Madam President

Posted by The Skibbereen Eagle | November 7, 2016 0

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I wish I was able to vote for an exceptional and experienced candidate for 45th President of the United States of America, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

One of only 27 women in a class of 200 at Yale Law School, who went to work for a Children’s charity when she qualified, was one of 3 women out of 44 attorneys on the Watergate enquiry. She is on the verge of an outcome that would be no less historic than the election of Barack Obama. If she wins on Tuesday, she will be, forever, the woman who shattered the highest, hardest glass ceiling.

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When she wrote to NASA as a teenager asking about training for space flight, she got a letter back that said, “We are not accepting girls as astronauts.” When she ran for student body president in high school, she lost to a boy who told her she was “really stupid if I thought a girl could be elected president,” she wrote in a letter to her youth minister. When she was trying to decide whether to go to law school at Harvard or Yale, she went to a cocktail reception at Harvard, where a professor told her, “We don’t need any more women,” and so she went to Yale.

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“I want to free women to live according to their own needs and desires,” Clinton said in a speech early in her time as first lady. “I want all women to be given the respect they deserve to have for the choices they may make.”

She carries the hopes of all those who feel that America and the World’s problems will not be helped by electing a crazy, congenitally selfish billionaire who can’t even be left in charge of his Twitter account, and much more. We in Ireland remember well the contribution of the Clinton’s and Tony Blair in bringing peace to our country. For the Clinton’s and Blair (the son of a Donegal mother) it was personal and they went the extra mile for Ireland when others would have given up.

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Here is to Hillary Rodham Clinton, 45th President of the United States of America, our next door neighbours here in West Cork.

Here is to Madam President.

The Skibbereen Eagle

In 1898, to widespread bemusement, a small Provincial Newspaper in an equally small town in the South West corner of Ireland sonorously warned the Czar of Russia that it knew what he was up to and he should be careful how he proceeded for “The Skibbereen Eagle” was wise to his game and in future would be keeping its eye on him! It is doubtful that Nicholas II, Emperor and Autocrat of All the Russias, even noticed the Eagle’s admonitions but as history soon proved he should have paid closer attention to the Eagle’s insightful opinions!

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