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"Stronger Together" Really? Hillary's Campaign Promises

Updated on August 2, 2016

It's still waving, but which direction?

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What was missing? The price for your vote was missing,

[Sometimes what is left out of a speech is more significant than what is included. There is some magic to political speeches along the idea of "now you see it, now you don't" political promises.]

The Theme: "Stronger Together"

Amidst the furor

of sad Sanders delegates,

comes "Stronger Together".

The Convention And The Promises

It didn't start out with a rousing and unified chorus of "Happy Days Are Here Again" when the Democrats opened their national convention in Philadelphia to nominate Hillary Rodham Clinton and Tim Kaine as their candidates to run against Donald J. Trump and Mike Pence.

It may have helped that losing Democrat Bernie Sanders had already given the nod to Mrs. Clinton, but the soured Sanders delegates still wanted their voices heard and loudly.

Their frustrations were heightened by a Wikileaks publication of hacked emails from the Democrats' national committee that showed its biased approach to the party's primaries designed to give the nomination to Mrs. Clinton by their supposed-to-be neutral committee members.

Tensions lingered throughout their convention, with Sanders supporters vowing to hold Mrs. Clinton responsible for the elements of the party's platform that had been added to reflect key demands of those supporters of the "Bernie Revolution".

When that current subsided, the rest was a parade of supporters, dignitaries, celebrities, and family designed to qualify and humanize Mrs. Clinton as an experienced, caring, and compassionate candidate to be elected as president for the following four years.

The highlights of Nominee Clinton's prepared speech were a set of promises to Americans, promises that, if elected, a Hillary administration would accomplish and avoid.:

What was missing?

Notable among the topics not mentioned in Mrs. Clinton's acceptance speech were the remaining prisoners at Guantanamo, the wars in Syria and in Iraq, the war in Afghanistan, border security, illegal immigrants as a group, the vetting and the accepting of refugees into the United States, and the national debt.

All of those are problems the next president and the Congress must deal with, if they have not been resolved by Inauguration Day in January 2017, during outgoing President Obama’s last six months.

Those familiar with her acceptance speech will reply, “But she did mention immigrants!”

True, she said that, if elected, she would create “a pathway to citizenship for immigrants.” What she did not say clearly was that that pathway would be a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Legal immigrants already have a pathway to citizenship.

The truth is more than the half-truth.

A Hillary plan for “comprehensive immigration reform” would indeed be comprehensive. It would take the 11,000,000+ illegal immigrants, some known and most unknown, and reward them with something people all over the world desire: American citizenship.

And how would her comprehensive reform stop the illegal immigration?

Under Hillary’s vision there would be no wall, no tight border security. There would even be a reward, “a pathway to American citizenship. To win the reward, all any person in the world would have to do would be to enter the United States of America illegally.

Far from solving the problem of illegal immigration, Hillary’s open arms policy would make it far worse!

When so many of Senator Bernie Sanders “freebies” were added to Hillary’s own “freebies for votes,” her speech listed items sure to expand the national debt. Yet she also promised to pay for everything, while providing a meaningful job and good wages for everyone who wants one, and investment in those jobs, “investment not seen since World War II” when America was coming off a war footing, and service men and women were coming home with dreams and cash.

Far from solving the national debt and paying ‘for everything.” The Hillary/Sanders promises, actually promise all Americans, the born and the yet to be born, more national debt, if the promises are not hollow promises.

Then there are the $85,000.000.000 to be spent on the promise of free college, not to mention Hillary’s promise to refinance all the currently owed student debt, expand Social Security and fund all the other vote-winning promises.

Hillary’s opponent Mr. Trump may be under the illusion that he can keep all of his promises.

Voters are disillusioned, if they think Hillary can keep all of hers and all of Senator Sanders, or the 80% of his that made it into their party platform to win over his delegates for the unity Hillary needs to even get elected.

“The debates are coming, aren’t they?”

Oh, yes, the “debates are coming” but they won’t be like the Hillary-Sanders debates in the primaries that Senator Sanders said were rigged, or the divide and conquer debates of the Republican primaries. Nor will they be substantive like the Lincoln-Douglas debates of bygone years.

When we come down to the three Hilary-Trump debates prior to Election Day, the electoral votes needed to win the election will already be stacked in favor of the candidate who promised the most “freebies.”

Practicality and fiscal responsibility no longer have a prominent role in American elections.

The “gimmies” get, and Americans of every race, color, and persuasion are left holding the empty bag that needs filling one day, if not on the tomorrow some hope will never come.


© 2016 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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    • Perspycacious profile image

      Demas W Jasper 16 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      The wikileaks revelations that President Clinton (the only one so far) made $161 million by 2011 from direct and side deals from the Clinton Foundation, apart from anything Mrs. C. and Chelsea made, says a lot about the personal causes they are so devoted to. That they enriched themselves while doing good is a case of trying to answer the question "Which came first, the cart or the horse?"

      Now another five years have nearly gone by and the Clinton family is one of the richer families in the USA much of it from paid speeches and consulting fees arranged by that same foundation.

      They have rich experience in saying that the system is rigged in favor of the wealthy. They have seen how they made it work for themselves.

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      Wild Bill 18 months ago

      Hey, you don't have to be sorry for me; I'm the one who has the ability to converse without drama. You should save your sympathy for yourself. You seem incapable of making reasonable statements or having a disagreement without personally attacking someone and getting banned.

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      Lela 18 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

      WB, I am so sorry for you.

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      Wild Bill 18 months ago

      Why would you want me to do that? This is a discussion about the Hub, so why the need to make it private? That does not make a lot of sense but that seems to be par for the course with you.

