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?
Perry Morcom was born and raised in the state of Texas. Little information is available on his academic qualifications, employment history or current profession; he merely says that he is a “middle-class working person” who has worked hard for everything he has.
Morcom is frustrated that even when speaking with news media about his candidacy, he was confronted with concerns that his campaign is not sufficiently well funded to achieve success; he rejects the notion that a presidential bid should be entirely dependent on finances, and argues that all candidates should be treated equally regardless of how much money they have.
Addressing an issue that has been raised more than once in American history, Morcom is dissatisfied with the Electoral College system as practiced in the resolution of elections. He alludes to the fact that its specifics were flawed as originally designed by pointing out that congress passed the Twelfth Amendment in 1803 to modify it. He also echoes a concern murmured in the United States since the presidential election of 2000, when George W Bush won the White House despite receiving fewer total votes than opponent Al Gore. Accordingly, Morcom opposes the Electoral College system and believes the President should be chosen by simple popular vote. He also believes that elected representatives in the House and Senate should be strictly limited to no more than two four-year terms, as is imposed upon the President.
Morcom is sympathetic to the plight of illegal immigrants crossing into the United States. He blames their undocumented status on the government's failure to efficiently process their papers, and believes they should be helped to attain legitimate status and even citizenship. He dismisses the common argument that immigrants take jobs from existing citizens, saying that by and large, they only perform work that Americans do not wish to do. He does admit that some immigrants may be drug dealers or other criminals, however, and supports vetting applicants and their intentions carefully.
Morcom wishes to reduce government overspending by cutting the budget, followed by lowering taxes. He also supports helping the energy industry to stabilize local oil markets, as well as continuing development of renewable energy technology such as wind turbines. He criticizes the “Obamacare” reforms by stating that many people still do not have access to affordable health care, and wishes to restructure the law, in part by regulating the amounts which doctors and hospitals are permitted to charge for their services.
In his desire to curb overspending and lower taxes, Morcom shows conservative political tendencies. However, his understanding attitude toward illegal immigrants, interest in renewable energy, and price control intentions towards the healthcare industry place him solidly left of center. Though running as an Independent candidate, most of Morcom's support is likely to be found among Democrats.