In her latest TV ad, a 30-Second spot which enters rotation in New Hampshire and Iowa this week, Hillary Clinton promises to ‘reshuffle the deck’ in favor of hard-working Americans. You can contrast this with the Donald Trump approach of first destroying the middle class and then blaming it on the Mexicans.
In the ad, Hillary speaks directly to the camera, “interspersed with archival photos of Clinton’s family and footage of her interacting with workers at their jobsites.”
Watch the ad Courtesy of Hillary for America:
When you see that you’ve got CEOs making 300 times what the average worker’s making you know the deck is stacked in favor of those at the top.
I want it to be back where it was when I came of age. Where my mom who never got to go to college could see her daughter go to law school.
We need to have people believing that their work will be rewarded. So I’m going to be doing everything I can to try to get that deck reshuffled so being middle class means something again.
The ad begins running this week in New Hampshire and Iowa and will run for five weeks. As of Wednesday, when the ad was posted to her YouTube channel, a CNN/ORC poll showed that Hillary’s lead over Bernie Sanders continues to diminish.
Clinton is an American success story, who herself comes out of the Middle Class. She remembers a time many of us remember, when Middle Class Americans had a reasonable shot at the American dream.
This is a theme Bernie Sanders is also hitting hard, with his oft-heard “collapse of the American middle class.” In fact, that’s all Sanders says he wants to talk about, not Hillary Clinton, which is all the media wants to talk about.
What Jason Horowitz wrote in The New York Times yesterday to describe the different approaches of Clinton and Sanders, is that “If Mrs. Clinton’s pitch to voters is that she can make the system more effective, Mr. Sanders is arguing that Mr. Obama was naive to even bother with a system that needs to be fundamentally changed.”
They each have different challenges as well. Obama being a black man in the White House when black men who are assertive are seen as “angry black men,” and Hillary as a woman in the White House when assertive women are seen as “bi*ches,” and Sanders finding support to make those fundamental systems in an entrenched system.
Republicans also hearken back to the 50s, but as a time when white Christians had unique access to America. When they look back, they don’t see economic hardship; they contrast that America with the imagined persecution of today’s white Christians now finding themselves on equal footing with people at whom they could once look down their noses.
If you wanted an honest campaign video from the GOP, rather than the images used by Hillary, you would see KKK in hoods, crosses burning, people being bludgeoned in the street, and masses of Confederate flags on parade through black neighborhoods. You would see a mighty wall stretching across the Mexican border from sea to shining sea, and drones swooping in low for the kill, leaving human wreckage in their wake.
By comparison, Donald Trump’s only mention of the middle class comes with his claim that immigrants are destroying the middle class. Not rich tycoons like him who send our jobs to Mexico and China, but immigrants who are coming here to find a better life.
Trump just wants to hurt immigrants by blaming what people like him have done to the middle class on immigrants, and then hurt immigrants some more just because he can.
Those are the differences between Democrats and Republicans this campaign season. There is nothing in the Republican message for the American middle class but further loss of opportunity, nothing for the poor but continued poverty, and only fear and violence for immigrants.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.