Think Hillary Clinton is a Progressive? Think Again

Steve KinsmanStarred Page By Steve Kinsman, 3rd Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2v21vvnq/
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Hillary Clinton, according to the polls, is the odds-on favorite of a great majority of Democratic voters. Given her record, one can only wonder why that is the case.

Hillary is no progressive

I have always been amazed at how easy it is for Republicans to get middle class voters and blue collar working class folks to vote for them. Considering the fact that GOP politicians represent the agendas of only the top 1 percent and nobody else, these people cast their ballots again and again against their own self-interests. Now it looks like the Democrats are feeding at the same trough, willing to vote for Hillary Clinton despite the fact that her values and her actions reveal her as anything but the progressive she claims to be.

Hillary's record

Hillary's positions on issues contrast sharply with the majority of progressive-minded Americans. In fact, some of her stands on issues are indistinguishable from the positions taken by the extreme right-wing.

What follows is a listing of Hillary's positions on the issues:

She

Opposes single-payer universal health care
Opposes reinstating Glass-Steagall to separate commercial from investment banking
Opposes a $15 national minimum wage
Supports the death penalty
Supports sending special operations forces to Syria
Supports imposing a no-fly zone in Syria
Opposes and condemns the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel
Opposes marijuana legalization across the U. S.
Opposes making public universities debt-free and tuition free
Supports the 1996 Clinton/Gingrich welfare reforms
Supports the USA Patriot Act
Supports bulk data collections by the National Security Agency
Condemns Edward Snowden as a criminal and a traitor, and calls for his arrest and prosecution
Supports the prosecution of government whistleblowers
Supports making flag-burning a felony
Supports hydraulic fracking
Supports deporting Central American refugee children ("We have to send a clear message: Just because your child gets across the border doesn't mean your child gets to stay.")

Hillary Clinton is Republican-lite. She is a hawk and a warmonger. She gives speeches to corporate bigwigs at $200,000 dollars a pop. She takes millions in donations from Wall Street banksters.

Hillary is no progressive.

Vote for Bernie Sanders.

Link: How Bernie and Hillary Stack Up on the Issues
Bernie Sanders is the Most Mainstream Presidential Candidate
Mainstream Media Completely Ignores Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders Wins Democratic Debate, Corporate Media Declares Hillary the Victor

Hillary photo from newyorker.com
Bernie photo from wsj.com

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar Retired
3rd Nov 2015 (#)

You have to remember that the average voter votes for the person, not for anything that they actually say, promise or have done!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
3rd Nov 2015 (#)

The average American is a very low-information voter.

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author avatar jak2010
4th Nov 2015 (#)

This is informative for us, non Amercians. Thanks.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
4th Nov 2015 (#)

Thank you jak2010. I appreciate your comment.

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author avatar Shamarie
4th Nov 2015 (#)

Bernie has my vote!!!

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
4th Nov 2015 (#)

Hillary has mine!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
4th Nov 2015 (#)

Sorry to hear that Fern.

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author avatar Retired
4th Nov 2015 (#)

Hillary was literally a Goldwater girl.

The reason we have such growing income inequality is that the white working class stopped voting in its economic interest. These workers were thrown a little red meat on affirmative action, immigration and gay marriage, and off they went. Voting with the GOP on social issues instead of staying with the Democrats on economic concerns.

Of course when the Democrats are just shading differences with Republicans, it makes it hard to hold on to these critical swing voters. It's sad to see the one percent exploit these voters through divide and conquer techniques. The results are that just about all the economic gains are going to those at the very top.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
4th Nov 2015 (#)

Everything you say here is true Henry.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
4th Nov 2015 (#)

Why Steve, I like Bill too he was a good president!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
4th Nov 2015 (#)

Bill shipped thousands of jobs overseas by signing NAFTA and CAFTA, and he shredded the social safety net.

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author avatar M G Singh
4th Nov 2015 (#)

American elections are stereotyped. Does it matter who wins? Overall the policy won't change.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
4th Nov 2015 (#)

It would change with a Sanders victory, but the majority of American voters fail to see that, so you're right Madan, we will get more of the same.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
4th Nov 2015 (#)

You knopw Steve that wont happen, unfortunately for many that believe in Bernie, I do like him too still Hillary is my first choice, Bush wasn't a Saint

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author avatar Sherri Granato
10th Nov 2015 (#)

I will take her over Trump any day, but I prefer neither.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
10th Nov 2015 (#)

Here's hoping you back Bernie. Thanks for commenting Sherri. I appreciate it.

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author avatar L. R. Laverde-Hansen
14th Nov 2015 (#)

Steve, I don't fully agree with your assessment, though if you're a full-on progressive Bernie does satisfy all the checklists.

I just read an abominable piece by Jessica Russell today re: the Paris attacks. Of course she blamed Obama for it (I noticed that liberals didn't jump on W. after 9-11).

Anyway, I had the temerity to criticize her. She not only deleted my comments, but called them "hateful." Funny how liberals are often attacked as being intolerant, but heated as my discussions with them, they rarely just shut me out. That says something.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
14th Nov 2015 (#)

L.R. I read your comment on her article, and Christopher Miller's as well. I then commented that I figured it would take about one second after the Paris attacks for the right wing to blame them on Obama, and her article showed that I was correct in that assessment. I then stated that no doubt she would delete my comment as well as yours and Christopher's because she will not tolerate any disagreement.

If you read the comments from her echo chamber you will see a level of intelligence on display there that matches her own.

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author avatar Retired
15th Nov 2015 (#)

Steve, May I quote from JR, in a comment on the article in question: "I think legislation should be passed requiring readers to answer ALL comments or be banned from the site."

A quick translation would read: "I reserve the right to say what I like about the people who comment on my articles, but nobody else is allowed to read what those comments were because I will have deleted them!"

At least we liberals actually believe in the free speech that is supposedly guaranteed in the famous US Bill of Rights that the JRs of this world are so vociferous about!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
15th Nov 2015 (#)

To use a term she likes, I would suggest she and her echo chamber are "low information" people.

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