In the time that I have had this blog, I have written about the Goddess, feminism – ‘cuz, yeah, feminist here – a couple of personal things. I try to be open about how I feel, but not so open that those that disagree would go on the attack. As we know, too many women bloggers/writers/gamers/what-have-you are attacked through social media and other on-line outlets. They are hacked, have the addresses published, are threatened with rape, murder, you name it, it has happened to them. I just didn’t want to deal with that; additional stress is NOT what I want in my life.
I think I’m going to break that personal rule because too much is at stake for anyone to keep their mouth shut. Here, in the US, we are getting closer to the ever-more-frighteing Election Day, or “The Mess from Hell”.
I will say that while I am not 100% for Hillary Clinton, I have absolutely no idea why she is hated so much; unless, of course, it is because she is a woman and the GOP finds that infuriating. While there is this whole email thing, the FBI originally said there was no “there” there. Until now, when the Director, a registered Republican, decides to make much ado about, well, nothing. Again, nothing there. Meanwhile, the FBI has not gotten involved, nor notified Congress, about investigations into Trump (ugh) and his connections with Russia.
We also have the media – lovely, aren’t they? – all over her, and the damn emails to the point where you just want to either hide your head under the covers, or stick it in the toilet and vomit up everything you’ve eaten for the past year. BUT – where are they on DT’s dealing with Putin/Russia. What about his flat out refusing to make his tax returns public? THAT is a man hiding way too many things. Then we have, I think, 75 individual lawsuits currently in existence against him, one of them for RAPING A 13 YEAR OLD CHILD. Not a surprise when we know that he is a sexual molester/predator/criminal. That went by the boards rather quickly, didn’t it? Misogyny and the things that women put up with on a damn daily basis became THE topic; maybe NOW things will change. Hahaha Sorry, my Sisters, is not going to happen; one week later and poof! Status quo, and don’t doubt it can get worse. If he is president, what do you think will happen. It’s no secret that incidents of racism increased after the election of our first Black president — what do you think will happen if we elect our first WOMAN president? Think things cannot get worse; if so, think again, and remind yourself of how DT speak of women – as body parts, as animals, as something to be groped, owned and tossed away. He evens speaks sexually disparaging about his own daughter! What a man! What a role model! Really, true men do not speak like this.
But, wait – there’s more! Who can forget him mocking a person with disabilities, fomenting fear, anger and hatred against immigrants fleeing for their lives and the lives of their children? He shows no understanding and no compassion to other human beings in an untenable situation. He targets a fear of terrorists/terrorism to push an inhumane position and using methods of torture to get what he wants, i.e. information. The whole Mexican border wall thing? Some things are just too ridiculous to believe he even thinks he can get away with saying these things. As for him sticking up for the poor and the working class – that gullible I am not, and neither should you be. What the hell does he know about being poor, even when declaring bankruptcy a bunch of times. He just knows how to work the system.
Let’s take this “Make American Great Again” tagline. This has been around for many years – it’s a nice way of saying “Make America White Again”. Don’t listen to me, read this, yes, please read it now. I am sure that there are many who are not aware of this. I wasn’t and I’m thankful to Rachel Maddow for doing most of an entire show on what is an eye-opening history. He reaches out to the bigots, the racists and they respond. He has given these folks, who have mostly remained hidden due to political correctness , to come out of the woodwork because, hey, yay, it’s now american to be hate-filled and violent. This would go for the entire GOP; they made him, they raised and nurtured him and if it wasn’t him, it would be someone like him. The GOP speechify about family values, God/Jesus and the American Way. Make no mistake, what they mean is their way. So, some evangelicals think you should vote for DT; it doesn’t matter anything else he says or does, he is going to do away with Planned Parenthood and abortion. Somehow, everything else becomes irrelevant. I’m not Christian but I think Jesus is going insane if he is listening to what they are spouting.
I do not understand those who support and defend him, but you know what I REALLY don’t understand? Women. Women who support Donald Trump and the GOP. Really? This is what you are embracing? A party that wants to take away your body sovereignty, decent health care for women, don’t want to pay you what men are paid because, honestly, you are just a woman and you don’t deserve it. Men are superior and should get paid more. They are continually trying to pass laws against women and their bodies. Newt Gingrich (another ugh) can say to Meghan Kelly that all she is interested in is sex, but I think he doth protests too much. There are women who support DT, a man who thinks absolutely nothing good about women. He’s a pig, a misogynist and, as previously stated, a sexual criminal.
In my view, these women are traitors to their gender, to the women who have fought so long and so damn hard for equal rights for women, to the women who are STILL fighting. Some women will never give up this fight; they might take a break occasionally for sanity’s sake, but they will come back harder and stronger. Is it that these women are so brainwashed with the crap that is shoved down our throats our entire lives that they cannot conceive of anything different? I have heard the terms “male-identified” and “internalized misogyny” to describe it; that they, themselves, are internalizing a hatred for their own gender; the women they should be supporting. It’s a tough thing for feminists to see in other women. I try to be compassionate and want so much to understand, but I don’t, and I can’t. It is so foreign to me.
Donald Trump is dangerous – dangerous to minorities, dangerous to the disabled, dangerous to the poor and working class, dangerous to people of color and immigrants, extremely dangerous to women, and most of all, he is dangerous to this country as a whole. The thought of him being elected is terrifying in the extreme. The GOP continuing to have a majority in the House and Senate would mean more steps backward and halting the progress already made.
Be aware of the issues – don’t let the media and the GOP sway you with fear and hate. Vote and fight for what is right. Vote and continue to fight for what women have fought for for so long. Vote and fight for decency. Fight for this country and for the world.
P.S. You can keep your hate, your intolerance and your vitriol to yourself. Any such comments will not be approved, nor responded to.