Days Of Shame

When we posted Action Item 3 we stated it is also time to think a little long term.

We wrote:

Women’s Equality Day will be celebrated on August 26, the second day of the Democratic? National Convention. We need to organize demonstrations on Women’s Equality Day to highlight the misogyny in Big Media and the Democratic Party. We need to, like the civil rights movement, show the misogyny in American society for all to see. [snip]

In this election cycle there was not 1 debate to discuss issues of particular importance to women. Not 1 debate. Hillary was attacked in the most woman hating terms imaginable and the Democratic? leadership stood silent. Obama encouraged the woman-hating attacks. Hillary’s “claws”, Obama said, were out. Mainline women’s groups mostly stood silent. Women leaders such as Brazille and Pelosi and McCaskill, joined in the savaging of Hillary.

A little history which Ohio yesterday celebrated: On August 26, 1920, after a 72 year civil rights struggle, starting in Seneca Falls 1848, at the first National Women’s Rights Convention, the 19th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution – the Women’s Suffrage Amendment giving women the right to vote – was certified and became law.

In 1971, through the efforts of N. Y. Democratic Representative Bella Abzug, there was a joint resolution passed by Congress that each year August 26 should be nationally celebrated as Women’s Equality Day, and duly celebrated..

In 1850, Ohio held the second National Women’s Rights Convention in Salem. In 1912, over 5,000 women demonstrated at the Ohio Statehouse. On June 16, 1919, Ohio ratified the Women’s Suffrage Amendment.

This event was celebrated on June 17, 2008, in Columbus at the Statehouse with commemorative photos of several hundred women, a few children and men, mostly dressed in white who gathered to dedicate “The Ladies’ Gallery,” a project to recognize the first women to serve in the Ohio Statehouse.

Ohio’s Governor Strickland cared enough to celebrate women’s contribution to American society. The Democratic? Party prefers to remain silent on the misogyny which was so prevalent during this election cycle. In Ohio, plans are being made by Hillary supporters to celebrate Women’s Equality Day on August 26, 2008.

Last year, the National Organization for Women wrote a petition asking the prospective 2008 presidential candidates to make women’s equality a major component of their campaigns.

Until women earn the same wages as men . . . until reproductive justice is assured . . . until racism and sexism and violence are eradicated . . . until lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender people have equal rights . . . until women are included in the U.S. Constitution . . . women’s equality will not be realized.

As a strong supporter of women’s equal rights, I am urging you to make women’s equality a major component of your campaign and your platform, should you decide to run for president in 2008. I am counting on you to take a leadership role in restoring and strengthening the many protections and guarantees in law and regulation that have advanced women’s equality over the last 40 years.

Among others, these include passing strong pay equity legislation; repealing all laws and policies that have eroded women’s reproductive rights; halting attacks on Title IX, the equal education law, and improving its implementation; safeguarding Social Security and making it more fair for women; improving all health care programs including Medicaid and Medicare; expanding paid Family and Medical Leave; adopting humane welfare legislation with educational opportunities; fully funding child care assistance; guaranteeing employer overtime pay requirements; opposing all regressive judicial nominees; enforcing and fully funding the Violence Against Women Act; promoting equal marriage rights for all; and developing a fair and just immigration policy that does not scapegoat hard-working people.

Women’s equality is not yet a reality. I am counting on you as a candidate for U.S. president, to make closing the equality gap a centerpiece of your campaign in the 2008 elections.

We saw during this election cycle how NOT seriously the Democratic? establishment responds to women’s equality. The Democratic? establishment mouths the policy words but when push came to shove this year – women were sent to the back of the bus.

That’s not the way it used to be. Democrats used to care about how women were treated. It was not just about mouthing good policy positions.

Designating August 26th of each year as Women’s Equality Day

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have been treated as second-class citizens and have not been entitled the full rights and privileges, public or private, legal or institutional, which are available to male citizens of the United States; and

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have united to assure that these rights and privileges are available to all citizens equally regardless of sex; and

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have designated August 26th, the anniversary date of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, as symbol of the continued fight for equal rights: and

WHEREAS, the women of United States are to be commended and supported in their organizations and activities,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that August 26th of each year is designated as “Women’s Equality Day,” and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation annually in commemoration of that day in 1920, on which the women of America were first given the right to vote, and that day in 1970, on which a nationwide demonstration for women’s rights took place.

