Recently I have increasingly seen comments in the news and around the web from some millennial women that the 'older' women of the boomer generation need to let go and pass the torch to the younger generations. Their premise is that they are well prepared to fight the fight for us in their own way and know what they are doing. Many want Bernie Sanders for President. Others, perhaps not of this mindset want Hillary Clinton for President.
Aside from the fact that this sort of hurts my feelings to dismiss me as if I am in my rocking chair already at the ripe old age of 55, I couldn't disagree with the thought more.
It's not about passing the torch, but it is about sharing the torch. One generation need not get out of the way while another generation 'get's it done'. It should be about women of all generations lifting ourselves up. We need to stand side by side and we need to help each other climb to the top and shatter those glass ceilings. As one friend of mine put it, the younger women need to stand on the shoulders of those that went before them. We certainly don't need to pit older against younger. As women, we need to work together and we don't need to dismiss the accomplishments of each other to advance our cause.
We older women were there for the millennials their entire lives. We fought long and hard for women's rights and issues and we will continue that fight until the day we die. Women of my generation and the generations before me have fought for centuries to get where we are today. Our fight isn't over and we learn from each other and those that went before us. We never forget what we have done to get here.
100 years ago, women in America didn't even have the vote. We still only have 20 women Senators and only 84 Congresswomen. In the 240 years of Presidents in America we have never had a woman President. Some of these millennial women want us to elect Bernie Sanders because they believe he has better credentials regarding women's rights and issues than Hillary. While I don't doubt that Sanders has supported women's issues and rights in the past, with all due respect, he has not walked in our shoes and I believe that Hillary not only has walked in our shoes, she has fought long and hard for us and it's not just another issue for her, it's who she is.
During this election we women have had to walk a hard road. Many of us have been criticized and had the charge that we are voting with 'our vagina's' leveled at us because we support a woman. The fact that Hillary is the most qualified candidate for President to come along in a generation is dismissed under a barrage of half truths, outright lies, smears and anything else that can be thrown at her. And now...we are being told we are too old to count anymore.
I am telling you here and now.....it's not about old vs young. It's about working together and not tearing each other down. If you don't support Hillary then that's ok, because she supports you. She always has and she always will.
Just cause I want to....
Tomorrow is February 1st and so begins the true start of the Primary & Caucus Season! Congratulations to Hillary and all her wonderful supporters that have made it to this pivotal point in history. Tomorrow and in the weeks and months to come, Hillary is going to need our support more than ever. Stand strong and hold your heads high. Give Hillary your support and give that support to all those that back her in her endeavor to become our next President!
Don't let the lies and the smears tear you down or lose the faith. Those that oppose her will do everything in their power to try to take her out and we won't let them. Hillary looks at America and thinks of what she can do to make things better for everyone. Hillary doesn't want to tear down everything the Democratic Party has worked so hard for over the years, she wants to build it up, expand it and improve on it.
Always remember the goal. We want Hillary in the White House. We want a Democrat to set the path of the country via leadership, legislation and the make-up of the Supreme Court for the generations that follow us. We want Hillary because she is the best choice when it comes to women's issues and rights, when it comes to taking the steps necessary to stop the senseless gun deaths, when it comes to true equality in America, whether about race, gender or sexual orientation. We want Hillary because she is the one that can take on the Right and knock down their fear mongering and hatred that has become so pervasive. When it comes to Hillary....we know the right wing fears her the most....and with good reason. They know that she is the one that will stand up to them and prove once and for all that they are the ones dividing America and that their way will never be what is best for us all.
So stay strong my friends....and stay together. We got this. Hillary's got this. Together we will triumph!
I am voting for Hillary Clinton by using my brain and listening to my heart. For someone to suggest I am voting for her merely because I have a vagina is insulting, condescending and does not win you or your chosen candidate any favors.
I am a Democrat and a woman and I support Hillary Clinton. As a Hillary supporter and a woman, I support Women's Rights and so does Hillary. As a Hillary supporter and a woman, I am supporting the candidate that I believe best understands and supports Women's Rights and Issues and under that umbrella, I also support Planned Parenthood....an organization that has been supporting women for over 100 years.
