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Nov252013

Hillary Clinton - Diplomatic Disagreement

In 2009, United States Republican, Christopher Smith, takes on Democrat, Hillary Clinton, about reproductive health. Hillary responds clearly, directly, and diplomatically. She argues both sides of the issue and agrees in the end to disagree.

The question for us is not whether we agree or disagree with the ideas necessarily, but how clearly her ideas are communicated and how persuasive they might be or in this case, to recognize that persuading the other party is impossible because of opposing principles and values.

In the list of related videos, we found this one, watched it and believe it's among the finest speeches we have heard. This is Hillary Clinton's 2001 speech in Geneva, Switzerland on International Human Rights Day, proclaiming human rights for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). Again, she argues both sides and draws attention to the Unites States' record "my own country's record on human rights for gay people is far from perfect."

She drew attention to religious differences, economic, political, and social costs. She described progress on racism and religious freedom and said that there was much more to be done, that it is difficult, but important.

As far as we can tell, she did not speak from notes or teleprompters. Her pace made it easy to understand and follow. It's difficult to imagine she is a politician - no meaningless fluff.

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