So much about Hillary Rodham’s 1969 Student Commencement Speech is remarkable. She ended with this quote. But it’s really about how she started. She started by saying “Part of the problem with just empathy with professed goals is that empathy doesn’t do us anything. We’ve had lots of empathy; we’ve had lots of sympathy, but we feel that for too long our leaders have viewed politics as the art of the possible. And the challenge now is to practice politics as the art of making what appears to be impossible possible.” Give us access to affordable healthcare. Make debt-free college available for everyone. Ensure that black men live their lives without being targeted. Respect women. Celebrate women. Elect women.
Throughout his presidential campaign, Donald Trump had consistently echoed stories my grandfather, a Berliner who barely escaped Nazi Germany in 1938, told me about Hitler’s rise to power. They both singled out ethnic minorities to blame all of society’s problems on. They both wanted to control the media. They both share a complete disregard for the truth. Trump scares me. In answer to his question. “What have you got to lose?” I answer, everything.
One candidate running for president has been parsing bland policy particulars to make whatever attempts possible to nudge the needle forward for people besides herself since she left college. The other candidate running for president is a businessman who has defrauded his contractors, swindled his customers and slashed his inherited wealth. He is louder, hypnotic to watch and relentlessly interesting.