I am not going to comment at this time about the chaos, bigotry, idiocy, and vitriol going on in the Republican Party at this time. I am choosing to not comment on it for 2 reasons:
1. Everyone else IS commenting and is doing a fantastic job of it.
2. I think the Democratic race is much more interesting and less drama filled. Therefore, it is an opportunity to show off how subtle I can be. 🙂
First of all, this commentary will be full of broad statements that are full of flaws in some instances but hold water in the big picture, to my opinion. I observe people, politics, community, the world in general… in terms of the big picture. Sure in some instances and perspectives my observations may not be valid, but in many or most they have something to offer.
Second of all, Lisa and I disagree about this. We have a split household. She is for Bernie, I am for Hillary. Makes for some interesting conversations around the dinner table, I can tell you.
I was for Hillary Clinton in 2008 when she ran against Obama. I love Obama, and I thought she would have made a better president at the time. I saw her as a more seasoned candidate, who knew more about how the Oval Office worked, was less of an idealist and more pragmatic about how to get things done. I think Obama has been fantastic, and he might have been better had he waited for more experience before taking on the presidency.
In 2008, I was also pretty furious with liberals and feminists for how Hillary was treated. At the time, I said aloud that we were about to find out what form of discrimination was stronger — racism or misogyny. Who won the race was not the deciding factor. Who SUPPORTED whom in this race was the deciding factor for me.
And — Misogyny ‘won’, IMHO.
Why? Because many feminists proudly talked then and now about how they are a feminist BUT they were supporting the other MAN (Obama then, Bernie now). Liberals had two good choices and chose Obama then. The reasons most often cited to criticize Hillary were and are thinly masked anti-feminist statements used to put down strong women.
• She’s cold
• She’s too impersonal
• She’s ugly
• She doesn’t dress well
• She is too hard
• She’s too aggressive
• She’s a hawk
And Liberals and Feminists everywhere thought then and think now that it is OK to use these reasons to not support her. Are we listening to ourselves? Really? Isn’t this the same language that was used about Gloria Steinem or Eleanor Roosevelt? And other strong women who have taken on public leadership roles? Isn’t this why Michele Obamas’ arms and how well defined they are can actually a point of discussion in the world. For real!
Anyway, we have a strong woman running for President and again I am excited. She is smart, savvy, willing to do hard things to get the job done. She is not an idealist, which is a good thing in my opinion. She is pragmatic, which is a trait I admire in myself and others.
She was Secretary of State which makes her knowledgeable right from the start about world affairs, and we have NO wiggle room about world issues at this time. I think that in addition to her gender she is smart and I agree on most of her stances. Not all. The only person who I agree with 100% is myself and I am not ready to run for presidency. So, I will settle for someone I agree with MOST of the time.
Hillary also has the support of the African American vote which is an important demographic for me. At this time, when racism is so highly prevalent, and our neighbors are calling the police on black schoolchildren waiting for the bus, I want to know who they support. And it is Hillary by a significant margin.
Hillary has the experience. She worked closely with Bill when he was president. She was a Senator. She served as Secretary of State. She knows Washington and our country inside and out.
Vote for Hillary.
OK, now we are open for comments: