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Sunday, July 08, 2007

The Hilary Post

(For She and Aunty Belle)

Why I Used to Like Hilary:

She was a smart woman who didn’t hide her brains.

She was/is an equal partner with her husband.

Hilary changed the image of the First Lady. The press and the right complained, but she clearly was an integral part of her husband’s campaign and presidency, involved in the strategy and policy-making sessions. She was no bedroom or kitchen cabinet – voters knew up front before they put
Clinton in office that Hilary was part of the deal. She was not going to redecorate the White House, or only gather blankets and food for the poor and displaced. She would be active and involved in policy and decisions, and in making the President’s political and social policies a reality.

She was tenacious and fought for what she thought was best (healthcare). And she learned from that endeavor. Say what you will – the effort was not successful – but at least she tried.

Like her husband, she understood that issues are complicated, often nuanced, and never cut-and-dried, black or white. And she was capable of reflecting that complexity and nuance to the pubic on public issues – yet still express the issues in a clear, forthright manner.

She was a direct, strong woman, operating in a man's world and never giving an inch. The woman had guts and she appeared fearless.

She stood by her man – with no small amount of grace and integrity, and worked out their problems privately. Some claimed she stayed only because of ambition, but I refused then, and refuse now, to judge from the outside the very complicated elements of a marriage.

A strong woman and mother, she protected her daughter from the press.

She did what she had to do to change her image during
Clinton’s first presidential campaign, but without muting her strong personality and intelligence (and besides, ditching the headband did indeed improve her looks – not that that should have mattered in the least).

She was pragmatic – she knew how to fight the good fight, yet cease when efforts would no longer net any kind of benefit, and indeed, would begin to cause harm (healthcare – once again).

Why I Can’t Stand Hilary Now:

She immediately, without thought, jumped on the dangerous nationalistic/jingoistic so-called patriotic bandwagon after 9/11. I’ll grant that her perspective, as a Senator from
New York, was different from my perspective as a Californian – nonetheless, she failed to use her considerable brain power and went straight to the manipulation of emotion, of fear.

She became a hawk.

She is corporate owned (though why I should hold that against her, I don’t know – they are ALL corporate owned).

Hilary has embraced her pragmatism to the point of pandering. Or rather, she became pragmatic not about fighting the good fight, but about furthering her own ambition and agenda. Now on the surface, there’s nothing necessarily wrong with that – politicians do that all the time. But she joined the vast body of ambitious politicians who are not ambitious because they want to do something meaningful for their people, their country, but because they want to enhance their cache, their image, their pockets; and she joined too those who believe, even when striving to do what they think is good in their own minds, that the ends-justify the means. But it doesn’t. If you achieve a good by bankrupting your ethics, the good is demeaned, soured – because you have destroyed one good while pursuing another.

She backed the bill to ban flag burning (so much for liberality – and besides – that was the least important thing at the time).

She panders.

She equivocates.

She now consistently hedges her statements and hones her words so they are devoid of conviction.

She is wasting her goddess-given talents through equivocation and pandering.

Oh, did I mention that she panders and equivocates?

She cannot be trusted any further than I can spit (and I can’t spit very far at all).

Why I Might Hold My Nose and Vote for Her If I Must:

She is at least smart and can string sentences together without grammatical errors or poor word choice that impedes meaning or makes her look foolish and uneducated. She also doesn’t talk with food in her mouth.

Her husband will make a hell-of-a First Man and ambassador at large in the world. (Not to mention an excellent advisor – just keep him out of the West Wing and away from interns.)

She has a vagina and is no better no worse than most politicians with cojones.

I cannot vote for the Republican ticket unless someone who actually believes in and practices rational, reasonable debate, understands and respects science, demonstrates a clear understanding of separation of church and state, is committed to women’s rights, to civil liberty, and to protecting each citizen’s privacy, has a broad and educated understanding of the world at large, and is not a fucking-idiot or pretty boy, or both appears as if by magic, wins the nomination, and selects a running mate of similar qualities. What are the odds?

If Hilary wins the Democratic nomination, I will be stuck, as I have many times before, voting for the lesser of two evils. I comfort myself in thinking that if she makes it to the Presidency, at least she is a woman. We have to start somewhere – and why we should hold a woman politician to a higher standard than a man, is beyond me. And yet, I will not vote for her just because she is a woman. I will vote for her only if I am backed into a corner.

