Our political views tend to evolve slightly over time. Mine for example, in my younger years, were slightly right-of-center. As I have gotten older, studied, read (contrary to Pat Schroeder’s position) and researched issues, I have moved farther and farther to the right. As a result, I am a pretty staunch conservative, both fiscally and socially.
As Maynard points out on Tammy Bruce‘s blog, there are several prominent people whose positions have evolved over the years, including Tammy’s. But, he also notes that Ronald Reagan and David Horowitz both stood with the Left in their youth, quite the contrary to Reagan as our 40th president or Horowitz as the editor of FrontPage Magazine today. So, it is not impossible for a person to gradually take on different views.
But, I am not quite sure that Hillary Rodham Clinton has changed that much from her radical youth. She is trying to convince voters that she is a centrist. Now, pandering to the nutroots at the YearlyKos would seem rather contradictory to that effort but she professes a centrist position, nonetheless.
But, this may not make any sense to the average reader until they get a chance to look at Hillary’s thesis at Wellesley College in Massachusetts in 1969. Her paper was on Saul Alinsky and deals with how to change America’s political culture. The militant title, “There is only the fight…“, speaks to the Alinsky’s approach and, quite possibly, the author’s.
GOPublius has an HTML version of Hillary’s thesis and Freedom Underground has the PDF version of the same. The HTML is an easier read on the eyes but having to click to get to different pages is a bit time consuming.
Oddly enough, the paper was locked away at the Clintons’ request, when Bill Clinton was elected as the 42nd president.
…the Clintons asked Wellesley [College] in 1993 to hide Hillary Rodham’s senior thesis…
Wellesley’s president, Nannerl Overholser Keohane, approved a broad rule with a specific application: The senior thesis of every Wellesley alumna is available in the college archives for anyone to read — except for those written by either a “president or first lady of the United States.” So far, that action has sealed precisely one document: Hillary Rodham’s senior honors thesis in political science, entitled ” ‘There Is Only the Fight…’: An Analysis of the Alinsky Model.”…
…Under Wellesley’s rule, Clinton’s thesis became available to researchers again when the Clintons left the White House in 2001 — available only to those who visit the Wellesley archives. But few have made the trip, and the document’s allure continued to grow. A purloined copy was offered for sale on eBay in 2001, then withdrawn when Clinton’s staff cited copyright law.
What was with the mystery of the paper written by the young leftwing Hillary? Why would they want it secured from the public’s eye? Interesting questions. Unfortunately, we haven’t gotten any answers. But, I would suspect that there is information there that they did not want the public to see. Perhaps it could be Hillary’s fundamental political leanings?
Does Hillary’s paper give us some deep insight into the aspiring Dem nominee for president? You will have to read it for yourself and draw your own conclusions. I think it does and I do not appear to be alone in that analysis. Peggy Noonan, co-author of “The Case Against Hillary Clinton“, referred to Hillary’s paper as “the Rosetta Stone of Hillary Studies.”