10/06/2034 5:33 AM ET

POLITICS

We should Look Back At The Hillary Presidency With Joy

Olivia DeSanto
Female Voices Deputy Editor

CC BY 4.0 Hillary Clinton Looking Forward by Steve Jurvetson | Writer image: CC BY 4.0 Headshot by Erica Firment | Images were cropped. Images used for illustration purposes only.
The first woman President, eight years of amazing achievements.
In one month, we'll go to the polls for the midterms.

In one month, we'll mark ten years since we went to the polls in 2024, to another election, as we closed out President Clinton's second term.

We'll remember fondly, that she was our president. The first woman. We'll remember the war she fought against Republicans desperate to turn the entire country into a flaming dumpster fire. We'll remember her tenacity, her spirit, her charm, and her leadership in global affairs.

While desperately hoping to forget the four disastrous years under Paul Ryan's administration which followed, I want to go over the major changes we experienced during President Clinton's Presidency and remember.


November 8, 2016:

The Phone Call

After winning the election, sweeping Colorado, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Florida, Hillary Clinton announces to an enraptured audience that a Donald Trump aide has phoned her to concede defeat.

Trump clarifies in an op-ed the following week that about four million other people were to blame for his loss.

Democrats gain three seats in the House.


April 5th, 2017

Showing Strength

The President issues orders to bomb insurgent strongholds in Nigeria in retaliation for the kidnapping and murder of seventy western tourists. Special Ops Forces are deployed for training and assistance purposes.


November 20, 2017

Showing Fire

In a fiery speech during 2017's G20 meeting in Hamburg, President Clinton issues a stern warning to China to stop its provocative gestures in the South China Sea. She warns that, "Continued aggression affects free people, not only in East Asia, but everywhere. It will not be tolerated. It will not go unanswered."


March 16, 2018

The Safer Education Act Passes

Congress passes the Safer Education Act, aimed at preventing bullying in state-run schools and colleges. Aimed at vulnerable minorities, it radically changes the way they are viewed and treated across the country.

The Safer Education Act is, of course, a prelude to President Clinton's crowning achievement.


September 2, 2018

Hurricane Rafael

Hurricane Rafael strikes the eastern seaboard after devastating the Carribean. 85,000 people are killed in the United States, including 24,000 in New York alone. $160bn of damage is done from the Florida Keys to Boston.

President Clinton visits devastated areas up and down the coast, culminating in a powerful New York speech in which she praises New Yorkers' spirit, and promises to lead with action. Her words are credited with inspiring New York's Marine Titan seawall.


May 19, 2019

Pushing For Marine Titan

After a Congressional investigation recommends the building of a seawall to protect New York and New Jersey, the politicking begins over funding. President Clinton personally intervenes, phoning Representatives and Senators to encourage them to "vote to save New York".

Congress passes the New York Emergency Seawall Act, authorizing $165bn of federal spending, and giving birth to Marine Titan twelve years later.


October 27, 2019

Emphasizing Civil Rights

President Clinton's White House overhauls civil rights reporting and enforcement, announcing the disbanding of the US Commission on Civil Rights, and replacing it with the National Civil Rights Agency (which retains the independence of USCCR).

In addition, the President requires each state to form its own Civil and Human Rights Council, which are reportable to the NCRA and are responsible for administering civil rights legislation. Current state-level civil rights agencies continue to operate, enforcing state legislation as appropriate.


March 11, 2020

Marijuana Finally Legalized

The Supreme Court finally legalizes Marijuana. President Clinton announces her "gladness...that we can finally put our law enforcement resources to better use".

Conservatives across the nation freak out using it as an opportunity to bash Hillary Clinton.


September 7, 2020

Paying Americans Fairly

Congress passes the American Prosperity Through Fair Wages Act, raising the minimum wage to $15 over a four-year period. President Clinton holds a press conference to comment on a significant Democratic victory and to affirm the right of Americans to work for a living wage.

Multiple reports confirm the President's behind-the-scenes work at getting this crucial piece of legislation drafted. Republicans are suspected of abandoning their obstruction in order to win crucial votes two months later in the Presidential election.


November 3, 2020

Victory!

Hillary Clinton is returned as President of the United States in a landslide, beating Senator Ted Cruz.

Ted Cruz actually has the spine to call her himself in conceding defeat.

Democrats gain two seats in the Senate and Four in the House of Representatives.


October 21, 2021

Supporting Mothers

After a strong push by the Clinton White House, Congress passes the Maternal Support And Comprehensive Welfare Act. The legislation funds maternity leave at 50%, and requires employers with more than 20 workers to pay the remaining 50%.

Republicans petulantly whine.


November 1, 2022

Increasing Democratic Presence In Congress

In the 2022 midterms, Democrats gain two seats in the House of Representatives (with a total now of 190 seats). They also gain two Senate seats, giving them 48.


July 1st, 2023

Compassion

The President announces that the United States will aim to process a third-world immigrant target equivalent to 5% of the population, annually. Stressing American strength in diversity, she likens it to German efforts in the previous decade.

Conservatives look upward to find the sky is not falling on their heads.


February 18, 2024

Advancing Inclusion

President Clinton's White House official recognizes gender fluidity and orders states to begin issuing IDs reflecting this status.

Surprisingly little opposition is put forth by conservatives.


July 9, 2024

Recognizing Transability

The White House gets aggressive, putting the brakes on legislative discrimination and urging Congress to pass the Transability Recognition Act. The legislation enables transabled patients to transition medically.

The President is overcome during a press conference, upon reading the letter sent to her by a transabled man who took his own life, stressing the trauma of not being able to transition to his true identity.

Republicans block any changes to social security legislation allowing transabled citizens access to assistance for their disability.


October 16, 2024

And Liberty For All

President Clinton delivers her signature achievement: she signs Executive Order 14173. The order is inspired by Kaley Xinshuan, a nine year old transabled girl who committed suicide after years of bullying by her classmates.

The order, spiritually built off 2018's Safer Education Act, provides for government to intervene when harassing/insulting/offensive speech is targeted at lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, black, Latin, and Native American people. It applies originally to all federal and state buildings including schools and colleges, and areas of "public accomodation, including public spaces and shopping areas".

Kaley's Law fundamentally alters the vector of freedom of speech in America, requiring Americans to consider others when expressing themselves.

The President addressed the nation from the Oval Office, delivering what many consider to be one of the landmark speeches of our lifetime.

The law is expanded upon in 2029 and 2031 by President Stader and is leaned upon heavily in the Supreme Court's 2031 decision in Amhir v. Chicago Tribune.

Republicans denounce it as a "speech code", suggesting that it is a ploy to get out the vote before the coming Presidential election - and are duly ignored.


November 5, 2024

Changes

Despite Democrats losing the election to Paul Ryan, they pick up a seat in the House of Representatives and win a stunning five more seats in the Senate, bringing them to 53 and a simple majority.


January 20, 2025

A Graceful Exit

With her customary grace and wit, Hillary Clinton exits the office of President, claiming "A new, a better, a wiser, a bolder, a stronger America, for all who wish to live in a land of liberty."
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