A few months ago, I checked out It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us, by Hillary Clinton from a local library. I decided to read the book because I figured my best bet on persuading myself to vote for Donald Trump would be to become thoroughly appalled by Clinton's way of thinking.
It takes me a long time to finish a book when I'm reading it just because I dislike the author. And It Takes a Village was anything but a captivating thriller. The only thing making me excited to flip each page was the prospect of being that much nearer the end.
That said, I did not notice a single typo or grammatical error. The quality of the book is befitting a First Lady. Clinton addresses the challenges she believes children--and those who care for them--face in modern life, and presents solutions for parents, schools, neighborhoods, and the nation.
Throughout the book are stories from her own childhood, Bill Clinton's childhood, her time raising Chelsea, the lives of her parents, and the lives of various people she has met. She also frequently quotes prominent psychologists, researchers, and public figures.
I found myself agreeing with Clinton on the relevance of many of the problems she presented. The research and facts presented are interesting.
In short, she talks about the things we all think are important in raising children. Where I differed with her was generally not on the problems, but on the solutions. She believes the government should do more to solve the problems of society and help parents, to improve children's chances of being raised "correctly."
My own view is the government should do less. If the government can't do a good job running itself efficiently, how can we expect it to do a good job helping us run our families? Why would we want it to? Some people do need help. But providing that help shouldn't be the role of government.
My conclusion? Hillary Clinton probably is an excellent and informational grandmother, and perhaps would be a good community organizer, social worker, or counselor for troubled mothers. But I would not choose her as Commander in Chief. (Though at this point perhaps we do need someone versed in psychology to lead our nation...)I'm not sure if reading this book was worthwhile for me. While I didn't enjoy it, it didn't appall me quite as badly as I was hoping it would.
"I wrestle nearly every day with the biblical admonition to forgive and love my enemies."
--Hillary Clinton, It Takes a Village (1996)
I wonder how she's doing on that one this election!