It was like watching a nightmare come to life. Surrounded by gaudy gold accents and a massive screen projecting his terrifying visage, Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination at a convention he had made a celebration of his ego.
Across the nation, Republicans were stunned and horrified that Trump, a man with no Republican values or policy proposals, had taken the reins of their party. Many were left wondering if the moment marked the death of the GOP.
Fortunately for them, there is still hope to take back the White House and put an end to eight years of Obama’s progressive agenda. There still remains a candidate with deep Republican roots — a champion of their pro-business views and hawkish foreign policy — Hillary Rodham Clinton.
“My dad was a rock-ribbed, up-by-your-bootstraps, conservative Republican and proud of it…His ideology was based on self-reliance and personal initiative, but, unlike many people who call themselves conservatives today, he understood the importance of fiscal responsibility…”
— Hillary Clinton, Living History (2003)
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, and to understand the roots of Hillary’s conservative ideology, her father’s influence is a good place to start. Growing up in a household that taught the importance of conservative values like individual responsibility and saving, Hillary expressed her Republican identity at an early age.
As a teenager, Hillary uncovered proof that Chicago Democrats had engaged in voter fraud, undertaking the task after hearing her father complain that Daley stole the election for John F. Kennedy. Hillary’s conservative activism continued when she famously became a Goldwater Girl, helping right-wing insurgent Barry Goldwater set up a local campaign office in 1964.
In college, Hillary reached one of the loftiest peaks in the career of a conservative operative: president of her university’s College Republican chapter. With such unimpeachable conservative bona fides, right-leaning voters can be assured she is a far more reliable option than the occasionally Republican Donald Trump.
“Right now, there are so many places in our country where the banks are not doing what they need to because they’re scared of regulations, they’re scared of the other shoe dropping, they’re just plain scared”
— Hillary Clinton, Goldman Sachs speech (2013)
A cornerstone of modern Republicanism has been the embrace of free enterprise and deregulation, an ideology perfectly encapsulated by Hillary’s lucrative, behind-closed-doors speeches to Wall Street executives.
While Trump has pushed a populist, anti-free trade message, Hillary champions the large multinational corporations that create jobs for everyday Americans. As secretary of state, she worked tirelessly to advance the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the “gold standard” of trade agreements. As a candidate, she expertly silenced the gullible radicals supporting Bernie Sanders by pretending she won’t sign TPP into law as president. (She will.)
Hillary’s disdain for left-wing agitators does not end there. She has also gone to bat for the heroes in America’s fracking industry, telling environmentalists to “get a life” in emails uncovered by Wikileaks.
While Donald Trump has tried using his failed business record as a strong point, Hillary has a proven track record in Corporate America. In 1986, she shattered glass ceilings by becoming the only woman on the Walmart board of directors. The list of her top campaign contributors over the years is a “Who’s Who” of the corporate titans that make our economy hum.
“We came. We saw. He died.”
— Hillary Clinton, moments after learning Muammar Gaddafi had been killed by Libyan rebels (2011)
One of the greatest sources of frustration for Republicans during the Obama presidency has been his weak-sauce, isolationist foreign policy. In the absence of strong American leadership, the world has plunged into chaos.
Trump shares Obama’s ideology of avoiding foreign entanglements, even going so far as to question the need for NATO as Putin runs amok unchecked. It is precisely at this moment that America needs the hawkish leadership of Hillary Clinton to defend American exceptionalism and reassert our hegemony on the world stage.
Among her fellow neoconservative war hawks, Hillary is admired for her sterling record on foreign policy — from supporting the invasion of Iraq in 2002 to her valiant efforts as secretary of state to persuade Obama to stop being such a pushover on the world stage.
During the Arab Spring in 2011, Hillary impressed upon Obama the need for a U.S.-led “coalition of the willing” to help mold the future of the Middle East in the name of freedom. Muammar Gaddafi wound up dead in a ditch.
Later, when the president sought input on Syria, Hillary recommended force and arming rebel groups. Obama’s failure to follow her advice led to the current migrant crisis and ongoing tragedy in Syria. Bashar al-Assad is still alive and well.
“Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle.”
— Hillary Clinton on Obama’s dovish naivety (2014)
Imagine our enemies cowering in the shade as President Hillary’s massive drone armada blocks out the sun en route to visit death upon the enemies of freedom. Slay Queen, indeed.
Voters looking for a reliable pro-business, conservative hawk to undo eight years of Obama’s feckless progressivism and combat the cancer of Trumpism need look no further than Hillary Rodham Clinton. She is the GOP’s last, best hope.
Comfortably Smug is a government relations professional with a focus on the financial services industry. He can be found on twitter with his musings on all things finance and politics at @ComfortablySmug
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