“Thank God for WikiLeaks. I confess, I was starting to wonder about what the real Hillary Clinton — the one you never get to see behind closed doors — really stood for. But now that, thanks to WikiLeaks, I’ve had a chance to peruse her speeches to Goldman Sachs and other banks, I am more convinced than ever she can be the president America needs today.Seriously, those speeches are great! They show someone with a vision, a pragmatic approach to getting things done and a healthy instinct for balancing the need to strengthen our social safety nets with unleashing America’s business class to create the growth required to sustain social programs.
So thank you, Vladimir Putin, for revealing how Hillary really hopes to govern. I just wish more of that Hillary were campaigning right now and building a mandate for what she really believes.
WikiHillary? I’m with her.Why? Let’s start with what WikiLeaks says she said at Brazil’s Banco Itaú event in May 2013: “I think we have to have a concerted plan to increase trade … and we have to resist protectionism, other kinds of barriers to market access and to trade.”She also said, “My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders, some time in the future with energy that is as green and sustainable as we can get it, powering growth and opportunity for every person in the hemisphere.”
That’s music to my ears. A hemisphere where nations are trading with one another, and where more people can collaborate and interact for work, study, tourism and commerce, is a region that is likely to be growing more prosperous with fewer conflicts, especially if more of that growth is based on clean energy.”
Dear Tom Friedman, thank you for a great piece.
You are right that she has backtracked on the TPP, or Trans Pacific Trade deal, which she helped write I believe, and she ardently supported before running in the primaries.She did reverse her complete support, but she was in an unexpectedly tough primary against Bernie Sanders. One writer at the NY Times pointed out, that even Barack Obama turned against trade deals to get through his presidential primaries. Hillary probably supported them back then, and paid a big price. Your demand for purity, for the perfect mandate, is easy for you to say. History is probably littered with candidates who lost primaries because they insisted on a complex truth that the media wasn’t willing to support or discuss, much less the majority of primary goers.
Are you aware that your piece also reveals your illogical bias against Hillary Clinton. Those of us who think she is wonderful, and that she has survived hundreds of our fact checks ever since she became the First Lady, never doubted after our investigations that she was who she has said she was. It was clear to the clear sighted and curious that her actions proved her words, and the fact disproved her enemies.
One must suspect that you never read any of her three books. I recommend, Living History, which recounts her life from grade school to becoming the Senator of New York. How many people go to Yale Law School and choose their electives in their first year in children’s law?
Are you fundamentally against strong women? It isn’t WikiHillary, it is Hillary Clinton. She has been perfectly clear about what she cares about, and so have you.