2016 Presidential Race

Clinton’s Flowery Video Announcement Won’t Hide Faults

No Matter How Hard She Tries, Clinton Cannot Escape Record

by Josh Guckert

Around 3:00 pm on Sunday, Hillary Clinton announced that she was running for President. However, instead of doing so in front of a live audience like other newly entered contenders Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, she instead chose a purely cyber-strategy. First, her campaign chairman e-mailed donors and associates, and minutes later, Clinton released a video marking her decision. Clinton is expected to host a more formal event next month.

In Mrs. Clinton’s video, she included:

  • An older white woman who enjoys planting tomatoes
  • A single mom whose daughter is starting kindergarten, necessitating a move to guarantee a better school
  • A pair of Hispanic brothers who (in Spanish) indicate that they are starting their first business
  • A stay-at-home mom who has spent the last 5 years raising her children and is now returning to work
  • A black couple who is soon expecting a son
  • A young Asian woman who is soon graduating college and applying to jobs
  • A gay couple who are getting married this summer
  • A young bi-racial boy¬†who is preparing to participate in a play
  • An older white woman who is soon planning to retire
  • An interracial couple with a dog and a cat who have been renovating their home
  • A white male “blue-collar” worker who is starting a new career

Following this contrived and awkwardly forced presentation of “diversity,” wherein each person indicates his or her plans for 2015, Hillary Clinton chimes in, indicating that she too has plans for the year: she’s running for President. She decries the deck still being “stacked in favor of those at the top,” and indicates that “everyday Americans” need a “champion,” and that she wants to be that champion. She concludes that “when families are strong, America is strong,” closing out with a montage of many of those previously profiled, as well as some new “diverse” faces, giggling in a playful manner.

The real question is: how can Hillary Clinton at all relate to any of the other people in her video? She has never in her life experienced any degree of the “real world,” so how can she be a “champion” for “everyday Americans?” She was raised in the affluent suburbs of Chicago before attending private Wellesley College and then Yale Law School. After receiving her JD from Yale, she participated on the Watergate impeachment inquiry staff in 1974, and practiced law in Arkansas. From 1978-1993, she earned more than her husband.

This is not to be interpreted as discrediting Clinton’s candidacy simply because she has been wealthy and successful. However, using the fortune she has had to advance in society and in public office is not a privilege that most Americans have had; therefore, it is far-fetched to believe that Clinton is fashioning herself as some sort of “champion” of the middle-class.

Beginning with her entry into the White House as First Lady on January 20, 1993 and concluding with her resignation from the Secretary of State post on February 1, 2013, Clinton spent 20 consecutive years in Washington, never once operating in the private sector. In fact, the only times when she has left the friendly and familiar confines of Washington has been to run for President.

Lastly, how will Clinton solve any of the problems outlined by those in her video? Her history of being closely linked with corruption, expanding government intrusions into Americans’ lives and supporting endless wars are in no way going to result in relief for any class of persons.

Hillary Clinton may be prepared with a new message this time around, but Americans of all varieties would be wise to remember that Clinton has never been an ally to causes of liberty, and that any attempt to paint herself as a “champion” of the average American is nothing more than political rhetoric.