Until You’ve Walked in Their Shoes…
I read a great post concerning what happened with Hillary last Friday and the remarks she made about Senator Kennedy’s assassination in 1968. In truth, I admire this woman greatly, and I don’t mean for this comment. She has accomplished a lot in her life and all she ever gets for anything she does is a lot of negativity from everyone. Comments range from her looks to her intellectual capacity to things about her relationship with her husband and things that really should not be of anyones concern. I can’t imagine how hard it must be to be her. I can’t imagine what it must be like to pave the way for other women to be able to make it as far as she has. She is on the forefront of something big, just like Obama is, and I find all the racist and sexist remarks pretty appalling.
We’re living in a day and age where we claim that we are a free nation that everyone has supposedly been given equal rights, yet daily we see comments from people in the media and on the streets bashing both of these Senators simply because one is a woman and the other is black. We see segregation in how we live, where we send our kids to school. It’s like an invisible, unspoken rule of how things are supposed to be. When we hear remarks like the one that Trotta made the other day after a “slip of the tongue” this is really what should be big news in the papers, not some misunderstood statement that Hillary made. There was no misunderstanding Trotta’s remarks. She made herself perfectly clear when she said,
what some are reading as a suggestion that somebody knock off Os–Osama–um, uh–Obama. Well, both, if we could…
There is no misconstruing that statement, and that is the true tragedy of these campaigns. The off-handed remarks made by the media meant to cripple the proponent or that persons party is unnecessary. I can understand if you’re a republican and you don’t have the same views as the democrats do, I can understand that, but certain comments really just should not be made. It goes back to what you’re taught as children, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all” I think we’ve forgotten this very good and wise philosophy of life, and I think some people in the media would be wise to remember it.
What I feel people seem to forget is that these political figures are still, in fact, human. They make mistakes, they may not word things the way they wanted to, and most importantly, they still have feelings. I’m sure Hillary is not the only one who’s gone back to her hotel/bus/what-have-you and cried over comments that have been made towards her or attacking her, yet when she does display any kind of emotion whether it be anger or sadness she is considered the weaker candidate and comments like, “See?! That’s why a woman could never be president!” are made by men all over who would have no idea what a day in her shoes is like.
She is far from perfect, and I know this, but so am I and so are the people who are making comments against her, and most importantly, so are the other candidates who are running for office. Nobody is perfect and everyone on this campaign has made some off-handed remark, or in the case of McCain, have flat out avoided any of the more serious concerns (I may be wrong here as I haven’t really followed McCain all that closely, but when I have read or seen things about him, everything just seems scripted by the Republican party).
What I feel is most important at the end of the day is that Democrats stay united. Let me pose this question to all the Democrats out there, if the person you don’t like is voted in during the Democratic National Convention in June, will you still vote democratically? If not, what do you think will happen to our nation if there were another Republican president?
Please, think about the issues first. This may seem like a popularity contest, and in many ways it is, but the truth of the matter is that you need to take into consideration the facts and what these people stand for. Personally I’m very afraid of having another Republican Conservative president in office because I’m afraid of what’s going to happen to our already crippled economy, the war that I feel we should never have gotten involved in in the first place, and most importantly my reproductive rights which are slowly being chipped away by old white men in office who would have no clue what it’s like to get pregnant or the issues surrounding that.
Think these things over and lets discuss.