Hillary Clinton’s Polarizing Politics: Playing the Race Card

Hillary Clinton’s Polarizing Politics: Playing the Race Card

Hillary Clinton is back in the political spotlight.

After 2008, I really thought the female race had dodged the bullet of Hillary Clinton being the woman who would go down in history as the first female president, but apparently not. She’s at it again, well poised to make a run at the White House in 2016. As I watch 2016 unfold I have been primarily thinking three things about Hillary Clinton: She will run, she could win and I really hope she doesn’t.

Earlier this month, Clinton began a series of policy speeches clearly aimed at gearing up for a run in 2016. She gave the first one to the American Bar Association in San Francisco, choosing to address an issue that gave her the opportunity to project an extremely liberal idea. Speaking on voting rights, she said states like Texas in conjunction with the June Supreme Court decision that “struck at the heart” of the Voting Rights Act, are conspiring to pass voting laws that “disproportionately impact African-Americans, Latino and young voters”. It sounds like the same, classic, Hillary Clinton issues are about to take center stage.

But this time it’s different. Clinton seems to have an edge that she didn’t in 2008. This is because her far-left ideals that have brought her criticism in the past are being more widely accept by her Democratic constituency. The left is pushing farther to left and getting more extreme mostly due to the legacy of Obama. I mean, compared to the stimulus package and the Affordable Care Act, it’s hard to look like a crazy liberal these days. Anything shy of Obama is now considered moderate. Julian Zelizer of CNN reports:

The former first lady, senator, and secretary of state is in excellent position to run the kind of campaign that is true to her history, in large part because of the impact that President Obama has had in the past six years. Democrats are more confident about throwing their support behind a candidate who stands proudly for the key tenets of the liberal tradition: a belief that the government can help solve social problems in the United States.

So in short, Hillary Clinton only looks less extreme/insane because she’s being compared to a true extremist. And she can also pick up on the failures of the Obama administration (like the lack economic recovery and growing economic inequality) and create a pretty convincing platform geared towards women and minorities.

What Clinton and her loyal Democratic voters who now consider the far left of the political spectrum to be the center are missing, is the facts.

The truth is that in addition to riding the wake of Obama liberalism to appear more moderate, Clinton is purposefully bringing race to the forefront in order to create a racially polarized electorate. This was made very apparent in her address on Voting Rights. No one in his or her right mind thinks racism has vanished and of course racial discrimination still exists, but Clinton is creating a problem where there isn’t one.

First of all, the Supreme Court of decision on the Voting Rights Act struck very far from the heart of the legislation. It simply eliminated a part of the law that called for certain states to deal with a larger legal burden based on outdated data. Yet, Clinton is seeking to convince us that the Supreme Court and the Republicans are waging a racist war to prevent minorities from getting to the polls. She states that, “anyone who says that racial discrimination is no longer a problem in American elections must not be paying attention”

In reality, in regards to minority voting trends, it seems Hillary Clinton hasn’t quite been paying attention. According to a US Census study done in 2012, minority voting has skyrocketed.

In 2012, black turnout as a share of all eligible voters exceeded the turnout of non-Hispanic white voters—66.2% to 64.1%. Nearly five million more African-Americans voted in 2012 (17.8 million) than voted in 2000 (12.9 million). In both 2008 and 2012, black voters even exceeded their share of the eligible black voting age population. In 2012, blacks made up 12.5% of the eligible electorate but 13.4% of those voting.

But instead of paying attention to the facts, Clinton relies on antidotal evidence. She claims she’s particularly worried about the discriminatory practices in both North and South Carolina however, according to the same study black turnout exceeded non-Hispanic white turnout by statistically significant rates in both Carolinas. Furthermore, Georgia, Indiana and Tennessee have some of the strictest voter ID laws of the more than 30 states that have such laws, yet the Census report says black turnout exceeded that of non-Hispanic whites in 2012 in all three. So, there really is no actual evidence that voter ID laws prevent minorities from voting.

