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We Should be Proud of Hillary Clinton's Public Service

A thank you to a great public figure. Here's hoping we see her in public life again.

I entered law school in September 1968, at the start of three years that would see unbelievable student unrest and unrestrained outrage over the Vietnam War.  Protests upset campus life to the point where one of the law school professors told the assembled students that we were part of the worst generation, and that none of us would amount to anything, ever.

Well, I can’t speak for anyone who was there in the room, but I do want to say that one member of my generation did amount to something, and not just once, but throughout her public life. I’m speaking of course of Hillary Clinton, whose life of service to this country makes me proud to be a member of the generation born just at the end of World War ll. It’s hard to imagine someone who has contributed more to the well-being of this nation and all humanity.  She has offered wisdom, hard work, endurance and good judgment to the task of making the world a safer place, and she has done so in a way that just makes things better.

I’m sure I’m among millions who have signed email thank you notes, and wished her well in every way. But in this note I want to say it plain:  Thank you, Hillary Rodham Clinton for all you have done for us.  And thank you for showing that members of our generation could, and did, amount to something truly great.

Peter Hoe Burling, Cornish.  The writer is a former legislator and currently serves on the DNC.

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salemvoter February 03, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Stephen- shall I go on. in 1957 President Eisenhower deployed US troops to Little Rock to force integration of the schools!!!!!! September 24, 1957 - Sparking criticism from Democrats such as Senators John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, President Dwight Eisenhower deploys U.S. troops to Little Rock, AR to force Democrat Governor Orval Faubus to integrate public schools September 9, 1957 - President Dwight Eisenhower signs Republican Party’s 1957 Civil Rights Act November 6, 1956 - African-American civil rights leaders Martin Luther King and Ralph Abernathy vote for Republican Dwight Eisenhower for President July 9, 1955 - Republican attorney E. Frederic Morrow becomes first African-American executive in White House; served as advisor to President Dwight Eisenhower May 17, 1954 - Chief Justice Earl Warren, three-term Republican Governor (CA) and Republican vice presidential nominee in 1948, wins unanimous support of Supreme Court for school desegregation in Brown v. Board of Education
salemvoter February 03, 2013 at 02:53 PM
Really- you are correct. She actually said "What difference at this point does it make"
Patriot February 03, 2013 at 10:06 PM
The White House said today that in 1978 Hillary Rodham Clinton invested $1,000 in commodities futures and that the investment grew in 10 months of trading in the notoriously volatile market into a gain of nearly $100,000. * She married Bill kept him out of jail and made millions!!!!
Patriot February 03, 2013 at 10:08 PM
Bill Clinton was considered a loser and look how great he turned out!
Patriot February 03, 2013 at 10:11 PM
Let me help you Ray! "Blame Bush"
Patriot February 03, 2013 at 10:14 PM
They knew and lied!!!!!!!!!! * It was a cover up and we don't know why or what they where covering up! It made NO sense to go around the world with the lie!
Seamus Carty February 04, 2013 at 05:28 PM
You are calling me a child for mentioning the four dead Americans? This was caused by the negligence of Hilary Clinton's state department. The fish rots from the head down...
Seamus Carty February 04, 2013 at 05:29 PM
There is no way they'll nominate Joe Biden. They want to win.
Seamus Carty February 04, 2013 at 05:30 PM
"You should hope for a split Democratic camp since the GOP has had nothing but a parade of losers in the last two elections." Is that just presidential elections or are you including 2010? The democrats had the parade of losers in 2010..
Patriot February 04, 2013 at 05:52 PM
She quit!!!!!!!! * Look at the second string!!!!!
Stephen D. Clark February 05, 2013 at 03:59 AM
Notice your cutoff dates, Salem Voter. Republicans stopped advocating for minority civil rights right around the 1960 mark. Shortly thereafter, Richard Nixon begins to deploy the Republican Party's notorious "southern strategy" - the one former RNC chief Ken Mehlman apologized to the NAACP for. African Americans begin voting Democratic right around the same time. Not because they were getting all kinds of free goodies, but because their staunchest allies in the civil rights struggle were Democrats. Also, at the same time, the Republican Party begins to slide farther rightward, becoming less liberal and shedding the northeastern "Rockefeller Republicans" while becoming more conservative and swelling with southern and western "states' rights" libertarian/conservatives. Ideology begins to matter more. Back to the African American experience: What is the key ideological difference between liberals (Democrats) and conservatives (Republicans)? Isn't it the dispute over the role of the state? How do you think African Americans think they would have fared if the role of the federal government in desegregation had been suppressed in favor of local control of civil rights? African Americans identify with liberals because liberal ideology believes in the occasional intervention of the national government, which is exactly what African Americans needed to advance their own civil rights. African Americans vote Democratic because they're liberal.
Stephen D. Clark February 05, 2013 at 04:18 AM
