Madame Hillary, by R. Emmett Tyrell: on Families & Children

Hillary Clinton: Critics misinterpret 70s article on "Children Under the Law"

In Hillary's 1970s Harvard Educational Review article "Children Under the Law," she gave lawyers the go-ahead to "remodel" the family. As Senator, she complains about the "misinterpretation" of her article in "Living History." "Conservative Republicans twist my words to portray me as 'anti-family.' Some claimed that I wanted children to be able to sue their parents if they were told to take out the garbage."

In the original piece, Hillary says, "Ascribing rights to children will force from the judiciary and the legislature institutional support for the child's point of view." In the essay, Hillary reveals her view that the family and marriage are just artificial constructs--policies, really--that can be altered at will: "The basic rationale for depriving people of rights in a dependency relationship is that certain individuals are incapable of the right to take care of themselves. Examples of such arrangements include marriage, slavery, and the Indian reservation system."

Source: Madame Hillary, by R. Emmett Tyrrell, p.129-130 Feb 25, 2004

  • The above quotations are from Madame Hillary:The Dark Road to the White House,
    by R. Emmett Tyrell, published Feb. 2004
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