Another day and another outraging statement from Hillary or someone who supports her. I just can’t get over how infuriating this one is. And coming from someone that should probably know better. Let’s just get to the statement:
Former secretary of state Madeleine Albright introduced Hillary Clinton at an event in New Hampshire on Saturday, telling the crowd and voters in general: “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!”
In polling, Clinton trails the Vermont senator Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire by an average of around 17 points. She leads him nationally by 15 to 20 points. In this week’s Iowa caucus, which Clinton won narrowly, the former secretary of state led Sanders among women by 53% to 42% but lost out among younger voters.
Are you kidding me? Essentially this is a former secretary of state damning women to hell for not supporting Hillary. Let that sink in.
I am flabbergasted because to me this is the complete opposite of what I have always been taught feminism stood for. Wikipedia says this about feminism:
Feminism is a range of movements and ideologies that share a common goal: to define, establish, and achieve equal political, economic, cultural, personal, and social rights for women.
Guess what right women should have? TO SUPPORT WHOEVER THE HELL THEY WANT TO. Women can support other women, men or a combination. They can even support Republicans. Or Communists. Or decide to not vote at all. But just because they have a uterus and Hillary also shares this biological feature doesn’t mean they need to go like a drone and vote for her.
But I think there is an insidiousness here that also is an prod at another popular woman that leans more ideologically his way: Elizabeth Warren. I pointed out yesterday that female Senators are pressuring her to heed the biological feminine imperative to blindly support Hillary despite the issues Warren has had with her in the past.
“I don’t mean to over-generalize … but men tend to get more conservative because they gain power as they age, and women get more radical because they lose power as they age,” Steinem responded.“So it’s kind of not fair to measure most women by the standard of most men, because they’re going to get more activist as they get older,” she added.“And when you’re young, you’re thinking, ‘Where are the boys?’ The boys are with Bernie.”