Hillary’s Communitarian Beliefs Revealed

Political Night Train believes every voter should know the core values and beliefs of the candidates.  Here is what we believe is the basis for Hillary’s.

 HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) – Democratic presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton tried to backpedal Friday from comments she made in October suggesting Mississippi was a backward place for women’s progress. Speaking to radio station WJZD-FM in Gulfport, Miss., the former first lady said the comments she made about the state in the run up to the Iowa caucuses “were not exactly what I said,” even though they came directly from an interview she gave to the Des Moines Register in October. Clinton was on a campaign swing through Mississippi before Tuesday’s Democratic presidential primary. The newspaper quoted the New York senator discussing Iowa and Mississippi being the only states that have never elected a woman governor or sent a woman to Congress. “How can Iowa be ranked with Mississippi? That’s not what I see. That’s not the quality. That’s not the communitarianism; that’s not the openness I see in Iowa,” Hillary Clinton told the newspaper then—a remark that prompted immediate criticism from Mississippi Republicans.

Hillary Clinton has used the somewhat obscure term “communitarianism” on occasion.  An example is cited below, from her reference to the lack progress in Iowa and Mississippi on women’s issues.  For those of you who are, or are thinking of voting for Hillary should know more about the philosophy of communitarianism and how it fits into Hillary’s view of the world, your community and how it would influence her policies and how she would administer the government.


In it’s simplest form, communitarianism places the interests of the community above the interests of the individual.  In this form, communitarian philosophy, if it truly exists, is more closely aligned with many Asian philosophies than Western.  When Hillary argues, “It Takes A Village”, she is espousing a communitarian philosophy and is exposing the most inner of her core beliefs and values.  If Hillary becomes President, how will these core communitarian values and beliefs shape her administration, her legislative agenda, and who she is likely to pick as Cabinet members?  Hillary is most often described as a liberal, but how do liberal values and beliefs conflict with communitarian values and beliefs?

The following is from the Institute for Communitarian Studies at George Washington University:The values that define the American community include the belief that the society should provide its citizens with equality of opportunity, material well being, and the opportunity for individual self-fulfillment, and that it should operate on the principles of fairness, justice and compassion.Communitarianism springs from the recognition that the human being is by nature a social animal as well as an individual with a desire for autonomy. Communitarians recognize that a healthy society must have a correct balance between individual autonomy and social cohesion. Much recent thinking has focused on an assumed conflict between the rights of the individual and the responsibilities of the government. When you put “community” back into the equation, you find that the apparent conflict between the individual and the government can be resolved by public policies that are consistent with core American values and work to the benefit of all members of our society.From Benito Mussolini, Fascism:  Fundamental Ideas The greater the readiness to subordinate purely personal interests, the higher rises the ability to establish comprehensive communities…. This state of mind, which subordinates the interests of the ego to the conservation of the community, is really the first premise of every truly human culture. From Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, Chapter 11, Ralph Manheim translation What matters is to emphasize the fundamental idea in my party’s economic program clearly — the idea of authority. I want the authority; I want everyone to keep the property he has acquired for himself according to the principle:  benefit to the community precedes benefit to the individual. But the state should retain supervision and each property owner should consider himself appointed by the state. It is his duty not to use his property against the interests of others among his own people. This is the crucial matter. The Third Reich will always retain its right to control the owners of property.Following the logic that if Hillary has a core belief system based on communitarianism, she is most likely to attempt to implement policies that place greater control of a central government over the rights and freedoms of individuals, all in the name of bettering the “village”, and thus benefiting all.  Hillary’s administration would effectively be the “National Village” and would implement policies that preempt individual rights.  Does this mean a loss of states rights?  Will states be able to enforce laws that deny benefits to illegals?  Under Hillary’s “village” or Communitarianism values, many states rights would be minimized.  I would expect Hillary’s Cabinet to be full of mostly women with like beliefs in the value of the “village” where the government intrudes on your health care, child rearing, educational options, investments, the list goes on.  These are Hillary’s millions of ideas, all those ideas she wants to implement, but has said we can not afford.