Keeping it Straight Blog: Vetting Mrs. Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

It has been difficult to watch as for more than a quarter of a century the right has vilified Mrs. Clinton with many bald-faced lies that became the "facts" surrounding the former first lady, senator and secretary of state. The falsehoods reached a crescendo where low-intellect types and the GOP presidential candidate - oh, wait, those are one and the same - have made fools of themselves by screaming "Lock her up!"

As numerous people across the political spectrum pointed out, Mrs. Clinton has not been indicted, arrested, tried, nor been convicted of any crime. In our constitutional democracy, those are the requirements that must exist before one can be a convicted criminal and "locked up."

There exists an astounding dichotomy between rational people and so-called "Christians" when it comes to the choice in the upcoming presidential election. One can only wonder if the "religious right" will vote their values by selecting a candidate whose strong Christian values and faith allowed her to hold her marriage together while facing the massive onslaught of "Christians" who have lied about her for over a quarter of a century? Or will the "religious right" demonstrate their unending hypocrisy by casting votes for a fake "Christian," a known adulterer, who fathered a child out of wedlock, divorced his wife and mother of his children to marry his mistress, only to throw her away like an old newspaper and marry yet another mistress - a porn star.

Perhaps it is time to consider Mrs. Clinton's accomplishments in comparison to those of her opponent, who has done nothing more than enrich himself at the cost of taxpayers and the "little" people of our nation.

Hillary Clinton:

Gave the first student commencement address at Wellesley College in 1969 as senior class president chosen by her peers.

Was President of the Wellesley Young Republicans Intern at the House Republican Conference

After listening to Martin Luther King Jr. speak and meeting him, she was inspired to live a life of service and became a Democrat in 1968 as her best path forward for a life of serving others.

Graduate of Yale Law School with honors

Editorial board of the Yale Review of Law and Social Action

Worked on Walter Mondale's Subcommittee researching migrant labor

Helped found Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families.

Attorney at the Children's Defense Fund.

Professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law

Director of Legal Aid Clinic at the University of Arkansas School of Law

First female chair of the Legal Services Corporation.

Former civil litigation attorney

Listed as one of the hundred most influential lawyers in America by The National Law Journal.

Former First Lady of Arkansas and 1983 Woman of the Year

First Chair of the American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession

Created Arkansas' Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youth

Appointed leader of task force reforming Arkansas' education system

As wife of the Governor of Arkansas, and with her law background, sat on the Board of Directors of Wal-Mart for six years, the largest employer in the state and central to the state's economy

Instrumental in passing the State Children's Health Insurance Program insuring all children have access to health care.

Promoted nationwide immunization against childhood illnesses

Played a leading role in creation of the Adoption and Safe Families Act and the Foster Care Independence Act.

Successfully sought to increase research funding childhood asthma at the National Institutes of Health

Helped investigate the effects of Gulf War Syndrome on Veterans

Helped initiate the Office on Violence Against Women at the Department of Justice

Initiated and helped guide the Adoption and Safe Families Act

First first lady to hold a postgraduate degree

Declared to the United Nations that "women's rights are human rights"

Helped lead the charge in expanding health care access for the military, including expansion to the Family and Medical Leave Act for those wounded in service

Helped establish Vital Voices, whose mission is "to identify, invest in and bring visibility to extraordinary women around the world by unleashing their leadership potential to transform lives and accelerate peace and prosperity in their communities"

United States Senator from the state of New York for nearly two terms

First former FLOTUS elected as a United States Senator (twice)

Served on five Senate committees: budget, armed services, environment and public works, health, education, labor and pensions, and aging

Chair of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe

Had leading role in investigating health issues faced by 9/11 first responders.

United States secretary of state serving under President Obama Brokered a ceasefire deal between Israel and Hamas.

Lobbied for the U.N. Human Rights Council resolution on human rights, declaring "gay rights are human rights"

Part of the advisory team that led to President Obama's decision to kill Osama bin Laden.

Was a leading voice that opened the door to the historic Iran nuclear deal.

Best-selling author

GRAMMY award winner

This is a long, extensive list and is quite impressive. The next time someone asks you, "What has Hillary Clinton done?" you now know.

Compare those accomplishments with Trump who is despised by his alma mater and fellow billionaires, never served his nation (but has a Purple Heart), spews hatred towards anyone who disagrees with him or does not like, and why won't he show us his tax returns?