This week’s iteration of Hillary Rodham Clinton features her “accomplishments”. Accomplishment is defined:
“Something that has been achieved successfully”.
“The successful achievement of a task”.
In other words, if the “something” was teaching a dog to fetch a stick, “accomplishment” would happen once Fido brought the stick back to whoever threw it. All those times Fido ran to the stick and chewed it to shreds wouldn’t count. All those times the stick was thrown and Fido’s attention turned elsewhere – another dog to bark at, a car to chase down the street, a nap – wouldn’t count either.
What of Hillary’s accomplishments? She after all claims a “progressive” track record of success going back 40 years, to 1976. (As a side note, it’s interesting that she doesn’t go back a few more years and include her involvement in the Watergate hearings as part of her record). If her record is such a sterling example of progressive success, why then after 40 years of rampant success is there still so much to do? To listen to Hillary:
— The climate is going to kill us all any day now.
— Racism percolates beneath the surface, in the shadows, and in every fissure within American society.
— Sexism percolates much like racism. There are conspiratorial hands just waiting to grab any free-range uterus out there.
— So does cissexism. If Hillary had a gender confused son he’d probably share the same Webb Hubbell-like features of Chelsea. He’d share Chelsea’s bathroom too, but only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and alternating, even-numbered Wednesdays.
— The economy is chugging along but it’s unbalanced and prejudicially postured to favor Wall Street.
— No one except the ultra-rich have healthcare.
— The world is at peace and to keep it that way it’s necessary to continue leading from behind so that American influence is minimized globally. That random act of workplace violence that just happened was the result of lone- wolf activism, not Islam and certainly not an existential threat.
— If the internet isn’t regulated, we will all die.
— Black lives matter.
— Unborn lives don’t, Including unborn black lives.
— There are vast herds of firearms out there roaming America, killing all those people that climate change and an unregulated internet won’t kill.
— And so on and so forth. She’s got so many ideas for America the country can’t pay for them all.
The way Hillary tells is, it’s as though the progressive agenda has been dormant during the 40 years she says she was accomplishing things.
Is 40 years a time span too generous to tally up her accomplishments? As Hillary answered when asked about the $675,000 speaking fee she charged Goldman Sachs, “I don’t know”. (An interesting aside about this one: a) note the raucous applause her answer generated from an audience of Wall Street hating liberals; b) Goldman Sachs didn’t “offer” her a speaking fee. She charged them that amount. That’s how it works. No human being in their right mind would offer to pay just shy of $1 million to listen to a 68 year old woman shriek while her 69 year old husband drools behind her).
40 years is Hillary’s claim. What did she do in 40 years?
From 1976 to 1978 not a whole lot of anything. She didn’t even try to join the Marine Corps. That was in 1975. During the late 1970s she took her first progressive gig. It was like many that followed. Figurehead positions. Installed by Bill or other high-powered Democrats to be the name and the face for the work others performed. Things like a school reform task force in Arkansas. Hillary wasn’t out there in the trenches reforming education. Her role was more like Ilena Ceausescu’s was in Cold War Romania. Show up, smile a lot, speak a little bit, and keep things on message, truth be damned. In other words, Hillary was the title holding figurehead – the sayer not the doer.
This continued into Bill’s Presidency. Hillarycare – officially known as the Health Security Act – was her first shot at being both figurehead and technocrat. She constructed a Frankenstein so monstrous both liberals and conservatives rejected it. Many on the left credit Hillarycare with setting healthcare reform back decades.
Hillarycare forced her back into her figurehead role. She performed it well, including her personification of Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man” when Bill got caught pants down in a side room off the Oval Office.
Which leads to her eight-year Senate career. Eight years is a long time. Surely, in eight years she authored signature legislation. The Hillary Clinton End War, Racism, Gun Violence, and Climate Change Act of 2003? Or the Don’t Let Chelsea’s Mom Feel Bad Via Your Not Supporting Bill Act of 2007? How many and what bills did the New York Senator come up with?
— In 2004 there was the Kate Mullany National Historic Site Act. Mullany was a 19th century labor union leader.
— In 2006 there was a bill naming a US Post Office on Highway 43 in New York after Major George Quamo. Major Quamo was a decorated Soldier killed during the Vietnam War.
— In 2008 there was a bill naming part of US Route 20A after the late Tim Russert.
In eight years her accomplishments were renaming a post office and highway, and putting up an historical site marker? You’re familiar with historical site markers; they are those somewhat ornate signs often seen along the roadside with a paragraph of information people can’t read as they drive by.
She couldn’t have intervened on the late Major Quamo’s behalf and introduced legislation asking that the Defense Department reconsider a recommendation to award Quamo a posthumous Medal of Honor? The best she could do for the Wall Street versus Main Street crowd was put up a sign commemorating a labor rights activist from more than one hundred years prior? Tim Russert, while no doubt a great guy, just isn’t one of the pressing issues of our day.
These are the signature accomplishments of Hillary Clinton when she was best positioned to create change.
These are accomplishments?