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State Department on Hillary Clinton's private email: 'that is not acceptable'

A representative of Clinton's own department says using a second email isn't standard procedure

Testifying at a Congressional hearing yesterday on Hillary Clinton's use of a private email address for official business, a senior State Department official said "the message is loud and clear that that is not acceptable."

Joyce Barr, the Assistant Secretary of State for Administration and chief Freedom of Information Act officer for the agency, told the assembled committee that "the actions that we’ve taken in the course of recovering these emails has made it very clear what the responsibilities are with regard to record-keeping."

Committee members questioned Barr on whether records otherwise obtainable under FOIA had been lost because they went to a private account, and Barr responded that Clinton has turned over emails to properly archive them — although, as committee members noted, that requires taking Clinton at her word that the emails are complete. One committee member said the State Department's record on FOIA in general was an "embarrassing failure."

The testimony was significant as it came from former Secretary of State Clinton's own department, and with 55,000 pages of Clinton's emails now being processed for release under FOIA, scrutiny is likely to increase.
Hillary is a fucking nightmare. Some of you people will still actually vote for it. Don't respond yet. Wait until after you see Oprah's teary eyed endorsement and you will fucking cave like you did for Obama.

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And you'll vote for some neanderthal republican that will do their best to make sure health care is horrible, business can run the people of this country into the ground, oil/gas companies destroy the planet whilst ruining the lives of the people around their operations, ruin progress made for equal rights both for women and for gay/lesbian people because some fake stick-jew in the sky they say they believe in said faggots are bad and women belong in the kitchen, further big agriculture's agenda to make sure we're subsidizing enough corn to keep this country fat and diabetic, expand our already insulting military spending and probably start another war with some type of brown people, because murica', and give the pharmaceutical companies better reign to keep us all medicated so that we won't see this shit happening around us. People like you have no business speaking to intelligent, informed individuals about anything important; it's insulting.
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Funkmasterr wrote: further big agriculture's agenda to make sure we're subsidizing enough corn to keep this country fat and diabetic
It's up to the people as to what they eat. Educating the population might help but you can't stop fat fucks from being fat fucks if that's what they want to do.

Nice rant but it does nothing to address Hillary using a private email for official business and record keeping. A shady move by a shady individual.

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She's a politician, it's what they do. That doesn't excuse it, but acting like any of them are any better is absurd, this is just campaign smearing bullshit.
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I can only assuming, Funk, that you are trolling Winnow here. Nobody would take anything he posts here seriously!
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Aslanna wrote:I can only assuming, Funk, that you are trolling Winnow here. Nobody would take anything he posts here seriously!
I agree, with that said, no chance in hell am I voting for Hillary. Not sure who I will vote for yet honestly, and I would like a woman President, just not that pyscho.
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I can't help it, every so often I have a momentarily lapse and take him seriously for a couple minutes.
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Tyek wrote:
Aslanna wrote:I can only assuming, Funk, that you are trolling Winnow here. Nobody would take anything he posts here seriously!
I agree, with that said, no chance in hell am I voting for Hillary. Not sure who I will vote for yet honestly, and I would like a woman President, just not that pyscho.
As much as I wish it weren't true, it's either her or a republican. Given that choice she is the better alternative every time.
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Tyek wrote:
Aslanna wrote:I can only assuming, Funk, that you are trolling Winnow here. Nobody would take anything he posts here seriously!
I agree, with that said, no chance in hell am I voting for Hillary. Not sure who I will vote for yet honestly, and I would like a woman President, just not that pyscho.
As much as I wish it weren't true, it's either her or a republican. Given that choice she is the better alternative every time.

I would rather just not vote, or I will throw your name on the ballot instead.
I am so tired of the "Liberal vs Conservative" bullshit. If Hillary and the current list of Republicans are the best options we have then we are fucked. Not a single good option in the bunch.
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On paper, Hilary has the best resume of any person who ever applied for the position of President of the United States. She has been vetted for almost 30 years straight in the most intrusive ways humanly possible. No other political figure has been through what she has for as long as she has. She is the product of our political system. We get what we make. She knows the game better than anyone and that's what it takes to run this country. Knowing the game inside and out.

The Republican clown car of "hopefuls" is always hilarious to watch though. That party is a fucking wreck. The only things they are united on is that they all hate poor people, faggots, women, and niggers but still love jesus, war, and rich people. Right now the party has no identity at all. They don't know if they're Tea Partiers, evangelicals, or some unholy mixture of the two. It will be just like the last election cycle when all the Republican candidates enter the retard gladiatorial arena and tear each other to pieces before begrudgingly settling on the least evil of the lot before sending his rich white ass to die in front of Hillary.

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Tyek wrote:
Funkmasterr wrote:
Tyek wrote:
Aslanna wrote:I can only assuming, Funk, that you are trolling Winnow here. Nobody would take anything he posts here seriously!
I agree, with that said, no chance in hell am I voting for Hillary. Not sure who I will vote for yet honestly, and I would like a woman President, just not that pyscho.
As much as I wish it weren't true, it's either her or a republican. Given that choice she is the better alternative every time.

I would rather just not vote, or I will throw your name on the ballot instead.
I am so tired of the "Liberal vs Conservative" bullshit. If Hillary and the current list of Republicans are the best options we have then we are fucked. Not a single good option in the bunch.
I'm sick of the system, too. However, if a republican gets elected any of the meaningful social change that we've finally made these last 6.5 years will be fucked, and I personally couldn't stomach knowing I had any part in that.
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Fairweather Pure wrote:On paper, Hilary has the best resume of any person who ever applied for the position of President of the United States. She has been vetted for almost 30 years straight in the most intrusive ways humanly possible. No other political figure has been through what she has for as long as she has. She is the product of our political system. We get what we make. She knows the game better than anyone and that's what it takes to run this country. Knowing the game inside and out.

The Republican clown car of "hopefuls" is always hilarious to watch though. That party is a fucking wreck. The only things they are united on is that they all hate poor people, faggots, women, and niggers but still love jesus, war, and rich people. Right now the party has no identity at all. They don't know if they're Tea Partiers, evangelicals, or some unholy mixture of the two. It will be just like the last election cycle when all the Republican candidates enter the retard gladiatorial arena and tear each other to pieces before begrudgingly settling on the least evil of the lot before sending his rich white ass to die in front of Hillary.
Pretty much. I don't see any way a republican will get elected. There are far too many groups of marginalized people out there that have recently found there's some hope; that some people will fight for them. None of these people are going to vote for a candidate that hates everything that isn't a white, heterosexual male.
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Washington (CNN)The chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi released a report Friday that blamed the Obama administration for not cooperating with the investigation, one year into the probe of the deadly 2012 attack in Libya.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, said that the administration has been slow to comply with subpoenas for witness testimonies and documents.

"While progress has been made, the greatest impediment to completing this investigation in a timely manner has been the level of cooperation by the executive branch," Gowdy wrote in the report.
Gee, I wonder why. It's because Hillary and Obama covering for each other. First to get Obama re-elected and now payback by Obama to keep this out of the limelight.

How many emails were deleted by Hillary about this? We'll never know because she used a private fucking server for government business and wiped the drive except for the select emails she chose to release. How convenient. Funk must love that. Good job Hillary!
Tyek wrote: I would rather just not vote
I am so tired of the "Liberal vs Conservative" bullshit. If Hillary and the current list of Republicans are the best options we have then we are fucked. Not a single good option in the bunch.
That's the correct answer. While it's usually the opposite and you should always vote. With the state our political system is in, making a statement by not voting for one presidential term might give a wake up call.

