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I’m a Dem, but Hillary is no champion to me
Shirin Zarqa-Lederman
by Shirin Zarqa-Lederman
August 3rd, 2016 (1 Comment)
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The Democratic convention is over, and my grieving process has began. I became an “unaffiliated” voter. It sort of brought a tear to my eye, as I thought about the Democratic nominee. Not tears of joy or elation for a “female nominee of a major political party,” but those of sadness and grief for all the little girls that are left out of this narrative. Of all the erroneous elements in this year’s election, what I keep coming back to are all the little girls that have been excluded once again-the black girls, the brown girls, the yellow girls, the red girls-pick your color. The only thing that “won” was a wealthy white girl, who met her yuppie husband at an Ivy League School, married him, rode him to the White House holding on for dear life no matter the humiliation, all to be crowned the first female U.S. President. (Sounds like a Disney princess movie.)

This is simply a celebration of white privilege. This story is not about a girl from a trashy meth infested neighborhood who broke the cycle of generational poverty, worked her ass off at the local market bagging groceries in hopes of attending college to become lawyer and triumphantly beat the odds by tirelessly working her way to the presidency, all while maintaining integrity and humanity. This story is about a woman who addressed a crowd of struggling constituents about income inequality, while wearing a $12,000 Armani jacket. If that doesn’t tell you how “out-of-touch” she is, you’re out-of touch too.
Hilary Clinton didn’t break a glass ceiling. She threw everyone and anyone she needed to under the bus that crashed into that glass ceiling and broke it. She showed all those little girls from that trashy neighborhood, that urban ghetto, and even that brown-girl from the lily-white neighborhood that her color doesn’t fit into, that the ends justify the means and that integrity is irrelevant.

This is the same woman that swears we need tougher gun laws but approved the sale of several gun manufacturers like Remington, who manufactured the Bushmaster AR-XM15-the one that killed 26 children and 6 women in Sandy Hook. That’s the woman we are celebrating?

This is the same woman who robbed hundreds of thousands of little girls from an education all over the Middle East overhauling regimes to increase her wealth and rob Mother Nature of her gifts. Little girls, brown, black, red, yellow, and their futures have been slaughtered for her agenda. This is the same woman that could not admit that Israeli military action in Gaza was “disproportionate?” The same woman who didn’t utter a sentence when over 500 children in Gaza were ripped to shreds, robbed from their parents by the illegal use of flechettes. I cannot even give you an exact number because their little bodies were so annihilated, they could not be identified!

The only sliver of hope is a recent Gallup poll showing that 52% of Democrats and 42% of Independents support an independent Palestinian state. That’s right. Senator Sanders exposed the humanity of the bulk of the base. That’s YUGE! For the first time in this millennium Palestinians were spoken of like we were human. And yes, it was the Brooklyn Jew who spent his time in a Kibbutz who spoke of us that way, just as he has since 1988. And we returned the olive branch to Senator Sanders by casting our votes for him (most of which were probably purged or sent to Mars or something). Jewish Americans and Muslim Americans got to show the world that we don’t hate on each other. No one wants to “throw Jews in the sea,” like Ben Gurion said (he came up with that line in the 1940s). We want the peace and tranquility that generations before us had and that meant Jews and Muslims living together side by side, celebrating the moments of their lives together, just like we do in my home. Do we honestly believe that Hilary Clinton wants peace and tranquility; that it’s important to her that Jewish and Muslim children live together peacefully?

This is the same woman that said nothing as thousands of children drowning on their journey from Syria to Greece in the Mediterranean, or the human rights violations in Turkey against those same refugees fleeing their lives. And all this happened on that woman’s watch! She made decisions to make all of this happen! When she sends our children to war to kill other children and all of those children die, which is not an “unintended consequence,” that is callous and calculated murder.

Alright, maybe its just us sand-niggers that she wants to eliminate, but what about Black kids, Latino kids, Asian kids? Those kids are Muslim. Surely, she’s not treated those children like that, right? Well… only if you add the 200 missing girls from Nigeria who were kidnapped by Boko Haram, a terrorist group that Miss Hillary refused to acknowledge as such, who has killed more people than ISIS. Of course, if she did that would hamper business in Nigeria (oil rich Nigeria). I’m sure their families understand.

Surely, she has to love the Latino kids right? She holds the Latino base right? Well in Latin America, According to the Huffington Post, under her “Plan Columbia” that she and her husband so proudly tout, U.S. soldiers themselves have been implicated in numerous human rights abuses while deployed during Plan Colombia operations - including allegedly raping dozens of Colombian women and girls between 2003 and 2007.” According to The Nation, “in Honduras, she worked to legitimize the overthrow of a government that was trying to make the morning-after pill available and advance the rights of members of the LGBT community. In so doing, Clinton helped install a regime that has been killing women and men at an impressive clip.”

She has effectively destroyed the lives and futures of millions of children with her actions, and she has not spared a soul. HOW is this a woman my daughters are supposed to look up to? How does she get away with such destruction?

It’s simple. She’s white and wealthy. She’s privileged, just like the rest of her white, wealthy "1%’er" friends that have no college debt. And family members, like Barbara Boxer of Nevada and friends like Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to help them fradulently make a living.

Henry Kissinger is her hero. Henry Kissinger! He's known for saying, “Control oil and you control nations. Control food and you control the people,” and “If you don’t hear the drumbeats of war, then you must be deaf.” If that doesn’t tell you how out of touch she is, nothing will.

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* Shirin Zarqa-Lederman was raised in NJ by her Palestinian Muslim parents and later married her Russian Jewish husband. Together they have five interethnic children who experience the traditional customs of both cultures with their extended interethnic relatives. Shirin is also Licensed Professional Counselor, focusing on Child & Adolescent Psychology, and has written her own children’s picture book series, "The Trotters of Tweeville," which is focused on demonstrating kindness to children. The series is available wherever books are sold.

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  1. You used the SN word! My Brooklyn Yemeni friend & I reclaimed that for ourselves when we were joking w/ only each other. Sorry I am late posting here — after the election — but I wanted to add something about HRC.

    I wanted to vote for Bernie also and I liked that he is Jewish & pro-Palestinian also — for the same reasons you gave. (So many people making unsupported accusations about antisemitism to those of us who have reasons to criticise The State of Israel).

    I was not a fan of HRC after she stood next to the Israeli ambassador in front of the UN in NYC during the 2006 bombing of Lebanon & said the bombing should be STRONGER. (I am paraphrasing). My family comes from Marjeyoun originally (albeit 110 & 120+ years ago) which was pulverised during that bombing (Red Cross ambulances & UN compound & civilians & Marwahin Massacre etc.).

    However I voted for her — after Bernie lost — as *the lesser evil*. It was not easy. I was hoping that Bernie would be hired as a cog in the Democrat machine to move it in another direction.

    I adore you Amer — but people don’t like to be called “yellow” or “red”. REALLY.


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