Originally posted on Hillary Clinton Speeches: On Tuesday afternoon, Hillary Clinton was a guest of the Women for Women International Luncheon in New York City. During the event, Clinton had a conversation with Christiane Amanpour. The two discussed a number of issues including the Donald Trump administration, a potential conflict with North Korea, and the 2016…
One of the more puzzling questions in this political universe of odd affairs has to do with what’s called the Steele Dossier and when US officials knew about its existence.
This packet of information from Christopher Steele, a former spy with Britain’s M16 agency, contains 35 pages of data gleaned from his Russian sources over a six month period extending from June through December 2016.
The dossier is the key to #RussiaGate and all that term encompasses. Its many allegations – some confirmed and others under investigation – trace a connection between Donald Trump and key players in his campaign and Russian actors. It records alleged attempts by the Russian state to deliberately harm the presidential bid of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. According to Steele’s sources, the black op was coordinated, paid and enacted by the Kremlin and Trump campaign staff. Continue reading
Hillary Clinton spoke in San Francisco today to a sold-out crowd at a gathering of the Professional Businesswomen of California.
Looking fresh and powerful, Clinton addressed the condescending shut-down of Urban Radio correspondent April Ryan by WH Press Secretary Sean Spicer, and the belittling of Rep. Maxine Waters by FOX News host Bill O’Reilly.
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In this next excerpt, Clinton talks about the importance of genuine friendships among women.
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A gnashing of teeth is penetrating social media – this angst deepens as 20 January draws nearer and with it, the reality of a Trump presidency.
“We’re on our own now.”
“No one’s coming to save us.”
These refrains are repeated with a mixture of futility, panic and a heavy pall of fear.
But here’s the thing – we have always been on our own. Each citizen of this republic has a duty to take part in the running of this democracy. For too long, we have cast a vote and then transferred that duty to our elected representatives. We have complacently presumed they would do the job of upholding democratic principles. And when they failed, we assumed an institution or an agency would save the day. When that did not happen, we looked to the media. We exhorted these organizations to reveal, uncover, accuse and disrupt the violations in governance.
Again, we were disappointed.
Now we are recognizing that the power of this democracy is wielded by its citizens.
It is uncomfortable – comprehending this responsibility. Many have never really accepted the gravity of its meaning. We have passed on individual civic action; we hoped for the best, lived our lives and assumed everything would be OK. Or we waited for a candidate to save us, to right all the wrongs, to realign the teetering republic. Or we scoffed at the possible dissolution of the thing called democracy. We complacently thought that our system was impenetrable. We tweeted our fingers numb in outrage. Lived in stunned denial.
What is happening now is an awakening, a rebirth. Every day, more of us emerge from the cocoon. We take on the mantle of citizen, we practice the act of citizenship, we build that more perfect union.
Two thoughts to finish this post.
I will repeat daily The Pledge of Allegiance.
“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America,and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
I will recall constantly, these words by Hillary Rodham Clinton, The People’s President, as she bade farewell to her 65 million constituents. They were crafted for us with foreknowledge of the future.
This loss hurts. But please, please
never stop believing that fighting
for what’s right is worth it.
It’s always worth it.
And we need you to keep up these fights
and for the rest of your lives.
Several days after the shock of 9 November, I found an email from Robbie Mook, the Hillary for America (HFA) Campaign Manager and chief strategist. At the time, I could hardly bear to read it, and having read it, I took little consolation. Yet, it stayed with me. I returned to it again two weeks ago, and then again this morning. It carries a soothing and constructive response to the election day debacle and needs to be preserved. Continue reading