Voting for Hillary would be idiotic. Voting for some random independent would be better. Hillary is a known extremely shady character. I only look past major character flaws for people in occupations like assassins. True, she's a killer. That's not what I want in the White house. I don't care about democrat or republican in this case. Hillary is fucked up and Flunkmaster making excuses and liking her confirms it. The majority of the U.S. population are ignorant enough to vote her in. I cringe every time I watch Hillary speak. Her only skill is covering up her fuck ups and avoiding getting the finger pointed at her.

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Winnow wrote:
Tyek wrote: I would rather just not vote
That's the correct answer. While it's usually the opposite and you should always vote. With the state our political system is in, making a statement by not voting for one presidential term might give a wake up call.
Don't fall for that people.. That's what the Republicans are counting on. You know they are all going to be voting as early and as often as they can and hoping that all the rest of the people are apathetic lazy fucks who would rather sit home and play video games.
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Aslanna wrote:
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Tyek wrote: I would rather just not vote
That's the correct answer. While it's usually the opposite and you should always vote. With the state our political system is in, making a statement by not voting for one presidential term might give a wake up call.
Don't fall for that people.. That's what the Republicans are counting on. You know they are all going to be voting as early and as often as they can and hoping that all the rest of the people are apathetic lazy fucks who would rather sit home and play video games.
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It's more like voting for an Independent hurts the republicans because quality independent candidates lean toward the conservative side and steal votes from the republican candidate, allowing the crappy democrat shady candidates to win elections.

Democrats have the fat, welfare moochers, minorities, "vote for a woman", votes on their side. Hard for the best candidate to win when the democrats enjoy dishing out money to the lazy. If Hillary wins this election I guarantee you the next democrat presidential nominee will be handicapped or gay so they can keep riding the "vote for the candidate that's different" wave despite actual qualifications. The democrats know where their bread is buttered...keep giving those fat lazy poor people food stamps.

If I was a loser, you bet your ass I'd vote democrat as well. Give me my god damned food stamps! Praise Oprah!

Obama got one gigantic vote of no confidence when the republicans kicked ass in 2014. Thanks for voting that dude into office twice. Nice job. Hope you enjoyed his sermons.

At least the House and Senate is Republican and that doesn't look like it will change next election so it will hamstring that thing if it's elected.

Hey, at least the conservatives cleaned house over in the UK if you've been paying attention. So there's hope:

http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/08/europe/uk ... index.html
turnout in the UK election was 66.1%, according to the BBC, the highest turnout since 1997.
And the conservatives still kicked ass. That's also hope that the poor fat lazy minorities realize that some of their own kind are rising to the top and maybe it's hard work that makes you successful, not your color or gender.

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Hillary Clinton is too conservative for my taste. Here are a handful of reasons why I will not be voting for her:
“Making Profit and War

All issues of wealth, power, and violence are also women’s and LGBT rights issues. For instance, neoliberal economic policies of austerity and privatization disproportionately hurt women and LGBT individuals, who are often the lowest paid and the first workers to be fired, the most likely to bear the burdens of family maintenance, and the most affected by the involuntary migration, domestic violence, homelessness, and mental illness that are intensified by poverty.

Clinton’s record on such issues is hardly encouraging. Her decades of service on corporate boards and in major policy roles as first lady, senator, and secretary of state give a clear indication of where she stands.

One of Clinton’s first high-profile public positions was at Walmart, where she served on the board from 1986 to 1992. She “remained silent” in board meetings as her company “waged a major campaign against labor unions seeking to represent store workers,” as an ABC review of video recordings later noted.

Clinton recounts in her 2003 book Living History that Walmart CEO Sam Walton “taught me a great deal about corporate integrity and success.” Though she later began trying to shed her public identification with the company in order to attract labor support for her Senate and presidential candidacies, Walmart executives have continued to look favorably on her, with Alice Walton donating the maximum amount to the “Ready for Hillary” Super PAC in 2013. Walton’s $25,000 donation was considerably higher than the average annual salary for Walmart’s hourly employees, two-thirds of whom are women.

