Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Values Clarification: IGs, WhatAbout, Diplomatic Clout

It has been quite some time since I vented here, but I cannot let this pass. This blog has been here for almost 12 years. One-third of that time was spent cataloging Hillary Clinton's years as secretary of state, years during which she brought our friends back into the fold, stood firm against adversaries, kept us safe with the skillful use of diplomacy and smart power, and sometimes worked through illness, injury, and, frequently, through opposition attacks of the most outrageous kind.
There have been raging accusations. She used her FLOTUS position to gain political position and clout.  She allowed four Americans to be slaughtered in Benghazi. She used a private server (assigned to Bill Clinton as a former POTUS) for official emails which she later "bleached."  In the end, she turns out to be one of the least culpable of public officials ever to be so battered by the opposition assisted by the press.  She has never been convicted of any crime.  No one can name any crime for which she should be "locked up."  How many personal emails did you delete when you exited your last job?
Hillary Clinton, as we know, has a prominent spouse and an accomplished daughter.  She is a proud and loving grandmother, a loyal friend, a wise and generous leader, and a genuinely altruistic human being.
So now this.  The current secretary of state was under investigation by the same inspector general who investigated Hillary's "email scandal." In his case, the charges included his use of State Department staff to run personal errands as well as a possible Saudi arms deal sans required Congressional approval.
In response to the IG's Pompeo investigations, Donald Trump fired the IG.
Turns out, according to Rachel Maddow on May 18, that Susan Pompeo had an office and staff at the CIA when her husband was there, and now has staff and security at the State Department. According to the article linked above, she also accompanies her husband on trips.
Imagine if Hillary had done any of this. I am old enough to remember folks questioning her designation of Bill Clinton as a one-time special emissary to North Korea to rescue two American reporters at the request of their boss, VP Al Gore. What special diplomatic skills/clout does Susan Pompeo possess?
The IG was correct to be investigating Pompeo on several counts. This was the fourth firing of an IG in a matter of under two weeks. Inspectors General are to be non-partisan. Mr. Linick certainly was judging from his history. Mr. Trump explained the firing by noting that Linick was an Obama appointee. That business about serving "at the pleasure" of the president only goes so far. Some service is meant as a check on the president and the cabinet.
A dominant tactic of the first two years of the Trump regime was whataboutism brilliantly executed by Kellyanne Conway who lately is eclipsed by her younger clone Kayleigh McEnaney.
Maybe it is time the Democrats started turning this usually empty-handed, badly aligned practice against the ruling regime. Certainly the Dems can draw more appropriate analogies than the White House Communications office.
I am happy to see that my senator, Bob Menendez, is investigating this latest firing. Especially in the midst of this horrible pandemic, Democrats need to fight back. The incompetence is killing us. Remember values clarification? We need that again.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Hillary Clinton: How we can protect access to the ballot

Onward Together!

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, it is clear that the security of November’s elections will rely on ensuring that millions of Americans can vote by mail. For many of us, this is a shift in the way we make our voices heard, and state officials need to take action immediately to ensure that all Americans, no matter where they live, can safely cast their votes.
Onward Together is proud to partner with Democracy Docket, a new effort to proactively detect and combat suppressive voting laws and practices that could sway the outcome of the 2020 elections.
Make a contribution now and help give more people -- regardless of party or political preferences -- a fair chance to cast their ballot while staying safe and healthy.
As with any method of voting, vote by mail is susceptible to the voter disenfranchisement that has plagued our country in recent elections. From Georgia to Wisconsin, we’ve seen the ways uneven access to the ballot can affect the outcome of critical races. Restrictions and voter purges disproportionately burden African Americans, Latinos, young and first-time voters, non-native English speakers, and voters with disabilities.
The team at Democracy Docket has identified more than a dozen specific laws in select states that they intend to challenge through litigation as we approach one of the most consequential elections of our lifetimes.
Now is when election officials must act, and it’s up to us to push them to do the right thing. Learn more at DemocracyDocket.com, then chip in to support this vital work:

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Onward!
Hillary

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

A Note from Hillary Clinton


Hillary Clinton Endorses Joe Biden







Today I am proud to endorse my friend Joe Biden for President of the United States.
I’ve known Joe for many years and across a number of settings: making hard decisions about war and peace in the Situation Room as Vice President under President Obama, building coalitions and getting things done as a Senator, and sharing quiet moments with his constituents. Wherever he goes, Joe’s the same person. He’s passionate about standing up for families and working to make their lives better.
More than ever, these tumultuous times reveal how desperately we need level-headed, solutions-oriented leadership. We need someone who listens to scientists, who acts with kindness and compassion, and who recognizes that America can and must lead the world in responding to this pandemic.
Joe Biden will be that president, and I hope you’ll join me in doing everything I can to get him elected in November. If you’re with me — and with Joe — make a donation right now:
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The world today looks very different than the one so many of us fought for in 2016. Like many of you, I’m concerned — not only about our current health crisis, but about the deep-seated problems in our democracy that it lays bare, from inequity in our health care system to the high-wire act demanded of too many working parents.
When I think about who I want leading us through this challenging time, there is no question: Joe Biden has the bold ideas, the smart plans, and most of all, the character to tackle this crisis and any others that come our way.
I am proud to call him a friend and colleague, and I will be even prouder to call him President of the United States. But first, we have to do all that we can to get to a win in November. Chip in right now to show Joe that you’re ready to do the work.
Onward,
Hillary


Hey there. I’m Joe Biden, and I’m writing to you about a truly special moment in our campaign.
This afternoon, Secretary Clinton announced she’s endorsing us. I’m so proud to have her support.
I got to see first-hand what an extraordinary leader Hillary was in the U.S. Senate. When I was Vice President and she was Secretary of State, we would often meet for breakfast meetings at the Vice President’s residence when we were both in town. That’s where I got to see why she was such a powerful, respected and admired voice all across the world. Hillary has long had the courage to speak out against the worst impulses in our country and the world — and to stand up for the best in us.
Hillary’s candidacy was historic. It is long overdue that we have a woman in the White House. I’ve already made public that my Vice President and partner in campaigning and governing will be a woman. For me, it’s the obvious, necessary and right choice.
In 2016, you and millions of others built one of the most impressive operations our party and country has ever seen. Volunteers, donors, and grassroots supporters that were passionate and organized and worked day in and day out for Hillary.
I know, for some of you, you are hesitant to get involved again on a campaign. I understand that. I am going to do everything I can to earn your support and your trust.
And I’m here to tell you that you’re not only welcome as part of this campaign: you’re needed.
The only way that we’ll defeat Donald Trump is with a broad coalition of folks working together to win what I have been calling a battle for the soul of our nation.
I’m not here to ask you for money — I know first I have to earn it. So I’m asking you to think about what is at stake, give me a chance, and join my campaign.
I’M IN FOR JOE’S CAMPAIGN ➞
This endorsement means a lot. I was so proud to support Hillary in 2016, and it means a lot that she’s supporting me now.
If you join me, we can win the battle for the soul of the nation. And by the way, when I say that, I’m not being nostalgic. I’m not trying to take us back to a country that never existed. The foundational principles of our country — that all men and women are created equal — are ones that we’ve never lived up to. But we’ve never given up trying to live up to them.
It is not enough to “go back” to anything. We have to take immediate, bold action to tackle the climate crisis. We have to relieve a generation of the crushing burden of student debt. We have to make healthcare a right and not a privilege. And to get there, we’re going to need millions of grassroots supporters to take action right away.
If you join our campaign, we will not just defeat Donald Trump. We will not just win the battle for the soul of our nation. We will transform it too.
To close, I will humbly ask:
Will you join my campaign today? I’d be honored if you did.
Thank you for everything,
Joe Biden

Coffee with Hillary Clinton

Oooohhhh!!! It's David again!

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Coffee with Clinton and Singing with Sting Part of Charity Auction

By Tina Trinh Wed, 04/22/2020 - 07:04
Former US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, poses for the photographers during a photo-call for the film 'Hillary' ' during…
FILE - Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at an event for the film 'Hillary' during the 70th International Film Festival Berlin, in Berlin, Germany, February 25, 2020.

Bidders this week will get the chance to drink coffee with Hillary Clinton, sing with Sting, or perform Shakespeare with Patrick Stewart — virtually.These and other prizes will be offered in an online auction to support the International Rescue Committee and its efforts to help refugees and others battle the coronavirus pandemic.
Sotheby’s auction house and Google are sponsoring the auction to raise funds for the nongovernmental organization run by former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband.
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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Hillary Clinton Checking In

Onward Together!

This is a difficult time. Medical professionals, grocery store employees, delivery drivers, mail carriers, firefighters, police, nursing home employees, and other workers are putting their health and safety on the line to get essential goods and services to the rest of the country. Meanwhile, millions of families are trying to balance work, childcare, homeschooling or distance learning, shopping, cleaning, and more -- all while staying inside.

If you’re comfortable sharing, I’d like to hear from you. Tell us what you’re doing to get through this time:

Leave a note

As for Bill and I, we’re catching up on reading, watching TV, taking walks while keeping our distance from others, organizing and filing stacks of paper that we let pile up, and staying in touch with our grandkids. Even though these times of separation are difficult, please remember that those of us who can stay home are helping to save lives by doing so. And even though we are apart, we are stronger together.
Whatever your situation, thank you for doing your part. And if you’re struggling, know that the entire Onward Together family is thinking of you.
Stay safe and healthy,
Hillary

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Hillary Clinton: What our partners are doing right now

Onward Together!

First, to the medical professionals, grocery store employees, delivery drivers, pharmacy workers, mail carriers, firefighters, police, nursing home employees, and everyone else who is working to save lives and keep us all going right now: Thank you. I am so grateful for your sacrifice.
 
Second, if you’re home and healthy, I hope you’ll take a moment to check out the efforts of a few of our Onward Together partners. They have worked quickly to fill gaps in our systems and help candidates quickly move their campaigns online, and I’m grateful for them, too.
  • The National Domestic Workers Alliance has created the Coronavirus Care Fund to support the many nannies, house cleaners, and in-home caregivers who are navigating this crisis without paid sick leave or health care.
  • The Collective Education Fund has teamed up with Humanity Forward to raise money for working families affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
  • The Texas Civil Rights Project is calling on statewide officials to ensure that Texans will be able to vote safely
  • Swing Left has launched a virtual organizing hub, so that you can help elect Democrats while still staying home.
  • Latino Victory is providing daily updates on what current and former Latino Victory candidates and allies are doing to respond to COVID-19
  • Emerge is offering a brand-new five-part webinar series to help Democratic women campaign during the crisis, and the last webinar is tomorrow.
  • Run for Something put together a candidate support kit with resources for state and local candidates who need to find new ways to reach voters.
  • Arena has moved their May training for future campaign staffers online -- and you can apply now to be a part of it.
We don’t have to feel helpless. Whatever you have to give -- an hour, a few dollars, or just a quick read -- makes a difference.
 
Stay safe and healthy,
Hillary

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Bill and Hillary Clinton Lending a Hand

Not only was this deed good for the hospital staff, it was a nice boost for Mr. Nick's.

Bill and Hillary Clinton sent over 400 pizzas to New York hospital workers on front lines against coronavirus

Doctors and nurses on the front lines of the battle against coronavirus are facing unprecedented challenges. Some hospitals, especially in New York, are overwhelmed with patients, and hospital staffs are working tirelessly — sometimes without the proper protective equipment. On Thursday, one hospital in the area received a meaningful thank-you gesture from some famous New York residents.
"Amazing !!! I am an ER doctor at Dobbs Ferry NY and just received pizza from the Clintons," tweeted Dr. Angela Cirilli, who works at St. John's Riverside Hospital and Dobbs Ferry Emergency Medicine in Westchester County.
"Thank you !!!! We NEED LEADERS LIKE YOU in this tough time. So much gratitude I didn't know how else to reach you to say thank you - Angela cirilli, MD," her tweet continued.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

From Hillary Clinton: The two things we should be focused on right now

Onward Together!
In these uncertain times, I wanted to reach out and let you know that I’m thinking of you.
We are a long way from knowing how this health crisis will play out or what long-term effects it will have. But we do know that we should be focused on two things:
  1. Preventing the spread of this virus as much as possible.
  2. Support hospitals, doctors, nurses, and state and local officials so they can take care of the seriously ill.
The experts have all told us that there are many, many people walking around with the virus by now. Many of them will not get sick, or will only get mildly sick; others will have a more acute experience. Millions of American workers do not have the luxury of staying home; it is absolutely critical that those of us who can do so. You’re not just protecting yourself by working from home, minimizing travel, and washing your hands. You’re protecting people in your community who may have a greater risk of complications from COVID-19 than you do.
 
You and I know that this crisis is real. Call your loved ones and ask that they stay home if they can, or, if they can’t, that they take other precautions to avoid contracting or spreading the virus. The CDC is regularly updating their guidelines, and many national news sources have made their COVID-19 coverage available for free.
 
And while we’re at home, one way that we can support our communities is to continue to call on our representatives to further expand paid sick leave and paid family leave, as well as unemployment insurance and Medicaid funds. Millions of nurses, caregivers, and food service workers in America don't have access to any paid sick leave. It's morally wrong and, as the coronavirus crisis makes clear, it puts us all at risk.
 
As for us, Bill and I are at home, following the guidelines set by the governor and the CDC -- and taking the opportunity to catch up on some reading. I’ve particularly enjoyed The Dutch House by the wonderful Ann Patchett.
 
If you or someone you know is concerned about food or housing security in the coming weeks, or if you’re looking for somewhere to make a donation, the following organizations are offering support during this crisis: Feeding America, No Kid Hungry, World Central Kitchen, God's Love We Deliver, Direct Relief, and the National Low Income Housing Coalition.
 
Keep an eye out in the coming days for an update on how Onward Together partners are responding to the crisis, and what you can do to fight for our shared values from home. In the meantime, know that we’re thinking of you and your loved ones.
 
Stay safe and healthy,
Hillary