Yes, we all get that Hillary was in Congress and that legislation happened while she was there, often with her support (like the War in Iraq, for instance), but everything you mentioned was either incremental, symbolic, or something that most of Congress can “take credit for.” She has no standout legislative legacy to speak of. To be fair, most Congresspeople don’t, but then, most of them aren’t running for President.
Your Citizens United paragraph is problematic. The fact that that partisan decision was initially motivated by action against Clinton in no way excuses the inundation of corporate money that she has built her entire career on. Which brings up a larger point, I didn’t mention Citizens United. For me, focusing on that single decision is myopic. When I spoke about a system of open bribery, I was talking about systemic corruption that has defined both parties for generations.
I understand that there are people in the south who are well informed, but they don’t make up the bulk of southern voters. Southern politics are still defined by the Civil Rights Act. In terms of statistical groups, most southern Republicans are socially conservative whites who vote Republican because of the legacy of the Civil Rights Act (they opposed it). Most southern Democrats are socially conservative blacks who vote Democrat because of the legacy of the Civil Rights Act (they supported it). I call BOTH “uninformed” because neither voting block bases its votes on assessments of modern politics. Instead, voters line up behind the party that they and their parents have identified with year in and year out, with the Civil Rights Act serving as the “point of origin” for their differences.
To that end, black voters in the south (many of whom had never even heard of Bernie) pretty much lined up to support the DNC approved establishment candidate this year. Most of the time this feature of southern Democratic politics gets ignored because, frankly, black voters are absolutely right to choose Democrats over Republicans. However, when the choice between Democrats is this stark, the uniformity of their support for an establishment that has ignored their problems for a couple of decades throws the ignorance into sharp relief. Are there exceptions? Yes. Does an exception disprove a broad observation? No. And I’m not a “racist” for observing how southern politics work.
What is “racist” is acting like this isn’t how southern politics work. What is “racist” is ignoring these circumstances and crying “racism” every time someone tries to point them out. What is “racist” is counting on the support of a group you largely ignore because you’re sure they aren’t well informed enough to hold you accountable.
Also, compared to Hillary, Bernie supports more funding for higher education, a better health care system, and higher wages for working Americans. But you stand with Hillary because you think there’s some sort of “relational connection” there? Are we even talking about the same Hillary? The one who sat on the board of Wal-Mart? The one who built her political career on a relationship with Wall Street? Wow, yeah, we disagree at a very fundamental level.
Finding out you’re from the south was actually very illuminating for me. It explained a lot. I’m not begrudging you your existence, I bear that region no ill will, I just don’t enjoy being politically attached to it through our national government. It offends me that every idea I personally have ever supported has been ignored or rejected in Congress because it would never agree with Mississippi’s beliefs about how government should operate. I really don’t think people from the south understand how conservative they are relative to the rest of the country, or how conservative they make the entire country look relative to the rest of the developed world. That includes Democrats. At a certain level its embarrassing, as is the fact that Hillary v. Trump will likely be the general election choice, largely thanks to that region’s blind “party loyalty.”
I’m sorry if what I just said offends you. I don’t mean to sound conceited. I won’t equivocate on my opinion, but frankly, I’m burned out on talking about politics from the last few days. I just let it consume my vacation and I’m still at it today. You can think what you want to think, let’s just agree to disagree.
P.S. I’ll re-read The Federalist Papers (which I dont even consider relevant to modern politics) and read Hard Choices if you read Das Kapital and Democracy for the Few.