I’d love to see the first woman president elected in my lifetime, and I have no doubt that is going to happen sooner or later. I’m in no rush, because I want the right person for the job, who will leave an amazing legacy to our future women. Sure, it is about time. With men like rapper T.I. saying they refuse to vote for a woman for that office still, it makes me wonder what time warp we’ve hit. (Who is listening to that guy anyway?) And, maybe, this is why I feel like I’m the only one bringing up the election sexism we’re ignoring.
Unprecedented attacks on women’s autonomy in the health sector have triggered the old sentiments about cis gender binaries. In 2015, can we finally admit that there are more than two genders? At times, I am granted the hope that things are or have changed, but then something happens—some talking head says something against the LGBTQ community to curry favor with bigoted constituents. Then, we’re warped back to the 1950s and the Red Scare. Did you know that the whole anti-gay stance is predicated upon American Anti-Communism? It is! The nuclear family and all of that is a construct of post war cold aggression between the Russians and Americans. It was built up in this country to help assure we built up our population, by ensuring that every man and woman had babies, and lots of them. In that mix, we were taught what family values were, what/how a woman should be (because she had to be turned back from that job thing she got mixed up in during the war, and how ladies were hogging all the jobs from the men who had finally returned). It’s historical fact, and you can read about it in Lary May’s Big Tomorrow. I read that book cover to cover and several others along with it. This book will open your eyes to a lot going on in modern politics and, especially, the legacy of Reagan. The conclusion: all industries were focused on spreading the consensus, and people became invested in the ideology and haven’t given up on it yet.
The Cold War ended many years ago, but many people who were conditioned by the propaganda of the time are still holding onto those teachings and have passed them onto children who think this is the normal way of being. Surprise folks, but it isn’t and the Jesus, whom a lot of these folks keep reaching to for proof, never mentioned gay anything.
Sexism was doubled down on in the 1950s, as if it hasn’t been for centuries. And it’s being doubled down on again, as women are loosing their rights to healthcare across the nation. The right to her life and bodily autonomy is being questioned in the highest courts, on the basis of hopped up propaganda backed religious ideology, and archaic myths about sexuality and gender. But, in this election, though that is a major issue facing half the population (or more), one of the Democratic nominees appears to only be present because of name recognition, economic status and her cis gender.
No one is talking about it! The sexism in this run up to the presidential election in the United States is going largely ignored. I watched the debates a couple weeks ago and Hillary Clinton continued to mention her gender as a deciding and major factor for why we should be voting for her. Yes, Hillary can understand the issues of white women of wealth. She claims to still understand what it’s like to be working class, which she hasn’t been in over four decades, and then she was a girl who didn’t have to worry about those things.
Does Hillary talk about: Being born into the middle class and despite extensive higher education and marketable skills, that I have somehow become classed as working poor? Or that, my income, which was once considered middle class, can’t cover the rent month to month without going without food, other necessities and savings? That I haven’t been on a real vacation in fifteen years? How about, my cousin, who raised four children on her own, and worked full time but needed food stamps to feed her babies? That her sister, who is a military wife, struggles to get by and achieve the American Dream, despite her family’s sacrifices for this country. Hillary was too busy being a Goldwater Girl and going to college, then catapulting through political offices on someone’s coattails, while working as a lawyer for Walmart and other questionable entities, gaining increasing wealth. She get’s what it’s like to be on food stamps? hahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Is this going to be like Romney eating ramen noodles?
Hillary also talks about how she wants to ensure her grandchild, and by default the rest of the children out there, get’s every opportunity. The disconnect in that statement sailed right over people’s heads. What opportunity is the Clinton grandchild ever going to miss out on? Therefore, how will she ever know what the rest of the children are being denied if that’s her gauge? Those people in the audience should have held their applause, but then, they are sitting at the actual debate, so I assume that majority were celebrities and professionals who had an in—and seriously unlikely to understand real struggle. You cannot relate through a child that has been born into privilege to those who have not. YOU CANNOT. Trying ignores the disparities that exist and prevent achieving economic equality for all people. Point 1. people of color—would you try to relate to a black woman by saying you get it, Mrs. Rodeo Drive? You had best not. It’s patently offensive!
The other thing I noticed about this debate was the fact that, while the Black Lives Matter movement has become a left wing talking point and power grab—that no one mentioned Mrs. Clinton’s background with Barry Goldwater, the senator who voted against Civil Rights. While she was playing at being a Goldwater Girl, Bernie was walking with civil rights leaders to gain People of Color equality. Yet, I’m told she’s fair on this issue and has done a lot. I have yet to see what this a lot is. I’m not even going to mention the turncoat Republicans now running as Dems.
