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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

I Hate Hillary!


by Tracee Sioux

Maybe you're one of the people who disagree with me politically. Maybe you like the current health care system, don't have a problem with current employment policy, would love to see Row V. Wade overturned. In other words, maybe you're a Republican.

Okay, I can respect that. Almost everyone I know and love is a Republican. I grew up Mormon and married a Texan. Very Republican both.

As an advocate for girls let me make the following plea on behalf of your daughter:

Please, please, please speak respectfully of the one and only female candidate ever for President of the United States - Hillary Clinton.

What you say about Hillary Clinton has the potential to translate to your daughters as your opinion of all women (including your daughter) seeking power.

I vividly remember asking my parents what the Equal Rights Amendment was as a child. I remember them telling me that it was a bill to make women equal to men. And they were voting against it.

Here's how that translated to a six-year-old girl: My parents are voting against ME! Why would they do that?

What you might say instead of I Hate Hillary Clinton! might be, I think a woman would make a wonderful President, I just don't agree with this particular woman's political views on health insurance.

It would be helpful, for your daughter, to avoid vague negative statements about Hillary's suitability as a role model for girls. Instead you could say, I think it's wonderful that a female has gotten this far in American politics. It's wonderful that women are becoming more powerful and ambitious. I just don't agree with her views on abortion or the economy.

If you minimize and criticize the significance of Hillary's presence in this race you minimize and criticize your daughter's potential.

It's Super Tuesday: Take your daughter to vote with you and show her what being empowered in a democracy means.

5 comments:

Aaron said...

Disliking the current healthcare system does not mean a automatic favorable vote towards Clinton.

Her proposed answer to health care is not a solution. That is unless you want "more government".

Tracee said...

The article is not about healthcare - it's about speaking respectfully about a female candidate in front of your daughter. Or in your case - sons - who will formulate their ideas about ambitious women based on what you say about Hillary.

But since you mention it. I DO want more government. We have a socialized military because it just wouldn't be cool for it to be a private one.

There is too much at stake for someone like Bill Gates - whom the people have no actual power over - to be running the military.

I feel likewise about healthcare.

I have power with my government and I don't hate the goverment - I don't see the point of that. I don't have power with private health insurance companies.

I feel the government would be more efficient and effective because they wouldn't be allowed to charge $40 for a Tylenol. Or $10,000 for one night in the ER for a heart attack scare. That's an abuse of power and that's what private insurance companies are doing. I don't think the government could mismanage worse than that.

A recent study showed that 2/3 of hospital bills are fraudulent. You think the private insurance system works? Really?

Aaron said...

This country was not founded, nor was it ever intended to be about "more government". Why would you possibly want that?

To each his own, I guess.

Tracee said...

You know what's never, ever mentioned in the constitution?

Rights of insurance companies, or any other private corporation for that matter.

You know what is outlined? The people's power in the government.

If a capitalist system stops functioning for the People. We, as the people, have a right to try something different.

Because we have power with our government - as it is a democracy - then we have the power to change our healthcare system into something that works and functions for everyone!

Klint Johnson said...

Re: your comments to aaron:

You are correct, corporations only have rights as allowed under law - and have no other rights implied or otherwise. IN fact corporations only have power as legal facades - legal only in the sense that our government has allowed them to become legal, as under the constitutoin only individuals have rights.

Re: your article

I agree. People shouldn't assume that Hillary shouldn't be president because she is a woman. I happen to disagree with her politics, but I respect her right to advocate that which she feels strongly about. I look forward to the day when a woman would be considered an equal with a man in the political realm. That day may be today. Either way, I would want my daughter to be on an equal playing field with anyone else out there and that's something I would need to make a conscious effort in supporting.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

I Hate Hillary!


by Tracee Sioux

Maybe you're one of the people who disagree with me politically. Maybe you like the current health care system, don't have a problem with current employment policy, would love to see Row V. Wade overturned. In other words, maybe you're a Republican.

Okay, I can respect that. Almost everyone I know and love is a Republican. I grew up Mormon and married a Texan. Very Republican both.

As an advocate for girls let me make the following plea on behalf of your daughter:

Please, please, please speak respectfully of the one and only female candidate ever for President of the United States - Hillary Clinton.

What you say about Hillary Clinton has the potential to translate to your daughters as your opinion of all women (including your daughter) seeking power.

I vividly remember asking my parents what the Equal Rights Amendment was as a child. I remember them telling me that it was a bill to make women equal to men. And they were voting against it.

Here's how that translated to a six-year-old girl: My parents are voting against ME! Why would they do that?

What you might say instead of I Hate Hillary Clinton! might be, I think a woman would make a wonderful President, I just don't agree with this particular woman's political views on health insurance.

It would be helpful, for your daughter, to avoid vague negative statements about Hillary's suitability as a role model for girls. Instead you could say, I think it's wonderful that a female has gotten this far in American politics. It's wonderful that women are becoming more powerful and ambitious. I just don't agree with her views on abortion or the economy.

If you minimize and criticize the significance of Hillary's presence in this race you minimize and criticize your daughter's potential.

It's Super Tuesday: Take your daughter to vote with you and show her what being empowered in a democracy means.

5 comments:

Aaron said...

Disliking the current healthcare system does not mean a automatic favorable vote towards Clinton.

Her proposed answer to health care is not a solution. That is unless you want "more government".

Tracee said...

The article is not about healthcare - it's about speaking respectfully about a female candidate in front of your daughter. Or in your case - sons - who will formulate their ideas about ambitious women based on what you say about Hillary.

But since you mention it. I DO want more government. We have a socialized military because it just wouldn't be cool for it to be a private one.

There is too much at stake for someone like Bill Gates - whom the people have no actual power over - to be running the military.

I feel likewise about healthcare.

I have power with my government and I don't hate the goverment - I don't see the point of that. I don't have power with private health insurance companies.

I feel the government would be more efficient and effective because they wouldn't be allowed to charge $40 for a Tylenol. Or $10,000 for one night in the ER for a heart attack scare. That's an abuse of power and that's what private insurance companies are doing. I don't think the government could mismanage worse than that.

A recent study showed that 2/3 of hospital bills are fraudulent. You think the private insurance system works? Really?

Aaron said...

This country was not founded, nor was it ever intended to be about "more government". Why would you possibly want that?

To each his own, I guess.

Tracee said...

You know what's never, ever mentioned in the constitution?

Rights of insurance companies, or any other private corporation for that matter.

You know what is outlined? The people's power in the government.

If a capitalist system stops functioning for the People. We, as the people, have a right to try something different.

Because we have power with our government - as it is a democracy - then we have the power to change our healthcare system into something that works and functions for everyone!

Klint Johnson said...

Re: your comments to aaron:

You are correct, corporations only have rights as allowed under law - and have no other rights implied or otherwise. IN fact corporations only have power as legal facades - legal only in the sense that our government has allowed them to become legal, as under the constitutoin only individuals have rights.

Re: your article

I agree. People shouldn't assume that Hillary shouldn't be president because she is a woman. I happen to disagree with her politics, but I respect her right to advocate that which she feels strongly about. I look forward to the day when a woman would be considered an equal with a man in the political realm. That day may be today. Either way, I would want my daughter to be on an equal playing field with anyone else out there and that's something I would need to make a conscious effort in supporting.