Evan McMullin is that breath of fresh air the voters have been seeking.
And no matter what, he cannot win the Presidency on November 8th for a myriad of reasons ― despite the best hopes of all supporters.
Here’s the deal:
The American people have less then 100 days to decide who will govern the United States of America.
Yesterday, a true patriot and good man entered the race for the Presidency.
His name: Evan McMullin. And I love Evan McMullin.
He’s a really good guy.
He has has served his Country honorably at home and abroad in war.
He’s come home to America and continues to do great things.
Now here’s the reality: Evan McMullin cannot win.
Now ― Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, DC, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, New Hampshire, and Ohio all have petition deadlines on August 10th - August 12th, 2016.
The deadlines of more then twenty five other states have already passed.
The other remaining states have high threshold requirements that are practically not surmountable.
Further, Evan McMullin getting on ballot in other places then Louisiana, Mississippi, or Utah and a few other states is his best case scenario.
Like a vote for Jill Stein or Gary Johnson, a vote for Evan is a protest vote.
Only two viable Candidates remain.
The media is fixated on Donald Trump and his life.
With this in mind, let’s a take a look at Hillary Clinton history and her story.
1969 – Graduated with a B.A . Degree with Departmental Honors in Political Science, from Wellesley College & was the first student speaker to deliver their commencement. She received a standing ovation lasting seven minutes & was featured in an article in Life magazine.
1973 – Graduated from Yale Law School with honors & awarded a professional Juris Doctor Degree (or Doctor of Law, also known as the Doctor of Jurisprudence).
1983 – Named Arkansas Woman of the Year by the Arkansas Democrat.
1983 – Named Headliner of the Year by the Arkansas Press Association
1983 – Named with Bill Clinton, as Public Citizens of the Year by the Arkansas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.
1984 – Named Arkansas (Young) Mother of the Year by the Arkansas Association of American Mothers.
1986 – Awarded Honorary Doctorate by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
1988 – Named by the National Law Journal as one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America. (1st time)
1991 – Named by the National Law Journal as one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America. (2nd time)
1992 – Glamour’s Women of the Year Award
1993 – Gallup’s Most Admired Woman in the World. (1st time)
1993 – Received Honorary Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania & delivered the commencement address.
1994 – Gallup’s Most Admired Woman in the World. (2nd time)
1994 – Received the Living Legacy Award from the Women’s International Center, in recognition of “her vast contributions in so many fields, especially honoring her work for women and children”.
1994 – The Netherlands cultivated a special variety of tulip after Hillary Clinton, which has been grown as of the late 2000s.
1995 – The New York University Annual Survey of American Law dedicated its 52nd volume to Hillary Clinton. (My law school so I am biased here...)
1995 – Awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Mount Saint Vincent University.
1997 – Gallup’s Most Admired Woman in the World. (3rd time)
1997 – Won the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for her book, “It Takes A Village”.
1997 – Awarded the Lincoln Medal from the Ford’s Theatre Society, presented to “individuals who, through their body of work, accomplishments or personal attributes, exemplify the lasting legacy, and mettle of character embodied by Abraham Lincoln.
1998 – Gallup’s Most Admired Woman in the World. (4th time)
1998 – Awarded the United Arab Emirates Health Foundation Prize for her work in health and social welfare of women, children and families.
1999 – Gallup’s Most Admired Woman in the World. (5th time)
1999 – Received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Children of Chernobyl Relief Fund
1999 – Received the Mother Teresa Award, the highest honor given to civilians by Albania, for her humanitarian efforts following the Kosovo War and worldwide.
2000 – Gallup’s Most Admired Woman in the World. (6th time)
2002 – Gallup’s Most Admired Woman in the World. (7th time)
2003 – Gallup’s Most Admired Woman in the World. (8th time)
2004 – Named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. (1st time)
2004 – Gallup’s Most Admired Woman in the World. (9th time)
2004 – Ranked #5 on Forbes Magazine’s World’s Most Powerful People list. (1st time)
2004 – Presented with the Inaugural Nursing Health & Humanity Award from the University of Rochester School of Nursing.
