The sight of former president Bill Clinton wiping away tears of joy while standing silently behind his wife as she was making her victory speech in the 2000 Senate elections in New York may appear a little melodramatic for some. However, when one considers the sacrifices and extreme loyalty that Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton has shown to her husband over the previous 26 years, that gesture suddenly makes all the sense in world.
Secretary Clinton’s ascension to Senator, and thereafter, Secretary of State, is not something all that surprising for those that knew her, considering what a gifted child, student and political operative Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton was.
Born in Cook County and raised in suburban Park Ridge just outside of Chicago, Secretary Clinton grew up in a loving middle class family. Her early years were shaped by her Goldwater-Republican Navy veteran and business owner father and his tremendous work ethic, balanced against her mother’s Democratic leanings and harsh childhood.
At an age where young girls and boys were still too preoccupied with watching cartoons on TV, young Hillary was already busy demonstrating her leadership abilities and initiative with backyard carnivals and cookie and food drives for charity. When others her age were engrossed with the challenges of school and growing up, young Hillary was busy with the post-election canvassing of Chicago’s south side for the Republican Party. When children tread lightly around their parents and elders, she was engaged in delightfully spirited political debates with her family during dinner.
Her star continues to shine brightly at Wellesley, where her commencement address drew a seven-minute long standing ovation, and at Yale, where she was paid to intern at Washington every summer. She was already an experienced Democratic aide before even graduating from Yale, and was headhunted to be part of the Watergate impeachment inquiry team counseling House Democrats months after finishing college.
She was never a radical, beatnik or hippie, but neither was she a middle-of-the-road moderate. She is, above all, an idealist – an intelligent, disciplined, driven and practical idealist. Despite her image of a strong and uncompromising woman, people who she’s worked with reveal her to be a polite, considerate, consultative, and perhaps most surprisingly, religious individual. The latter perhaps is due to the influence of her mother and grandmother, both strong-willed Methodist women. She is also an exceptional public speaker, and can speak for an extended period of time without notes – done without pauses and filler syllables.
Over the years, many negative epithets have been used by the press and political opponents to describe her. As many have learned however, pigeonholing or underestimating Secretary Clinton often comes at a great cost.
The key to defeating Secretary Clinton lies in winning over her core support base - women, baby boomers and minorities. Meanwhile, her weakest demographic is the millennials, and this is clearly reflected in her underwhelming support online. And yet, one gets the impression that her opponents simply do not get this very simple equation. Will this prove costly in the end?
Attorney and 2008 Constitution Party Vice Presidential nominee
Sitting on the extreme right of the American political spectrum, the Constitution Party is the unofficial flagbearer of the Christian Reconstructionism and dominionist movements in the United States. It comes as no surprise then that its presidential candidate espouses the same set of values as the party.
Born into a family with a strong military tradition, Tennessean attorney Darrel Castle joined the U.S. Marine Corps soon after graduating from East Tennessee State University in 1970, where he double majored in history and political science.
After spending four years in the Marines, which includes a 13-month stint in Vietnam, 2nd Lieutenant Castle left the Corp and went to pursue a law degree at the University of Memphis. Several years after obtaining his law degree, Mr. Castle founded Darrell Castle and Associates, a practice which focuses on personal injury and consumer bankruptcy. Over the following years, Mr. Castle would go on to expand his practice to neighboring Missouri, as well as to Wisconsin and Michigan.
In 1998, Mr. Castle and wife Joan established Mia’s Children Foundation in Bucharest, Romania. The foundation provides guidance to homeless gypsy children using the words of the Gospel.
The devoted Christian, who once served as a deacon in his local church, believes that the United States was founded by Christians based on the Gospel of Christ, and thus, aims to restore the country’s law and governance to its original Biblical common-law fundamentals.
Mr. Castle also believes that the United States is well on its way to becoming an anti-Christian nation. Prejudicial federal laws, meanwhile, contribute greatly to the current persecution of Christians in the country. He is confident that the only way to halt the slide is to return to the faith of our fathers.
Mr. Castle believes that homosexuality and transsexuality are part of a greater fascist depopulation, anti-family and anti-reproduction agendas. However, these insidious agendas could only succeed with a weakened Western civilization and a discredited church.
One of the major strategies in achieving the stated agendas is the enactment of indiscriminate and liberal immigration policies which has opened the floodgates to Muslim immigration to the United States. Mr. Castle believes that this will lead to national suicide as the immigrants’ refusal to assimilate with local population and lack of natural diligence and thrift will lead to an expansion of the already bloated federal social welfare system. Mr. Castle claims that evidence of this can already be seen in European countries.
Mr. Castle further argues that the sovereignty of the Western World was compromised during World War II when a sociopathic “international ruling elite” staged a silent coup of Western governments which extended even to the United States. He advocates aggressive prosecution of corrupt politicians aligned with the elites as the first step in reestablishing the Rule of Law.