Sunday, April 12, 2015

Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton: “I’m running for President”

Keywords and Terms: Candidate Hillary Clinton; Presidential Campaigns; US Senate; Democratic Aspirant; Everyday American Champion; Senator Jim Webb; Governor Martin O’Malley; Senator Bernard Sanders; Champion for Everyday American; 36,000 retweet/half-hour; Iowa; New Hampshire; Nevada; South Carolina; Robby Mook; John D. Podesta; Male-Female Pay differential; Foreign Wars; Dodd-Franks; Dissembling Campaign Regime; Common Core Curriculum;
With those four words, Hillary Rodham Clinton, the only first lady ever elected to US Senate, announced this morning that she is running to become the next President of the United States. If any of the following possible Democratic contenders is listening, former Senator Jim Webb of Virginia, former Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland, and Senator Bernard Sanders, an independent from Vermont who could run as a Democrat, the die has been cast; and without an iota of doubt, we all know, Hillary is the candidate to beat in 2016. Forget the email scandal, ignore the alleged failure of Benghazi, Libya, and overlook the suspicion of foreign government or persons contribution to her family’s foundation, and you have an unbeatable front runner for Democratic Nomination as the party’s flag bearer.
Hillary Rodham Clinton is probably running not against any man or woman, but to advance the objective of middle income earners, those who have played by the rule or book; but have been unable to make ends meet. To paraphrase the Yale-trained lawyer and former US Secretary of State, she wants to be: “that champion for everyday American.” In a competitive world of pay differentials between males and females for the same duties and obligations, Hillary is probably running to help close the pay gap between the sexes among many other things. The wife of the forty-second President of the United States knows there are antagonists out there who would like the world to know of many sinister things about the Clinton clan; however, Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton is brushing all those aside and throwing in her cap for a competition that some political pundits predict may cost close to two and a half billion dollars.
For a candidate who mustered close to half a million likes in fifteen minutes on her campaign Facebook page after the announcement of her ambition, this is a candidate of many firsts. She is the first lady to ever win a Grammy Award; first candidate to have her announcement re-tweeted over 36,000 in half-hour on her preferred method or platform of communication; and, she is going to be the president who may overcome the current tit-for-tat acrimony in US Congress. Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton may be that candidate who could bring hope and reconciliation in an unmistakably challenging world environment where journalists are beheaded by extreme religious hooligans parading the world’s stage as revolutionary Islamist.
A little over two years ago, Hillary was jetting up and down the world stage, attempting to burnish the image of the US, while softening tensions between opponents in the Middle East and Africa. Many females across the globe, who had the opportunity of meeting Ms. Clinton as US Secretary of State, are probably looking up to this icon of the feminist movement meeting another milestone in women suffrage, running seriously and hopefully, if only faith and promises of hard campaigning are going to allow in the following eighteen months, a better chance to be enthroned the President of the greatest democracy on earth. Among the six females who had ever aspired to this office, including Jill Stein (2012); Linda Jennes (1972); Shirley Chisholm (1972); Gracie Allen (1940); and Victoria Woodhull (1872); Hillary Rodham Clinton stands out as probably the best prepared and most favorable to win it all come 2016. While her announcement this morning is playing out in many media platforms, her campaign chairman, John D. Podesta, was probably working overdrive on the phones, calling potential supporters and well-wishers and associates to donate to this new cause; and, join former US Secretary Clinton on the journey to 1800 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington DC.
Not sure of what probably lies ahead, her campaign manager is reported to be Robby Mook, a technological savvy and data driven campaign analytics, Secretary Clinton will have to make a good placing in the primary contests in the following early contest states, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. The frantic disposition that characterize announcement of a presidential run often bears a lot of pressure on a candidate; and, the announcement today by Secretary Clinton probably took the monkey off her back, especially with the insistent press speculations surrounding her prospect for running for the White House oval office in 2016. From here on, the Presidential Candidate must make sure that the presence of her husband on her campaign trail is limited enough, not to label her campaign with the aura of some personal failings that characterized the term of the 42nd President of the United State. If she is in it to win it all as she has announced, Secretary Clinton and her campaign team must reflect on the past conspiracy theories out there concerning the Clinton clan and machination, since those seem to be outstanding issues that may distract the message of the Secretary’s Presidential Campaign.
Back during the US Secretary of State term, the Clinton Foundation was construed as taking advantage of the secretary’s influence in raising fund overseas. This speculation, whether true or not, has the tendency of raising its ugly head during presidential road campaigns. As Secretary Clinton hits the road to earn American votes, opponents will unleash untrue campaign messages; the Clinton campaign team must not only work to protect her image, they must establish a connection with the middle class and expose them early to impending public policies under Hillary Clinton’s Administration, that will alleviate continued income inequality. She must answer the question, why the American voters should give her their votes. To sustain motion and momentum, the campaign team must expect universal attacks from Republicans and must work to sweat things out working actively to push back attacks from opponents that may draw back passion for her candidacy.
The foundation of Hillary Clinton’s Campaign for 2016 is somewhat Utopian, and there will be supporters drawn to its novelty – as long as there are some reasons to believe that the effort will lead to a woman rising and winning the office of the presidency– for that reason, the campaign team must work hard to make this group believe in the campaign messages and the candidate. Republican opponents may believe that these true believers may be dissuaded through misinformation or false campaign to undermine the Clinton’s Candidacy. There are realistic possibility of controlling information coming out of the campaign effort, especially, if the campaign manager is able to maintain a tight shift that will prevent leaks on the campaign’s strategy. The tight shift control of information leaks are essential to control loyalty and maintain momentum in how primaries are won, state by state, especially beginning with states with early primaries. What motivates a novelty as a female US Presidency or a utopian as some will say, is a burning desire by many Americans for a female occupant of the highest office in the land; the history of dearth of female in the office for the past two and half centuries has made some voters make an unbreakable bond with the announcement of Hillary Clinton for 2016. A reality for now, is that of all the prior female attempt to occupy the highest office in the land, Hillary Clinton stands out as probably the best chance, and for that reason, the rigor of controlling information leaks from her campaign, must be done with a vigor hitherto unknown in presidential campaigns; failure, may represent another fallacy which many female groups are no longer willing to live with.
The reliance on the facade that the Democratic presidential nomination for 2016 is at stark contrast from recent primaries, 2008 and 2004, must not hold back precautions on the part of Secretary Clinton’s campaign team. Careless information leaks have been known to undermine a few nominees that were considered front-runner status on the nomination path. It is good to hear the secretary say she is not taking anything for granted in her two-minute video released to announce her candidacy. Front runner status candidates who have succeeded in maintaining momentum behind their candidacy in the past cycles of the presidential nomination process, have often worked hard from releasing campaign snippet messages that are not polarizing or injurious to the chances of the candidate. All campaign messages must enrich the campaign experience for both the candidate and her supporters; the result invariably, is abundant donations to the campaign chest. Secretary Clinton’s campaign team must remain immutable.
Secretary Clinton’s campaign messages do not have to be excessively ideologically driven, as some Republican contenders are, or are going to be once interest groups decide to actualize their interest or flex their muzzles toward the nomination month, about a year from today. The hypocrisy of advancing the interest of self-interest groups seeking to ensure that the Party’s platform reflect their narrow view(s) has tendency to turn away potential and existing supporters. What these self-interest groups require, are recognition and a place on the table, not complete capitulation of the campaign team or message to their total interest. For that alone, diplomacy and care are essential and crucial in sustaining their support to the ultimate nomination day; and hopefully, the general election day. The sense and right to be heard are recognized for any group in the Democratic Party; however, not to the extent to which the Tea Party has hijacked the Republican Party’s establishment to set the tone of the party’s national agenda.