This is just another card for Clinton to add to her deck and play. She wants female voters- she has the “first female president card”. She wants minorities- she has the race card. If she can’t fuel her 2016 campaign on the economic platform, she and the Democrats will play up racial fears. She wants this racially polarized electorate to basically tell people they are being discriminated against.

Hopefully, Clinton’s cards will run out eventually and the American public will be left with the truth- and a Republican president.

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16 Comments
  • Kevin says:

    Your concern shouldn’t be “Will Hillary run?” She’s going to run and there are millions of us who wholeheartedly support her. (I voted for her in the primary instead of President Obama.)

    Your concern should be, “Who will be the Republican nominee?” The Right will never win if they take the approach of demonizing Hillary. The Right needs a candidate they can be proud of, who has ideas that are going to help the common person and the county. Without finding a leader you can believe in, you’ll be wandering blindly through the desert.

    Trying to tear down Hillary will only accomplish one thing … getting Hillary elected as the first woman President of this great nation (which is my goal!) so, I say let’s start nitpicking at her hair style, clothing choices and why she stuck it out with a philandering husband. Bring the comments on!!!!!!

  • Jen says:

    Kevin,
    Maybe you can convince me to vote for Hillary. Please tell me what she has accomplished and what you feel she will accomplish should she be elected.

  • Kevin says:

    Here’s the struggle with that question … What were President Bush’s I and II) accomplishments? What were Reagan’s accomplishments? What were Clinton’s (Bill) accomplishments? What were Carter’s accomplishments? Every President (Senator, Secretary of State, etc.) has accomplished some thing. And, every thing they’ve accomplished is debatable. I mention one thing and you’re going to the say that’s not true or she didn’t do that or someone below/above her was responsible for that accomplishment or anyone could have done that. She didn’t end world hunger. She didn’t eliminate every nuclear weapon from the face of the earth. She didn’t didn’t lower the unemployment rate to 1%. Nor did Reagan, Bush, Carter, Johnson …. and the list goes on. I could “google” Hillary’s accomplishments as a First Lady, Senator, Secretary of State and come up with a list of things. Since I don’t live and die by politics (i.e. earn my living following politics or work for a politician like the vast majority of us in America), I wouldn’t know enough about the minute details to respond with something like, “Hillary Clinton is widely admired for her intelligence, drive, and success as secretary of state. Her four years in office have been marked by a series of noteworthy accomplishments and near lack of serious missteps.” (Taken from some random web site when you google Hillary’s accomplishments.

    I am drawn to Hillary (and other political figures) for what they believe in and what they value (which are general democratic beliefs … importance of women and letting them decide the difficult decisions that affect their lives, respecting people of color, people who are GLBTQ, working for the underdog.

    Now, you’re going to google and bring up 1,000 statements that go against everything I said in this blog message. If you’re not supportive of democratic values/platform/candidates, there’s nothing I’m going to say to make you want to vote for Hillary (or any other Democratic/Green Party/Liberal candidate.

    I appreciate your question. My answer to you is, “There’s nothing I’m going to be able to say to get you to vote for Hillary.” Find someone you feel passionate about and who you think will move our nation forward and hope that others jump on the bandwagon with you.

  • Jen says:

    Kevin,
    You are supporting a candidate for whom you cannot name one accomplishment. You say you are drawn to her for what she believes. What does she believe?

    You list her accomplishments as 1. First lady(by virtue of marriage)
    2. US Senator(for a state that she never lived in until she decided to run for the Senate in 2000. She bought a home in NY in 1999, just barely under the wire for the residency requirement) 3.Secretary of State(bone thrown to her from Obama and the DNC after her run for presidency was thwarted in favor of Obama). Please name her accomplishments as Sec State.
    I personally cannot name one. I do remember the myriad number of problems that occurred in the State dept. during her tenure, not the least of which is Benghazi, where 4 Americans, including an ambassador were killed(the ambassador was tortured first). Hilary lied repeatedly in public and to the families of the Americans by blaming an obscure video for causing a riot that she said resulted in the killings. Which we know now was an absolute, blatant lie as she knew immediately that it was an Al Qaieda attack.