It saddens me to see some people feel the need to punish Planned Parenthood by withdrawing their monetary support for such an outstanding organization that actually gives a damn about women's health because of some sort of political expediency. I am a Democrat and I support all women, regardless of who they are voting for. I am a woman and I do not insult other women just because they don't support my chosen candidate.
I am a Democrat and I support Hillary Clinton for the next President of the United States.
I am a Democrat and I support Women's rights, so does Hillary. - https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/womens-rights-and-opportunity/
I am a Democrat and I support LBGT Equality, so does Hillary. - https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/lgbt-equality/
I am a Democrat and I support making it easier to vote not harder, so does Hillary. - https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/voting-rights/
I am a Democrat and I support strong gun laws to to end senseless deaths, so does Hillary. - https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/gun-violence-prevention/
I am a Democrat and I support a cure for Alzheimers (my mother died from this cruel disease), Hillary has a plan for a cure. - https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/alzheimers-disease/
I am a Democrat and I support a more affordable college education for those who need it, so does Hillary. - https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/college/
I am a Democrat and I want a strong economy, so does Hillary. - https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/plan-raise-american-incomes/
I am a Democrat and I want affordable health care for all, so does Hillary.. - https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/health-care/
I am a Democrat and I want Social Security and Medicare protected, so does Hillary. - https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/social-security-and-medicare/
I am a Democrat and I support reining in Wall Street to act responsibly, so does Hillary. - https://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/wall-street/
I am a Democrat and so is Hillary Clinton. Being a Democrat is not a thing to be ashamed of or be called names for. I am proud to be a Democrat. I stand with Hillary.
Seasons greetings to all my DU friends!
I wanted to share why I will be casting my vote for Hillary soon.
I think she is the most qualified presidential candidate that I have seen in my lifetime. I think she is someone who has been working her entire life towards becoming our first woman President.
From her early years at Wellsley where she was the first ever student to be a commencement speaker, to her days as the first lady of Arkansas where she became a pioneering advocate for children and familes, to her tireless work to get Bill Clinton elected President....she showed even then that she was somebody different.
As First Lady she introduced the idea of Health-care for all to the nation's consciousness. It took over two decades to get there in the end, but I don't for a moment believe we could have achieved the ACA if Hillary hadn't paved the path for it to be part of American lives. It isn't perfect, but a damned lot more Americans have healthcare today than they did a few years ago. I believe Hillary is the person to help us improve the ACA regarding several areas like the cost of prescription drugs, etc. I think she will approach each obstacle thrown in the path of those seeking to improve the ACA with the fight and determination she has always shown us.
Hillary and I have not always agreed on the issues. I was very much against the Iraq war and I was sorely disappointed when she and so many other Democrats voted for the war....but I believe she has sincerely owned up to her mistake in voting for that war since and I know she objected to the many duplicitous acts of the Bush regime and the way they mislead congress and the American public regarding that war since then. I have moved on ..... so should we all. I realize this is just my opinion on her vote, everyone is entitled to their own opinion that may be contrary to my own and I accept that, but I realized a long time ago that 'we don't always get what we want' in life and I have let it go.
I think Hillary Clinton was a pretty damned good United States Senator. She was well known for her ability to reach across the aisle and accomplish the impossible ....compromises between Republicans and Democrats to actually get things done. I could bring in quotes here of how many of her colleagues on both sides of the aisle respect and admire her and her accomplishments, but by now we have all seen them....despite many Republicans and even a Democrat or two trying to revise history and pretend such accolades from them never happened or existed. I know they were said and so do most of us here.
When Hillary first ran for President in 2008, I was sure she was going to win. I had waited all my life to see a woman break that final glass ceiling and become President of the United States. Ultimately, I was heartbroken to see her lose the nomination to Barack Obama, who later became President Barack Obama. Not only was I heartbroken, I was so angry. I thought at the time, in the heat and the passion of the political season that she had been robbed. Who was this guy that snatched victory from my hero Hillary? I would NEVER vote for him!
Well friends....let me tell you I was wrong! When it came down to casting my vote for president, I did indeed vote for him. There was no way in hell I was going to have a Republican back in the White House after 8 years of George Bush. And guess what? I wound up really liking and admiring President Obama! He inherited one hell of a mess from Bush.
