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Hillary Clinton enters the 2016 race for the White House

Hillary ClintonThe world doesn’t get a say when America elects its leader every four years, yet arguably no national leader has a deeper impact on the entire world than the President of the United States of America.

This is why I welcome the announcement Hillary Clinton will be contesting the White House in 2016, no matter how objectionable that statement may be to some.

She injects much-needed sanity over the Republican offering of Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, which so far can be best described in the irreverent Australian vernacular as bats*%t crazy.

Even when the faux-‘moderate’ Jeb Bush is added to the Republican field, the crazy will remain strong with the conservative contenders, whose general stance on women, LGBTI people and a plethora of other social issues has them culturally closer aligned with the values of the mullahs of Iran than the mainstream values of liberal, secular democracies.

As for conservative economics, Umair Haque, a leading global thinker, offered a devastating and sobering critique of conservatism a while back, which highlights its incompatibility with a prosperous and progressive humanity, and his critique is being reinforced by current real-world observations.

Sadly, Jeb Bush, the most credible and likely last-standing Republican contender, comes from a political dynasty of failures with an appalling socialeconomic and foreign policy track record and his comments to date seem to indicate that he’s likely to be as bad as, and possibly even worse than, his brother or father was before him.

While the incredible damage caused by earlier Republican presidencies still reverberates around the world (and at home), and continues to bring misery upon millions of people, the world simply cannot afford another Bush, or Republican presidency, and neither can the US.

Is Hillary Clinton perfect? Of course not, but who is, or ever was? She is a seasoned political operator and a Washington insider. However, she has also shown herself to have the combination of intellect, compassion and leadership that would make her an outstanding president, especially in comparison to the dystopian Republican alternatives offered.

I sincerely hope Hillary Clinton will prevail in this race for the sake of America, and the world.

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