Is Hillary Clinton a Moderate Democrat or Republican?
No, Hillary Clinton is not a Republican, but the similarities are remarkable. Looking to the shallow left, you’ll hear comments about how her policies are either Republican or too close to it. Being compared to a Richard Nixon, a national single-payer healthcare system and a pro Planned Parenthood outlook, she strikes a bad taste into the mouths of leftists who left the Sanders parade to join the bandwagon. That’s not the only comparison they are making, comparing the scandalous nature of the presidency and campaign. However, the argument that today’s GOP is very different from in 1968. Would Nixon be considered part of the current Republican Party?
Clinton seems a strange champion for the right wing conservatives, but this is an odd campaign. Does her competitor look to conserve anything at all? Trump politics tends to illustrate a more slash and burn approach, rather than hold current or recent policies. Looking to completely rewrite the American political system as we know it, is in no way conservative. In fact, that may be more progressive than the Clinton’s campaign. In the most literal sense, conservatism states that government is imperfect, but yields accomplishments and policies worth holding on to and that a built up wisdom of current regimes or political heads like presidents are the best way to form a current governing body. Aside from some peculiar policy opinions, there is one thing that makes Clinton the more conservative of the two candidates, predictability. Around every corner you can spot what her and her campaign are going to say and do. Along with the vast amount of pros that come with being an insider to Washington come some cons as well.
After the 1980’s and the Cold War, pseudo-liberal Democrats reregistered to the GOP. Historically, seeing a party exchange trends with major political and legislative issues, like the Civil War in the 1860’s and the Civil Rights Movements in the 1960’s. Clinton has no major issues that haven’t been occurring for nearly two decades and seems to be losing her identity to that void. Her perspective of liberal leftism is skewed to what it represented only 15 years ago and has been rebranded by both the candidate and her voters. From the outsider’s perspective, you see a classic liberal who is united with her party, but delve a little deeper and you find much more that may illustrate something different. Her Cold War liberalism young adulthood led to an understanding of both American and global politics, but is now under attack from the new political age that hold different views and deem different policies most important. She is unable to connect with her voters and it shows, illustrated by the surge of Sanders supporters in this election year, her old school political game isn’t cutting it, so she struggles to pull from another side: the right.
Cold War politics aren’t current buzz words and rarely make it into conversations, but are the roots and life of the current Democratic Party. After World War II, liberals sought to progress towards a global equality and relationships between countries. They led the fight in the 60’s for civil rights. The support of growing labor unions and the War on Poverty while concurrently opposing totalitarianism and the rule of the Communist Party led to a foundation of the party and its face now. The GOP has gone through a multitude of transformations, whether that is seen as good or that the party is in turmoil, while Democrats have been rather stagnant. Looking into the Bush presidency of the early 2000’s, you’ll find that policies formed by Cold War politics coupled with democratic outreach funded paranoid actions like the Patriot Act in response to 9/11. Cold War liberalism, depending on who you talk to, was said to disappear with the rise of Reagan.
Understanding Cold War liberalism is critical to the understanding Hillary Clinton politics. It is the foundation of her political mantra, illustrates where her policies are heading and adds a sense of nostalgia to a more seasoned voter. Conservatives see it, liberals hear it and Clinton will feel it when the votes are cast.