How low can conservatives go? Very low, apparently… Especially when it comes to Hillary Clinton and her accomplishments. First they attack every single things she does, then they try to deny her achievements by claiming she hasn’t done anything. Whether or not you like Hillary Clinton or agree with her politics, claiming that one of the most dynamic women of our time — who was ranked by Gallup Polls as the Most Admired Woman for the past six years in a row — hasn’t achieved anything is both sexist and childish.
Oh, that’s right… These mostly male, white, “Christian” conservatives are sexist and childish. That’s why they’re still waging a war on women’s rights to equal pay and birth control, even though — Newsflash! — the 21st century arrived over a decade ago.
They hate and fear Hillary Clinton for the same reason they hate and fear Barack Obama: People of the feminine or black persuasion are supposed to serve them not lead them– let alone oppose their toxic, regressive agendas.
Since conservatives can’t get their portrayals of Hillary as a shrill harpy, or their #Benghazi! lies to stick, they’ve resorted to… a mean cartoon. Just like the ones we doodled in our notebooks of the kids and teachers we hated back in sixth grade. This effort by Michael Ramirez for the right-wing Weekly Standard shows a made-up book (not) by Hillary Clinton, titled “My Accomplishments.” The following panel shows a mostly blank page.
As we used to say back in sixth grade, while pretending to sneeze, “Luh-HOOO-ser!”
Michael Ramirez of Investor’s Business Daily. Does he ever do a bad cartoon?
If you want to know what Ramirez is driving at, here are 9 videos that definitively show no one really knows what Hillary has accomplished.
Of course the videos mainly show out-of-context, heavily edited footage from various talking heads on the “news.”
Suck it, conservatives. We’ve got Hillary Clinton’s accomplishments right here.
We all know Hillary Clinton is a highly accomplished woman. So why does it sometimes feel so hard to point to her actual accomplishments? One reason is that — despite her high-profile — Hillary so often works behind the scenes as a lawyer, academic, policy-maker, and adviser.
Below, is a list of just some of her achievements.
(6) Became the voice of her young generation: In 1969, Clinton (then, still known by her maiden name, Hillary Rodham) graduated with honors from Wellesley College, in Massachusetts. Due to acclamation from her classmates, she gave the first commencement speech delivered there by a student, and received a seven-minute standing ovation. The topic? She slammed Republican Senator Edward Brooke — the previous years’ speaker — and his stated “empathy” for the war on poverty, because “empathy” wasn’t enough:
Part of the problem with empathy with professed goals is that empathy doesn’t do us anything. We’ve had lots of empathy; we’ve had lots of sympathy, but we feel that for too long our leaders have used politics as the art of making what appears to be impossible, possible. What does it mean to hear that 13.3% of the people in this country are below the poverty line?
The following visionary statements made many of her classmates — and Life Magazine, which did a feature on her — see Clinton as the idealistic voice of her generation:
“If the experiment in human living doesn’t work in this country, in this age, it’s not going to work anywhere. […] There’s that mutuality of respect between people where you don’t see people as percentage points. Where you don’t manipulate people. Where you’re not interested in social engineering for people. The struggle for an integrated life existing in an atmosphere of communal trust and respect is one with desperately important political and social consequences.”
(5) Helped impeach GOP President Richard Nixon: The Republicans keep trying to pin fake scandals on Hillary Clinton, but guess whose Mother-of-All-Scandals — Watergate — made “-gate” a suffix for nearly every political scandal since? GOP President Richard M. Nixon, of course. In 1972, Nixon’s operatives got caught breaking into Democratic Headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C. As the famous team of Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein unraveled Nixon’s extensive wiretapping, secret tapes, and cover-ups, scandalized Americans demanded the president be impeached.
By 1974, Clinton had graduated from Yale Law School, and was tapped for the House Committee on the Judiciary’s impeachment inquiry staff. Here, she used her legal expertise to research the historical grounds, standards, and procedures for impeachment. Alas, “Tricky Dick” Nixon weaseled out of his punishment by resigning in August, 1974. As president, former Vice President Gerald Ford later pardoned his former boss.
