Meryl Streep introduces Hillary Clinton at the Women in the World Summit:
I find a lot of similarities: We’re roughly the same age, we both have two brothers — mine are annoying — we both grew up in middle-class homes with spirited, big-hearted mothers who encouraged us to do something valuable and interesting with our lives. We both went from public high schools to distinguished women’s colleges. …We both went on to graduate school at Yale, which is where the two paths diverged in the wood.
Where Hillary aimed her life and where it landed was evident very early on. While I was a cheerleader, she was the president of the student government. Where I was the lead in all three musicals, people who know her tell me she should never be encouraged to sing. Regardless, she has turned out to be the voice of her generation. I’m an actress, and she is the real deal.
This is what you get when you play a world leader. But if you want a real world leader, and you’re really, really lucky, this is what you get.
…This isn’t particularly surprising – the entire left has a peculiar soft spot for Islam.
That seems weird, given Islamic countries’ fundamental rejection of
leftist values ranging from same-sex marriage to abortion to women
driving. But it isn’t so weird when considered in the context of Marxist
philosophy, which sees Islam not as a religious philosophy of its own,
but as a sort of bizarre cultural outgrowth of poverty. Impoverished
people believe weird things, say the Marxists; if we just gave ISIS
jobs, they’d stop all this nonsense and start behaving like members of
the ACLU. Leftists see Islam not as an ideological force converting
millions, but as a knee-jerk response to lack of basic living standards.
In fact, leftists see all religion this way: as the refuge
of the weakminded underclass. As Marx wrote, “Religion is the sigh of
the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of
soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.” Barack
Obama agrees: as he said back in 2008, poor people “get bitter, they
cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like
Princess Beatrice of York Attending Day 1 of Women In The World Summit, London, Britain at at Cadogan Hall – 08 Oct, 2015
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