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16 Comments:

Blogger /t. said...

so,
just to be clear

you think hillary does pander and equivocate, or does not...

beyond this, i think it would be refreshing to see a woman in a position of leader/puppet head

on another matter, did you know that the smoke detector in your home is a radiological device? it contains AM241 (americium) -- cool!

did you know that AM is fissile?

yes, if canada were to gather up all of our smoke detectors -- well, maybe these plus those in montana -- then we could build a bomb and become a rogue nation (and state)

what then, bird? what would hillary do?

would she blockade us?
would she cut off our supply of hershey kisses? (that would hurt!)
would she freeze our assets? (hey, this is canada -- we freeze our assets up here 10 months of the year anyway)...

what would hillary do?

/t.

July 08, 2007 12:53 PM  
Blogger Mrs. B said...

bird,

hopefully we will not have to hold our noses, but I feel that the equivocation factor is contagious (sp?)

July 08, 2007 5:03 PM  
Blogger Polly said...

Wow what a post!

What I liked about Hilary was that she was game enough to look into universal health care for all Americans.
What I don't like about Hilary is that she backed down when the going got tough.

I trust you to vote for who will be best for USA and therefore the rest of us out here.
I just trust the people in the US to vote....let alone to vote for the best person.

July 08, 2007 6:16 PM  
Blogger Aunty Belle said...

Bird Beauty...Puddin' this is a fine clear statement. Reasonable and reasoned.

I liked this part the best:
" If you achieve a good by bankrupting your ethics, the good is demeaned, soured – because you have destroyed one good while pursuing another."

Amen.

P.S....did as ya' asked--new photos up on FRONT Porch. Thanky fer comin' by.

July 08, 2007 7:07 PM  
Blogger Aunty Belle said...

Birdy,

meant ter say --'bout hilary--she is afflicted wif' what St. Augustine called libido dominandi--a lust for power (domination). As ya so nicely noted.

July 08, 2007 9:05 PM  
Blogger boneman said...

hey....you finally turned off that "old" tv....
cool.

I "tagged" you....

July 08, 2007 9:15 PM  
Blogger Pete Bogs said...

I liked Hillary because she wasn’t just some Tammy Wynette chick who was gonna “stand by her man…” lol

“nuance to the pubic” (Freudian slip?)

I would not hate voting for Hillary… I’d love a woman prez, and she’d make a good one… though I can’t understand some of her decisions – like saying the war is a mistake but not following through by admitting her vote for it was a mistake…

July 09, 2007 6:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

haha! ""pubic" - could indeed be a freudian slip bogs. did you see the south park episode in which the hill-dog had a nuke up her snatch?

though i don't care for hilary, and i do think her self-centered ambition is misguided, i think the charges in general against her for ambition are often over-played (possibly including myself here in this criticism) and over-exaggerated - because of gender. she is not ambitious in a "feminine" way - and that troubles us.

i worry that hilary cannot win - that the US as a whole may not be ready for a woman president (lord ony knows why - seems ridiculous to me), but also, because she is in many ways so polarizing, part of the democratic base will not vote for her, leaving the door open for some repubican idiot (as a dem, i'd rather have a dem idiot than a repub idiot - though frankly, at this point, the dems running seem to have more intelligence than the repubs running).

AB: it grows evermore worrisome that you and i agree on a poltiical issue - hahah ;)

Mrs. B - nice to see you - hope you are enjoying your summer off from school.

Polly - hello and welcome. i agree in part with you - i loved that hilary took on healthcare - but i don't think she gave up too soon - it was a smart move to end it when the clinton adminsitration did - months of work and congress wouldn't budge an inch. healthcare in the 90s was the third rail of politics - may still be.

/t.: just to be clear - though indeed i think in many ways that ms. clinton often hedges her bets (a maneuver which i strongly condem), i can ony judge her on continued actions and urge all americans to consider the context of her statements as they arise in the course of public debate. though certainly equivocating and pandering are not noble actions, they can often be confused with carful deliberation of all sides of an issue and thoughtful consdieration of everyone's concerns. i trust it is now perfectly clear where i stand on the issue of equivocation and pandering. hahahahahahahahahahaha!

boneman: tagged am i? i am working on the post and will put it up sometime this week.

flap/flap/swoosh!

