Wednesday, February 06, 2008

My Essay on the Democratic Elections

A dear friend wrote saying she was surprised I didn't vote with Doris for Obama, that I didn't seem like a Hillary type!

Well, I am DEFINITELY a "Hillary type."  Totally.  (I am an OLD dyed in the wool feminist.)  (Four other women & I helped start "Stewardesses For Women's Rights" with the backup of Gloria Steinem & Betty Friedan in '69...)

Hillary is strong & powerful & focused.  She is smart & tough enough to stand up to everyone & break thru the glass ceiling!  I admire & respect her.  Wish I were more like her.  The youth of today have NO IDEA what we old farts had to go thru to get to this point for women,  NO idea. 

And in effect, young women do NOT care because they have come into their lives with entitlement, thanks to us all stomping around with no bras, hairy legs in our 'combat boots' demanding equal rights with our picket signs.  It's been a long, hard road for a fact.

Plus I loved Bill Clinton & thought he was a wonderful president & know he is So Damn Brilliant.  I would prefer that men (&/or women) would not fuck outside their marraige or relationships, but that is just not realistic, esp when they have so much power & charisma... I dont give a shit that he had other women & lied about it, hell who wouldn't have lied about it, & in fact HIS lies didn't kill anyone like Bush's fucking maniacal lies. 

Our economy was excellent when he was in office. 
I would LOVE it that he would be available to Hillary if she needed any kind of input on running the country.  She had been there thru it all with him & knows what it's about & what it takes. 

She would be SO wonderful, but America is still sexist & hold men higher than women.  Every time.  And I do think that many older women (perhaps myself included in spite of all my self worth work..) still have self hate deep within & immediately judge & compete with all successful women.
 
I think Barack Obama is wonderful & that he is pure light! I like his wife. I believe he is earnest & wants desperately to make a huge difference.  I do Not believe he has enough experience yet.  However if he is elected (& I think he very well could be!) I would support him.  I would however prefer Hillary WIN & Barack be Vice President & get more serious experience 4 or 8 yrs, & THEN become President.
 
Of course that is My Dream about the situation.  They would make a fabulous team, but I wonder if either one could put aside their ego to be Vice President when the other one eventually comes out on top?!  If they could, it would be perfection.  

I remember when Shirley Chisolm ran for President in '72 & I cried when I was able to vote for that possibility!

I remember when Geraldine Ferrero was nominated for Vice President in '84(?) & I cried when I was able to vote for that possibility!

I remember when Jesse Jackson ran for President  in '88 & I cried when I was able to vote for that possibility!

Actually... I wept with joy for all of the above, never thinking I would have ever lived to experience those potential realities.  Of course I was big-time, majorly disappointed when "my" candidates didn't make it.

I shall weep with pure joy if Hillary wins, I shall weep with pure joy if Barack wins!  The fact that we are here historically is beyond ecstasy! 

If either win, it will be BLISS!

If both win together, it will be Blessed Rapture!!!

2 comments:

val41221 said...

KMae... this was brilliant writing!  I agree with every friggin thing you wrote.  AMEN!  Very well expressed and then some.
And just for the record, I know plenty of women (myself included) who DO appreciate what all the women of years ago have done to get us all to the point we're at.  Same goes for the GLBT movement, as well.
Have a great weekend!

sassyfemmect said...

You said...  "However if he is elected (& I think he very well could be!) I would support him.  I would however prefer Hillary WIN & Barack be Vice President & get more serious experience 4 or 8 yrs, & THEN become President."

150% totally agree with you!!!!!!!!!