Environmentalists don’t appreciate Hillary Clinton and Monsanto in bed together. Will that be enough to stop her?
In a way, I’m sorry that no Republican will get in much trouble for being a Monsanto salesman. I don’t have a firm opinion yet on GMO in general or on Monsanto’s products in particular, but I do wonder about their influence on our government. If this chart is even half accurate it represents a real problem:
But while the Republican Party doesn’t have a large environmentalist contingent, the Democrat party does. They aren’t happy with Hillary Clinton.
The Washington Times reports, “Iowa Democrats flee Hillary Clinton over GMO support, Monsanto ties.”
Hillary Rodham Clinton’s ties to agribusiness giant Monsanto, and her advocacy for the industry’s genetically modified crops, have environmentalists in Iowa calling her “Bride of Frankenfood” — putting yet another wrinkle in her presidential campaign’s courtship of liberal activists who are crucial to winning the state’s Democratic caucuses.
The backlash against Mrs. Clinton for her support of genetically modified organisms (GMO), which dominate the corn and soybean crops at the heart of Iowa’s economy, manifested itself at a recent meeting of the Tri-County Democrats, where members gauged support for the former secretary of state.
A large faction of women voiced strong support for Mrs. Clinton’s candidacy until the GMO issue came up, prompting them to switch allegiances to Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont, a liberal stalwart challenging her for the Democratic nomination.
“I was surprised, because these women were really pushing for Hillary until they found out about the Monsanto connection, and then they dropped her like a hot potato,” said James Berge, Democratic Party chairman for Worth County, Iowa.
“It’s quite a big issue,” he said. “There’s people who are just wild about all the use of GMOs.”
The issue gives liberal voters another reason to be skeptical of Mrs. Clinton, whom they already distrust because of her cozy relationship with Wall Street and the centrist philosophy that she and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, long embraced.
I’m not exactly sure how socialist Bernie Sanders’ views can be accurately described as less “centrist.” But if relationship between Hillary Clinton and Monsanto is going to divide the Democrat faithful, then that is all to the good.
The opportunity will be squandered, however, if we elect an establishment Republican into office. This is our chance to get a real conservative in power.