I ran into someone recently who, in casual conversation, started going on an on about how fantastic it was to have a female running for the Presidential office. This very kind and polite woman then proceeded to ask me, “Wouldn’t it be just wonderful to have a women as President?”
I am rarely at a loss for words, but as she stared at me with obvious excitement and adoration seeping from her every pore, I just stared back, blank and speechless.
I had no response.
After a few awkward moments, I opted to answer the question with a question of my own. “What do you like about her and why do plan on voting for her?” The tables turned and she felt the same way I had only a moment before.
After a brief stutter and pause, she explained that she did not know much about her policies or “anything like that” but she just felt that it would be so “good” for women to have a female President.
I completely and wholeheartedly disagree–but I didn’t have a well-formed answer at that time so we said our goodbyes and I was left to contemplate the nagging question that the whole awkward conversation left me with:
“Is Hillary Clinton’s presidential run good for women and, if not, why do females through-out the nation think that it is?”
I can’t speak for the women who feel that Hillary Clinton is the new face of female empowerment, but I can tell you why I feel she, after contemplating the issue, represents nothing of the sort for me.
For starters, I refuse to ever vote for a candidate solely for their gender. That’s just plain insulting to women.
Surely we can win based on our own merits and not simply because of our sex? Surely we can do more that just elect token females under the false assumption that it will somehow help usher in hoards of young women into politics?
In addition, let’s talk about the most well know Clinton scandal. Granted, her husband is responsible for this and I am not criticizing her for the actual acts of misconduct that Bill Clinton took part in, but rather the hypocrisy that comes from saying that you are an advocate for victims of sexual misconduct and then brushing off the accusations brought against your husband by multiple women.
How is this standing up for women?
Next up, we have the multiple scandals, lies and a long history of shady behavior from a woman who is supposed to be a role model for us all. I, for one, have no interest in seeing someone who can’t seem to keep her stories straight represent me.
Shouldn’t character and morality mean something?
She’s a mother. I’m a mother. There are many that just assume we should be able to relate on some level.
As a mother of four, I cannot fathom how anyone who has given birth can advocate for late term abortion under any circumstances with a straight face. I know this is offensive to many of my liberal friends and I don’t care. It’s barbaric and does nothing for women’s rights.
The only thing is does contribute to is the crumbling of moral decency and common sense. In her defense, Mrs. Clinton is at least open to some restrictions but those are irrelevant to me.
In addition to all of these topics that contribute to why I feel Hillary Clinton is a terrible representation for women in politics, I just plain don’t like the woman.
She hasn’t risen to power by her own hard work and merits, but rather by using her husband, contacts and money to climb the political ladder by force. It’s not what I would strive for and it’s certainly not the type of person that I want my daughters to look up to.
Thanks, Hillary, for wrecking the image for women in power by the paths you chose to “rise.”
“Good for women?” Not in this woman’s opinion.