After leaving Walmart, Clinton became perhaps the most active first lady in history. While it would be unfair to hold her responsible for all of her husband’s policies, she did play a significant role in shaping and justifying many of them. In Living History she boasts of her role in gutting US welfare: “By the time Bill and I left the White House, welfare rolls had dropped 60 percent” — and not because poverty had dropped.

Women and children, the main recipients of welfare, have been the primary victims. Jeffrey St Clair at Counterpunch notes that prior to welfare reform, “more than 70 percent of poor families with children received some kind of cash assistance. By 2010, less than 30 percent got any kind of cash aid and the amount of the benefit had declined by more than 50 percent from pre-reform levels.”

Clinton also lobbied Congress to pass her husband’s deeply racist crime bill, which, Michelle Alexander observes in The New Jim Crow, “escalated the drug war beyond what conservatives had imagined possible,” expanding mass incarceration and the death penalty.

Arguably the two most defining features of Clinton’s tenures as senator (2001–2009) and secretary of state (2009–2013) were her promotion of US corporate profit-making and her aggressive assertion of the US government’s right to intervene in foreign countries.

Reflecting on this performance as Clinton left her secretary post in January 2013, Bloomberg Businessweek commented that “Clinton turned the State Department into a machine for promoting U.S. business.” She sought “to install herself as the government’s highest-ranking business lobbyist,” directly negotiating lucrative overseas contracts for US corporations like Boeing, Lockheed, and General Electric. Not surprisingly, “Clinton’s corporate cheerleading has won praise from business groups.”

Clinton herself has been very honest about this aim, albeit not when speaking in front of progressives. Her 2011 Foreign Policy essay on “America’s Pacific Century” speaks at length about the objective of “opening new markets for American businesses,” containing no fewer than ten uses of the phrases “open markets,” “open trade,” and permutations thereof.

A major focus of this effort is the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which involves twelve Pacific countries and is being secretly negotiated by the Obama administration with the assistance of over six hundred corporate advisers.

Like Bill Clinton’s North American Free Trade Agreement, the deal is intended to further empower multinational corporations at the expense of workers, consumers, and the environment in all countries involved. Lower wages and increased rates of displacement, detention, and physical violence for female and LGBT populations are among the likely consequences, given the results of existing “free trade” agreements.

Clinton’s Foreign Policy article also elaborates on the role of US military power in advancing these economic goals. The past “growth” of eastern Asia has depended on “the security and stability that has long been guaranteed by the U.S. military,” and “a more broadly distributed military presence across the region will provide vital advantages” in the future.

Clinton thus reaffirms the bipartisan consensus regarding the US’s right to use military force abroad in pursuit of economic interest — echoing, for instance, her husband’s secretary of defense, William Cohen, who in 1999 reserved the right to “the unilateral use of military power” in the name of “ensuring uninhibited access to key markets, energy supplies, and strategic resources.”

In the Middle East and Central Asia, Clinton has likewise defended the US’s right to violate international law and human rights. As senator she not only voted in favor of the 2003 invasion of Iraq — a monstrous crime that has killed hundreds of thousands of people while sowing terror and sectarianism across the region — she was an outspoken advocate of the invasion and a fierce critic of resistance within the United Nations (UN).

Since then she has only partially disavowed that position (out of political expediency) while speaking in paternalistic and racist terms about Iraqis. Senator Clinton was also an especially staunch supporter — even by the standards of the US Congress — of Israel’s illegal military actions and settlement activity in the occupied territories.

As Barack Obama’s secretary of state, she presided over the expansion of illegal drone attacks that by conservative estimates have killed many hundreds of civilians, while reaffirming US alliances with vicious dictatorships. As she recounts in her 2014 memoir Hard Choices, “In addition to our work with the Israelis, the Obama Administration also increased America’s own sea and air presence in the Persian Gulf and deepened our ties to the Gulf monarchies.”

