BP#8-Hillary Clinton’s Careful Courtship of Muslim Voters

Article: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/10/clinton-muslim-outreach/503915/

This article discusses how Hillary Clinton has used a careful strategy in the 2016 campaign to attract Muslim voters. Dalia Mogahed, “the director of research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding” mentions in the article that Clinton’s campaign is taking advantage of how easy Trump is making it to scare Muslims away from voting Republican. While the article is careful to mention that it’s not guaranteed Clinton will win the Muslim vote, she’s working on mending voter’s concerns and using it to her advantage.  The article mentions an advertisement put out by the Clinton campaign that features Khizr Khan, “the father of U.S. soldier Humayun Khan, who was slain fighting in Iraq.” The ad was intended to reach seven “battleground states” in which Khan says, “He was 27 years old, and he was a Muslim American. I want to ask Mr. Trump, would my son have a place in your America?”

With politics all over the news these days and an election right around the corner, the ethics of politicians is certainly a question that’s frequently raised. To a degree, every democracy forces candidates to create a platform that persuades voters to cast votes for them. Hillary Clinton has used a very specific strategy to persuade voters against Donald Trump in order to persuade people to align with her. As voters we have a right to ask then, is she championing these ideas because she thinks that we will vote for her if we do, or is it because she actually believes in the things she is promoting?

Does she really care about fallen U.S. solider Khan, or does she just want to use him as a means to an end to gain votes?

Granted, this can be said for any candidate. Are they acting in accordance with the “good will” as Kant would say? I would certainly like to think that candidates are choosing their actions because it is the right thing to do, or rather their “duty” and respect for the moral law. But in this case, one may wonder why Hillary Clinton has more than 30 years of political experience and displays continual shifts in her thinking. It’s easy to find inconsistencies in her thought process because she has been in the public eye for so long, especially when it comes to issues of marriage equality, immigration, and the second amendment.

So, one can ask, is she evolving with society, or is she mirroring an evolution? How sincere are her beliefs if she is constantly changing her mind? Aside from the politics and picking sides, this article made me wonder if Hillary Clinton (or any politician for that matter) acts in accordance with the good will following the categorical imperative, or simply does and says whatever they can to get a vote.


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