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Good girl/Romantic girl (a political perspective)

A snoety friend Susan Fine sent in a good girl/romantic girl political perspective that’s been on my mind (and maybe on yours?) …

We were brought up to be good girls — to weigh the facts; stay in line; not go out without our hair combed. That good girl knows she should vote for Hillary … she has earned our vote because she paid the dues we all paid our whole careers. And we know how hard it is for men to choose a woman even after dues are paid.

But there is another part of us that disobeyed our parents and believes our adolescence actually changed the world. I remember vividly peace marches and that peculiar blend of hedonism (no AIDs) and commitment that defined our youth. That part of us wants to believe the kids we raised are better than we are (since we worked so hard raising them), and that our kids will change things. That Woodstock remembering, naïve romantic yearns for Obama.

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NOTE: Be sure and check out the pretty passionate responses to my last post re: Hillary and “The Youth Vote” (click that heading below).

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3 Comments
pamela says: January 31st, 2008 at 8:42 pm

I completely agree, however which girl wins in the end?

Laurie says: February 1st, 2008 at 9:21 am

Dear Senator Obama,

This letter represents a first for me–a public endorsement of a Presidential candidate. I feel driven to let you know why I am writing it. One reason is it may help gather other supporters; another is that this is one of those singular moments that nations ignore at their peril. I will not rehearse the multiple crises facing us, but of one thing I am certain: this opportunity for a national evolution (even revolution) will not come again soon, and I am convinced you are the person to capture it. May I describe to you my thoughts?

I have admired Senator Clinton for years. Her knowledge always seemed to me exhaustive; her negotiation of politics expert. However I am more compelled by the quality of mind (as far as I can measure it) of a candidate. I cared little for her gender as a source of my admiration, and the little I did care was based on the fact that no liberal woman has ever ruled in America . Only conservative or “new-centrist” ones are allowed into that realm. Nor do I care very much for your race[s]. I would not support you if that was all you had to offer or because it might make me “proud.”

In thinking carefully about the strengths of the candidates, I stunned myself when I came to the following conclusion: that in addition to keen intelligence, integrity and a rare authenticity, you exhibit something that has nothing to do with age, experience, race or gender and something I don’t see in other candidates.

That something is a creative imagination which coupled with brilliance equals wisdom. It is too bad if we associate it only with gray hair and old age. Or if we call searing vision naivete. Or if we believe cunning is insight. Or if we settle for finessing cures tailored for each ravaged tree in the forest while ignoring the poisonous landscape that feeds and surrounds it.

Wisdom is a gift; you can’t train for it, inherit it, learn it in a class, or earn it in the workplace — that access can foster the acquisition of knowledge, but not wisdom.

When, I wondered, was the last time this country was guided by such a leader? Someone whose moral center was un-embargoed? Someone with courage instead of mere ambition? Someone who truly thinks of his country’s citizens as “we,” not “they”? Someone who understands what it will take to help America realize the virtues it fancies about itself, what it desperately needs to become in the world?

Our future is ripe, outrageously rich in its possibilities. Yet unleashing the glory of that future will require a difficult labor, and some may be so frightened of its birth they will refuse to abandon their nostalgia for the womb.

There have been a few prescient leaders in our past, but you are the man for this time.

Good luck to you and to us.

–Toni Morrison

Anna says: February 1st, 2008 at 7:02 pm

January 8, 2008
Op-Ed Contributor
Women Are Never Front-Runners
By GLORIA STEINEM

THE woman in question became a lawyer after some years as a community organizer, married a corporate lawyer and is the mother of two little girls, ages 9 and 6. Herself the daughter of a white American mother and a black African father — in this race-conscious country, she is considered black — she served as a state legislator for eight years, and became an inspirational voice for national unity.

Be honest: Do you think this is the biography of someone who could be elected to the United States Senate? After less than one term there, do you believe she could be a viable candidate to head the most powerful nation on earth?

If you answered no to either question, you’re not alone. Gender is probably the most restricting force in American life, whether the question is who must be in the kitchen or who could be in the White House. This country is way down the list of countries electing women and, according to one study, it polarizes gender roles more than the average democracy.

for the full editorial in The New York Times go to:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/08/opinion/08steinem.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=women+are+never+front-runners&st=nyt&oref=slogin

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