(4) Smashed through glass ceilings. Throughout her life and career, Hillary Clinton inspired girls and women by leaning in and rising up the career ladder — even as she supported her husband Bill’s political career and raised their daughter Chelsea. In a time when many still only expected women to attend college long enough to obtain their “Mrs. Degree” (a husband with strong career prospects), Hillary — along with many others from her generation — pursued a career, starting with law school at Yale.
- In 1974, Clinton moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas with her husband Bill, and was hired by the University of Arkansas as their first female law professor.
- In 1978, Clinton became the woman to serve on the board of Legal Services Corporation — a publicly-funded non-profit for providing legal help to people who can’t afford it, and in 1978 she became their first female chair. During President Ronald Reagan’s adminstration, Clinton got their funding expanded from $90 million to $300 million, despite his attempts to cut back.
- In 1979, Clinton became the first female full partner at Arkansas’ prestigious Rose Law Firm, where she had long established a reputation as a rainmaker.
(3) Helped launch the children’s rights movement. Since law school, Clinton had also been doing volunteer and pro-bono work as a children’s rights advocate. After law school, she did a year of post-graduate study on children and medicine at the Yale Child Study Center.
- In 1973, Clinton wrote an influential article — “Children Under the Law” — published in the Harvard Educational Review. It discussed the newly-emerging children’s rights movement, and declared that “child citizens” were legally considered “powerless individuals,” but should have their legal competence available on a case-by-case basis.
- In 1977, Clinton co-founded the Arkansas Advocates for children and Families, which advocated for children’s rights. While a lawyer and partner at the Rose Law Firm — Clinton also continued doing pro-bono work in child advocacy.
- In 1977 and 1979, Clinton published two additional influential works in the area of children’s rights: “Childrens Policies: Abandonment and Neglect” (1977) “Children’s Rights: A Legal Perspective” (1979).
- In 1996, during her tenure as President Bill Clinton’s first lady, Clinton published her best-seller, “It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us.”
(2) Advanced the cause of healthcare for all. Although Hillary Clinton’s 1993 attempt at healthcare reform during the early Clinton years is ridiculed by conservatives as “Hillarycare,” and widely viewed as a failure, her efforts did pave the way for “Romneycare” (in Massachusetts) and “Obamacare.” Clinton’s efforts also helped promote the idea that all Americans should have affordable access to healthcare. Unfortunately, too many of us did not recognize the need for this until the 2008 recession left many of us without any coverage.
Clinton’s accomplishments in the healthcare arena also include:
- Played a leading role in creating the State Children’s health Insurance Program (funds state programs for children whose parents lack health coverage).
- Promoted mammograms and vaccinations against childhood illnesses.
- Successfully pushed for increased funding to the NIH research funding for childhood asthma and prostate cancer.
- As first lady, played an instrumental role in having health issues affecting Gulf War veterans investigated.
- As New York’s junior senator, played a key role in ensuring that health issues faced by 9/11 responders
- With President Bill Clinton’s Attorney General Janet Reno, created the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women.
(1) Helped restore the United States’ reputation abroad. When Hillary Clinton became secretary of state, President Obama handed her an impossible task: To undo the damage caused by George W. Bush’s war criminals. Towards this end, she traveled to 112 countries to mend fences, rescued a splintering Turkish-Armenian accord, and gained international backing for a successful military intervention in Libya.
Despite the GOP forcing Obama to keep Guantanamo open, and their Christian zealots promoting an anti-Muslim video that antagonized much of the Islamic world — including the ringleader of the Benghazi attacks — Hillary has managed to help Obama steer a course that presents us as tough but not wantonly aggressive.
As Senator, Clinton also helped boost post-9/11 morale at home and abroad by playing a key role in obtaining $21 billion for redevelopment at the World Trade Center site, where the attacks occurred.
And, what about the conservatives’ accomplishments?
After listing some of Hillary Clinton’s many accomplishments, we tried to be fair and also write up a list of the Republicans’ accomplishments. Alas, we came up empty-handed. Conservatives don’t want to build anything or help anyone, they just want to tear things down and destroy our government.
Sources for this article on Hillary Clinton’s achievements.
U.S. News and World Report, “Hillary Clinton’s Accomplishments Speak for Themselves“; Daily Kos, “Hillary’s Outstanding Accomplishments“; Wikipedia, Hillary Rodham Clinton