July 09, 2007 7:47 AM  
Blogger Pete Bogs said...

anon - I think I did see the South Park in question... an ICBM would make a hell of a dildo, no?

July 09, 2007 7:50 AM  
Blogger she said...

boyed i am so pleased to find this post, i am under time pressure today but will be back for a detailed comment. but quickly, i don't think 'merica is necessarilly anti female president i just think hilary for all the reasons (and more) you laid out is what they are rejecting. but i dont know that she cant pull it off! anything is possible in american politics.

July 09, 2007 8:41 AM  
Blogger kate said...

Interesting post.

I, like you, have voted in the last few elections for the lesser of 2 evils. I think this may be the same for me.

Unlike you, I have never really been a Hilary fan. I find her abrasive. That being said, I think she has done well for NY and would do a fine job as President as well (especially with Bill on her team...although thats what I said about GeorgeW when he was first elected thinking that having George Sr would be a good thing... NOT... and for the record I didnt vote for him I crossed parties and voted *cough* Democratic... lol)

I like Obama, but I dont think our country is ready to elect a Black president. I think we just may be ready for a female pres though.

Cheers!

July 09, 2007 12:53 PM  
Blogger she said...

i have to ask: what does it say when ya'll say you dont think the country is ready to vote for a woman or a black? it shows that you think in terms of gender and race. but is it fair to suggest that "the country" thinks this way too?

i will vote for the person who comes closest to being a constitutionalist who isnt interested in growing a giant megalithic state to manage every aspect of our lives. like health care! and i dont care if that person is black and female and gay.

its the ideas!

socialized health care is a travesty and it isnt free. ask the europeans that are fleeing if they can. if you make over 70K your taxes are 43%. does that sound like free? its pre-paid!

ever wait in a long ass line at the post office? thats the government efficiency in action.

so i would put hilary's health care plan in the negative column.

she is pragmatic.

hilary went hawk because she and bill both knew what radislam was up to. and did nothing so bill could be luvved. action gets you hatred. crying and emoting and doing nothing gets you luuuuv.

have you seen the you tube where al gore rips bush 41 for not ending saddam? for not taking iraq seriously? and now what? amnesia?

manipulation of fear is the stock and trade of the clintonistas. so...i mean that was to be expected.

...its the "vast right wing conspiracy" thats how she deflected the many sins of their administration.

i think the dems wont run her. but ya never know. she does have a way of speaking that sounds like a lot of words but there is no real content.

and what has she actually acomplished for new york?

i think the biggest problem with hilary is that she works for the party instead of the country. conserves are always jumping ship to go for third parties but i think libs will absolutely hold their noses and punch hilary in.

i agree with you they all are corporate owned and the good ones never get out of the primary gate.

there should be a revolution because here comes the new boss same as the old boss. but were so complacent we have the luxury to worry about how white our teeth are and if paris does her time.

makes me wanna howwwwwwwwwwwwwwl.
grrrrrrrrrr!

thanks boyedie. nice post.

July 09, 2007 3:57 PM  
Blogger Jack K. said...

Great post.

Well stated.

Gives me pause.

Thanks.

July 09, 2007 7:57 PM  
Blogger boneman said...

/t helped me out'a the stoneage and now I can be
the Man in the Street!

So, tell me, Bird.
What can a man on the street do to keep birds from, er, putting white dots on him?

July 10, 2007 3:01 PM  
Blogger boneman said...

"(bone)MAN on the STREETS here....
tell me, miss bird....are you willing to choose the lessor of two evils because she is a democrat?
and does that mean that republicans who vote for democrats (as I did for Carter and Clinton) are traitors?
and, not to put y'on the spot...ok, well maybe put y'on the spot....
Are you saying you'de vote democrat even if dan quail got the democratic nomination? Nixon? B...dang.
Bu...
dang! Spit it out!
Bush?

July 11, 2007 2:26 PM  
Blogger Infinitesimal said...

hi boyed

i tagged you for the baby photo meme.

this is a good post.

July 12, 2007 3:40 PM  

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