Clinton herself is widely recognized to have been one of the administration’s most forceful advocates of attacking or expanding military operations in Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria and of strengthening US ties to dictatorships in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Morocco, and elsewhere. Maybe the women and girls of these countries, including those whose lives have been destroyed by US bombs, can take comfort in knowing that a “feminist” helped craft US policy.

Secretary Clinton and her team worked to ensure that any challenges to US–Israeli domination of the Middle East were met with brute force and various forms of collective punishment. On Iran, she often echoes the bipartisan line that “all options must remain on the table” — a flagrant violation of the UN Charter’s prohibition of “the threat or use of force” in international relations — and brags in Hard Choices that her team “successfully campaigned around the world to impose crippling sanctions” on the country.

She ensured that Palestine’s UN statehood bid “went nowhere in the Security Council.” Though out of office by the time Israel launched its savage 2014 assault on Gaza, she ardently defended it in interviews. This context helps explain her recent praise for Henry Kissinger, renowned for bombing civilians and supporting governments that killed and tortured hundreds of thousands of suspected dissidents. She writes in the Washington Post that she “relied on his counsel when I served as secretary of state.”

Militarization and Its Benefits

In another domain of traditional US ownership, Latin America, Clinton also seems to have followed Kissinger’s example. As confirmed in her 2014 book, she effectively supported the 2009 military overthrow of left-of-center Honduran President Manuel Zelaya — a “caricature of a Central American strongman” — by pushing for a “compromise” solution that endorsed his illegal ouster.

She has advocated the application of the Colombia model — highly militarized “anti-drug” initiatives coupled with neoliberal economic policies — to other countries in the region, and is full of praise for the devastating militarization of Mexico over the past decade. That militarization has resulted in eighty thousand or more deaths since 2006, including the forty-three Mexican student activists disappeared (and presumably massacred) in September 2014.

In the Caribbean, the US model of choice is Haiti, where Clinton and her husband have relentlessly promoted the sweatshop model of production since the 1990s. WikiLeaks documents show that in 2009 her State Department collaborated with subcontractors for Hanes, Levi’s, and Fruit of the Loom to oppose a minimum-wage increase for Haitian workers. After the January 2010 earthquake she helped spearhead the highly militarized US response.

Militarization has plentiful benefits, as Clinton understands. It can facilitate corporate investment, such as the “gold rush” that the US ambassador described following the Haiti earthquake. It can keep in check nonviolent dissidents, such as hungry Haitian workers or leftist students in Mexico. And it can help combat the influence of countries like Venezuela that have challenged neoliberalism and US geopolitical control.

These goals have long motivated US hostility toward Cuba, and thus Clinton’s recent call for ending the US embargo against Cuba was pragmatic, not principled: “It wasn’t achieving its goals” of overthrowing the government, as she says in her recent book. The goal there, as in Venezuela, is to compel the country to “restore private property and return to a free market economy,” as she demanded of Venezuela in 2010.

A reasonable synopsis of Clinton’s record around the world comes from neoconservative policy adviser Robert Kagan, who, like Clinton, played an important role in advocating the 2003 Iraq invasion. “I feel comfortable with her on foreign policy,” Kagan told the New York Times last June. Asked what to expect from a Hillary Clinton presidency, Kagan predicted that “if she pursues a policy which we think she will pursue, it’s something that might have been called neocon.” But, he added, “clearly her supporters are not going to call it that; they are going to call it something else.”

Narrowly Defined Rights

What about Clinton’s record on that narrower set of issues more commonly associated with women’s and LGBT rights — control over one’s reproductive system and freedom from discrimination and sexual violence?

Perhaps the best that can be said is that Clinton does not espouse the medieval view of female bodily autonomy shared by most Republicans, and does not actively encourage homophobia and transphobia. She has consistently said that abortion should remain legal (but “rare”) and that birth control should be widely available, and when in office generally acted in accord with those statements. She has recently voiced support for gay marriage rights. These positions are worth something, even if they are mainly a reflection of pressure from below.

