No matter what you do, the Rightwing will always insist you’ve done nothing at all unless you’ve done what they want you to do. They don’t even think twice about saying Obama hasn’t accomplished anything, which is why many of us have had to make a long list of those accomplishments, even to the point of proving that he’s been progressive. So now that we keep hearing from a bunch of people so well conditioned to automatically slam Hillary for being a corporate shill who hasn’t accomplished anything, it’s time to do that for Hillary. Because that’s not true. Here are just a few: When people try to say the Clinton healthcare plan was a major failure, they forget that it’s hardly her failure alone that we didn’t have a healthcare plan for decades. Every president has been trying and failing since Nixon. To put together a plan is a major accomplishment in and of itself, and she did exactly that. That it didn’t pass is absurd to call it a failure, considering those who call it a failure are the very Republicans who obstructed it! You cannot deny that it laid ground for what we have today, the Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act, something Clinton supports and would continue, and something that’s working very well despite all the bullshit the Right says to try to make you think otherwise. She played a leading role in the development of State Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provides the much-needed state support for children whose parents cannot afford nor provide them with adequate healthcare coverage. She was also instrumental in the creation of the Adoption and Safe Families Act and the Foster Care Independence Act. Successfully fought to increase research funding for prostate cancer and asthma at the National Institute of Health (NIH). She spearheaded investigations into mental illness plaguing veterans of the Gulf War; we now have a term for it – Gulf War Syndrome. At the Department of Justice, she helped create the office on Violence Against Women. She was instrumental in securing over $21 billion in funding for the World Trade Center redevelopment. Took a leading role in the investigation of health consequences of first responders and drafted the first bill to compensate and offer the health services our first responders deserve (Clinton’s successor in the Senate, Kirsten Gillibrand, passed the bill). Was instrumental in working out a bi-partisan compromise to address civil liberty abuses for the renewal of the U.S. Patriot Act. Proposed a revival of the New Deal-era Home Owners’ Loan Corporation to help homeowners refinance their mortgages in the wake of the 2008 financial disaster. Was a major proponent of sensible diplomacy which brought about a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel, and brokered human rights with Burma. Oversaw free trade agreements with our allies such as Panama, Colombia, and South Korea. Was the most traveled Secretary of State to date. The Clinton Foundation, founded by her and her husband, has improved the living conditions for nearly 400 million people in over 180 countries through its Initiative program.These are not all of her accomplishments. Her activism on behalf of women a children across the world is renowned. Her activism for raising the minimum wage and combating climate change is stellar. You do not have to support what she does or stands for. But do not say she doesn’t have any accomplishments. The conservatives who say this are the ones who are pushing for Ted Cruz – who brought on a $24 billion shut down. That, to them, is an accomplishment?Yes, Hillary Clinton has accomplishments. You don’t have to like them, but they do, in fact, exist. Oh, and by the way, that whole thing where people try to say even she couldn’t name an accomplishment… bullshit. (And don’t give me shit about Snopes considering all the attacks on them were bullshit too… they are NOT leftwing). For the love of all things holy, people… can you quit just echoing what the liberal media keeps telling you? It’s getting old. Try facts. They’re low in carbs and gluten free.
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