I poured my heart out in this post earlier in the presidential primaries. I reached a decision and voted in a manner I considered the wise way in Wisconsin’s primary.
Many local progressives, those people who are generous with their time and their skills, those who keep the local Democratic office running, are strong Bernie Sanders backers. Long-time readers will remember that I eventually supported Barack Obama in 2008 and in 2012. I will support Bernie if he is the candidate in November.
However, this much hasn’t changed. Hillary has all the traits I value in a leader. She’s intelligent, strong, experienced, knowledgeable, and the list could go on and on. Hillary Clinton would be an excellent president of the United States.
She still has baggage, but I’m coming around to realize that her baggage speaks to the depth of her experience.
Benghazi: She knows what’s going on in the world. She understands how dangerous certain regimes can be. Hillary Clinton will not jump the gun and impulsively enter the U.S. into an unnecessary war.
Email-gate. She kept organized and communicated well with her staff in an updated manner, one that in hindsight wasn’t the best choice. Hillary now knows why cyber-security outweighs cyber-convenience, despite the fact that no leaks have come from her private server emails. Like it or not, she’ll work within the guidelines of government security cyber-advisers when she reaches the White House.
Her age and her gender. Her age and her gender are not Hillary’s issues; they’re ours. It’s up to me and my fellow volunteers to put forth the word that Hillary’s age is a positive and her years in and around the White House come as part of her package – a valuable package.
Her outspokenness. Let’s reword this one. Hillary Clinton is articulate, intelligent, thoughtful, and willing to speak up. When Hillary speaks, voters need to listen to the content of her speeches. Female or male, soprano or bass, her words are the words of experience.
Like her? That I like her is a bonus. The main attraction in this election needs to center on experience and knowledge. In that respect, the choice is easy.
Hillary, I’m on your side.