But nor does her record on these rights merit glowing praise. In addition to partly capitulating to the far-right anti-choice agenda in Congress, with disproportionate harm to low-income parents, Clinton and other Democrats have also actively undermined these rights. Some observers have argued that Clinton’s repetition of the Democratic slogan that abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare” reinforces the stigmatization of those who choose that option.

Her narrow definition of reproductive rights — as abortion and contraception only — does not allow much in the way of material support for parents or young children. She insists that abortion must remain “rare,” but has also helped deprive poor expecting parents of the financial support they would need to raise a child (for instance, through the 1996 welfare reform and the fiscal austerity for social programs that has become the bipartisan consensus in Washington).

She has supported the further militarization of the Mexico border and the arrest of undocumented immigrants, undermining the reproductive rights of women who give birth in chains in detention centers before being deported back to lives of poverty and violence.

Regarding non-discrimination, Clinton’s record is also worse than her reputation suggests. Her old company Walmart, widely accused of discriminating against women employees, was recently praised by the Clinton Foundation for its “efforts to empower girls and women.”

Clinton has given little serious indication that she opposes discrimination against LGBT individuals in the workplace (which is still legal in the majority of US states). Her very recent reversal of her opposition to gay marriage came only after support for the idea has become politically beneficial and perhaps necessary for Democrats. At best, Clinton in these respects has been a cautious responder to progressive political winds rather than a trailblazing leader.

Clinton’s foreign policy record is even more at odds with her reputation as a champion of women’s and LGBT rights. Her policy of support for the 2009 coup in Honduras has been disastrous for both groups. Violent hate crimes against LGBT Hondurans have skyrocketed. In mid-2014, leading LGBT activist Nelson Arambú reported 176 murders against LGBT individuals since 2009, an average of about 35 per year, compared to just over 1 per year from 1994–2009.

Arambú located this violence within the broader human rights nightmare of post-coup Honduras, noting the contributions of US-funded militarization and the post-coup governments’ pattern of “shutting down government institutions charged with promoting and protecting the human rights of vulnerable sectors of the population — such as women, children, indigenous communities, and Afro-Hondurans.” Clinton has been worse than silent on the situation, actively supporting and praising the post-coup governments.

In a review of her work as secretary of state, Middle East scholar Stephen Zunes concludes that while “Hillary Clinton has been more outspoken than any previous Secretary of State regarding the rights of women and sexual minorities,” this position is “more rhetoric than reality.”

As one example he points to the US-backed monarchy in Morocco, which has long occupied Western Sahara with US support. Two weeks after Secretary Clinton publicly praised the dictatorship for having “protected and expanded” women’s rights, a teenage girl named Amina Filali committed suicide by taking rat poison. Filali had been raped at age fifteen and then “forced to marry her rapist, who subsequently battered and abused her.”

Although Clinton’s liberal supporters are likely to lament such details as exceptions within an impressive overall record (“She’s still much better than a Republican!”), it is quite possible that her actions have harmed feminist movements worldwide. As Zunes argues:

Given Clinton’s backing of neo-liberal economic policies and war-making by the United States and its allies, her advocacy of women’s rights overseas … may have actually set back indigenous feminist movements in the same way that the Bush administration’s “democracy-promotion” agenda was a serious setback to popular struggles for freedom and democracy… .

Hillary Clinton’s call for greater respect for women’s rights in Muslim countries never had much credibility while US-manufactured ordinance is blowing up women in Lebanon, Gaza, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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This summary of Clinton’s “enormous contributions” (as Feminists for Clinton puts it) is just a partial sampling. On almost all other major issues, from climate change to immigration to education to financial regulation, President Hillary Clinton would likely be no better than President Obama, if not worse.

