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Hillary Clinton Says You Must Teach Your Children That Anything Is Possible As Long as You’re Not a Hillbilly

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?

7 comments to Hillary Clinton Says You Must Teach Your Children That Anything Is Possible As Long as You’re Not a Hillbilly

  • JZipp

    Of course, “Hillbilly” might have been overlooked as a term people associated with being a fan of both Hillary & Bill Clinton… seeing as there clearly was a ceiling too high for the “Hillraisers”. It’s just a thought.

  • Who is Hillary’s pastor?

    Hillary’s Nasty Pastorate
    Barbara Ehrenreich, The Nation
    March 19, 2008

    There’s a reason Hillary Clinton has remained relatively silent during the flap over intemperate remarks by Barack Obama’s former pastor, Jeremiah Wright. When it comes to unsavory religious affiliations, she’s a lot more vulnerable than Obama.

    You can find all about it in a widely under-read article in the September 2007 issue of Mother Jones, in which Kathryn Joyce and Jeff Sharlet reported that “through all of her years in Washington, Clinton has been an active participant in conservative Bible study and prayer circles that are part of a secretive Capitol Hill group known as “The “Fellowship,” also known as The Family. But it won’t be a secret much longer. Jeff Sharlet’s shocking exposé The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power will be published in May.

    Sean Hannity has called Obama’s church a “cult,” but that term applies far more aptly to Clinton’s “Family,” which is organized into “cells”–their term–and operates sex-segregated group homes for young people in northern Virginia. In 2002, Sharlet joined The Family’s home for young men, forswearing sex, drugs and alcohol, and participating in endless discussions of Jesus and power. He wasn’t undercover; he used his own name and admitted to being a writer. But he wasn’t completely out of danger either. When he went outdoors one night to make a cell phone call, he was followed. He still gets calls from Family associates asking him to meet them in diners–alone.

    Continued here…
    http://www.thenation.com/doc/20080331/ehrenreich

    If we the people don’t start shoring up that church-state wall – them the politicians will succeed in tearing it down once and for all.

  • Tom

    “If we the people don’t start shoring up that church-state wall – them the politicians will succeed in tearing it down once and for all.”

    Oh, like we all stood up to the Bush/neocon regime? Like we all stood up for the Constitution? Like we all stood up when they began illegally spying on us?

  • EvilPoet

    Tom – It’s hard to hear the voices of dissent when the propaganda machines on both sides are making so much noise. To quote Aldous Huxley: “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”

  • We stood up, Tom.

    It’s not a matter of whether we “all stood up”. It’s a matter of who did, and who didn’t.

    All starts with one.

  • Tom

    Oh come on J.Clifford, you stood up, i stood up a whole bunch of people stood up and screamed bloody murder for the first few years, then it just became blog material since we were mainly ignored by our government (both parties and all three branches); and it’s really hard to keep up that kind of energy when nobody else seems to care or doesn’t get that the entire government, including the election process and major candidates, is now run by the corporations who outsourced all our manufacturing jobs to China.

  • Well, Tom, we’re keeping it up. Other people will have to speak for themselves.

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