Hillary Clinton's speech with something for everyone

She listed many failures of the Obama regime but placed no blame.

These were the major portions of Clinton’s acceptance speech:

  • A call for national unity,
  • An attack on Trump’s character and business honesty,
  • A long self-introduction,
  • A rather dismal assessment of the State of the Union, and
  • Her progressive agenda if elected.

Also included were these minor parts:

  • The requisite bow to several notables who spoke earlier,
  • An interpretation of the intention of the Founders delivered in two parts, and
  • An overview of the nation’s strengths.

American Thinker readers know of the Democrat attacks on Trump’s character.  No need here to chronicle those – stated and implied – in her speech.

And Clinton’s general call for unity – “Stronger Together” – is clear on its face.

Her self-introduction was largely a restatement of a video narrated by the actor Morgan Freeman, shown just before she spoke and meant to educate younger voters concerning her family, social activist, and political history.  Warm and fuzzy stuff.

We’ll focus on her assessment of the State of the Union and her progressive agenda if elected.

(1) Her long list of what needs fixing may have left some viewers wondering if she is running against an incumbent Republican.

  • “Too many people haven't had a pay raise since the crash.” 
  • “There's too much inequality. Too little social mobility. Too much paralysis in Washington. Too many threats at home and abroad.”
  • “That's why “Stronger Together” is not just a lesson from our history. It's not just a slogan for our campaign. It's a guiding principle for the country we've always been and the future we're going to build. A country where the economy works for everyone, not just those at the top. Where you can get a good job and send your kids to a good school, no matter what zip code you live in. A country where all our children can dream and those dreams are within reach. Where families are strong, communities are safe. And yes, love trumps hate. That's the country we're fighting for. That's the future we're working toward.” (It follows that that country is not America today.)
  • “We're still facing deep-seated problems that developed long before the recession and have stayed with us through the recovery. I've gone around our country talking to working families. And I've heard from so many of you who feel like the economy just isn't working. Some of you are frustrated – even furious. And you know what??? You're right. It's not yet working the way it should. Americans are willing to work – and work hard. But right now, an awful lot of people feel there is less and less respect for the work they do. And less respect for them, period.” (The “long before the recession” part takes Obama off the hook for total failure.  And if things aren’t working as they should, how can we be in a recovery?)
  • “Democrats are the party of working people. But we haven't done a good enough job showing that we get what you're going through, and that we're going to do something about it.” (Who is the “we” who hasn’t gotten it?)
  • “I believe that our economy isn't working the way it should because our democracy isn't working the way it should.” (Who is stopping it from working?)
  • “We have to heal the divides in our country. Not just on guns. But on race. Immigration. And more.” (Who, or what, divided us?)
  • “We will reform our criminal justice system from end-to-end, and rebuild trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.”
  • “We will defend all our rights – civil rights, human rights and voting rights… women's rights and workers' rights… LGBT rights and the rights of people with disabilities! (Madame Secretary, who says we will not, or should not, “defend all our rights”?  Not Trump.)

(2) Clinton listed, here and there, the stated and implied elements of her agenda:

  • “path to citizenship for millions of immigrants who are already contributing to our economy”
  • “create more opportunity and more good jobs with rising wages right here in the United States…Especially in places that for too long have been left out and left behind” (Who left them out?) From our inner cities to our small towns, from Indian Country to Coal Country. From communities ravaged by addiction to regions hollowed out by plant closures. (Who left them behind?)
  • “pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United!”
  • “corporations that have gotten so much from our country should be just as patriotic in return…Wall Street can never, ever be allowed to wreck Main Street again” (Who allowed them in the first place?)
  • “climate change is real and…we can save our planet while creating millions of good-paying clean energy jobs.”
  • “companies should share profits with their workers”
  • “the minimum wage should be a living wage”
  • “every man, woman, and child in America has the right to affordable health care”
  • “say ‘no’ to unfair trade deals...stand up to China...support our steelworkers and autoworkers and homegrown manufacturers”
  • “expand Social Security”
  • “protect a woman's right to make her own health care decisions”
  • “help more people learn a skill or practice a trade and make a good living doing it”  
  • “a working mother, wife, sister, or daughter deserves equal pay”
  • “In my first 100 days, we will work with both parties to pass the biggest investment in new, good-paying jobs since World War II.  Jobs in manufacturing, clean energy, technology and innovation, small business, and infrastructure.”
  • “make college tuition-free for the middle class, and debt-free for all…liberate millions of people who already have student debt.” (For Bern.)
  • “give small businesses a boost.  Make it easier to get credit”
  • “fighting for affordable child care and paid family leave”
  • “Wall Street, corporations, and the super-rich are going to start paying their fair share of taxes.” (An Elizabeth Warren favorite.)
  • “if companies take tax breaks and then ship jobs overseas, we'll make them pay us back” (Who’s “us”?)
  • “care for our veterans here at home”  (As though we have not been?)
  • “We put a lid on Iran's nuclear program without firing a single shot – now we have to enforce it, and keep supporting Israel's security.” (What lid?)
  • “We shaped a global climate agreement – now we have to hold every country accountable to their commitments, including ourselves.”
  • “stand by our allies in NATO” (But don’t pressure them for money?)
  • “pass common-sense reforms and keep guns out of the hands of criminals, terrorists and all others who would do us harm” (They don’t have commonsense laws in California?)

And her longest statement on terrorism:   

I've laid out my strategy for defeating ISIS. We will strike their sanctuaries from the air, and support local forces taking them out on the ground. We will surge our intelligence so that we detect and prevent attacks before they happen. We will disrupt their efforts online to reach and radicalize young people in our country. It won't be easy or quick, but make no mistake – we will prevail. (How do you “surge” intelligence? Enhanced caffeine techniques?)

The speech promoted an agenda of ever-expanding federal government, while including promises clearly aimed at wooing Bernie Sanders supporters.

And with regard to several issues (e.g., NATO, immigration, global warming), it clearly illustrates that several Clinton and Trump positions are at odds.

Hence, the battle lines are drawn.

She listed many failures of the Obama regime but placed no blame.

These were the major portions of Clinton’s acceptance speech:

  • A call for national unity,
  • An attack on Trump’s character and business honesty,
  • A long self-introduction,
  • A rather dismal assessment of the State of the Union, and
  • Her progressive agenda if elected.

Also included were these minor parts:

  • The requisite bow to several notables who spoke earlier,
  • An interpretation of the intention of the Founders delivered in two parts, and
  • An overview of the nation’s strengths.

American Thinker readers know of the Democrat attacks on Trump’s character.  No need here to chronicle those – stated and implied – in her speech.

And Clinton’s general call for unity – “Stronger Together” – is clear on its face.

Her self-introduction was largely a restatement of a video narrated by the actor Morgan Freeman, shown just before she spoke and meant to educate younger voters concerning her family, social activist, and political history.  Warm and fuzzy stuff.

We’ll focus on her assessment of the State of the Union and her progressive agenda if elected.

(1) Her long list of what needs fixing may have left some viewers wondering if she is running against an incumbent Republican.

