It is not a secret that the American people have a trust problem with Hillary Clinton. According to The Washington Post 1 in 5 Americans say Clinton is “dishonest” or a “liar”. Recently Hillary Clinton found herself in an uncomfortable situation when she was confronted about the comments she made only few months about her plans to tackle the coal industry. Clinton was asked by a coal miner and a father of three who was recently laid off how she could sit with him and tell the coal miners to trust her when only a few months ago she talked about putting “a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business”.
It is not unusual for politicians to change their stance on certain issues especially during the election year but a closer look at Clinton’s record brings up a very scary revelation which becomes very hard to ignore. Who is Hillary Clinton? What does she stand for? Does she work for millions of middle class people or a very few extremely rich campaign donors? Does she have her own strong opinion about any of the issues she discusses or is she simply willing to say whatever she needs to in order to get votes?
XL Keystone Pipeline
After years of supporting the XL Keystone pipeline Clinton suddenly changed her opinion. In 2010 Clinton was a vocal supporter of the XL Keystone project saying “we’re either going to be dependent on dirty oil from the Gulf or dirty oil from Canada.” In 2015 her opinion changed to “Time to invest in a clean energy future—not build a pipeline to carryour continent’s dirtiest fuel across the US. I oppose Keystone XL.”
In 2008 Clinton made comments on gun ownership “It’s part of culture. It’s part of a way of life. People enjoy hunting and shooting because it’s an important part of who they are.” only a few years later in 2014 Clinton said “I think that we’ve got to rein in what has become an almost article of faith that anybody can have a gun anywhere, anytime”.
Federal Gun Control
In 2008 Clinton suggested that Federal Government trying to impose “Blanket Rules” on guns “doesn’t make sense“. In 2015 Clinton proposed using executive action as president to expand background check requirements.
In 2000 Clinton expressed that was “not ready to vote to lift the embargo.” In July 2007, after Obama said in a debate he would meet with Cuban leader Fidel Castro and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Clinton said that was “irresponsible and, frankly, naive.” In 2008 Clinton said now is “not the time to consider wholesale or broad changes to our Cuba policy.” A few years later in 2014 she said that the embargo was a “failed policy” and said she agrees with Obama’s call on Congress to drop the embargo.
Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad
In 2011 Clinton suggested that “There is a different leader in Syria now. Many of the members of Congress of both parties who have gone to Syria in recent months have said they believe he’s a reformer.” but in 2015 she explained “that Assad was the principle threat, because his bombarding, and his ruthless behavior toward his own people, was going to create more terrorists, it was going to create refugees, it was going to destabilize neighboring countries.”
Raising Payroll/Social Security Taxes
In 2008 during a debate with Obama, Clinton said “there are more progressive ways of doing it than, you know, lifting the cap.” but in 2015 she mentioned that “We do have to look at the cap, and we have to figure out whether we raise it or whether we raise it a little and then jump over and raise it more higher up“.
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
The Huffington Post reported that “Hillary Clinton has made statements unequivocally trumpeting NAFTA as the greatest thing since sliced bread. The Buffalo News reports that back in 1998, Clinton attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and thanked praised corporations for mounting “a very effective business effort in the U.S. on behalf of NAFTA.” Yes, you read that right: She traveled to Davos to thank corporate interests for their campaign ramming NAFTA through Congress.” In 1996 Clinton said NAFTA was a “free and fair trade agreement” and that it was “proving its worth.” And in 2004, she said, “I think, on balance, NAFTA has been good for New York state and America”. In 2007 at a debate hosted by CNN in Clinton said, “NAFTA was a mistake to the extent that it did not deliver on what we had hoped it would, and that’s why I call for a trade timeout.”
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
In 2012 Clinton said that “This TPP sets the gold standard in trade agreements to open free, transparent, fair trade, the kind of environment that has the rule of law and a level playing field.” in 2013 Bloomberg reported that Clinton had “taken a leading part in drafting the Trans-Pacific Partnership”. In 2015 however Clinton quickly changed her opinion and stated “based on what I know so far, I can’t support this agreement.”
Colombia Free Trade Agreement
In 2008 Hillary Clinton “pledged ..to defeat a free-trade agreement with Colombia” but in was later discovered that Clinton actually pushed the Colombia Free trade agreement.
Mass Incarceration and Minimum Sentencing
In 2008 Clinton “explicitly attacked then-competitor Senator Barack Obama for being soft on crime. After the Iowa primary, her campaign said Obama’s opposition to mandatory minimum prison sentences was an example of his out-of-touch liberalism.” however in 20015 Clinton explained that it was time to “end the era of mass incarceration, and ensure a successful transition of individuals from prison to home.”
Same Sex Marriage
In 2000 Clinton said that “Marriage has got historic, religious and moral content that goes back to the beginning of time, and I think a marriage is as a marriage has always been, between a man and a woman.“. In 2004 she said that she believed that marriage was “a sacred bond between a man and a woman.” in 2007 In response to a question about whether marriage should be made legally available to two committed adults of the same sex, Clinton marked that she was “opposed”. In 2013 after leaving her position as secretary of state, she announced her support for same-sex marriage.
During a CNN Presidential Debate Clinton was asked by Anderson Cooper “Will you say anything to get elected?” she defended her policy somersaults as expressions of political thoughtfulness rather than weakness and responded “Well, actually, I have been very consistent” and explained that she has had “the same values and principles” over her entire life.