By Austin Harney
She’s a woman. That’s what she wants you to remember in order for you to vote for her.
The party that nominated our first black president and will most likely nominate a woman for the office of the presidency will make gender a big issue, because that is the only way Hillary Clinton will win the White House.
Supporters of Hillary Clinton for president will tout her announcement video, in which she is not the focus, finally appearing at the ninety-second mark. But look beyond the smokescreen of an announcement video and you will see that her record is more than enough of a reason to not vote for her.
Hillary Clinton, besides relying on her name to get her anywhere in her life, has had no major accomplishments as either senator or secretary of state. Let’s examine her time as secretary of state; she was the principal adviser on foreign policy while one of our Ambassadors was killed, something that has only happened seven times in U.S. history. This mistake as Secretary of State had dangerous consequences, which leaves voters with the question of whether or not she can make effective foreign policy decisions as President. There are still on-going investigations to see what could have been done on her part to stop it.
Also, a new book coming out on May 5, “Clinton Cash,” by Peter Schweizer, a former policy advisor, claims that foreign entities who made payments to Mr. and Mrs. Clinton’s Foundation received favors from the Hillary Clinton led State Department. Although the book has yet to come out, various media outlets such as The New York Times and The Washington Post are adding to the growing evidence that Clinton used her position as Secretary of State to secure foreign funds to the Clinton Foundation.
During this tenure as well, she was one of the biggest proponents of the illegal use of drones against enemy combatants that has been known to have a high rate of killing innocent civilians, even killing an American and Italian aid worker in a strike this past January.
But above all, the number one reason you should not vote for Hillary is because of her support of wars abroad.
She is the only candidate running for president who voted, as a senator, for the use of force in Iraq that led to the toppling of a dictator, 4,486 Americans dead, $1.7 trillion spent and a power vacuum which has led to the self proclaimed Islamic State taking over territory and beheading Americans, like journalist James Foley, for the whole world to see.
Later as secretary of state, she advocated for the toppling of the Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, who had renounced his support of terrorism and given up his nuclear weapons. The country was then thrown into a civil war where terrorist organizations like Al-Qaida and the Islamic State have built a stronghold in the midst of all the chaos a few hundred miles away from our European allies.
Clinton is right when she says, “Everyday Americans need a champion.” But we as Americans need a champion who will lead us where we are going not where we have been. So when election season comes around here in Nevada look to the fresh faces of both parties to lead our country into the third decade of the 21st century; because the errors of the past need no repeating.
Austin Harney studies political science. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @TheSagebrush.