As of late, Democratic presidential front-runner (barely) Hillary Clinton has touted herself as a “progressive” candidate. But her liberal message loses validity when voters take into account the candidate’s inconsistent political record.
#WhichHillary skyrocketed to number one on Twitter after an altercation with a Black Lives Matter activist during a private fundraiser on Wednesday night. Ashley Williams called out Clinton’s remark in 1994, in which the flip-flopping politician referred to gang members as “super predators.”
“I’m not a super-predator, Hillary Clinton,” Williams said at the event.
The confrontation has sparked a lengthy deliberation on social media that exposes the politician’s split personality in politics.
The Clinton power couple have championed themselves as a pro-black super force for decades, but their civil rights record is defaming when you analyze the devastating ramifications their policies have had on the black community.
Clinton has decried America’s crippling prison system and has espoused criminal justice reform throughout her campaign. Yet the policies she is advocating now stand in stark contrast to the decisions made by her husband — former president Bill Clinton — which she supported in the 1990s.
In 1994, Bill implemented the infamous crime bill that even he admitted drastically exacerbated America’s mass incarceration problem. The bill imposed harsher sentences, made military equipment more readily accessible to police, and created the three-strikes law which implemented tougher sentences for those previously convicted. Clinton oversaw the largest increase of state and federal inmates of any president in American history as his crime bill added 673,000 new inmates by the end of his second term.
While the bill was praised for reducing African-American unemployment rates it actually significantly escalated joblessness among black men. Government statistics do not include incarcerated individuals so “in 2001, the true jobless rate for young, non-college-educated black men (including those behind bars) was 42 percent.”
The establishment candidate has insidiously steered around her support for the 1994 crime bill, in which she lobbied lawmakers and even victoriously declared of its passage, “We will finally be able to say, loudly and clearly, that for repeat, violent, criminal offenders: three strikes and you’re out. We are tired of putting you back in through the revolving door.”
Politicians are notorious for their deceptive campaign promises and dishonesty, but Clinton’s continual flip-flopping makes her overwhelmingly stand out as malicious and untrustworthy.
Clinton announced her support same-sex marriage in 2013, but she has not always been so enlightened concerning gay rights.
Politifact tracked Clinton’s support for gay marriage on their Flip-O-Meter and “found that as public opinion shifted toward support for same-sex marriage, so did Clinton.” How surprising.
Depending on who she was talking to, Clinton framed her position to favor that group. In conversations to gay contributors in 1999 and elected officials in 2006, she supported pro-LGBT decision-making. Yet until 2013, she expressed defining marriage as between a man and a woman instead advocating for civil unions for gay couples.
Clinton’s politics rely on winning over voters — not remaining steadfast to her convictions.
Trans Pacific Partnership
As secretary of state, Clinton praised the Trans Pacific Partnership, but withdrew that support in October 2015.
"I did say, when I was secretary of state, three years ago, that I hoped it would be the gold standard," Clinton said. "It was just finally negotiated last week, and in looking at it, it didn't meet my standards. My standards for more new, good jobs for Americans, for raising wages for Americans. And I want to make sure that I can look into the eyes of any middle-class American and say, ‘this will help raise your wages.’ And I concluded I could not."
Clinton makes it seem like she was uncertain about the TPP while serving as the secretary of state, but her prior remarks imply she was quite confident of it.
Speaking in Australia in 2012, Clinton said:
"So it's fair to say that our economies are entwined, and we need to keep upping our game both bilaterally and with partners across the region through agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP. Australia is a critical partner. This TPP sets the gold standard in trade agreements to open free, transparent, fair trade, the kind of environment that has the rule of law and a level playing field. And when negotiated, this agreement will cover 40 percent of the world's total trade and build in strong protections for workers and the environment."
The above are just a few causes Clinton has flipped-flopped on, but she has also shifted her position on numerous issues including Wall Street and immigration. The candidate tries to portray herself as socially just to our progressive generation, but her record indicates quite the opposite. As society grows and improves, it is fair for all individuals to evolve their politics and thinking. But Clinton’s conflicting ideologies reveal she is changing her mind to win over the public — not because it is consciously right.
Initially, Clinton lauded herself as a “moderate,” but radically switched gears when she realized her rival opponent, Bernie Sanders’, revolutionary politics were capturing the attention of voters. Yet thanks to the transparency of social media, Clinton can’t cover up her manipulative political agenda anymore.
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