"Over the last decades we have made some significant progress in fighting AIDS in our country. But we cannot rest until this progress reaches every corner of the globe and we are able to ensure that no matter where you live, the scourge of AIDS ceases to be the terrifying killer that it is today."
"Probably my worst quality is that I get very passionate about what I think is right."
"The challenge is to practice politics as the art of making what appears to be impossible, possible."
"What we have to do... is to find a way to celebrate our diversity and debate our differences without fracturing our communities."
"All of us have to recognize that we owe our children more than we have been giving them."
"One day after laying a wreath at the tomb of Martin Luther King Jr., President Bush appoints a federal judge who has built his career around dismantling Dr. King's legacy."
"Let's not leave an educational vacuum to be filled by religious extremists who go to families who have no other option and offer meals, housing and some form of education. If we are going to combat extremism then we must educate those very same children. "
"There is a great deal of political pressure to only talk about abstinence, and to deny support for condoms and education on using them. This policy will lead to the unnecessary deaths of many people."
- Hillary Clinton
Recently, there has been an alarming inrease of queer voices speaking out against Hillary Clinton and her possible run for President in 2008. Am I shocked? Not at all. Why would gay men who are notorious for misogynistic behavior support a woman president? The Clintons are not saints. Bill did sign into law DOMA and the Don't Ask Don't Tell Policy. I was as disapointed as everyone else was. However, we must probe deeper, we must look harder, we must turn our gaze toward our long term goals as opposed to immediate response.
Each night before bed - I cross my heart and hope that Hillary runs and wins. Having a woman president would be a transformative moment for our country and the world. Of course other liberal candidates need to be considered - however, if and when we settle for another white male liberal from an affluent family - it will be a sad day.
Let me speak as someone who has been a fan of Hillary since I was very young. She was ranked one of the hundred most influential lawyers in America prior to Bill becoming a politician. Hillary is selling out. She is taking more centrist positions. This is not a new dance and it is a dance that all democratic politicians do. However, we must dig deeper and look at the issues in a more complicated way.
The book I talk about earlier in the blog captures these arguements better than I coudl repeat here. Let me suggest you read the book as an in to the conversation.