Obama inherited a world economy on the brink of the abyss. The economy had already crashed, but it almost slid off the deep end into another great depression and he lead the way to snatch it back. Now some of you would argue that he hasn't done enough. I would disagree with that. I would say that given the circumstances and the obstructionist Tea Party trying to block his every move, it's amazing what he has managed to accomplish.
One thing I really approved of with President Obama was his appointment of Hillary Clinton to be Secretary of State. She was relentless and tireless in her pursuit of restoring American credibility and it's reputation abroad. The Bush Administration had virtually destroyed it, but in the next four years, Hillary travelled nearly a million miles to get it back. She accomplished in four years what many of us thought would take decades to do.
During Hillary's tenure as SOS she not only restored America's reputation around the world, she advocated relentlessly for women's and children's rights as she has her entire life. She made a difference.
Also during her term, there was a horrible terrorist attack in which one of our Ambassadors was killed. Rather than trying to take steps to ensure that such a tragedy never happened again....the Republicans in congress saw their opportunity and took it and ran. What ensued was a monumental witch hunt financed by the American tax payers to take down Hillary Clinton at all costs. For months upon months we listened and watched slimey Republicans like Trey Gowdy et al smear her and slander and libel her and drag her through a mountain of mud. They spent millions of the taxpayers dollars to try and accomplish her political death.
I am here to tell you all that they GOT NOTHING! Hillary went before Howdy Gowdy and his committee of Republican buffoons and she nailed their asses to the floor of congress and proved to the world what scumbags they really are! She took on the best the GOP had to offer and she decimated them. She did it with her honor and integrity intact and her head held high. So whenever I now hear people continuing to try and smear her with innuendo, conspiracy theories, lies and whatever else they care to throw at her...I just think of her brushing that speck of dust off her shoulder and I smile.
Hillary Rodham Clinton. Bring on whatever the Republicans or anyone else has to offer. She's got my vote and my heart!
Today I want to discuss an issue we often skirt around. Women's Rights and the Candidates.
I often see claims that Bernie Sanders is just as big a fighter for Women's Rights as Hillary has been. As a woman, I will tell you that while it sounds good, it just isn't so. A man can be an ally in fighting for Women's Rights, but no man has ever stood on the front line on that issue. It's impossible to walk a mile in our high heels unless you are a woman. You can support us, but you can't fight our battles for us, we fight them every day and we have been fighting them our entire lives.
Bernie Sanders never stood on the world stage and told us that Women's Rights are Human Rights.
The United States Senate is made up of only 20% women. This in a country where the population is over 50% female. The percentage of women is even less in the House of Representatives.
Back in the 70's, Hillary Clinton applied for a credit card and was denied because she was a woman. They told her to use her husband's card. At the time, she was making more money than her husband. Somehow I don't think that has ever happened to a man.
If Hillary Clinton or her supporters raise the issue of Women's Rights, we are accused of throwing out the 'gender card' ....I have even heard the term 'vagina card'. That defense seems to be used to shut us up on the issue and concede that it isn't relevant or not applicable. I am telling you that it is very much relevant to women around the world 24/7. When women out number men in the work force, but still only make 71 cents for every dollar a man makes. When a woman's right to choose is still a battle ground and when women are denied access to contraception because their employer's morality somehow gives them the ability to tell us what to do with our bodies, when there is a war to deny women even the ability to have a mammogram then Women's Rights should be on every candidate's front burner.
I don't deny that Bernie Sanders has advocated for women's rights....many men have. BUT, men have never walked in our high heels. A man has never been denied a job or a promotion or equal pay because he is a woman. A man has never been denied the right to vote because he is a woman. A man has never been denied the right to drive or to own property because he is a woman. He may be our ally.....but he is not our champion. Our champion is Hillary Clinton. She has walked thousands of miles in our high heels.
It's time for men to quit telling us that they will be our allies. We women who are voting for Hillary want a leader in our war on women and that leader must be someone who has walked the walk, not someone who has witnessed it.
....better than Hillary Clinton! 11 hours those bastards grilled her today and she stood up to them and showed the world what nasty, sick little fucks the Republican Party is made up of.
Hillary was cool, calm and professional. Her memory, her intelligence and her understanding of world affairs and foreign policy is second to none.
I am so proud of her!