On July 28, 2016 history was made when Hillary Rodham Clinton accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination to be their candidate for the president of the United States. She is the first woman in the history of the United States to receive this honor. Much has been made about the historic significance of this moment. Perhaps more effort should have been put into creating a dynamic game changing acceptance speech which included substantive policy content and a vision for America’s future. Instead, the audience was treated to a lackluster speech which was peppered with broad platitudes versus a tangible discussion of Mrs. Clinton’s past successes or blueprint for America. Mrs. Clinton says that the Republican nominee Donald Trump offers no solutions. Well, she didn’t either.
Mrs. Clinton’s speech still had some memorable moments. First, she was introduced by her daughter Chelsea Clinton. The world first met Chelsea Clinton when she was twelve years old. She is now a 36 year old Stanford educated mother of two who plays a prominent role in The Clinton Foundation. Ms. Clinton who many have described as potential future candidate for higher office delivered a feel good speech from the perspective of “a proud daughter.” She spoke of her parents teaching her “to do whatever I could to change what frustrated to me, what felt wrong. They taught me that’s the responsibility that comes with being smiled on by fate.”
As for the speech itself, Mrs. Clinton had several effective exchanges. The one moment where she appeared genuine was when she said “The truth is, through all these years of public service, the ‘service’ part has always come easier to me than the ‘public’ part.” The truth is she lacks her husband former President Bill Clinton’s charisma and warmth. She always looks like she is trying too hard to appear warm. She also had a few noteworthy jabs against Donald Trump which will make for good sound bites including: “A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.” Mrs. Clinton also scored with: “Donald Trump says he wants to make America great again – well, he could start by actually making things in America again.” Again kudos to the speech writer.
The last night of the Democratic National Convention 2016 offered a lot of spectacle including musical performances to satisfy multiple generations from Carol King to Katy Perry. However, there was nothing new communicated. In her speech, Mrs. Clinton instructed the audience, “Look at my record. I’ve worked across the aisle to pass laws and treaties and to launch new programs that help millions of Americans. And if you give me the chance, that’s what I’ll do as President.” Yet, if you asked an average American before or after her speech what specific accomplishments Hillary Clinton has that qualify her to be the President of the United States, they would be hard pressed to deliver an enumerated response. She also promised that she has laid out her strategy for defeating ISIS. What strategy is that? A continuation of the failed policies of President Barack Obama or something new? We don’t know.
Here is the bottom line. Americans feel less safe than they did seven and a half years ago. Mrs. Clinton has not said or done anything that builds confidence that she has what it takes to restore a feeling of security. And her acceptance speech did nothing to change that perception. Mrs. Clinton’ s having visited 111 countries during her tenure as Secretary of State just doesn’t cut it. The American people deserve better.
Now that the balloons have dropped in Cleveland and in Philadelphia, it is time to move on to the real competition for the highest office in the land. Suffice it to say the one-on-one debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump promises to be very interesting!
The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by EagleRising.com