2004 – Awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) by the University of Ulster.
2005 – Gallup’s Most Admired Woman in the World. (10th time)
2005 – Ranked #26 on Forbes Magazine’s World’s Most Powerful People list. (2nd time)
2005 – Awarded the 2004 German Media Prize for being “a model politician for millions of women around the world”.
2005 – Received the American Medical Women’s Association’s President’s Vision & Voice Award, for being an advocate for women’s health and related issues.
2005 – Received an Honorary Doctorate from Agnes Scott College for “being a defender of human rights & a resolute defender of the rights of women and girls”.
2005 – Received the Reserve Officers Association’s National President’s Award.
2005 – Inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
2006 – Gallup’s Most Admired Woman in the World. (11th time)
2006 – Ranked #18 on Forbes Magazine’s World’s Most Powerful People list. (3rd time)
2006 – Named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. (2nd time)
2006 – Honored with the Remembrance Award from the Northeastern New York Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
2006 – Received an Energy Leadership Award, from the United States Energy Association’s Energy Efficiency Forum, in recognition of her leadership on energy issues.
2007 – Gallup’s Most Admired Woman in the World. (12th time)
2007 – Named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. (3rd time)
2007 – Awarded Honorary Doctorate in Medicine, by the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, for “being a strong advocate for increased investment in medical research & raising awareness of increased health problems linked to obesity, poor quality food and physical inactivity”.
2007 – Named Person of the Year by Irish America Magazine.
2008 – Gallup’s Most Admired Woman in the World. (13th time)
2008 – Ranked #28 on Forbes Magazine’s World’s Most Powerful People list. (4th time)
2008 – Named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. (4th time)
2008 – Named NY1’s New Yorker of the Year.
2008 – Glamour’s Trailblazer Award.
2009 – Received the Salute to Greatness Award from the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change.
2009 – Gallup’s Most Admired Woman in the World. (14th time)
2009 – Ranked #36 on Forbes Magazine’s World’s Most Powerful People list. (5th time)
2009 – Mother Teresa Award for Humanitarian Efforts.
2009 – Margaret Sanger Award for outstanding contributions to reproductive health and rights movement.
2009 – Salute to Greatness Award.
2009 – Newsweek’s 13th Most Powerful Person on the Planet Award.
2009 – Global Elite’s Most Powerful American Woman Award.
2009 – Global Trailblazer Award from Vital Voices Global Partnership for “her passionate commitment to promoting women’s rights & securing justice for all people around the world”.
2009 – Named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. (5th time)
2009 – Awarded an Honorary Doctor of Law Degree from New York University & delivered their 177th commencement speech at New York’s Yankee Stadium.
2009 – Awarded Barnard College’s highest award of the Barnard Medal of Distinction when delivering their commencement.
2009 – Awarded a 2nd Honorary Doctor of Law Degree from Yale University, where she graduated & earned her 1st Juris Doctorate Degree in 1969.
2009 – Awarded the National Coordinated Effort of Hellenes, for “unprecedented steps taken in the right direction on Hellenic & Orthodox issues”.
2009 – Received the Freedom Medal, park of the Four Freedoms Awards, from the Roosevelt Institute.
2010 – Gallup’s Most Admired Woman in the World. (15th time)
2010 – George McGovern Leadership Award from the World Food Program, for” her commitment and visionary approach to ending global hunger”.
2010 – One of TIME Magazine’s 25 Most Powerful Women of the Past Century.
2011 – Gallup’s Most Admired Woman in the World. (16th time)
2011 – Named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. (6th time)
2011 – Ranked #2 on Forbes Magazine’s World’s Most Powerful People list. (6th time)
2011 – George C. Marshall Foundation Award for a career of distinguished public service and “for her dignity & integrity of character for her devotion to creating & perpetuating free and democratic intuitions, and for promoting appropriate economic development that will allow them to flourish”.
2011 – Received the Walther-Rathenau-Preis in Berlin “for outstanding contributions to international understanding and cooperation”.
2012 – Gallup’s Most Admired Woman in the World. (17th time)
2012 – Ranked #2 on Forbes Magazine’s World’s Most Powerful People list. (7th time)
2012 – Champions for Change Award for Leadership.
