Number 5 Hero of the Year 2012: Hillary Rodham Clinton

27 Dec
Number 5 Hero of 2012

Number 5 Hero of 2012

Let’s start this year’s honor roll with a big THANK YOU to all the readers and friends of TSM who nominated heroes this year. It’s a wonderful list that helps to maintain my sometimes shaken faith in humanity, where I can easily plummet into a misanthropic abyss. It’s a special pleasure to recognize outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at #5.

Clinton had a hard job to do from the start. Following the disastrous non-diplomacy of Condoleezza Rice and the integrity-challenged Colin Powell, she had to work with President Obama to help restore the United States’ international image. She proved more than equal to the task. A consummate diplomat and articulate spokesperson for core American values, she reassured the world that the abusive days of W were gone and that responsibility and participation would be watchwords of the new administration.

Throughout her tenure, Clinton has also been a true champion of rights for the oppressed. She speaks out regularly about using international cooperation to address poverty and hunger. She is a very outspoken ally of the LGBT community, encouraging equality in the State Department and insisting on its promotion internationally. Secretary Clinton is also a wonderful role model of the powerful woman, proving that barriers based on sex are at best irrational. Thank you for your service, Hillary, you will be missed.

TSM extends best wishes to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and a speedy recovery from blood clots.  May you enjoy the New Year at home with your family and know how much you are loved and admired by so many of us.

Honorable mention in the women in leadership category goes to the incoming class of U.S. Senators and Representatives. The 213th Congress will have the largest number of women in the Senate and the most diverse class of Representatives ever. Despite all the efforts made to disenfranchise women and minorities, voters helped move the numbers forward. We look forward to seeing how this diverse coalition helps shape policy to the betterment of all Americans and address the bizarre and arcane disproportionality of representation of white heterosexual men.

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9 Responses to “Number 5 Hero of the Year 2012: Hillary Rodham Clinton”

  1. dykewriter December 27, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    I ❤ her

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 27, 2012 at 11:40 am #

      As do I! 🙂

      • dykewriter December 27, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

        has she come out yet? I haven’t been able to pay attention to many things the last couple of years

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 27, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

        As far as I know, our Hillary is a great LGBT ally, but she is heterosexual.

  2. nevercontrary December 27, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

    I have always adored her.

  3. webwordwarrior December 28, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    Heroic Hillary has her home in history.

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