As in the case of Obama, it is of course necessary for Clinton to “call it something else,” in Robert Kagan’s words. The stark disjunction between rhetoric and policies reflects a well understood logic. Mainstream US political candidates, particularly Democrats, must find ways to attract popular support while simultaneously reassuring corporate and financial elites.

The latter, for their part, usually understand the need for a good dose of “populism” during a campaign, and accept it as long as it stays within certain bounds and is not reflected in policy itself. One former aide to Bill Clinton, speaking to The Hill last July, compared this rhetorical strategy to threading a needle, saying that “good politicians — and I think Hillary is a good politician — are good at threading needles, and I think there’s probably a way to do it.”

Hillary Clinton faces the challenge of convincing voters that she is a champion of “people historically excluded,” as she claims in her 2014 memoir. Last year, The Hill reported that “Clinton is now test-driving various campaign themes,” including the familiar progressive promises to “increase upward mobility” and “decrease inequality.” Her memoirs, for those who dare to suffer through them, include invocations of dead leftists like Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman (“one of my heroines”), and Martin Luther King Jr (referenced nine times in Clinton’s 2003 book).

This public relations work requires that her past record be hidden from view, lest it create a credibility problem. Here Clinton has enjoyed the assistance of many liberal feminists. One former Obama staffer, speaking to The Hill, notes Clinton’s successful efforts “to co-opt the base groups in the past eight years.”

Rhetoric is not totally meaningless. The extent to which politicians like Clinton have been compelled to portray themselves — however cynically — as champions of the rights of workers, women, LGBT people, and other “historically excluded” groups is an indication that popular pressures for those rights have achieved substantial force.

In the case of LGBT rights this rhetorical shift is very recent, and reflects a growth in the movement’s power that is to be celebrated. But taking politicians’ rhetoric at face value is one of the gravest errors that a progressive can make.

The Feminists Not Invited

Liberal feminists’ support of Clinton is not just due to credulousness, though. It also reflects a narrowness of analysis, vision, and values. In the US feminism is often understood as the right of women — and wealthy white women most of all — to share in the spoils of capitalism and US imperial power. By not confronting the exclusion of non-whites, foreigners, working-class people, and other groups from this vision, liberal feminists are missing a crucial opportunity to create a more inclusive, more powerful movement.

Alternative currents within the feminist movement, both in the US and globally, have long rejected this impoverished understanding of feminism. For them, feminism means confronting patriarchy but also capitalism, imperialism, white supremacy, and other forms of oppression that interlock with and reinforce patriarchy.

It means fighting to replace a system in which the rights of people and other living things are systematically subordinated to the quest for profits. It means fighting so that all people — everywhere on the gender, sexual and body spectrum — can enjoy basic rights like food, health care, housing, a safe and clean environment, and control over their bodies, labor, and identities.

This more holistic feminist vision is apparent all around the world, including among the women of places like Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran, whose oppression is constantly evoked by Western leaders to justify war and occupation.

The courageous Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her feminist advocacy, has also criticized US drone attacks for killing civilians and aiding the Taliban. Yousafzai’s opposition to the Taliban won her adoring Western media coverage and an invitation to the Obama White House, but her criticism of drones has gone virtually unmentioned in the corporate media. Also unmentioned are her comments about socialism, which she says “is the only answer” to “free us from the chains of bigotry and exploitation.”

The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) has equally opposed the Taliban, US-backed fundamentalist forces, and the US occupation. While liberal groups like Feminist Majority have depicted the US war as a noble crusade to protect Afghan women, RAWA says that the United States “has empowered and equipped the most traitorous, anti-democratic, misogynist and corrupt fundamentalist gangs in Afghanistan,” merely “replacing one fundamentalist regime with another.”

