Wednesday, 13 July 2016

A HAPPY ENDING, A CEMENTED LEGACY: “BARACK, BERNIE& HILLARY”





Photo Source: Salon
An old adage goes, “all is well that ends well”, I think I have reached what I can confidently call a happy ending and yet still the beginning of a beautiful journey ahead. Over the last seven years and the last couple of months, I have had a long wait for how the Presidential race would turn out especially in the Democratic party before translating to the national election—the republicans had a long list of weird candidates who only deserved to be stopped, only that the most unprepared and most reckless made as their eventual presumptive nominee(as I write this).Through and through, I have watched and studied President Obama’s Presidency very closely and right  here, I speak from a very informed perspective: America doesn’t need and can’t afford a republican President right now(the scary part, Donald Trump, the man who says he can even choose to give away the Presidency to his vice once he is elected)—that should remind you that surely Donald Trump doesn’t in anyway have even the least rudimentary preparedness for such a big office, he is a scam and a corn artist as Justice Ruth Ginsburg eloquently put it.

It is with great joy and pride that I congratulate the very much possible 45th President of the United States, Hillary Rodham Clinton, upon receiving senator Sanders’ endorsement: a man who has run a campaign that can’t certainly go unnoticed and of course along this line applaud Mrs. Clinton for considering some of his former rival’s ideals into her agenda in the first 100 days as President. I must say that the political maturity the two of you have shown is yet another fundamental milestone in the Politics of not only America but the politics of the whole world—I have said this before in my earlier columns that Mrs. Clinton and President Obama set the ladder so high eight years ago when they put their campaign rivalry to bed: a thing that has achieved so much for the united states; the Obama administration has been a very successful one.

Quick forward: I will remind you the very passionate and eloquent words from Senator Sander’s endorsement to Hillary Clinton, whom he vowed to make sure she gets elected as the next President of the United States—a spoiler, ’the most intelligent person we have ever known’. More to this, in his own words:
 It is easy to forget where we were seven and half years ago when president Obama came to office. As a result of greed, recklessness and illegal behavior on the Wall Street, our economy was in the worst downtime since the Great Depression. Some 800,000 people a month were losing jobs, we were running up a record-breaking deficit of $1.4 million dollars and the world’s financial system was at the verge of collapse. We have come a long way in the last seven and a half years and I thank President Obama and Vice President Biden for their leadership in pulling us out of that terrible recession. But I think we all agree, much and much more needs to be done

(While at this, take a look at President Obama’s (and his administrations) beautiful performance that indeed deserves recognition, as Bernie said above).

Photo source: Huffington Post
Senator Sanders went on to say: “our job now is to see that platform implemented by a democratic senate, a democratic house and a Hillary Clinton president—I am going to do everything I can to make that happen. I have known Hillary for twenty five years now. I remember her as a great first lady who broke precedent in terms of the role first lady was supposed to play as she helped fight for Universal Healthcare. I served with her in the senate and I know her as a fierce advocate for the rights of Children. Hillary will make an outstanding President and I am proud to stand with her”.

This brings me to what I intend to emphatically say herein—reminiscing on the second letter I wrote to President Obama and the articulate and insightful endorsement for Mrs. Clinton: Hillary Clinton will do the job, I categorically put these issues that Sen. Sanders just fact-checked above, we could use an excerpt:
Pg.51(624) of her memoir, Living a History, explicitly makes certain things clear and I would her own words set the tone for what I am about to say, read with me: “my parents were excited about seeing their daughter graduate, but my mother had been experiencing health problems. A doctor prescribed blood thinners, and he asked her to travel for a while. So regrettably, she couldn’t come to my graduation, and my father wasn’t keen coming alone”. Now let me ask, who remembers the Health Care scheme Hillary proposed on the 2008 campaign trail?

