My views on Hillary Clinton have exasperated many people, husband included. I am one of many who regret every single day that Hillary Clinton wasn't elected president in 2008. I often wonder how life would be different if history had taken a different turn and Hillary had won back then. And when I muse on the subject, people return to their exasperation and tell me to get over it in some form or another. Many of you have had the same experiences and I hope you will take a few minutes to comment below and share what's been happening to you in that regard.
You know, right from the start, the whole idea of "get over it" is crude, rude, and uncaring. The dirty secrets about sexism and how it thrives in the U.S. were exposed and many just don't want to hear about it. It sullies their image of who we are as Americans. But the "get over it" mantra really kicks in as ridiculous when people don't want to think about any other political views I might have and want me to just shut up. It can drive me crazy as well because I actually like a good back and forth with people who hold different views from myself. But I don't like having someone try to get my back up against the wall and corner me trying to make me assume a point of view I don't hold and then getting mad at me when I tell them where I'm really coming from. I find those conversations exhausting.
Anyhow, I am meandering. I know that some people who supported Hillary have long abandoned her because she has been carrying water for the current president (I don't feel that way). There are also people who are disappointed in some of the stances she has taken as Secretary of State. I'm of the opinion that you just can't agree with everything anyone does. Heck----my wonderful husband of 41 years who I simply adore and I don't agree on everything. It follows that while I might have liked to see Hillary Clinton do a few things differently, I don't walk in her shoes, and she is who she is. She sure
has done alot of things right in my book.
As we enter the home stretch of the presidential campaign, I find myself on pins and needles. As an Ohio voter (and listen up----I have ALREADY VOTED----no persuasion will change my vote at this point), you can't imagine the people who come out of the woodwork to try to influence my vote. People I haven't heard from in many years have tried mighty hard to convince me to vote one way or another. In 2008, there were a few folks I hadn't seen since my childhood at sleepaway camp who realized that I was the only Ohioan they knew and who labored hard to bring me back into the Democratic fold. I really laugh about it now. Who would have ever thought their assignment would bring them face to face with one of many leaders of the 4 million rebels who left the Democratic Party for good? hahahahahahahaha, poor things. For them it was a tough if not impossible assignment. And then there was that woman from Texas who called me a "dried up old white woman" and that since she was hispanic "soon enough there are going to be more of us than there are of you and when that happens we're going to come after you " a few months back who came back to try to convince me that she really didn't mean it and tried to persuade me who to vote for. Riiiight. That kind of talk might land you in jail up here in Ohio.
And even now, I continue to get people who scold me for not doing what Hillary wanted me to do, and that is to vote Democratic. They send me her concession speech in 2008 and tell me they are disgusted with me for not being a good Hillary supporter because she said that life was too short to hold this kind of a grudge. But those well meaning but shortsighted folks don't understand that this isn't about grudge holding. This has turned out to be a recalibration of who I am and what I believe in. And then exasperation enters the picture. I am exasperated because they refuse to even try to see what I see, and they are exasperated because they want me to go back to who I was. Even the ones who love me alot don't always let me off the hook. But I keep trying, and at the very least I am given by them at least an understanding that I am allowed to think whatever it is I want to think as per the first amendment. I'll take that as a fine first step.
So what would have happened if Hillary had won and had brought the party together by putting Obama on the ticket as VP? It's of course impossible to know, but let me fantasize. She would have been demonized by many but loved by many more. She would have been effective in making our times more prosperous. As VP, Obama would have had the perfect setup to be part of a 16-year reign of Democratic majorities. The Democratic Party would be united in purpose. 4 million entrenched members of the party would be continuing to keep the many moving parts of the party in great working order. I could go on and on, but I won't, cause really who knows?
On a personal level, I wouldn't have met so many wonderful folks who I am proud to call my friends. I wouldn't have found my own voice, I wouldn't have discovered how much I love to write, and I wouldn't be using the more creative side of my brain to reinvent myself. Those things have been worth the pain.
I like to think that once Hillary gets over her exhaustion, which I understand she has been feeling for 4 long years in her current position, she will run for president again. And WIN this time. I am hopeful that resigning as Secretary of State was a strategic move as have been many things she has done to position herself for such a run. She is keeping her options open. I keep hearing from many that she will be too old. I completely disagree with that. Heck, she'll be younger than Reagan with no history of Alzheimer's in the family. Why put such a wealth of experience out to pasture? And besides, who else is there? And in my lifetime I want to have a women president. There is no one else with the deep qualifications needed except maybe Condi Rice, and she's not running.
I still think Hillary Clinton has what it takes to be president and I don't see her as a quitter. She wants to do work to help women and children, her life's work. Hillary-----you can have the GREATEST impact of all on future generations of girls by becoming our president. So, to quote you, "you have just one life to live. It is yours. Own it, claim it, live it, do the best you can with it." Your whole life has been leading up to this. Do the right thing. And for sure I know you will do it without whining!!!!