Here Clinton discusses the balancing act that she has needed to play in her political career. During the 2016 election, especially during the primary, she was seen as the candidate that represented the status quo. For people that want change, that means that she was the antithesis of what she wanted. And politicians have to balance realism and practicality. Compromise and consistency. How do you manage that? And this can put them in a sort of catch-22. Too idealistic, and your ideas don’t have a prayer. Too realistic, you’re just wanting to stick to the status quo. Do you stick to your guns but halt real work getting done? Or do you compromise and be inconsistent? A politician has to manage both their actions, and how their actions appear to their constituents. That can definitely get complicated when you take classified information and legal jargon into account. It can definitely muddy the waters and make things look worse than they are. I can think of some examples, but that’s another post for another day.
Something that Clinton points out directly is abstaining from voting as a form of protest. This is one of the few things that I 100% unambiguously agree with her on. Not just her, but I am just a cynical person or something. I tend to doubt the stances of anyone that wants my vote to get into office. But when it comes to this point, there’s no doubt in my mind. VOTE. I have absolutely no idea what people mean to accomplish by just not voting. If you don’t like someone on the ballot, vote against them! Write in votes, something! Just…don’t just not vote? I just cannot. Yes, there are issues with the voting system in the United States. Yes, the electoral college is flawed and needs to be changed. But VOTE dammit. Like, if you live in a country where you are lucky enough to have the right to vote, then VOTE. There are people that want to vote that can’t. There are people that have fought and died for the right to vote. Just…if you have the right to vote, do it.
The other thing that Clinton talks about is the tendency to just kind of forget about crises before they’re really resolved. It’s not a moral failing, and she doesn’t try to paint it that way. It’s difficult to conceptualize things that hate happening in places that you’ve never been. It’s hard to really keep that at the front of your mind, especially against the worries and stresses of everyday life. And the consequence is that people stop getting help when they still need it. But focusing on helping the community by giving them the tools to continue the efforts after the volunteer force slows down. That’s something I appreciate about Clinton’s description of her charity work. She likes to focus on empowering people to be self sufficient. I can respect that. Short term help helps in the moment, but long term solutions help people to help themselves.