The logic is simple: US elites prefer the “bloody and suffocating rule of Afghanistan” by fundamentalist warlords “to an independent, pro-democracy, and pro-women’s rights government” that might jeopardize “its interests in the region.” Women’s liberation, RAWA emphasizes, “can be achieved only by the people of Afghanistan and by democracy-loving forces through a hard, decisive and long struggle.” Needless to say, Clinton and Obama have not invited the RAWA women to Washington.

A group of Iranian and Iranian-American feminists, the Raha Iranian Feminist Collective, takes a similar position in relation to their own country. In 2011 they bitterly condemned the Ahmadinejad government’s systematic violations of women’s rights (and those of other groups), but just as forcefully condemned “all forms of US intervention,” including the “crippling sanctions” that Clinton is so proud of her role in implementing.

The group said that sanctions “further immiserate the very people they claim to be helping,” and noted that few if any genuine grassroots voices in Iran had “called for or supported the US/UN/EU sanctions.”

In Latin America, too, many working-class feminists argue that the fight for gender and sexual liberation is inseparable from the struggles for self-determination and a just economic system. Speaking toNACLA Report on the Americas, Venezuelan organizer Yanahir Reyes recently lauded “all of the social policy” that has “focused on liberating women” under Hugo Chávez and Nicolás Maduro, those evil autocrats so despised by Clinton.

This tradition of more holistic feminisms is not absent from the United States. In the nineteenth century, black women like Ida B. Wells and Sojourner Truth linked the struggles for abolition and suffrage and denounced the lynching campaigns that murdered black men and women in the name of “saving” white women. In contrast, leaders of the white suffrage movement like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony refused to include people of color in the struggle for citizenship rights.

Unfortunately this history continues to be distorted. In 2008 Gloria Steinem, the standard-bearer of liberal feminism, said that she supported Clinton’s campaign over Obama’s in part because “black men were given the vote a half-century before women of any race were allowed to mark a ballot.”

The assumption that all women are equally oppressed by patriarchy (and that all men are equal oppressors) was fiercely challenged by US women of color, working-class women, and lesbians in the 1970s and 1980s. Feminists of color analyzed their gender and sexual oppression within the larger history of US slavery, capitalism, and empire.

In New York, the women of the Young Lords Party pushed their organization to denounce forced sterilizations of women of color, to demand safe and accessible abortion and contraception, and to call for community-controlled clinics. They redefined reproductive rights as the right to abortion and contraception and the right to have children without living in poverty.

In recent years, the radical LGBT movement has condemned the state, from prisons to the military, as the biggest perpetrator of violence against gender and sexual non-conforming peoples, particularly trans women of color and undocumented queers.

These queer radicals reject the logic that casts the United States and Israel as tolerant while characterizing occupied territories, from US to Palestinian ghettos, as inherently homophobic and in need of military and other outside intervention. They condemn US wars and the Obama administration’s persecution of whistleblowers like Chelsea Manning (who helped expose, among other US crimes, military orders to ignore the sexual abuse of Iraqi detainees and the trafficking of Afghan children).

A more robust vision of feminism doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t defend women like Hillary Clinton against sexist attacks: we should, just as we defend Barack Obama against racist ones. But it does mean that we must listen to the voices of the most marginalized women and gender and sexual minorities — many of whom are extremely critical of Clintonite feminism — and act in solidarity with movements that seek equity in all realms of life and for all people.

These are the feminists not invited to the Hillary Clinton party, except perhaps to serve and clean up.”
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Jesus thorny-crowned stick Jew, out a spoiler tag around that monstrosity.
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Winnow wrote:The democrats know where their bread is buttered...keep giving those fat lazy poor people food stamps.
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But but but all of that experience she has! Won't matter that she sucked. She's a woman so most on this board will vote for it because it's hip to do so.

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I would prefer to vote for basically any non-conservative (conservative as defined by Faux News) who had a chance of being elected aside from Hillary Clinton.

Looking at the field 'o' crazy that is current republican party it looks like they'll force me to vote for her.

That really pisses me off.
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