Sunday, November 6, 2016

Celebrating Hillary

I should be turning cartwheels since early voting last month.

This country is on the verge of possibly electing the first woman president and it only took 96 years after women got the right to vote. And my new home state Tennessee was the one that officially ratified the 19th Amendment in 1920. Who knew...

The current female nominee climbed an exceptionally unique ladder to reach this level of importance. She created her own coattail rather than slide into position by name alone.

That she is female makes her climb that much steeper in a male-dominated political structure. Even when she played the game like them, respecting the play was not appreciated by her worthy opponents. Still, she persevered. She outplayed the players and used some of the mud slung as a facial to spite those who thought she'd fade out of the grueling campaign march.

But she didn't and I salute her, regardless of the outcome.

If she had been male, her path to power would be admired as well as reviled, much as her adversary's path is today.

As Susan B. Anthony said: "Are you going to cater to the whims and prejudices of people? We draw out from other people our own thought. If, when you go out to organize, you go with a broad spirit, you will create and call out breadth and toleration. You had better organize one woman on a broad platform than 10,000 on a narrow platform of intolerance and bigotry."

Millions of women will be watching the future's horizon, Madam Secretary....

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