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!
For those of you who say that you won't vote for the nominee if he/she is not your candidate....can you please explain to me what it is you hope to accomplish by doing so?
I seriously want to know. At one time a few years back, I myself seriously considered not voting for the nominee because I was so angry after the primaries and I was not inclined to compromise.....but after having doing a bit of soul searching I came to the conclusion that sitting out the GE or voting for a third party candidate or republican was not an option. Social issues in particular and the SCOTUS were too important and what finally convinced me to cast my vote for the nominee.....and amazingly, I wound up really liking the nominee.
So in all seriousness, I would like some thoughtful answers on this. What will not voting for the nominee accomplish?
Hillary Clintons lead climbs higher nationally ahead of first debate
Despite a summer of the political pundits claiming that Hillary Clinton is struggling in the polls, the numbers themselves say thats never been the case. For months her lead over rival Bernie Sanders and potential rival Joe Biden has hovered in the twenty percent range in national polls, forcing the media to resort to reporting single-state outlier polls as if they were national polls in the hopes of making the race appear close for the sake of ratings. But even as Clinton prepares to head into the first democratic party debate, her dominant poll numbers are climbing even higher.
Last week three major national polls from PPP, IBD, and USA Today pegged Hillary Clintons lead over Bernie Sanders at 18, 20, and 18 percent respectively. Now the latest national poll from Fairleigh Dickinson pegs Clintons lead at 22 percent. The breakdown is that Clinton has 45 percent, Sanders has 23 percent, and Biden has 17 percent despite not actually running and not planning to participate in the first debate.
Various polls have suggested that most of Joe Bidens support would shift to Hillary Clinton if he announces that hes not going to enter the race. The first debate on Tuesday, which will feature Clinton and Sanders along with other democratic party candidates like Martin OMalley and Lincoln Chafee, may end up sending the polls in one direction or the other. But heading into the event, Clintons lead isnt just massive, its growing a bit.
I love that she listens to the issues that we the voters care about and she responds. Her agenda is our agenda.
People criticize her for having focus groups and meeting with small groups and say she is pandering. I think those folks are wrong. Hillary actually listens and she is forming her campaign platform around the issues most important to us as Americans.
Hillary's concerns regarding the issues reflect my own concerns.
I care about Women's rights.
I care about systemic racism in America.
I care about the attacks on Planned Parenthood.
I care about Gun violence in America.
I care about the path to citizenship for immigrants.
I care that college needs to be made more affordable.
I care about escalating prescription drug prices.
I care about voting rights.
These are just a few of the issues I care about and I think Hillary is the one candidate from either party to best be able to address these issues and many more. I think she is the best person we can count on to make progress in achieving what America needs.