Hillary Clinton gave a very workmanlike, well-thought-out acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention’s closing session tonight. It climaxed what has been a very impressive four-day event, well-produced, well-messaged and great TV. Several friends and family members said her speech made them more comfortable voting for her.
It did not convert me.
She has positions on four issues that relate among my top concerns with which I strongly disagree:
- She is far too hawkish, too ready to use our military not as a last resort but as a threat, far too comfortable with the idea of using power to attain U.S. foreign policy goals.
- Her stance on the global climate disaster is woefully inadequate. She’ll try (but, I sense, not too hard) to get us to live up to the Paris Accords but they are much too little, far too late.
- Her opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership is on too shaky ground. I have little confidence she will hold out for the major changes it would take to make it acceptable to me and other progressives.
- As long as she continues the horribly flawed Middle Eastern policy which calls for knee-jerk, all-out support for Israel regardless of how bad an actor that country has been and continues to be, I cannot support her.
So — as you probably know by now — I’m all for electing the first woman President in American history this year. I just think her name ought to be Jill Stein.