Women’s Equality Day, which takes place on the second day of the Democratic? National Convention will be a living reminder, if more was needed of the misogyny Hillary Clinton and her supporters have been subjected to.

Women are disrespected daily. Hillary Clinton is still being disrespected. Yesterday, at a “unity” rally in Michigan Obama supporters booed the mere mention of Hillary Clinton’s name.

The seeds of disrespect sown by Obama towards Hillary Clinton and women is one reason why the typical red flag appeals regarding potential Supreme Court appointments and abortion rights will not persuade women to vote for Obama.

Women also demand respect.

Nonetheless, the divisions among their followers are not insignificant and easily bridged. In the history of modern primary campaigns, ideology is one, but far from the only, source of disunity between presidential candidates of the same party. Historically speaking, issues of class, gender, race and even personality have been nearly as poisonous in causing internecine strife as ideological infighting has been.

To Obama’s supporters, Sen. Barry Goldwater’s 1964 campaign provides a reminder of how the primary winner’s supporters need to tread softly. During the California primary, Goldwater’s supporters attacked Gov. Nelson Rockefeller for remarrying and fathering a child with his second wife.

The anger boiled over during the national convention at the San Francisco Cow Palace. Goldwaterites loudly booed Rockefeller from the galleries when he addressed the country on national television. Goldwater, for his part, offended Rockefeller’s backers by defiantly declaring that “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice” and belittling the virtues of the politics of moderation.

Obama is highly unlikely to repeat Goldwater’s fiery tirades and denunciations, of course. But his supporters must be genuinely committed to paying respect to Clinton; as Clinton herself put it, assuaging her backers after the hard-fought contest will be a sturdy challenge. The Rev. Michael Pfleger’s recent outburst is a reminder of just how difficult it will be for Obama’s team to keep his millions of enthusiastic backers on the same pro-Clinton message after such a bitter primary campaign.

Obama race-baited, gay-bashed, and women-hated his way throughout this campaign and the seeds Obama sowed have flowered in his supporters.

Big Media will continue to blame Hillary for what she and we saw all too clearly.

By the same token, Clinton’s campaign has deepened the doubts that some voting blocs have had about Obama. She successfully courted Latinos, Jews, blue-collar voters and white women partly by comparing Obama unfavorably to McCain, portraying Obama as too inexperienced to lead “on Day One” and as an elitist who is out of touch with kitchen-table concerns. In his address to the 1980 Democratic convention, Kennedy invoked his supporters and subtly suggested that he had fought for “young workers out of work, … students without the tuition for college and … families without the chance to own a home,” while Carter was aloof about their economic interests.

Clinton’s endorsement of Obama comes earlier in the process than Kennedy’s endorsement of Carter. Obama’s policy disputes with Clinton are minor by comparison. And yet Clinton’s attacks were targeted to key groups of voters that Obama will need to win in the fall, and the question of how much damage he suffered remains unanswered.

If Clinton’s and Obama’s supporters are unable to find common ground and dispense with this lengthy list of grievances, the Democrats could be facing a bumpier campaign than they thought possible in January. While Clinton’s eloquent concession and endorsement represented a good first step on the path to unity, their millions of supporters still have a long way to go before their party can truly be healed and united against McCain.

Big Media will continue to blame Hillary, but Hillary was our representative. Hillary saw what we saw and Hillary continues to speak for us on matters of respect and dignity. Obama lemmings will never understand that our respect for Hillary is great but no matter how gracious Hillary is we will never vote for Obama in NOvember.

Hillary speaks for us:

What strikes me as inarguable is that Hillary is today a more resonant, consequential, and potent figure than she has ever been before. No longer merely a political persona, she has been elevated to a rarefied plane in our cultural consciousness. With her back against the wall, she both found her groove and let loose her raging id, turning herself into a character at once awful and wonderful, confounding and inspiring—thus enlarging herself to the point where she became iconic. She is bigger now than any woman in the country. Certainly, she is bigger than her husband. And although in the end she may wind up being dwarfed by Obama, for the moment she is something he is not: fully, poignantly human.