2012 – Lifetime Achievement Award for Peace and Reconciliation.
2012 – Named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. (7th time)
2012 – Arkansas’ largest airport in Little Rock was renamed “Bill & Hillary Clinton National Airport / Adams Field”.
2012 – Received the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service.
2012 – Given the Champions for Change Award for Leadership by the International Center for Research on Women, “in recognition of her long standing dedication to empowering women and girls worldwide and ensuring their human rights”.
2012 – Received the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Worldwide Ireland Funds, in recognition of her efforts for peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland.
2013 – Gallup’s Most Admired Woman in the World. (18th time)
2013 – Ranked #5 on Forbes Magazine’s World’s Most Powerful People list. (8th time)
2013 – Awarded the Philippine Legion of Honor
2013 – Honored by the Pacific Council on International Policy with the inaugural Warren Christopher Public Service Award.
2013 – Awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service (the Pentagon’s Highest Honor for private citizens).
2013 – Received the first Michael Kors Award for Outstanding Community Service.
2013 – The Central Arkansas Library System’s Board of Trustees opened the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library & Learning Center in her honor to “specifically acknowledge the work she did as a citizen of Arkansas, as well as her continued work at the national and international levels to improve the lives of all the world’s children”.
2013 – Awarded the American Bar Association Medal, its highest honor, for her pursuit of social justice and transforming the legal profession for women.
2013 – Received the Helen Keller Humanitarian Award, by Helen Keller International, for her dedication to improving nutrition around the world.
2013 – Received the Elton John Foundation’s Founders’ Award for her commitment to human rights for people of color, the LGBT community, the HIV/AIDS epidemic & discrimination.
2013 – Women for Women International’s Champion of Peace Award, for her commitment to empowering and advancing the rights of women around the world.
2013 – Received the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation’s Global Impact Award.
2013 – Awarded the Lantos Human Rights Prize, by the Lantos Foundation, for human rights and internet freedom advocacy.
2013 – Voted by the British International Affairs, as winner of the Chatham House Prize, “in recognition of her personal leadership in driving a new era of U.S. diplomatic engagement and her particular focus on promoting education and rights for women and girls”.
2013 – Awarded the Liberty Medal by the National Constitution Center for “her positions in public service and for her advocacy efforts towards more rights for women and girls worldwide”.
2013 – Awarded an Honorary Doctor of Law Degree by the University of St. Andrews, in recognition of “her roles as politician, diplomat and champion of education, human rights, democracy, civil society and opportunities for women and girls around the world”.
2014 – Gallup’s Most Admired Woman in the World. (19th time)
2014 – Ranked #6 on Forbes Magazine’s World’s Most Powerful People list. (9th time)
2014 – Named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. (8th time)
2014 – Received the Order of Lincoln, the highest award of the State of Illinois, where she was born & raised.
2014 – Received the Ripple of Hope Award from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.
2014 – Named one of Glamour Magazine’s 75 Most Important Women of the Past 75 Years.
2015 – Accepted the “We Are Emily” Award from Emily’s List.
2015 – Inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame.
2015 – Received the first Barbara Jordan Public-Private Leadership Award, given to “a deserving woman anywhere in the world who has made the highest achievement during the preceding year or years in any honorable field of human endeavor in the public or private sector”.
2015 – Gallup’s Most Admired Woman in the World. (20th time)
2016 - The first woman to receive the presidential nomination from a major political party.
You might not like Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
You might not see the above as accomplishments or the ability to lead.
That’s fair and that is life.
Many others do like her.
They like her experience and knowledge along with her tireless work ethic.
Many of us aspire to have future leadership where we can all live in an America where we sleep at night knowing we have a sane President.
But the question is simply this with only two Candidates left in this political race:
Do you want Donald J. Trump as your next President of the United States?
Michael Duga has served in political and strategic roles beginning in the Clinton Administration. This includes serving as Chief of Staff to Former Senator Max Cleland and as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Department of Defense. Mr. Duga is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Say No To Trump political action committee, www.SayNoToTrumpPAC.