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Sunday Morning Musings: Because She’s a Woman

2015-02-06 22.14.14 (4)I have heard numerous women say they are voting for Hillary Clinton because she’s a woman. They somehow seem to think that if Hillary makes it to the White House that furthers the cause of all American women. Possibly this is true, but just as possibly it isn’t. If she’s a lousy president who got elected simply because she’s female, it will set women in this country back further than they thought possible. Because it will be a long time before American voters elect a woman again.

Championing anyone simply on the basis of gender is discrimination. In this case, those who vote for a woman simply because she’s a woman are making the same mistake made eight years ago by those who voted for a black candidate simply because he was black.  They did not analyze whether the individual was the best candidate. Nor did they care. They used their vote to make a biased statement about race in this country.

I suppose that many black voters thought having a black president would somehow improve their own status, but it doesn’t seem like that much has changed for them in the past eight years. But I’m not black, so I can’t really speak to that. It appears, however, that this black president missed his opportunity to narrow the racial divide in the U.S. In fact, he achieved the opposite. Am I the only one who finds that of interest?

So do women believe that a female president is somehow going to improve their lot in life once she’s elected? Are they teaching their daughters that competence doesn’t matter in life, only gender does?

In the business world, generally the best person for the job is the one who gets it, because most businesses value competence. Although sometimes that isn’t the case and some business are required to meet staffing quotas. Which may explain a general decline in efficiency.

Years ago I got a job with a major corporation. I wasn’t immediately hired for an open position, but got a call back months later. I was told the reason for the delay was, “We had to hire Pam.”  Pam was black. All else being equal, Pam was hired simply because of the color of her skin.

I see a snippet on TV of a famous reporter asking the question (about Clinton), “But can she govern?” While both candidates may be “unfit” to be president, Clinton has never to my knowledge “run” anything efficiently or successfully. Not a business, not a state, not the State Department, possibly not even a household. So what is it that makes her so uniquely qualified to be president other than her gender?

Hiring or electing anyone for discriminatory reasons is simply unfair. Hire or elect the person you believe will do the best job in that position. It truly is that simple.

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Sunday Morning Musings: My Political Week in Review

2015-02-06 22.14.14 (4)Sunday:  I am trying to watch the 2nd presidential debate in town hall format. I did not watch the first one except for about the first 20 minutes. Cringe-worthy television I call it. I felt the same about the primary debates. I just couldn’t watch them.

I am not a fan of either candidate. I am still marveling over the fact that these are the two primary candidates for the highest office in the land. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. How did that happen?

Remember when the best and brightest used to be the people who ran for our president? Yeah, I don’t remember that either. But this is what we’ve come to?

This debate is just more mud-slinging. Ancient history.

I continually lower the volume. Then I hit the Mute button. I’m reading a novel but every time I glance at the TV, Trump is talking. Finally, I turn it off.

Monday: Consensus is Trump saved himself with his debate performance. His campaign goes on, but it won’t be enough.

I find it ironic that the very system Trump has railed against since the beginning of his campaign (Washington DC elitist culture/career politicians, etc.) are proving his point by abandoning him when the going gets rough (even though the PEOPLE of their own party, i.e., PEOPLE THEY REPRESENT voted Trump as their candidate) in order to save themselves and their own political careers. CYA.

As a sidenote: More emails between Clinton’s staffers are Wikileaked and it seems no one can figure out why she’s running for president or how to market her run for the office. Send in the focus groups. My opinion is she’s doing it for her own glorification and potential history-making ability. She has no new ideas of her own or changes she wants to make, but will simply continue on Obama’s path.  Not much of a trailblazer when she’s following a man’s path.

Tuesday:  I think about how much I used to enjoy Facebook until so many of my “friends” decided it was a good place to share their political leanings and ahem, brilliant opinions. Psst. That’s why there’s a “Hide” button.

They say it’s the journey not the destination. I wonder, if he loses, if Donald Trump will see it that way. What has running for president taught him and others? Has it changed him? What will he take away from the experience?

Meanwhile, Ken Bone, the debate darling audience member who wore a red sweater (because he split his suit pants) caused an online ordering furor for duplicates of that sweater and retailers are now sold out of them. Who are these people who order sweaters for such a reason?

Wednesday:  More emails surface from Hillary’s camp, one denigrating Catholics. Mainstream media doesn’t care/won’t report. No one will know about this unless they tune into conservative news channels. (Obama campaign all over again.)

My thought: Without men leading the way Hillary Clinton would be nowhere politically. She’s done nothing but follow the path her husband and Obama set. Very admirable.  Has she had any of her own or original ideas or innovations? (Realize I already said this but think it bears repeating.)

It’s like on Survivor. Sometimes it isn’t the best-liked or most honest player who wins. It’s the one who played the game the best.

Thursday:  I can’t quite understand all of these accusers whom Trump allegedly assaulted coming forward (now). I’m trying to think back, ten, twenty, thirty years ago. If I, at age 30, had been sitting in an airplane seat and a stranger sitting next to me starting putting his hands on me what would I have done? What would I do now? Yell, “Stop it!” comes to mind. Push him away. Hit the attendant call button. Scream “Help!” to alert my fellow passengers I need help. Let’s say I was so frozen in shock I did nothing. Would I simply sit next to the guy for the rest of the flight in silence? Would I not say anything to a flight attendant once the plane landed? Contact the airline officials afterward? If I recognized the guy why wouldn’t I go public? Would I just go home and maybe tell my mother? It seems highly unlikely that’s all I would have done. But this has never happened to me.

If Trump was walking in on un- or half-dressed beauty contestants, especially if they were teenagers at the time, how is this kept a secret amongst the many people in a dressing room? Were there no parents around? No makeup artists or hair stylists or pageant coordinators? Were there no reporters lurking outside waiting for interviews or to get an inside scoop or photo? It’s hard to believe. I write fiction, but this stretches believability.

What seems a more logical scenario based on events of the past week is that Trump’s numbers were a little too close for comfort for Clinton and her camp decided to release the dogs.

But who knows when there’s lie upon lie upon lie?

Friday:  I have given up. I’m worn down and beaten up by political news and commentary and I just don’t care anymore. I want Trump to SHUT UP because everything he says buries him further. I Tweet something my dad used to quote:  “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.”

Clinton’s campaign is an eerie reminder of Obama’s. Negative stuff is out there but the media ignores it. Ours has become a sad excuse for a great nation.

Has Ellen Degeneres invited Trump to be a guest on her show? Inquiring minds want to know.

Saturday: Zero TV and newspaper and virtually no social media viewing. Remind myself I’m much happier writing fiction than trying to make sense of reality.

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