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I've been away from this website for a while (medical) but will chime in about Hillary. First her record on the issues of the day can be found with a little searching. She has a long track record going back decades. However, of course, her views of yesterday are not necessarily reflective of her views today. I would like to think that all candidates will "evolve" and if elected are not stuck in their ideological roots. For any Democrat president, compromises with conservatives are ALWAYS necessary. Most Americans seem to be less knowledgeable on the issues, let alone the candidate's views. That's why the "swift boaters" can take any issue and blow it out of proportion into negative headlines.
I have looked at Hillary's record as Secretary of State, and yes she is more hawkish than President Obama, but certainly not a war hawk like Dick Cheney and his ilk. She supports the Iran Nuclear Agreement, which separates her from many Democrats like Schumer. That is hardly "hawkish". People also ask what distinguished her as Secretary of State, absent some breakthrough on diplomacy. The job of the Secretary of State is not to capture headlines everywhere she goes, but rather start building bridges with quiet diplomacy, understanding the respective cultures and looking for ways our two countries can cooperate more in the global sphere. It is not headline capturing news, and in any case, most Americans tune out when foreign policy is brought up. The media networks hardly covered any of her foreign trips. The dividends will show up in the future in little ways.
As we know the Benghazi charges are all bogus. The private server e-mail account is also not an issue with me. For anyone who has worked for a major corporation it is difficult to keep your business e-mails and your social e-mails separated, when especially you socialize with the same people you work with. In any case, it seems government e-mails are hacked quite regularly so maybe the FBI should be spending more time investigating the Russian and Chinese hackers on government websites rather than picking away at Hillary's account.
On most all the issues of the day from healthcare to women's rights, Hillary's record stands out. She doesn't have the charisma of some of the candidates, but she is intelligent and has done her homework. I will be quite comfortable with her as President.
However, if we elect Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, their success will be highly dependent on how well Congress chooses to cooperate. If Republican Congressional leaders do to her (or Bernie Sanders) what they have done to President Obama, then we can expect a very difficult time. Many disillusioned Democrats will, true to form, lose interest and not vote in the midterm election making life even more difficult for the president. Sadly that's the state of our politics, especially when it comes to the ruthless "anything goes" Republican machine and less than critical thinking voters who vote with their emotions...not to mention their tribes.