    Hillary, along with Obama, championed the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood. Hasn’t that worked out well….
    Of course, since you don’t follow politics or earn your living working for a politician like the majority of us in America , you most likely don’t know much about what I have written above regarding Hillary’s tenure at the State dept.

    What is truly frightening is that people with your comprehension of the world have the same vote as I have. You will vote for a candidate because a student union newspaper said she really likes gay transgendered people. You have absolutely no other interest in what the actual experience or history of the candidate, because nothing else matters.
    It is the same ignorant, illiterate vote that gave us Barack Obama.

  • Kevin says:

    Jen,

    You responded to my message exactly as I stated (and expected) you would.

    Thank you for reinforcing what I have found to be true about the fanatical right.

    Have a nice evening.

    Kevin

  • Kevin has yet to put forth any real accomplishments for Hillary, and still has not answered any legitimate criticisms of her. All he can do is point to the flaws of previous presidents and name call.

    In short, a typical prog troll specimen.

  • Frank says:

    There is an assumption that there will be a presidential election in 2016. Forgetful of the assertion to “fundamentally transform America” is to be idealistically forgetful. The myriad of “executive orders” have not been written without purpose.

  • Kevin says:

    AirborneDhampir … In 2016 you will again be banished to 8 years of Siberia until such time you get over your name calling and degradation of others and put forth an optimistic, hopeful, path for the future in a person (or persons) who can lead your band of misfits.

    Best wishes,
    K.

  • Jennifer says:

    Kevin,
    #Benghazi, “WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE??!!!”. I rest my case.

  • Jodi says:

    Kevin, I wonder…since you’re so attached to the idea of the “first *insert pronoun* president ever,” in this case “woman,” would you vote for a *woman* who wasn’t a progressive Democrat, say Susanna Martinez, Nikki Haley, or Condoleeza Rice, for example? Or is party your first allegiance? Do qualifications matter? Because any of these ladies offer more experience and accomplishment than Mrs. Clinton. I’d also like to know, do you honestly believe the rhetoric Mrs. Clinton offers? Has she furthered any of it?

  • Kevin says:

    Come on ladies … We know you’re not voting for Hillary. Which old white man is it gonna be this time?

    • Jodi says:

      Kevin, you didn’t answer my questions. You seem like an intelligent soul. C’mon. Give it a stab. 🙂

      *cough John Kerry *cough John Edwards *cough Al Gore* *cough Bill Clinton* etc etc (three of whom have nasty reputations for their treatment of their wives, I might add…)

      BTW: The GOP had a smart, tough, no-nonsense young lady on the ticket in 2008, remember? One that had more experience than the extremely limited resume of the current president. And the GOP boasts the only black Senator, Tim Scott. Not that I give a rat’s patootie about race or gender…I’m a qualified candidate gal. But you seem fixated, so I thought I’d jog your memory a bit.

  • LOL. Still not answering questions posed. 🙂

  • ROS says:

    I can’t think of any old white men for whom I’d presently cast my vote, Kevin. I can, however, think of a black woman who’s rumored to be gay, wouldn’t have a First Gentleman, and who has held positions of high office and who’s proven to be incredibly astute on issues of foreign affairs (unlike Hillary), logistics, the military, and personal liberties.

    That said, I posit to you this query:

    Would you vote for Condoleezza Rice?

    As for Hillary, it was she who spawned the entire birther movement, she who put her political career ahead of the safety and security of American citizens, she who allowed herself to be treated as a doormat, she who worked for a law firm partnered by members of the communist party, and has proven for decades to be dishonest and manipulative.

    So, how exactly does that make her a good candidate for President? Granted, we’ve the most dishonest individual possible in office currently, but she’s right up there with him.

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