Hillary Clinton Candidate Profile [Opinion]
Hillary Clinton is arguably the most fascinating and controversial figure in recent political history. She has spent her entire life fighting on behalf of those who have been knocked down and shut out of the conversation. When she was just a young woman she dedicated herself to public service and began using her voice to advocate for the people society would just assume mute. Her career has been an instrument of transformation and has altered the course of American politics for the good. Had it not been for her willingness to fight alongside people in the trenches of society we may not have the Democratic Party we know and love today. The political ideologies developed throughout her career have made her the enemy of conservatives and the idol of progressives. The American people are in need of a champion and Hillary Clinton is the embodiment of that champion.
Hillary was not born a lawyer, social advocate, or politician; she was born an American with the opportunity to live a life that had been unavailable to previous generations of women. Her childhood was largely influenced by the seemingly incompatible values of her parents. She grew up knowing the value of both personal and social responsibility which would help her become a strong and courageous leader. Her political evolution took place while she was in college and during the same time that the United States was undergoing major social and political changes. Her experiences led to her question the political values of her youth and dedicate herself to the common good.
Many millennial voters describe Hillary as inauthentic and untrustworthy; they do not seem to connect with her the way previous generations have. This is due, in part, because corporate media has spent well over twenty years trying to destroy her career. Hillary is a change-maker and the establishment fears her ability to be an agent of transformation. They have watched her preach about the empowerment of women, register Hispanics to vote, advocate for imprisoned African American youth and handicapped children being deprived of an education. They have watched her expand access to healthcare in rural Arkansas and overhaul the state education system. They have seen her destroy the gender stereotypes in American politics by being a proactive First Lady. She has even been accused of “feminizing” the political process to which she responds is actually “humanizing” it. The world has also watched as she has been elected to the United States Senate in her own right and as she has served as Secretary of State, being praised by both Democratic and Republican foreign policy experts. They are now watching as she seeks the permission of the people to be the first female to ever become the President of the United States. She is still fighting.
The Hillary For America campaign has put forth the most pragmatic and progressive platform to have ever been offered directly to the American people. Hillary recognizes that we have made a tremendous amount of progress over the last eight years and she does not want to see us backtrack. She wishes to strengthen and build on the progress we have made by defending the Affordable Care Act, protecting Social Security, and defending the civil rights of women, people of color, and those in the LGBT community. She wants to build an economy that serves the middle class, empowers the poor, and holds the extremely wealthy accountable for their actions. She is fighting to end mass incarceration and racial injustice because we are not whole until we recognize that every life is of unfathomable worth. She is working to ensure that our public education system is not destroyed by Republicans and that college students are able to pursue their education without the fear of debt. Hillary’s New College Compact is designed to ensure that a college education is always within reach and is never a burden. She plans to have the federal government make major investments in higher education by providing more grants and having states to meet their obligations. She would require that all students contribute to their education by working 10 hours each week and by having families make a realistic and affordable contribution based off of their socioeconomic status. In addition to implementing debt-free tuition she wishes to slash interest rates and allow previously accumulated debt to be refinanced and paid back as a percentage of income. We need to be standing with Hillary because she has never stopped fighting for us.