Hillary in San Francisco – On Strong Women and Friendship

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.

In this next excerpt, Clinton talks about the importance of genuine friendships among women.

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We Take on the Mantle of Citizen

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

now

and for the rest of your lives.


#AmericanSpring


 

The Aftermath: Robby Mook’s Email

Robby Mook, HFA Campaign Manager
Robby Mook, HFA Campaign Manager

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 “The Aftermath: Robby Mook’s Email”

The D Word

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My language is defined by The D Word. It started the eve of 8 November when the big denial hit. No! Deception quickly nipped the heels of denial. There must be deceit somewhere; this cannot be a definitive vote; it cannot be for real. If not fraud then definitely  hacking, a conspiracy, cyber warfare, nefarious forces, moles at the highest level. Continue reading “The D Word”

Hillary’s Come Back

Hillary Clinton at Chappaqua Village Market

Few would have blamed Hillary Clinton had she canceled her first post-election public appearance on 16 November for the Children’s Defense Fund. But she did not cancel, giving proof to the legend that she is an indomitable fighter who does not give up. The well of grief could be seen in her eyes. But hers was a message of hope. “We are stronger together, when we lift each other up.”

Hillary’s resiliency is part of her nature. She also relies on simple, healthy pleasures like yoga and walking in the woods with her spouse and their dogs. And that’s where Margot Gerster met her in a surprise encounter just two days after the election. Continue reading “Hillary’s Come Back”