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      Lela 18 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

      @WildBill - If you want to ask me a question, please send me a private email. I won't respond to you on other people's posts. Got that?

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      Wild Bill 18 months ago


      So you believe in all of the wild conspiracy theories about Trump, but what about Hillary? Why are you ok with her shady deals but not with Trumps? Bernie was the only clean one in the race. You have sold your soul to the system.

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      Lela 18 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

      I just read a report that I find to be factual. In essence, D. Trump is deeply in debt to the Chinese and that is the sole reason he wants to run for President. He wants to manipulate trade agreements.

      The government DOES pay you back - in the form of infrastructure, the military, social security retirement funds (it's your money), energy regulation, and much, much more.

      Even at the high salaries that Congress & Senate make while they basically do noting and take ridiculous amounts of vacation time, they are a drop in the bucket as far as the US budget goes.

      Even when we loan money to other countries, we get back far more than we spend on them in interest payments alone. That is why the US dollar is so strong. We are the world's bank, and we are making a fortune off of our tax funds. All that money is used to keep every US citizen afloat.

      Perhaps if you would take a real economics course to understand what is going on, you might be more inclined to support your government, rather than complain about it.

      The government can't possibly please all of the people, all of the time, and that is the only reason some people get disenfranchised with politicians. But if you think for one moment that Donald Trump cares about anyone other than Donald Trump, you are not understanding the rape of America that he is trying to pursue.

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      Demas W Jasper 18 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Austinstar - Can it be that now the People's Republic of China has become Americans? We owe them, too, and look what it has done for them (not for us!)

      If the "we just owe ourselves the debt" (including the banks and others it has been borrowed from) it is time the federal government started paying me back, rather than taxing me!

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      Lela 18 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

      aviannovice - you would probably be surprised to know that we owe the national debt to ... Ourselves!

      The government takes our taxes and administers the money throughout all the government programs like Social Security, Defense, Healthcare, and Infrastructure.

      In other words, they are our employees and they are trying to manage the country.

      People like Trump think that the power of the Presidency means he can control things. But reality is that the President is still an employee of the people.

      When the Republicans "shut down government" they are hurting YOU and everyone else in this country.

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      Deb Hirt 18 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      We will always pay the piper when it comes to freebies. After all, there is a national debt for a reason. Great eye-opening article.

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      Demas W Jasper 18 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Austinstar - You are correct that Hillary plans (undefined) comprehensive immigration reforms to include a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants and no wall (or policy) to keep more illegals out.

      If you read my Hub again you will see that my "closed mind" mentioned all that.

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      Lela 18 months ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Hillary did discuss immigration reform as part of her platform. I guess your closed mind missed that part. Sigh.

      She is strongly for immigration reform and this WILL include vetting all immigrants before they are allowed in as refugees. And yes, there will be a path to citizenship, you need to learn to accept that.

      And she has real, and informed plans on how to manage our economy. She isn't going to declare bankruptcy for our country because it won't work. A huge part of our economy is built on OUR money, and loans to other countries, as well as loans we have taken out. The interest on these loans fuels trade and commerce and humanitarianism and security and a ton of things. It isn't just one big loan or one big debt.

      Trump wants to default on all our loans which makes our country look very poor and weak. Or don't you get that? It would be like you defaulting on your mortgage. The USA would be destroyed.

      If he is such a good businessman, why isn't he proud enough of his tax returns to show them to us? Because he is broke maybe? How will we know if he doesn't show us?

      Warren Buffett, Mark Cuban, and Michael Bloomberg know a thing or two about the economy and that's why they are voting for Hillary! They KNOW that Trump will destroy this country.You should listen to them.

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      Demas W Jasper 18 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      lambservant - The free tuition is not a bad idea, but even the K-12 "free" education isn't free, tax payers pay for it every year. Once it is law, it will stay an annual expense ad in finitum. Granted the first $85 Billion is only $267 for every man, woman, and child in the US, but it will go on and on, up and up.

      I would like to see the House of Representatives pass a law that would require each appropriation to show that same "every man, woman, and child" cost of the appropriations.

      Money and greed go together. The one feeds the other with special interests stoking the blaze.

      Michele had the same choice that Bess Truman had, she didn't have to live there every day of the past 7+ years, minus presidential vacations and trips..

      Anyone working for the minimum wage is, in modern terms, providing "slave labor" for those buying their services.

      No candidate is calling for sacrifice, but sacrifice is inevitable before the Golden Goose dies.

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      Randy Godwin 18 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Perspycacious--I'd wager many of the Trump followers voted for Dubya twice and for the McCain/Palin ticket as well. Why should I have any respect for those people? And were you one of those? :P

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      Randy Godwin 18 months ago from Southern Georgia

      lambservant, name one criminal action she's been convicted of. Or do you not believe in 'innocent until proven guilty.' Would you like the same treatment if you were charged with a crime? Of course you wouldn't! LOL!

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      Demas W Jasper 18 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Randy Godwin - Certainly many will follow your suggestion, even voting for "the best smile" and similarly meaningless criteria. Perhaps Pew Research will give Americans a breakdown of how many serious and informed voters will vote in November, and how many voters will vote along party lines, as well as how many will vote without a clue as to what is at stake.

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      Lori Colbo 18 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      I think the motto should be "Stronger without her." I don't know how she ever even got on the radar let alone become the nominee, but no doubt it's about money, power, underhanded and likely criminal actions behind the curtain. Money talks and BS walks. Obama too. When the Obama's leave the White house Michelle can finally have an end to her suffering of living in a house built by slaves.

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      Randy Godwin 18 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Vote for the Dumpster then!