I was asked a very good question the other day, “What has Hillary accomplished in the past ten years?” I personally worked as an unpaid lobbyist, as first lady, Hillary, fought to help pass health care reform. “When that effort failed, she didn’t give up: Hillary worked with Republicans and Democrats to help create the Children’s Health Insurance Program. CHIP cut the uninsured rate of American children by half, and today it provides health care to more than 8 million kids.” As a Senator of NY, “she worked to make sure the 9/11 first responders who suffered lasting health effects from their time at Ground Zero got the care they needed.” www.hillaryclinton.com
But the question remained, “what specifically did she do over the past ten years?” She served as an honorable Secretary of State, establishing specific objectives for the State Department's diplomatic missions abroad. She advocated for empowering women across the globe. She earned President Obama’s trust and dealt with foreign matters pragmatically, allowing his administration to deal with policy. She worked behind the scene to secure the Arab and U.N. approval of military intervention in Libya. She made the State Department a better, fairer place for LGBT employees to work. She worked to expand the Family Medical Leave Act, allowing families of those wounded in service to their country to take leave in order to care for their loved ones. As Hamas rockets rained down on Israel, Hillary went to the region immediately. Twenty-four hours after she landed, a ceasefire went into effect. Most importantly, she called and organized meetings with world leaders to first address building good relations and then to build coalitions that would uphold the sanctions against Iran. She traveled incessantly to meet leaders and discuss their hopes and dreams for world peace.
But, “What has Hillary done in the past ten years to earn my vote?” Hillary has been a moderate democrat, who has forged lasting and trusting relationships with foreign and national leaders. She has continued to question her understanding of the world and our government and she has adjusted her positions accordingly. She has family values. She has a voice at “the table” that is calm, calculated, committed to families, and respectful of others. In many ways she is still the first student commencement speaker of Wellesley College, a feisty feminist, wanting to make a difference for families in the world. In other ways she is a statesman with over 30 years of respected public service and leadership.
As a wife and mother, she has fought battles within her own home. As a lawyer, she railed against corporate influence in government. As a director of a foundation, she has forged partnerships with NGO’s. As a Senator from NY, she has worked across the isle to bring troops home with dignity and health care coverage. Most importantly she has provided the kind of leadership that allows others to succeed.