Precisely, because what we have seen of narrow ideological driven party campaign messages in recent years, the commanding doctrine of the first viable female presidential campaign in US history, do not necessarily have to be completely compatible with all the demands of the interest or pressure groups in the party; however, it must be aligned with the ultimate goal of why Secretary Clinton entered the presidential race in the first instance and hopefully, today. It is probably true that there are other reasons why the Secretary has entered the race, beyond what may be made public at this time; it is also true that, all the reasons for running for the office of the Presidency, is the desire to finish what she started in 2008. Doctrinal differences are bound to arise between a campaign team and the pressure or lobby groups within a party; however, while loyalty and respect are essential to the aspirations of the whole party and probable success at the general election, no campaign team must put itself in the position where an interest or lobby group, hijacks its main goal or the party’s national platform.

Certain realities are indisputable and Presidential Candidate Clinton must articulate these in her 2016 campaign messages. She must also find means of communicating her position on them without necessarily ruffling the features of too many, beginning with Democrats; and then, the total American voters:
1)      Commitment to alleviating pay differentials between males and females in the country, a challenge that has troubled many female groups in America, must not be abandoned. The political tenet or acceptance of income inequality between the sexes has been eroded among the American voters, and there must be a way to make it permanent in all sectors of American Economy. This goal is essentially pertinent to the rise of the first female President of the United States; and, is a message many groups in the nation, Democrats and Republicans, are ready to buy into if not already done. The observation is that this idea is one many have subscribed to for ages; however, opposition groups have been able to maintain the status-quo, because implementation of existing laws has been hap-hazard so far, in both the private and public sectors of the economy.

2)     Foreign wars will only be proclaimed with a higher threshold of justification, we must first determine who we are going to war with, what is our early exit plans, and for what purposes; and, we must never again go to war because of a mistake. We must never push or military men and families to the brink, a practice we have subconsciously pursued in the past four decades. The wars we have been in recently, Iraq and Afghanistan, have left the country divided, probably along party lines, Republicans versus Democrats; pro-war versus anti-war, and more.

3)     Impending changes in the financial sector, coupled with the implementation of Dodd-Franks, must not be negotiable, except if the change is to tighten the noose around the necks of culprits who brought the nation to its knees in 2008; and, are currently working hard to over-turn the controls that were put in place to put a check on the excesses of many banks and financial institutions, especially with those considered to be too big to fail.

4)     Dissembling of campaign regime through the Supreme Court ruling, striking down the limit on total amount of money wealthy donors can contribute and political committees’, which has been the norm since the post Nixon-Era, while considered inconsequential among some lobby groups and rich folks attempting to buy influence at the federal level, has become a huge dilemma for many Americans. American citizens are seeking clarification from Congress, or a much explicit legislation that bans this practice.

5)     The Common Core Curriculum, that has served as a fodder for argument, by those who are in support of standard and those opposed in K-12 education, needs a position paper from the Clinton’s campaign. The disarray across K-12 education in the nation because of imperfect or mis-information surrounding the Common Core Curriculum, has created a climate of paradox that has infused mistrust among many state education systems and the federal department of education.
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