rung on which future women step, to get to the top of that political ladder. Maybe it will be her daughter Chelsea someday, who makes it to the top. Maybe it will be my daughter. I am thankful, as a female and as an American, to this person who is enduring merciless criticism, hateful personal attacks, and all the jibes and jokes of a cruelly dismissive opposition. I don't think she'll look back on this time in her life as a fun romp through the USA, spreading smiles and listening to applause, like Obama probably will. She may look back on it as a screaming nightmare from start to finish. But I support her. I will vote for her in my stupid, irrelevant Virginia primary, whether she's still in the race or not. And I thank her for standing up under all of this, and smiling through her tears.


  1. Can't say I agree with you about Hillary for president. However, I do agree with you on Obama. Marc and I were just talking about him. We were trying to work out what he stands for. He's good at slogans but pretty slim on facts. We were thinking that if we voted Dem, we'd vote for Kucinich because he is so principled. don't agree one jot with his politics, but admire him for his strongly principled approach.

    Shira has some bridges to build. The child wants Hillary to win because HIllary's a woman. We had a little political indoctrination (ummm, lesson) today where I explained how Ron Paul is the only candidate to vote for.

  2. Anonymous10:10 PM

    Are you serious? Hillary is beholden to the NEA. They love her. The NEA hates homeschooling. If Hillary gets elected, she and the NEA will make all of our (homeschoolers)lives a living hell - not to mention the socialized health care mess and exhorbitant taxes to pay for it, but that's a different topic.

    As for Barack Obama, I offer the following quote:

    "In his book, The Audacity of Hope on page 344, Obama writes: 'none of these policies need discourage families from deciding to keep a parent at home…For some families, that may mean doing without certain material comforts. For others it may mean home schooling….Whatever the case may be, such decisions should be honored.'

    Although, this is not a direct endorsement of homeschooling, it implies that he would not interfere with a parent's right to do so."

  3. As dear as homeschooling is to me, I'm not voting on that issue alone.

    Having been raised by incredibly wonderful public school teachers, it would take a lot of retraining for me to think that being endorsed by teachers was a bad thing.

  4. Anonymous4:03 PM

    Being endorsed by a public school teacher is not bad. IN fact, it is a good thing if you are in a public school. But every child is not like the other child and maybe homeschooling is the best thing for a certain child. Especially, if the child has to go to a public school and be criticized day after day with fears of being called names on the bus and being late for class if you cannot get a teachers aide appointed to your child. I myself has had many of those problems. My child would get sick and develop a diareah just like that when he was picked on . Ive even had a teacher tell me in a parent meeting that my child could not take critism. I like Hillary Clinton but im not voting for her because she loves the NFA and i think Obama is right when he wont interfere in homeschooling our children.

  5. Anonymous11:09 PM

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    These people have already been exposed. It's time to wake up before it's too late.