  • “Too many people haven't had a pay raise since the crash.” 
  • “There's too much inequality. Too little social mobility. Too much paralysis in Washington. Too many threats at home and abroad.”
  • “That's why “Stronger Together” is not just a lesson from our history. It's not just a slogan for our campaign. It's a guiding principle for the country we've always been and the future we're going to build. A country where the economy works for everyone, not just those at the top. Where you can get a good job and send your kids to a good school, no matter what zip code you live in. A country where all our children can dream and those dreams are within reach. Where families are strong, communities are safe. And yes, love trumps hate. That's the country we're fighting for. That's the future we're working toward.” (It follows that that country is not America today.)
  • “We're still facing deep-seated problems that developed long before the recession and have stayed with us through the recovery. I've gone around our country talking to working families. And I've heard from so many of you who feel like the economy just isn't working. Some of you are frustrated – even furious. And you know what??? You're right. It's not yet working the way it should. Americans are willing to work – and work hard. But right now, an awful lot of people feel there is less and less respect for the work they do. And less respect for them, period.” (The “long before the recession” part takes Obama off the hook for total failure.  And if things aren’t working as they should, how can we be in a recovery?)
  • “Democrats are the party of working people. But we haven't done a good enough job showing that we get what you're going through, and that we're going to do something about it.” (Who is the “we” who hasn’t gotten it?)
  • “I believe that our economy isn't working the way it should because our democracy isn't working the way it should.” (Who is stopping it from working?)
  • “We have to heal the divides in our country. Not just on guns. But on race. Immigration. And more.” (Who, or what, divided us?)
  • “We will reform our criminal justice system from end-to-end, and rebuild trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.”
  • “We will defend all our rights – civil rights, human rights and voting rights… women's rights and workers' rights… LGBT rights and the rights of people with disabilities! (Madame Secretary, who says we will not, or should not, “defend all our rights”?  Not Trump.)

(2) Clinton listed, here and there, the stated and implied elements of her agenda:

  • “path to citizenship for millions of immigrants who are already contributing to our economy”
  • “create more opportunity and more good jobs with rising wages right here in the United States…Especially in places that for too long have been left out and left behind” (Who left them out?) From our inner cities to our small towns, from Indian Country to Coal Country. From communities ravaged by addiction to regions hollowed out by plant closures. (Who left them behind?)
  • “pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United!”
  • “corporations that have gotten so much from our country should be just as patriotic in return…Wall Street can never, ever be allowed to wreck Main Street again” (Who allowed them in the first place?)
  • “climate change is real and…we can save our planet while creating millions of good-paying clean energy jobs.”
  • “companies should share profits with their workers”
  • “the minimum wage should be a living wage”
  • “every man, woman, and child in America has the right to affordable health care”
  • “say ‘no’ to unfair trade deals...stand up to China...support our steelworkers and autoworkers and homegrown manufacturers”
  • “expand Social Security”
  • “protect a woman's right to make her own health care decisions”
  • “help more people learn a skill or practice a trade and make a good living doing it”  
  • “a working mother, wife, sister, or daughter deserves equal pay”
  • “In my first 100 days, we will work with both parties to pass the biggest investment in new, good-paying jobs since World War II.  Jobs in manufacturing, clean energy, technology and innovation, small business, and infrastructure.”
  • “make college tuition-free for the middle class, and debt-free for all…liberate millions of people who already have student debt.” (For Bern.)
  • “give small businesses a boost.  Make it easier to get credit”
  • “fighting for affordable child care and paid family leave”
  • “Wall Street, corporations, and the super-rich are going to start paying their fair share of taxes.” (An Elizabeth Warren favorite.)
  • “if companies take tax breaks and then ship jobs overseas, we'll make them pay us back” (Who’s “us”?)
  • “care for our veterans here at home”  (As though we have not been?)
  • “We put a lid on Iran's nuclear program without firing a single shot – now we have to enforce it, and keep supporting Israel's security.” (What lid?)
  • “We shaped a global climate agreement – now we have to hold every country accountable to their commitments, including ourselves.”
  • “stand by our allies in NATO” (But don’t pressure them for money?)
  • “pass common-sense reforms and keep guns out of the hands of criminals, terrorists and all others who would do us harm” (They don’t have commonsense laws in California?)

And her longest statement on terrorism:   

I've laid out my strategy for defeating ISIS. We will strike their sanctuaries from the air, and support local forces taking them out on the ground. We will surge our intelligence so that we detect and prevent attacks before they happen. We will disrupt their efforts online to reach and radicalize young people in our country. It won't be easy or quick, but make no mistake – we will prevail. (How do you “surge” intelligence? Enhanced caffeine techniques?)

The speech promoted an agenda of ever-expanding federal government, while including promises clearly aimed at wooing Bernie Sanders supporters.

And with regard to several issues (e.g., NATO, immigration, global warming), it clearly illustrates that several Clinton and Trump positions are at odds.

Hence, the battle lines are drawn.