Friday, August 29, 2008


The importance of remembering history, above all else, is to prevent it from repeating itself. On the dawn of McCain's VP announcement (Sarah Palin, Alaska Gov.) it is imperative that the women who are tempted to vote simply for a woman candidate realize the next 4-8 years is in their hands and needs to be seriously considered. The idea of making history by having a woman voted into office is amazing and it is TEMPTING however she is a token woman on the Republican/McCain/Bush ticket. It's just that simple.

As evident by my blog - I was a very strong Hillary supporter. It was heartbreaking to watch Obama take the nomination and I still feel Hillary would have been the far better candidate. Although I am in no way a fan of Obama, I am voting with my head rather than my heart and considering policy rather than history or my own frustrations.

It is so important that we do not pander to the Republican's roose. They are hoping to fnd women voting by heart rather than their intellect. He will not do anything to improve the rights of women. Palin is an NRA member as well as STRONG Pro-Life advocate. She is not a true representation of the majority of women.

In history, women have always been the last considered: last to own property, last to vote, STILL the last to make equal wages. Republican's in office will not change anything. Literally, as it is today it will remain if not increasingly get worse. He is a crafty man, John McCain but he is gambling on women making a "rash" decision. He is counting on women to be suckers with this announcement because he truly doesn't value women or their power. Show him he's wrong. Show him we are not appreciating his false motives and lack of sincerity.

Women have always had the power...we tend to be our own worst enemy. In the 1920's, Alice Paul (of Women's Suffrage) drafted the Equal Rights Amendment. It was introduce to every session of congress from then until 1970 before it ever actually received the floor of congress for vote. In 1972, the amendment was finally represented by congress for the state legislators to ratify. They had seven years to get 38 (three-quarters) of the legislators to take it on.
Before the deadline, already 35 states had ratified the amendment. After an extention, etc. it was the one largest opponent of the ERA that came into play in 1979. Phyllis Schlafly had been in the background speaking with members of state legislator and using scare marketing tactics to gain a momentum of opposition to the ERA. Five of those 35 states rescinded before the deadline. Another extention and much to do was had and the final vote by the new deadline of June 30, 1982 was again, up to 35 states (FL was just shy of being #36) which was still 2 states shy of what was required. It's been written that the campaign of Phyllis Schlafly single handedly defeated the ERA.

Gov. Sarah Palin has been speaking for the past half hour about Hillary's 18 million cracks in the ceiling that she is ready to shatter. She's discussed the 88th anniversary of the 19th Amendement when women got the vote. She lacks passion, sincerity, and finesse. She is an attractive mother of 5 that the GOP is dancing before everyone. The words she spoke were contrived and set up to steal those that were disenfranchised by Obama's nomination.
Don't be fooled, don't vote with your heart alone. Consider the issues, consider what's best for women and all of our country. Consider Hillary isn't done yet. She'll be back and SHE will make history - don't squander that honor on a candidate less deserving.

1 comment:

Virginia Harris said...

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Senator Clinton and Governor Palin are proof that women can and do diverge on important issues.

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Suffragettes were opposed by many women who were what was known as 'anti.'

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The most influential 'anti' lived in the White House. First Lady Edith Wilson was a wealthy Washington widow who married President Wilson in 1915, six months after the death of his pro-suffrage wife Ellen.

She endeared herself to her future husband when she declared at their first meeeting that she didn't even know who the candidates were in the 1912 election, and felt that women had no business whatsoever in politics.

Her precise role in the jailing and torture of Alice Paul and hundreds of suffragettes will never be known, but she was outraged that they picketed her husband's White House.

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