Furthermore, African Americans don't vote Republican because of the changes happening in the Republican Party. Barry Goldwater was the party's nominee in 1964. He campaigned against the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He was for nonintervention in the civil rights struggles of the 1960s, and cited "states' rights." Over the next decade and a half, the GOP came to be, more and more, a party of "Goldwater Republicans." Ronald Reagan called himself one. Reagan launched his general election campaign by citing his support for states' rights at Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Mississippi, where three young civil rights workers were murdered in 1964, the most notorious crime of the civil rights era. Exploiting southern white resentment against federal civil rights interventions in the deep south got Republicans lots of votes. It brought them new converts. Strom Thurmond was an early switch. He changed from Democrat to Republican because he thought the Democrats were becoming too liberal with regard to desegregation, and he found more sympathy in the Republican Party which was eager for the votes of disgruntled southern whites. So, not only do African Americans think that Democrats are more sympathetic to their interests, but so do (did) many former Democrats who became Republicans for the exact same reason - Strom Thurmond. Kehn Mehlman and the NAACP. If Democrats are so delusional about racism in the GOP, then why did Mehlman apologize? Because of his conscience.
JGONH February 05, 2013 at 11:35 AM
Right now their is 47,291,352 people in the United States on food stamps. We know which party they vote for.
Atlant February 05, 2013 at 12:56 PM
JGONH: Yes -- we know a significant number of them are poor white Southerners who *ALWAYS* vote for the Republicans cause the Republicans will stand up for their guns and god and against the evil gays and gyns!
Mark Alesse February 06, 2013 at 09:24 AM
She clung to her husband's coattails despite being humiliated by him serially. Why? For her own personal advancement. Her life has been one long lie, from the cattle futures investment to the deaths in Benghazi that she could have prevented. To admire her is to believe her lies.
Patriot February 06, 2013 at 09:54 AM
We have reduced our ability to communicate or comprehend complicated material. Most of what we read or see is in sound bites. Just imagine our president arguing over what the meaning of "is, is." I love it when someone says "I never seen that document." That creates 5 more questions that demand an answer. And Hilary was on the prosecution team for Water Gate. No wonder she alluded Whitewater. Nothing slicker than a Clinton!
Really?? February 06, 2013 at 12:33 PM
"She clung to her husband""Why?" Out of respect of the institution and love of her husband? You need to stop watching the Conspiracy Channel(Faux News)
Really?? February 06, 2013 at 12:35 PM
Such childish though process from you on the rabid right. Not everything is a conspiracy.
Really?? February 06, 2013 at 12:38 PM
Hillary Clinton was received with a standing ovation by her employees at the State department and went out the same way. Never in the history of the State Department was a Secretary of State so admired by people who were in the know.
Really?? February 06, 2013 at 12:38 PM
Hillary Clinton was received with a standing ovation by her employees at the State Department and went out the same way. Never in the history of the State Department was a Secretary of State so admired by people who were in the know.
Really?? February 06, 2013 at 12:39 PM
"We have reduced our ability to communicate" This post is a perfect example of that.
Patriot February 06, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Would have made a great president, if she where only black enough for those racist democrats.
Patriot February 06, 2013 at 05:38 PM
""Toni Morrison On Calling Bill Clinton The First Black President"" * http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/05/08/toni-morrison-on-calling_n_100761.html
David Breignan February 06, 2013 at 06:19 PM
Good for you SoxPats.....tell me, what flavor is your koolaid?
David Breignan February 06, 2013 at 06:26 PM
So many libby's... so little time. You all are too stupid to see the impending doom this sorry excuse for leadership is doing to our country. You sit back chanting "O-bama- O-bama" and are to blinded by your love for him. Much like those who suffered under Stalin, Hitler and other dictators (of yes, libby's, Barry wants to BE a dictator) You are like the fool hearted barnyard animals in George Orwell's classic "Animal Farm." Wake up sheep.....the Pigs are walking on their hind legs and its going to be too late once you realize it. Oh course, why bother wasting my time telling you this....trying to speak logic to a liberal is like trying to spit into the wind and not get wet. Futile.
David Breignan February 06, 2013 at 06:32 PM
You know...all this fighting online is getting us no where. Maybe we should just buy an island and let the libby's and RINO's live on it. The rest of us REAL AMERICANS who love our country and love the constitution could stay here. Everyone would be happy and the libby's and RINO's would be dead within 10 yrs (because they would have NO money, NO food, NO real leadership and NO idea how to run anything. Problem solved.
Patriot February 06, 2013 at 06:47 PM
I could name so many people that where all well received, history is cluttered with them. I know 4 people and the one they left behind that are not. (where not)
Patriot February 07, 2013 at 09:12 PM
Monroe doctrine, the Marshall plan, so many great things to think about. Other than Hilary being a woman what has she done that will mark her accomplishment in history. Read about Henry Kissinger, real Nobel Prize winner. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Kissinger
News Flash April 12, 2013 at 07:35 AM
North Korea capable of arming missile with nuclear warhead, according to the Pentagon Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/04/12/north-korea-capable-arming-missile-with-nuclear-warhead-according-to-pentagon/#ixzz2QFByceWv This is a failure of Hillary.
MatureCitizen April 12, 2013 at 01:12 PM
Hillary Clinton.. realy.. back to the meds haha

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