First of all, Ms Clinton makes the (for liberals, at least) common mistake of confusing law with legislation. Legislations are not laws, they are codified opinions. No one in their right mind would today support the Volstead Act, although for 13 years – from 1920 to 1933 – it was the "law" of the land. And the fugitive Slave Acts of 1793 and 1850 are today regarded as nothing more than curious remnants of our nation's history.
The delusion that current legislation is anything more than the political machinations of one or another vocal minority is a debility exclusive to liberals. Rational and informed people have always been aware that most legislation is simply the codifications of current fads. To suggest that they need to be "backed up with resources and political will" is an admission of one's ignorance of that fact.
But even more disturbing than the ignorance displayed in Hillarity's first sentence is the Fascist zealotry revealed in her second. "Deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases," she asserts, "have to be changed."
"Deep seated cultural codes," Madam, happen to be the basis of a society. Among the deep seated cultural codes that define the American society are freedom of religion; freedom of speech; freedom from unreasonable search, seizure, and imprisonment; and freedom to maintain the means of protection from the government.
Which of these or of other "deep seated cultural codes" are you proposing to change, Hillarity? From the venue in which you made the statement, I would guess your first target would be freedom of religion. And my guess would seem to be verified by the next in your list of things that "have to be changed" – religious beliefs.
Religious beliefs are the moral backbone of a society, Madam Secretary. There is a reason that the church and the state have remained in close collusion throughout their 10,000 year joint effort to civilize man. Because neither of them can do it alone. Civilization is, and always has been, a partnership between the physical and the spiritual restraint of mankind. For the state to sever that partnership is to reenact the suicide of the Third Reich.
Finally, Hillarity, you speak of "structural biases" as a component of American society that we have to change. Structural biases are the framework, built by cultural codes and religious beliefs, that enable civilized society. They are the self-imposed restrictions that make living in a society along with others possible, and without them any society will collapse.
It is the structural bias against murder that prevents men from killing their fellow men to steal their wealth or to rape their women when there's no cop around. It is structural biases – preprogrammed biases against any activities that violate the cultural codes and the religious beliefs of one's society – that allow society to function without constant surveillance and enforcement of rules.
And, Hillarity, it is a structural bias that keeps people in authority from selling their influence for personal profit. No wonder you think that has to be changed.
As every parent knows, the most difficult lesson to teach a child is that actions have consequences. Obviously, Hugh and Dorothy Howell Rodham failed miserably in teaching that basic tenet of life to their daughter.