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My night with US Senator Hilary Clinton

21 Jan

Last night I went to listen to US Secretary Hilary Clinton speak. I am in no way political, I mean I have beliefs and what not, but I in no
way follow the large political scene or have any desire be a part of it.
So there I sat in my seat, listening to all the eloquent speech , the vast vocabulary and feeling my most intelligent self I have in awhile. I was right with her too-right up until she made a Putinism- what I can only assume was a joke by the laughter and applause it created- and then I was put back in my place. In my tiny little place.
I live in a little bubble. We all do. We live in our communities, our towns and are surrounded by who were are surrounded by and sometimes that feels huge and sometimes it feels small. Listening to secretary Clinton speak on global issues really made me feel the disconnect between my life and that global world life.
To be honest, I don’t even read the headlines anymore. It all just seems too much. But listening to someone speak who is on that level, who is participating in making a difference on those issues was eyeopening. The work that people are actually doing to improve on these situations is humbling. Whether it seems like it or not in our little worlds. It’s a battle that’s bigger than we can fight individually that’s for sure. But we do have a way to participate. We vote for the leaders who are making the decisions. And if you think you are only one vote then your right- you are. But, if you’re the only one who votes then it’s your vote that will count. So it only takes one vote. But that’s more political than I care to be frankly. The speech was engaging. It was certainly food for thought, inspiring and thought provoking.
I also enjoyed listening to her take on the U.S./Canada relationship. To the U.S.’ thoughts with regards to Canada. I see a lot of issues with american politics and its system – I can’t help but shake the feeling that House of Cards has its thumb on how the system really works, but I can also agree that Canada has progress to make as well.
The one issue I disagreed with her on was the subject of climate change. It is my firm opinion that the only countries who have a problem with climate change are the warm, hot countries now seeing colder weather. I’m not sure -3•C in Jan in Canada will have many Canadians arguing it’s a bad thing. Of course, that’s tongue in cheek, somewhat.
So am I going to race out and take an active interest in global politics because of her speech. No. But I do have a better understanding of what our leaders all over the world are trying to deal with. I have an appreciation for what it takes out of their liveto be a political figure and deal with those issues all while we rest conformably in our homes and sleep tightly. We must all appreciate that.

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