Her date with destiny

Knapps

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07, Nov 2016

Hillary Rodham Clinton will soon know if she crossed the ultimate milestone. Whatever one makes of her, the perseverance and unflinching focus that characterize Hillary need to be admired. Be it admitting her mistakes and moving on or refusing to buckle under blows, Hillary has pursued her goals with relentless focus. Knappily highlights this facet of Hillary Clinton and pays tribute to the fighter she is.

What is the latest positive news for Hillary’s campaign?

FBI director James Comey notified Congress that the review of new Clinton emails has been completed and investigators have determined there is no need to waver from the conclusions made earlier this year that she should not face charges.

  • While her Republican rival Donald Trump was quick with his standard “she is shielded by the rigged system” response, Clinton campaign’s communications director Jennifer Palmieri said, “We are glad to see that he has found, as we were confident that he would, that he's confirmed the conclusions that he reached in July. And we're glad that this matter is resolved.”

The only verdict that Clinton now awaits is that of the people of America who will decide on Tuesday if they want her as their President.

Why was Trump right when he said “Hillary’s a fighter”?

“When you stumble, keep faith. And when you're knocked down, get right back up and never listen to anyone who says you can't or shouldn't go on.” – Hillary Rodham Clinton

  • Few of the innumerable times Hillary has been knocked down are when at school she lost an election for class president for her senior year against two boys and one told her *“you are really stupid if you think a girl can be elected president”, when despite her persistent pleas and unwillingness she was ordered to defend a child rapist as a lawyer, in defending her role in the Whitewater controversy, when her husband made news for his ‘indiscretions’, Benghazi and email scandals. But these have never deterred her from keeping her focus on her goal intact and *stating and showing openly that she wants to win the Presidential race. Each time she springs back with renewed determination.
  • There are enough points to sensibly criticize Hillary’s actions and policies. But that doesn’t stop people from taking up the most inane reasons – from her voice to her dress sense – for disliking and ridiculing her.People have even been male chauvinist enough to denounce her for being over ambitious – something not acceptable in a woman. She brushes such meaningless voices off – like she coolly brushed off a real or imaginary speck of dust from her shoulder while facing an eight-hour-long Republican-led questioning session for her handling of the Benghazi terror attack – and continues on her quest.
  • In victories as well as defeats, she has shown grace and fortitude, never taken either of them too seriously, never depicted herself as someone who needs to be sympathized with and instead focused on working towards her goals.

She admitted her mistakes, apologized for them and moved on.

When had she turned her weaknesses into strengths?

  • She had to contend against opponents who drew voters in droves because their proposed policies and style seemed anti-mainstream.But she opted for an approach which was noted as practical. She honestly said she would not overpromise.“We don’t need any more of that.” she reportedly told voters.
  • She has not shied away from recognizing some of her vulnerabilities. As she said in a Democratic primary debate, “I am not a natural politician, in case you haven’t noticed, like my husband or President Obama.

Where has Hillary’s courage spoken for itself?

Hillary had to confront newer opinions that called her old, scary, unattractive, and irrelevant. These didn’t deter her drive.

Merav Michaeli, an Israeli Knesset member and a former journalist and activist said, “When I first took the Knesset podium and spoke as a feminist, I understood how rare it is that we take that stage from that position. The position where we think not about how we as a society save our underprivileged women but how we as women save our society. When Hillary Clinton decides to run for the presidency again, she takes another step toward making that saying a reality.

  • Despite being defeated by her then rival Democrat Barrack Obama in 2008, she picked herself up and at that time took it with fortitude. She assured her saddened female supporters that they had made 18 million cracks in the highest, hardest glass ceiling.

  • She was the first working mother to serve as First Lady and the first – and so far the only – woman to have an office in the West Wing of the White House in addition to the usual first lady offices in the East Wing. Despite a torrent of critics questioning her role, she proceeded to become – after Eleanor Roosevelt - the most openly empowered presidential wife in American history.

Who is one of Hillary’s critics turned supporters?

  • Michael Moore, an American documentary filmmaker, author and liberal activist explained why if not Bernie Sanders – whom he supports the most – his vote would go to Hillary Clinton. “She’s better than the alternative and she will do some good”, he said.
  • His new film Michael Moore in Trumpland which was released weeks before the election as his “October surprise” is said to present the case for Hillary Clinton in the most convincing manner possible.
  • Highlights of the film include Moore’s comparison of Trump voters to voters for Brexit who now regret their decision, presentation of the Trump phenomenon as a frightened reaction to the thought of a woman in power, Moore’s hunch-driven comparison of Clinton to Pope Francis who chose to show his liberal side once he was elected to the papacy, highlighting the emptiness of vague terms like “unlikeable”.
  • But his strongest message is that the label of “career politician” attached to Clinton puts the seal on her empathy and fighting spirit. He recounts a hospital visit in Estonia while filming another documentary and found himself looking at a photograph of Clinton. She had come to the hospital to research the healthcare reform she played a pivotal role in crafting. Moore is also said to effectively portray the backlash Hillary received for her refusal to confine herself to the role of Bill’s wife and present a convincing defence for the protective shield she constructed around herself even to the extent of keeping her illness under cover during the campaign so as not to let even a speck of vulnerability show.

Despite a good deal of self-praise and the unlikelihood of converting Trump supporters, Moore’s film is said to present a convincing case for President Clinton.

How was Hillary’s life intertwined with politics?

Michelle Obama said, “No one in our lifetime has ever had as much experience and exposure to the presidency, not Barack, not Bill, as he would say, nobody, and yes, she happens to be a woman.

Her political timeline began long before she became First Lady of Arkansas.

  • Her upbringing motivated her to set high standards from an early age. She demonstrated leadership qualities at the school-level.She favored the Republican Party at this stage and campaigned for Republican Presidential candidate Barry Goldwater in 1964 and presided over the local chapter of the Young Republicans.
  • It was in college that her political leanings switched to the Democratic side. Following Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, she organized a two-day student strike and worked with black students in her college to recruit more black students and faculty. As a leader of the student government, she maintained peace and order in her college, both of which were easily broken in other colleges. She moved on to Yale Law School and graduated in 1973. Before that, she worked as associate at Treuhaft, Walker, and Bernstein, an Oakland based firm. The firm’s clients included Vietnam protestors at the University of California at Berkley and members of the Black Panther Party.
  • During her postgraduate study, she was staff attorney for the Children’s Defense Fund, Cambridge. In 1974, she was part of the impeachment inquiry staff in Washington DC.

She failed the DC bar exams and cleared the Arkansas bar. She settled in Arkansas in 1974 and became one of the first female members at University of Arkansas Law School and along with several other women founded Fayetteville’s first rape crisis center. She helped establish a legal aid clinic which led her to defend the notorious Alfred Taylor for child rape.She married Bill Clinton who she had known from Yale in 1975 and chose to retain her name as Hillary Rodham.

  • In 1977, she joined Rose Law firm and worked largely on patent law though she also published on children’s issues. In 1978, her husband was elected Governor of Arkansas. This gave a tremendous boost to the law firm’s name and Hillary joined two corporate boards in the 80s. The investments that became the Whitewater controversy were made by the couple around this time.

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