Hillary speaks for us and Hillary understands why we will never vote for Obama in NOvember. We respect Hillary and take her words seriously, but we will never vote for Obama in NOvember. Hillary is our nominee.

…the one element almost all my correspondents express in common is a furious resentment at the press for what they see as blatant misogyny in the coverage of Clinton. When I mention this to Hillary, she laughs and exclaims, “I’d love to get a look at your e-mail!” And then, more soberly, she goes on, “There’s a reason for the resentment. The level of dismissive and condescending comments, not just about me—what do I care?—but about the people who support me and in particular the women who support me, has been shocking. Shocking to women and to fair-minded men. But what has really been more disappointing to me is how few voices that have a platform have spoken out against it. And that’s really why you seen this enormous grassroots outrage. There is no outlet. It is rare that you have anybody on these shows or in a position of responsibility at major publications who really says, ‘Wait a minute! What are we talking about here? I have a wife! I have a daughter! I want the best for them.’ ”

Hillary Supporters will not vote for Obama in NOvember:

Sen. Barack Obama has emerged from his bruising battle for the Democratic presidential nomination with only a six point lead over Sen. John McCain and claiming his Republican rival has been getting a “pass” from the media.

A ABC News/Washington Post poll shows Obama, D-Ill., leading McCain, R-Ariz., by a margin of 48 percent to 42 percent. It is a surprisingly small lead considering that the incumbent Republican president George Bush is at record lows and public opinion overwhelmingly feels the country is on the “wrong track”.

No Bounce, Resistance from Clinton Supporters

The poll indicates that Obama did not get the traditional “bounce” in the public’s opinion by finally defeating Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and getting her endorsement as the Democratic presidential candidate.

While leading among young voters and other key demographics, ABC News chief Washington correspondent George Stephanopoulos saw what he called “danger signs” for Obama.

After trashing the FDR coalition in favor of His “new” Democratic? Party Obama is now trying to bamboozle voters he is finally realizing determine elections. But the “red” flag campaign will not work this time because we’ve been fooled once too often. Women’s rights and respect do not begin and end with the usual Democratic? red flags.

Obama also tried to head off any inroads McCain might make among women voters by arguing on GMA that “on almost every single issue that’s important to women, he [McCain] has been on the wrong side.”

“You know, he’s in favor of judges who would overturn Roe v. Wade. He has opposed equal pay,” Obama said, and charged that McCain also fought a program to insure children and to protect women from discrimination.

Women, particularly married white women, however, may be a problem for Obama, according to the Washington Post/ABC poll.

It showed that McCain has a 20 point advantage over Obama among married white women, a group that George Bush also won in the last two presidential elections.

Stephanopoulos told GMA that the figure was a “danger sign” for Obama. “This is a huge gap that Obama has to close if he’s going to do well.”

Obama is not qualified to be president. Obama is not to be trusted on any issue.

Obama faces an additional problem that only half of the voters saying he has the necessary experience to be president.

“If you look at the key question of experience, that may be what’s holding him back,” Stephanopoulos said. “Only 50 percent of voters say that Barack Obama has the experience to be president. A full 46 percent say, no, he doesn’t have the experience . . . That’s one of the reasons they are going on the foreign trips.” [snip]

The crucial political battle appears to be shaping up around independent voters between the age of 30 and 64.

“Those middle of the road independent voters, they are breaking right down the middle,” Stephanopoulos said. “This is going to be a key battleground for both campaigns going into November.”

While Obama runs well among younger voters, they are not always reliable when it comes to showing up at the polls. Meanwhile, he is 12 points behind McCain among the more reliable older voters.

In addition, nearly a quarter of Clinton’s voters are holding back on their support, according to the ABC News/Washington Post poll.

“If that number stays that high, it will be difficult for Barack Obama to win,” Stephanopoulos said.

Obama supporters will try to convince themselves that the polls are turning their way all through the summer. We will convince them on Women’s Equality Day – August 26, that Hillary supporters will NOt vote for Obama in NOvember. We will continue to fight. We will never give up. Hillary is our nominee.

While the Democratic? National Convention is in session, Hillary Clinton supporters will be marching for Women’s Equality and Hillary Clinton – and against Obama and misogyny.