Can Hillary Clinton be pulled to the left?

The Clintons at Donald Trump's wedding (2005)

At Donald Trump’s wedding

Democrats who support Bernie Sanders, but don’t expect him to win, say that his contribution will be to pull Hillary Clinton to the left.

If she has to be pulled to the left, that means her heart lies elsewhere.

She may change in campaign rhetoric in response to Sanders.  But if you know that is the reason for the rhetoric, how much can you really trust it.

Big Wall Street banks and other industry groups have literally given her millions of dollars in speaking fees—the content of which she refuses to reveal.

At Nancy Reagan's funeral

At Nancy Reagan’s funeral

She challenges opponents to give an instance in which a money contribution changed her decision.  Of course that’s not how the system works.  Elected and appointed officials make decisions based on their own judgment, and then those who benefit from those decisions do things that express their gratitude for services rendered and their anticipation of future benefits.

The Clintons are friends of the Trumps, the Bushes and Henry Kissinger.  How much of an opponent of the financial and political elite can she really be?

At a 2009 awards ceremony

At a 2009 awards ceremony

Hillary Clinton is in the upper 1 percent of income earners, but the people she hangs out with are in the upper 0.1 percent.  In her social circles, she may well find herself the most liberal person in the room and the least well-off person in the room.  That still doesn’t mean she has anything in common with real reformers or real people struggling to make ends meet.

For the past 25 years, Clinton-Obama Democrats have told us that what we have now is the best we can hope for, and we should vote for them because the alternative is something worse.

If you believe that, by all means vote for Hillary Clinton.  But don’t kid yourself that she represents fundamental change or can be pushed into representing fundamental change

If she were to become an opponent of the financial oligarchy and an advocate of peace, she would not be “pulled to the left.”  She would have undergone a radical, life-changing conversion.

LINKS

President Killary by Paul Craig Roberts via The Unz Review.  (Hat tip to David Damico)

Hillary is this out of touch: The Democratic front-runner doesn’t understand economic struggle—and never will by Les Leopold via Salon.

New Report Shows Clinton Raising Money From Lobbyists That Have Represented Walmart, Fossil Fuel Companies And Wall Street by David Sirota for International Business Times.

Henry Kissinger, Hillary Clinton’s Tutor in War and Peace by Greg Grandin for The Nation.

A Voter’s Guide to Hillary Clinton’s Policies in Latin America by Greg Grandin for The Nation.  (Hat tip to Bill Harvey)

A Hillary presidency will *not* be more progressive because of Bernie’s primary challange by Nate Roberts for Kossacks for Sanders.  [added 4/29/2016]

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