Pardon me, but did that headline upset you?
All right, no, she didn’t say that. But imagine if she did. Imagine if in her August 2008 DNC speech Hillary Clinton said the following:
That is our duty, to build that bright future, and to teach our children that in America there is no chasm too deep, no barrier too great – and no ceiling too high – for all who work hard, never back down, always keep going, aren’t Hillbillies, and have faith in our country, and in each other.
Screech! Everyone would have been talking about it, wouldn’t they? Residents of Appalachia would have appeared all over the news the next day expressing their upset that a prime speaker for the Democratic Party could be so bigoted against them. How dare Senator Clinton say that it’s our duty to teach children that can get ahead but only if you’re not a Hillbilly?
No, Hillary Clinton didn’t say that. But as J. Clifford pointed out yesterday, Hillary Clinton did say this:
That is our duty, to build that bright future, and to teach our children that in America there is no chasm too deep, no barrier too great — and no ceiling too high — for all who work hard, never back down, always keep going, have faith in God, in our country, and in each other.
That was unmentionable to the media. Not one news story has been written that considers this exclusion of secular people from Hillary Clinton’s duty list.
It wouldn’t have been acceptable for Hillary Clinton to have excluded women, or gay people, or black people, or Jewish people, or disabled people, or residents of the South from the set of people that you’re duty-bound to tell your children can do anything. So why is it acceptable for Hillary Clinton to stand up in a national political convention and insist that it is our duty to teach our children that you can do anything… so long as you’re not secular?