'It Takes a Village' Has a New Look, But It's Full of Same Failed Liberal Daydreams

Hillary Clinton’s decision to “reissue” her decade-old book on government policy and childrearing, “It Takes a Village,” should be a red flag to anyone who thinks she’s moderated her hard-left views since the days of “HillaryCare.”

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On Wednesday, Hillary will be hawking her book on “The View” with gay rights activist Rosie O’Donnell, who mothers four adopted children with her “partner” Kelli Carpenter. To warm up Rosie, Hillary should immediately refer to her June 2006 vote against a constitutional ban on gay marriage.

But Hillary won’t be promoting marriage in the segment. The premise of “It Takes a Village” is that it’s too difficult for the traditional, nuclear family to survive in a modern world and that “the village” should assert control.

Hillary isn’t particularly concerned with keeping marriages sacred or intact. As a senator, she voted against marriage penalty relief to alleviate the unfair tax burden on married couples. On the other hand, she believes divorce is worthy of government support. She wrote in “It Takes a Village” that she "admired" a program in Ohio that treated "divorce as a public health issue" and said applauded government mandated "cooling off periods, with education and counseling for partners" before allowing couples to separate. In other words, Hillary thinks it’s acceptable for the government to impose penalties for married couples and instead use its resources to approve and assist divorce.

Not to say Hillary doesn’t support marriage. After all, she’s maintained her own, despite her husband’s rampant infidelity and, as the New York Times recently reported, the fact she only spends 14 days a month with him on average.

Hillary’s ideal place to raise a child is “modern and inviting” and "makes caring for children a top priority.” According to Hillary, this place is France. In the book, she cheered France’s systems, which were so effective that "it’s no wonder that so many French parents—even mothers who do not work outside the home—choose to send their children to these government-subsidized centers." (Most children in France become full-time students before reaching the age of three.) Contrastingly, she lamented that the programs aren’t replicated in the United States because "the price for such generous social programs is felt across the board in higher taxes." Enviously, she wrote, "What I do believe, however, is that the French have found a way of expressing their love and concern through policies that focus on children’s needs during the earliest stages of life."

She is also revered the “openness and sexuality and availability of contraception in most European countries” that she said “are credited with lowering rates of unintended pregnancy and abortion.” For the rest of the chapter, Hillary lumped contraception and abortion rights together as “family planning.” Her spin, oddly enough, is that abortion is good for children. She said, “family planning, more than just limiting the number of children parents have, protects the welfare of existing and future children.”

For American women who do carry children to term, Hillary said the government could broadcast information to educate them about childcare. She suggested in her chapter “Kids Don’t Come With Instructions” that "radio and television stations could broadcast childcare tops between programs, songs, and talk show diatribes … videos with scenes of common-sense baby care-how to burp an infant, what to do when soap gets in his eyes, how to make a baby with an earache comfortable—could be running continuously in doctors’ offices, clinics, hospitals, motor vehicle offices, or any place where people have to gather and wait."

Harnessing control of the media has long been a concern of Hillary’s. Journalists who may have forgotten how Hillary would protect children from violence on television should turn to page 282 of their old copy of “It Takes a Village” and reread the passage where Clinton said journalists and news executives have the "responsibility" to "balance" violent reporting with "positive images of themselves and those around them, taking care not to exacerbate negative stereotypes."

The Internet has been particularly bothersome to Hillary over the years. Burned by the organic coverage of her husband’s salacious relationship with young Monica Lewinsky, Hillary expressed a desire to "edit" the Internet.

A year after the first release of “It Takes a Village,” Hillary discussed the Internet’s role as a rumor mill in a White House press conference as First Lady. Of that, she said she "didn’t about a clue about what we’re going to do legally, regulatorily [sic], technologically" about the Internet "there are a number of serious issues without any kind of editing or gate-keeping function [on the Internet]."

The innate inclinations toward regulation and policy ideas Hillary had when she penned “It Takes a Village” are the same she has today. She always has been hostile toward the media, even though she knows it could threaten her carefully constructed image. She’s still comfortable in a household where Heather has two mommies and the children are sent to government run daycare. She continues to lust after universal healthcare.

Taken together, her support for government control of the media, marriage, childrearing and healthcare would facilitate the perfect nanny state.

By slapping a new introduction on her tired package of failed liberal daydreams, Hillary is putting lipstick on the pig of the fact she’s devoid of any fresh ideas to take on the campaign trail. And for this reason, her ugly, bloated plans should be swiftly slaughtered again.


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