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Hillary Clinton ask “what difference does it make?”…not the right answer

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Hillary Clinton is a powerful woman who over the years has shown extreme grace under fire. She was her husband’s biggest supporter even when it was undeserved. She was one of the first women to run for president that had the credentials to actually hold office. She is a role model for strong women. She has been under fire since the Benghazi tragedy. The Republicans have been itching for an opportunity to let loose at the President or any of his representatives. Mitt Romney unsuccessfully tried to use the tragedy against the president. John McCain used it to successfully torpedo Susan Rice’s aspiration for Secretary of State. So today when Hillary Clinton appeared before the Senate they knew this was their time to shine. It was a time for the backbenchers to sit in the judgment seat as they took potshots at someone who has actually had to lead. No stone was too sharp and no blow too low, but when Hillary Clinton responded to one of their pointed questions by saying “what difference does it make?” I knew that would be the right wing takeaway. She meant at this point what difference does it make? She was saying we need to look at the situation and develop ways to insure that this does not happen again. She was not minimizing the incident she was trying to give it a perspective, and that was not on the agenda today. Today was about having a public flogging and they would have prefered if she had stayed silent as they hurled their verbal abuse, but if that was the expectation they have not met the unsinkable Hillary Rodham-Clinton.

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Senate Apologizes for Slavery on the Eve of Juneteenth, but Why?

Today the Senate passed a non-binding resolution apologizing for slavery. This is a symbolic message because this apology comes with nothing. When slavery was abolished slaves were promised 40 acres and a mule. That never really materialized and what blacks received was legalized discrimination. So today on the eve of Juneteenth the Senate extended an apology. This resolution was sponsored by Sen. Tom Harkin D-Iowa.  Harkin’s resolution, co-sponsored by 21 senators, “acknowledges the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality and inhumanity of slavery, and Jim Crow laws,” and “apologizes to African-Americans on behalf of the people of the United States, for the wrongs committed against them and their ancestors who suffered under slavery and Jim Crow laws.” Jim Crow laws were state and local laws enacted mostly in the Southern and border states of the United States between the 1870s and 1965 that acted to deny the right to vote and other civil liberties to African-Americans, and to legally segregate them from whites. Harkin said he hopes “all those people and individuals who have had these sorts of personal experiences … will be able to see in this some acknowledgment of what happened to them, an acknowledgment that it was wrong, and an apology for it. It doesn’t fix it, but hopefully it does address it and starts to dig out the wound.” He is right it does not fix it because we can not change the past, but sometimes it is good to simply acknowledge a wrong. Some will say others have been mistreated in this country they too deserve an apology, but black people were the only ones who were enslaved and viewed as property and that is worthy of an official apology, and today we got it. So all I can say is better late then never.