WATCH: Hillary accept the Democratic nomination for President

I have been a huge fan of Hillary Clinton for pretty much quarter of a century. I admired the way she fought for women and girls, children and particularly those with disabilities. These have been her priorities for all of her life.

I am thrilled to bits to see her as the Democrats’ candidate for President and I can’t wait to see her debate the divisive slogans of Donald Trump.

She has fought for things that we take for granted here. Her fight for universal healthcare in the 1990s was ahead of its time. When she was Secretary of State, she put women and girls at the heart of everything she did. Read more about the specific things she did in this excellent blog post.

Her speech accepting the nomination put forward a positive vision to counteract the negativity and division of her opposition. She did it effectively, unlike David Cameron and George Osborne when they needlessly forced a similar choice here.

Hillary stood up for values that every Liberal Democrat should embrace: workers’ rights, healthcare, positive on immigration, committed to tackling climate change – and, importantly, stewarding the planet for the future, as she put it “planting seeds in a garden that you will never get to see”.

She is the standard bearer for progressive, optimistic, inclusive politics in a fight that mirrors so much of what’s going on in Europe. It’s the job of every progressive to back her in these next crucial months.

Make a cup of tea, put your feet up and watch her whole speech.

This is the section where she sums up the broad vision of what she wants to achieve.

None of us can raise a family, build a business, heal a community or lift a country totally alone.

America needs every one of us to lend our energy, our talents, our ambition to making our nation better and stronger.

I believe that with all my heart.

That’s why “Stronger Together” is not just a lesson from our history.

It’s not just a slogan for our campaign.

It’s a guiding principle for the country we’ve always been and the future we’re going to build.

A country where the economy works for everyone, not just those at the top.

Where you can get a good job and send your kids to a good school, no matter what zip code you live in.

A country where all our children can dream, and those dreams are within reach.

Where families are strong… communities are safe…

And yes, love trumps hate.

That’s the country we’re fighting for.

That’s the future we’re working toward…

And so it is with humility. . . determination . . . and boundless confidence in America’s promise… that I accept your nomination for President of the United States!

You can read the whole text here.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • Hannah Bettsworth 30th Jul '16 - 2:52pm

    I loved that she quoted Lin-Manuel Miranda in the ‘seeds you never get to see’ line. Hillary is such a Hamilton fan and it makes me so happy because so am I!

    It’s from this song – it’s one of the last few in the musical 🙂

  • Lorenzo Cherin 30th Jul '16 - 5:20pm

    This is very welcome , having seen the speech yesterday and interested throughout this election , in those before it ,and the ones to follow, in the US, I think the monotonous cry of ” crooked Hillary ” from the obnoxious mouth of wretched Trump, is but a pointless side show to the real story.

    Hillary Clinton is not crooked. She is flawed.She has made mistakes . She does have baggage.

    I would rather have her with a suitcase of luggage , much of it heavy duty stuff , than Trump travelling light!

    President Hillary Clinton is an obvious fit . As President Barack Obama says , the most qualified person to be the candidate since way back who knows when!

    Yes there have been times when those of us who love the United States for so much , and dislike those things about it that we do with real concern for it , have wanted a candidate that is squeaky clean . For me it is not Bernie Sanders. A very good man . A very fine campaigner .But as President the hat does not fit.

    It is a tribute to the new Democratic Party nominee that ,the hat of the Presidency fits her so well. Very well. It is so obvious. If that is also a part of her baggage , so be it , Madame President better get it out of the baggage she carries and wear it many years , for I look forward to the sight!

    This is a much better person than many say. And she is going to be a much better president than many Presidents !

  • Andrew McCaig 31st Jul '16 - 8:47am

    Very positive stuff! I have always liked Hillary for her attempts to bring healthcare to the American poor.. unfortunately it seems the Republicans have really ruined the Democrat healthcare plans…

    Anyway, I am afraid positive campaigning will not beat Trump and they are going to have to take him on at his own game.. “Dodgy Donald”? A “Trumpmeter” showing how many Americans he has made redundant in his many takeovers and bankruptcies?

  • I wish I could be more enthusiastic about Hillary Clinton. I agree it was a good speech, but then so was Theresa May’s recent acceptance speech! I would love to see a woman become President. I do agree that she has done a lot for women and the disabled. Barack Obama is right to say she is the best qualified person who ever stood for President. She will make a better candidate than Bernie Sanders, although he is much more of a Lib Dem than she ever will be and I would much rather see his policies than hers.
    My reluctance to get excited about her is that her record on foreign policy as Secretary of State is tarnished by her lack of enthusiasm for tackling the issue of Palestine. John Kerry has tried much harder than she ever did to prevent Netanyahu from killing off the possibility of a two state solution.
    Where Obama always (rightly) appears cool towards Netanyahu, she always appears to fawn on him. In her speech she scarcely addressed foreign policy and her representatives on the Platform (Manifesto) writing committee voted down attempts to call unequivocally for an end to occupation and settlement building. Nonetheless there was a lot of activity around the Palestine issue, led by Jewish Voice for Peace among other organisations, but this was scarcely reported in British media that seemed only interested in the razzmatazz.
    And yet she’ll be infinitely better than Trump – for that reason I guess one has to support her.

  • “Her fight for universal healthcare in the 1990s was ahead of its time.”

    Which may be the only time in which she was a progressive. Her voting record shows that she clings onto the ideas of the past for as long as possible and follows in policy change that creates a more democratic and fair country. The mass use of drone attacks under the past few years should also concern voters, but then either choice seems to suggest a new war every 3/4 months.

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