Hillary Clinton launched her 2016 presidential campaign on June 13 in New York City to a packed crowd. But did the politician promise anything new, or is this a rehash of 2008?
U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton launched her 2016 campaign on Roosevelt Island, New York, and focused on improving the American life outside of the top one percent. Speaking confidently at the podium, former Secretary of State Clinton made the world aware her campaign would be based on forward motion and that “America can't succeed unless you succeed."
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Unlike 2008, this Clinton launch seemed to be far more assured after holding the Secretary of State role for President Barack Obama from 2009 until 2013. The opportunity to gage foreign officials and their reaction to America offered a rare glimpse as the only candidate holding office and being a presidential spouse.
"I believe we have a continuing rendezvous with destiny” highlighted disenfranchised citizens need for inclusion. Telling the crowd “growth and fairness go together,” receiving cheers from supports. And by combining the two elements together, a more stable America may be on the horizon for a Clinton leadership.
This time she joked about the media’s fascination documenting the greying of presidential hair while in office. With a smile and laugh, the blonde pointed out that no one would see her with white hair since she’s “been coloring it for years.”
One of the main tenants of the speech outside of family domesticity involved the use of green energy as a viable source for Americans. Calling for national citizens to lead “in the global fight for climate change,” she also charged that the nation should be “the clean energy superpower of the 21st century.” Advising those in office to listen to the scientific experts, if policy makers are unsure. Examine and use peer-reviewed scientific data to make the nation’s land resources last.
Promising to place fees on fossil fuel companies to help transition, Hillary Clinton built on Obama’s “Hope” campaign with a resounding demand for Americans to push forward and away from traditional options—to look beyond the surface.
“We don't hide from change. We harness it."
"Leadership means perseverance and persistence,” said Clinton. Deeply involved with her mother’s lessons in citizen strength, she believes in her mother’s simple advice: “It’s about what you do.”
“Kindness from someone who believed [her mother] mattered” outlined the basic fundamental ideal of community. Like a first grade teacher who quietly brought food to a hungry child without asking for anything in return. Taking care of people is what is expected of a Rodham, of a human. Being a strong person isn’t a Hollywood catchword, but to be someone like Beau Biden, who looked to bear others’ burdens on shoulders out of goodness.
Moreover, that maternal bond was reshaped "because some people believed in her, she believed in me.” In short, her mother’s adage that "everybody needs a chance” made a lifelong impact on the politician. Having spent years working around the nation and world to fight for better child and women rights, the former New York Senator wants to change the world from a different position of power, one where male politicians may listen a little better.
That same push helped Clinton take part in the lives of migrant workers during college and post-graduation. She believes children of workers deserve the chance to succeed, too. Those putting money back in the system by taking local taxes.
"Every family should feel like they belong."A fact backed up by working for the Children’s Defense Fund right after graduation. A legacy of her mother’s lessons on kindness.
The lesson to not back down from bullying helped solidify the desire to do good in a way that established a no-nonsense persona in chambers. Like many politicians, Clinton made nebulous promises to rewrite the tax code, find money for the poor and middle class through millions of jobs in transitioning American energy from fossil fuel to renewable resources, and forcing Congress to enact equal pay for men and women.
“Equal pay for women” has been an oft-heard refrain throughout the speech, even highlighting "women of color earning even less” than white counterparts. 40 years of open differences in treatment of civil rights should not be limited to a single group. The idea isn’t new, nor is the idea of a comprehensive, inclusive healthcare system.
Boldly stating, “Your healthcare will be there when needed, without breaking the bank.” And industry leaders looking to make a better future needs “to come to the table and work with us” while taking any offers to police women’s reproductive rights off the table.
Of course, some of these tactics will fail, as she pointed out. A president can only do so much without backing, while drawing attention to the fact Republicans cut high-level taxes twice in recent years. Throughout the speech, the idea of family issues were constructed at various talking points.
Families looking for a higher minimum wage to match the economy and searching for help for mental health issues at an affordable cost undercut many of the topics, especially concerning veterans who deserve “the care and benefits they've earned.”
LGBT and early childhood education wrapped up the family sector.
Promising “preschool and quality childcare to every child in America,” she illustrated the need for exceptional education in order to compete in the global economy. Slinging out statistics like "early learning can impact life-long success” and “80% of brain is developed by age of three,” the candidate made it clear that competition begins in infancy.
And family does not exclusively require a man-woman union. LGBT families are just as important as traditionally accepted ones. The right to marry and be happy threaded the entire speech.
In order to care for children and ill family members, parents need the right “to earn paid sick days” and find flexibility in case of an emergency. But ultimately, Hillary Clinton promises “I believe with all my heart in America and the potential in every American."
The economy needs a kick start with a reexamination of why it failed, beyond the 2008 housing bubble bursting. Policy makers and debaters must look deeper. “Fundamentally, they reject what it takes to build and inclusive economy. It takes an inclusive community."
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Success may be dicey given the playing field places Generation Y favorite Bernie Sanders high already, but if the candidate comes up with the promised outline for campaign promotion, the first woman president may be Hillary Clinton.