The Penn Staff
In the current political climate, it’s easy to find yourself bewildered and asking questions. How did we get here? What will happen next? Who is to blame? But most importantly – why are we trying so hard to hate Hillary Clinton?
In light of recent events concerning Clinton’s health, I can’t help but be shocked by how many people have decided that she is unfit to be president.
Hillary Clinton was disliked from the first time she stepped into the pubic eye. She was first introduced as the wife of Arkansas attorney general, Bill Clinton. Shortly afterward, she became that state’s first lady, a position which immediately attracted criticism simply for the fact that she kept her maiden name, Rodham.
It would be easy to blame sexism for Hillary-bashing. Although the media does attack everything from her laugh to her choice in pantsuits, it is clear that the hate for Clinton goes much deeper than aesthetics.
Many voters insist that Clinton is the most untrustworthy politician who has ever run for president. This is simply impossible to prove. How are we supposed to know how frequently politicians lie or shadow the truth?
Politifact, a website that measures the truth-quality of statements, actually ranks Clinton as perhaps the most truthful candidate in the 2016 election.
“But she’s too close with big banks!”
Actually, this too has been disproportionated. The financial industry, that is to say Wall Street, has supplied roughly 3.9 percent of Clinton’s funding, or 7 percent when PACs are included, according to CNN.
With all of this drama surrounding Clinton, we are too quick to forget what she has accomplished in her professional life.
As first lady, Clinton helped to create the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) which cut the uninsured rate of American children by half. Today, CHIP provides healthcare to more than 8 million children.
Clinton has also worked across the aisle to expand healthcare access for members of the National Guard and reservists. She worked to expand the Family Medical Leave Act which allowed families of those wounded in service to take leave in order to care for their loved ones.
As Secretary of State, Clinton went to Israel when Hamas attacked in 2012. Within 24 hours of her landing, a ceasefire went into effect and that year became Israel’s least violent period of time in a decade.
Back to recent news: how does Clinton’s health change the game? The truth is, it really doesn’t. Despite the Twitter rumors that the DNC is considering replacing Clinton as their official nominee or the gossip that Clinton has actually died, doctors have deemed Clinton as fit as any person to continue her presidential campaign.
In an article Thursday, Associated Press wrote, “Clinton, 68, has blood pressure of 100 over 70. Her total cholesterol is 189; her LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol is 103, and her HDL or ‘good’ cholesterol is 56 — all within healthy levels and not signaling the need for any medication. She has also had a normal mammogram and breast ultrasound, according to the letter from Clinton’s doctor.”
Thursday marked the day Clinton went back on the campaign trail. She said she was “doing great” and “excited to get to North Carolina,” according to the AP.
No, Hillary Clinton is not a perfect candidate. However, she is smart, experienced and she will step into the Oval Office better prepared to take on this job than almost anyone in history. It’s time we stop abusing her.