US Presidential Election: The Disingenuousness of Hillary Clinton

In last week's episode, Saturday Night Live aired an accurate (and hilarious) parody of a Hillary Clinton campaign ad targeting millennial voters. Clinton tries to convince young voters that she has their best interests at heart, and always has, as she slowly morphs into Democratic rival Bernie Sanders. 

Saturday Night Live: Hillary Clinton Millennial Ad Campaign 

It's no secret that millennial voters make up a significant chunk of Sanders' supporters, and that their enthusiasm and dedication has played a big part in his victories in many states in his quest to secure the Democratic nomination. However, SNL's sketch hints at a larger problem with Clinton as a candidate. Where Sanders stands firm in his beliefs, Clinton appears to adjust her political stance depending on what will help her attract voters, and this is something she has been criticized for time and time again. As her presidential campaign has unfolded, she has gradually started adopting the language used by Sanders in his speeches in hopes of snagging some of his voters. She simultaneously tries to discredit him, and resorts to questionable methods to do this. For example, she recently claimed that she was campaigning for healthcare reform long before Sanders was. And yet, as shown in the clip below, Sanders was both literally and figuratively behind her in her efforts to improve healthcare for Americans. 

One would think that someone as smart as Clinton would think twice before making false statements that can be fact-checked by basically anyone with an internet connection. It seems that she desperately wants to avoid a candidate stealing the nomination from right under her nose, like Barack Obama did in 2008. At the beginning of the election, Clinton being the Democratic nominee seemed a sure thing. Even though she is well on the way to making that a reality - especially after her sweeping victories on Super Tuesday 3 - Sanders' message has resonated strongly with a significant number of voters, and this is problematic for her campaign.

Furthermore, Sanders comes off as earnest and genuine, which is a contrast to Clinton's disingenuousness. What is troubling for Clinton, is that this has not been lost on the American public; polls have shown that voters don't trust her. While it seems unlikely that this will seriously hurt her in the primaries, the same cannot be said for the general election. The Democratic Party needs someone who can go against who seems to be the inevitable Republican nominee, Donald Trump, and win with a large margin. What is bizarre, and truly horrifying, is that there are some Democratic voters who are so opposed to a Clinton presidency that they would rather vote for Trump in the general election. 

So if Clinton does become the Democratic nominee, and it seems that she will, her campaign needs to do whatever it takes to ensure that Sanders supporters make the effort to come out and vote for her. Abstaining from voting, voting third party, or voting Republican, could very well cost Clinton the White House. 

T.S. Eliot & Comic Book Poetry

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Copyright Julian Peters

Copyright Julian Peters

Copyright Julian Peters

Copyright Julian Peters

I will be forever grateful to my high school English teacher for dedicating an entire portion of his curriculum to the study of T.S. Eliot's poetry. It may be unoriginal to say that my favourite Eliot poems are "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" and "The Wasteland," but I can't help being moved by them each time I revisit Eliot's work. Each time I reread these poems in particular, I discover something new, and the meaning I associate with each poem evolves as well. 

A year or two ago, I discovered that "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" was in the process of being adapted into a series of comics. The comic book artist and illustrator behind this project is the enormously talented Julian Peters. His work (featured above) focuses on some of my favourite verses from Eliot's poem. I love how Peters has brought the poem to life; it's as if the images I pictured when I first read the poem have walked out of my mind and committed themselves to paper. The brilliance of these comics also lies in the fact that they can appeal to a wide variety of people. I appreciate Peters' work because I'm familiar with Eliot, but I can also see how these comics would resonate with those reading Eliot for the first time. All in all, I'm eagerly awaiting the day when Peters completes his illustrations of the poem and publishes them so I can purchase my very own copy of the illustrated poem. 

P.S. You can find more of Julian Peters' work here.