Recently, Bernie Sanders (and his campaign) requested that his followers be respectful when speaking to others who may disagree politically. I fully agree with him, the discussion of politics has become a horrendous free-for-all, not only between the politicians but between their followers as well.
HOWEVER, I do not believe that disagreeing with a candidate or speaking freely about an opinion one holds toward a particular candidate is not being disrespectful.
I respected Hillary Clinton much more last time around, because she wasn’t “running as a woman.” This time around, she’s chosen to go ahead and “run as a woman.” If you don’t believe me, let me offer you a few links that point out she’s trading on it now.
- In an article for CNN, it was made clear that Hillary plans to stand on a political platform that hopes to build upon the fact that Obama was the first African-American president, by becoming the first female president.
- In an article in the New York Post, the journalist talked to her campaign to get more information beyond simply the announcement to run, and made it clear that “Mrs. Clinton plans to highlight that she is a grandmother and trumpet her chance to make history.” Even the people financing her campaign are enthusiastic because it is ‘the chance to make history by electing a woman to the presidency.’
- “Don’t you someday want to see a woman president of the United States of America?” she asked at an EMILY’s List event in March.
- “I expect to be judged on my merits,” Clinton told the Des Moines Register, “and the historic nature of my candidacy is one of the merits that I hope people take into account.”
- She knows that while she may have strong support with older women, the younger female vote (which helped President Obama win) would require some harder work.Going after the younger woman vote (18-35 is her stated point.
Now she’s getting older feminist icons to speak out for her. But, sadly, I’m thinking this is going to backfire on her. Why? Because those same icons are being quite dismissive of the more recent generation of feminists.
Madeline Albright (former Secretary of State) admonishes younger women, not just claiming that the new generation of feminists think that the fight is somehow done (Really? I could read forever about how much that the newer generation of feminists have not only picked up the fight, but have also pushed it even higher), but that by choosing to vote for Sanders rather than for Clinton they are going to hell for supporting Clinton: “We can tell our story of how we climbed the ladder, and a lot of you younger women think it’s done,” Ms. Albright said of the broader fight for women’s equality. “It’s not done. There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!”
And Gloria Steinem, who has been fighting for women for decades, went on to say that not only are the younger women not fighting, but that they are wanting to support Sanders because that’s where the boys are.“ Bill Maher even points out that he’d be in deep shit if he said it.
I don’t object to Clinton because she’s a woman. I object to her because she has shown in her past to be the exact opposite of what I believe we need in this country. She is rarely plain spoken, has no problems spin-doctoring her words and has pretty much shown year after year that she is in the pocket of special interest groups. She’s shown that she prefers the 1% rather than the rest of us. So, now she’s trying to claim that she is just like you and I – that somehow being a grandmother millionaire somehow makes her “exactly the same as” a grandmother who is barely making ends meet or who has to raise her child’s child, because that mother or father is useless.
She’s shown time and again that her ethics are questionable. She’s shown time and again how little she cares for either the poor or the middle class.
So, NO, I will NOT be voting for Clinton, no matter how much I may want a female as President. I expect that ANYONE – regardless of gender – who steps into that particular job needs to have shown by their past that they are ethical, needs to show that they fit that higher standard.