As Hillary Clinton spoke at during the 2008 campaign trail, she said these words with concern: “I want to start by telling you these words about Judy Rose whom I met last month along with her husband John. And so John and Judy lost not only their job, they also lost their health insurance. A couple of months later, Judy was diagnosed with breast cancer. Thankfully, a special government program started during my husband’s administration and she recovered. But then, in 2003 John had a heart attack. He spent hours in surgery and was in the intensive care. Fortunately, he survived but when the bills came, their luck ran out

The cost of John’s care was so high; they had to sell their house they had lived in for 30 years. That is the tragedy at the heart of Health care system—the devastation when one stroke of one bad luck undoes a lifetime of hard work”. On the 2008 campaign trail, when Hillary lost to Sen. Obama in the Democratic primaries, I remember vividly; she endorsed Barack and Healthcare was one of the reasons at the fore front (Remember: when she said, No way, No more, No McCain! .I have never forgotten and never will).She went on to cement her point: “Now as you know, I have been fighting on healthcare for thirty years now. Starting as first lady of Arkansas, where I headed a task force to improve rural healthcare. And most memorably of course in the 1990’s, and I still have the scars to show from that exercise”. Who is grateful for the Obama Care Insurance Scheme that is serving over 20 million Americans? Who is not grateful and doesn’t want to see that good work continue to fruition? Do not have trouble answering, but I can give you my best bet if you the hate all this good, vote Donald Trump to the white house!”

In a recent interview with VOX, Mrs. Clinton couldn’t put better her message of going forward in Unity, as the United states of America; as I earlier wrote, “STRONGER TOGETHER: ‘HEALING AMERICA WITH HILLARY CLINTON”, she emphasized her points in the interview saying: “A lot of governing is the slow, hard boring of her boards’ she went on. ‘I don’t think there is anything sexy exciting or headline-grabbing about it.I think it is getting up every day, building the relationships, finding whatever silver of common ground you can occupy , [and] never ever giving up in continuing to reach out even to people who are sworn political adversaries

For so many of us that have paid very keen attention to the life and achievements of Hillary Clinton(speaking for myself,atleast for the years I have admired her verve and swagger—and of course President Clinton’s),these are raw facts that only coming together as one can settle. One of the bloggers who read the piece of work where I envision President Hillary Clinton along an admiration for the ‘Barack-Hillary’legacy; told me: “Grace, I love how you speak with authority as if you are Hillary’s campaigner manager”—that was when I called the Bernie camp to unite behind Hillary and defeat the Donald. I laughed really hard. As I said time and again, my admiration for Hillary is beyond the ordinary, thank God for my awesome friends who have made it a fulfilling experience: Peri Harris &Owen Erima, the co-founders of #teamHillaryUganda, thanks for making this a fulfilling experience for me.There is nothing in this world that beats a team with a vision of achieving the common good for everyone, that is why we are with her straight to the white house.

In a Forever Forward detailed Facebook note to his supporters, senator Sanders called upon his supporters to rally behind Hillary Clinton. He wrote it as he had said eloquently while endorsing his formal rival; ‘there are so many things that Hillary and I disagreed on and I know that some of you may be disappointed but you don’t have to, Hillary and I have embraced the ideals of the movement and she will make them happen as president’. As the old adage goes, “good deeds are contagious

President Obama while paying his last respects to the slain police officers as well as healing the nation in a tough time of loss put it rather accurately and I will fetch his words: “I know Americans are struggling but we must reject despair. I am here to insist that we are not divided as we seem, and I know that because I know how far we have come against impossible odds. I know we will make it because of what I’ve experienced in my own life. What I’ve seen of this country and its people, their goodness and decency as president of the United States—in the end, it is not about finding policies that work, it’s about forging a consensus and fighting cynicism”. It is not a secret that President has not just been a commander-in-chief but also a unifier/consoler-in-chief. If there is anything America should be proud of, it is the lasting imprint  he has left unto the American people. As Hillary Clinton said yesterday: “let’s go and win this election”. It’s all there is to preserving this legacy that a sane soul appreciates, bless y’all.

Grace Abaho Sr is an INDEPENDENT BLOGGER: For and on behalf of #TeamHillaryUganda—Peri Harris &Owen Erima.



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