Hillary Clinton — former First Lady, former Secretary of State, former Senator from New York — Tuesday became the first woman to head a Presidential ticket from either of two dominant political parties in the United States of America.
She did it in style, winning a traditional roll call vote before the Democratic Nominating Convention in Philadelphia with her former bitter rival for the job — Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders — asking the convention to declare her the winner.
In a year when traditional politics came under fire and the Republican Party found itself upstaged by a bombastic, racist billionaire who spread hate, fear, gloom and doom at that party’s convention last week, Clinton’s nomination came in a rousing display of support, promise and optimism.
Yes, a group of angry Sanders supporters stalked out of the hall, claiming their candidate had sold out, but their display did little to blunt the enthusiasm of the evening.
Clinton’s nomination came before a perfect speech to cap the evening, a touching love story from her spouse, former President Bill Clinton.
The marriage of the Clintons is a complex, sometimes conflicting story of two people who have survived turmoil that tears most marriages apart, but the personal accounts of their relationship came from a man who obviously loves his wife and sees her many strengths that could serve the Presidency of the United States.
He told of the work of a young civil rights lawyer who brought many changes to a nation riddled with bigotry. He related accounts of her work to bring rights to women, immigrants and the underprivileged.
By the time his long speech was over, it was more apparent than ever that only one candidate for President is qualified or has the compassion, conviction or knowledge to take the helm of a great, but troubled nation.
Most of the unconfirmed and inaccurate charges lobbed against her come from a serial liar, serial adulterer and constant fraud with no experience in elective office and a questionable, mostly fabricated image of a businessman with more claims than accomplishments or success.
The Republican Party that, incredibly, supports Donald Trump for President, is divided and the many empty seats at their rowdy, unstable, convention last week came because many GOP leaders stayed home and away from the man they know could destroy their party and quite likely the nation.
The Washington Post calls Trump a “clear and present danger” to our way of life and “a unique threat to American democracy.”
“Americas should realize the enormous danger that Donald Trump’s politics pose to global security,” writes Evan Moore of National Review.
R. Nicholas Burns, the State Department’s No. 3 in the State Department for George W. Bush said this about Trump and his “America First” speech:
The ideas that he is putting forward are dangerous to America and what his speech revealed to me is that he is a dangerous leader. He doesn’t appear to have the in-depth knowledge—about the world, history, economics, politics—that any serious presidential candidate should have.
Does Trump have supporters. Some, like white supremacist David Duke, former leader of the Ku Klux Klan. He calls Trump “the right man for the job.” White Supremacists proclaim Trump “the new leader for the new America.”
Those who believe in a diverse America and the Constitution see Trump as “a dangerous, unfit candidate for President.”
At Capitol Hill Blue, we see Donald Trump for what he is: An enemy of the state.
And we see Hillary Clinton as our only viable option for President in this difficult election year.
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