Hillary Clinton and the Cyclops

Mathew Sayer From our Perspective

There are no cyclops in this post. If you are looking for Cyclops related news, I’m afraid you’ve come to the wrong place. Hillary Clinton is next in line for our uncomprehensive Candidate review.

Hillary Clinton

Considered the ‘inevitable’ Democratic candidate Clinton has a slate of high offices and high-rolling followers. High school idiocy aside Clinton has been a champion of progressive causes for decades, except that time she opposed gay marriage. Does this mean Hillary is open to debate and willing to change her mind when a coherent argument is put forward or, does it mean she is a weathercock?

Tech Literacy

Clinton is on every god damn social media site under the sun. This is de rigueur, we would not expect of our political bobble heads- it’s twenty sixteen all right. With your Grandma as proof, social media is not the sign of a tech-literate individual. Neither is running your own shittily configured email server.

Tech is just another medium for media; Hillary’s media chops are top notch. The Bernie Bro ‘scandal’ is a casing point- call someone a pig-fucker/sexist/racist regardless of whether or not they are so that they deny it. Online trolls have made this so much easier because now everyone “has a voice”.

Concerning tech as something beyond another news source, Hillary has issued the same bland statements as any establishment politician when it comes to the security-privacy balance. Maybe encryption is not the right solution. Maybe Silicon Valley and the government should collaborate on a Manhattan Project style thing.

Voting Record

For

    The PATRIOT Act

Against

    Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (but Hillary was a co-sponsor of a motion to strike the immunity of Telecoms companies so, meh)

Snowdometer

Hillary is not a big fan of Ed. She said he coulda, woulda, and shoulda stayed in the US and been protected like all the other whistleblowers.

“He could have been a whistleblower. He could have gotten all of the protections of being a whistleblower. He could have raised all the issues that he has raised. And I think there would have been a positive response to that.” (The Guardian)

Ed thinks Hillary was wrong about this, pointing out that the 1989 whistleblower act denied protection to workers in the Intelligence Community.

Conclusions

Hillary Clinton has a real chance of being the next President of the United States. However, she is so entrenched in establishment views that it makes her unable to see how those views are harmful. Hillary has been unable to make the points that Bernie Sanders has about corporate surveillance for one reason or another. Ultimately she’ll probably be a good Commander-in-Chief in many areas, but not this one.