And finally, Hillary spoke pointedly about being a woman in this race to President. Somehow, her rhetoric, despite being so polished it was plastic, centered around: Elect me. I’m a woman and it’s time—and people lapped it up like sweet milk! It most certainly is and has been time that we saw a woman in the seat of President, but is this a point on which to run? I mean is that something to build your campaign on? I’m concerned about your record and the facts about your previous service and political history, GOLD WATER GIRL.
Think about that. Is the Clinton campaign using inequality to curry favor with voters? It appears to me that with the success on the left of the first Black president, her campaign is trying to use another minority group to jump into the seat. I felt utterly pandered to and it made me sick to my stomach. As a screenwriter, I watched softballs lobbed to her and watched lead-ins to talking points tailored to her. Lean in? Oh, honey. That shit was scripted like a reality show and the script revolved around I’m a woman so vote for me.
Why is that being ignored? Why is it okay to say my gender qualifies me for this job, because we’re due? I don’t care if we’re overdue by 1,000 years. It is sexist against both men and women to pander to the minority group in such a way, ignoring the real problems that face women day to day. She lofted out a couple talking points on the abortion debate and planned parenthood and made an off-color remark about being a woman. And, people are applauding that? They remark about how polished she was when that should be making them worried and question why she was so polished.
About a year ago, people were writing about how gender doesn’t matter. Now, it suddenly is a reason to vote for someone. How can we stand by and ignore that? Do we even think about the implications of electing someone who stands a chance at seriously making a worse mess of things for women? You think that the sexist remarks about women are bad now, just wait. Wait until WarHawk Clinton moves us on Iran, or some other bogey man. Wait until the smoke clears on Bengahzi investigations and emails, because there’s a real issue that has yet to be investigated (see the article linked at the end of this post).
You know what else would be a first, since we’re talking about silly reasons on which to base our vote? Our first Jewish president. Imagine how far that would go to quieting the right wing evangelical segment who has been too loud for the past decade, and growing louder, as they chant that faith matters, and call our sitting president a Muslim, using the faith of millions around the world like an epitaph. The religious freedom they keep decrying is backfiring in their faces thanks to pagans and satanists who are exercising the freedom, if only to mock them. Wouldn’t it go a long way to reinforcing the separation of church and state, if they had to deal with a non-Christian in the presidency? But, Bernie Sanders doesn’t act from Judaism in his stances. He does what is necessary for his constituents, regardless of faith, the hallmark of a secular nation. His roots, are still a first, though. And, yet, we’re ignoring the major first he too would represent—and perhaps showing a different kind of bigotry in the process. Antisemitism anyone?Maybe that explains the frothing anger Hillary’s supporters have for Bernie-bots, ironically showing how robotic and monstrous they are.
People really? You don’t vote because it’s a first! You vote for the right individual to do the job. This isn’t the goddamn Oscars! This isn’t class president at high school, which may be the only experience you have with voting, or the only experience on which you base your reasoning. I really hope not!
Although we might elect the first woman president, have we thought about the legacy that individual would leave behind for women? If we put Hillary forward as the candidate, we’d be saying that we don’t mind the top 1% controlling everything, that it’s not important that Wall Street be brought to heel, or that the best candidate mattered to us–we prefer name recognition and a woman. I have yet to hear what she has done so well that warrants her election to that high office. She was my State senator. I was around and very politically aware during her husband’s two terms (which ended in the deregulation of banks and the housing bubble a couple years later, and I remember swallowing my fear and hoping to God that it didn’t turn out as it did, as I watched him, smiling ear to ear, sign that awful law). Her response is that we’re not electing her husband, yet that is the consistent reason I continue to hear from democrats as to why they’re voting for her. I liked Bill, so… The only thing worse is electing someone solely based on their having a vagina. Worse than that? Electing a rich white woman who is funded by Wall Street and big money interests, because it might be a first.
If you’re wondering if I am alone in these conclusions, an insurrection in the Democratic Party is on the rise against Debbie Wassermann-Schultz who appears to be rigging the nomination for Clinton, who’s campaign she worked on in 2008. And, why isn’t anyone paying more attention to this: Hillary Clinton Oversaw US Arms Deals to Clinton Foundation Donors.