The misogyny, sexism and gay-bashing by Democrats that occurred in the 2008 election cycle is an open sore that will not heal. The leadership of the Democratic Left increasingly proved itself to be a misogynistic and anti-gay coalition. The words are “progressive”. The actions contradict the words. We know actions speak louder than words.
Ralph Nader in 2004 claimed once again that he is the best presidential candidate on gay rights. But as the gay newspaper from the District of Columbia, the Washington Blade noted:
Nader hasn’t always been so supportive of gay rights issues. In 1996, when Nader was asked by New York Times columnist William Saffire for his views on gay issues, he said he wasn’t going to get into “gonadal politics.”
At the time, the comment prompted an open letter from gay Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), criticizing Nader’s remarks.
“Your desire to avoid what you deride as ‘gonadal politics,’ and I think of as the fight for gay and lesbian rights, has been consistent. Having been actively involved in the fight against gay and lesbian bias in Congress since 1981, I cannot remember ever hearing from you on this subject.”
The Democratic Left and the leadership of the party have not abandoned their disdain for “gonadal politics”.
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In the 2008 election cycle the contempt of the Democratic Left for “gonadal politics” was center stage. The “gonads” this year belonged to women.
Hillary Clinton, more than once this past year was said to possess the biggest gonads, far surpassing the shriveled orbs cradled by the male candidates. When a union leader endorsed Hillary Clinton because “I truly believe that that’s going to take an individual that has testicular fortitude.” Hillary responded “I do think I have fortitude. Women can have it as well as men.”
Hillary Clinton was not the only woman this year who carried a big pair filled with testicular fortitude. We recall the courage of Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee who as African-American leaders faced down their critics while respected Congressman John Lewis became flaccid in the face of opposition.
Another great Congresswoman from an earlier age, also African-American, was Shirley Chisholm. Congresswoman Chisholm, was the first Black woman elected to Congress and the first Black to seek a major party’s nomination for the U.S. presidency.
Shirley Chisholm was a “first” many times. Shirley Chisholm also dared speak the truth.
Shirley Chisholm, who should know, said she was discriminated more on the basis of being a woman than on the basis of being black. Shirley Chisholm was a true Democrat. Shirley Chisholm would not fit in today’s Dimocratic Party.
“I ran because somebody had to do it first. I ran because most people thought the country was not ready for a Black candidate, not ready for a woman candidate. Someday–it was time in 1972 to make that someday come.”
She also knew the challenges of being a woman in politics.
“I’ve always met more discrimination being a woman than being Black,” she said. “When I ran for the Congress, when I ran for president, I met more discrimination as a woman than for being Black. Men are men.”
African-American Congresswoman Chisholm and her eyewitness, first hand experiences were dismissed by the Democratic Left.
Democratic Left male writers such as Hendrik Hertzberg at the New Yorker belittled the struggles of women (not to mention African-American women) in comparison to African-Americans and ignored the testimony of people, women, such as Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm. Hertzberg wrote Competitions among grievances do not ennoble, and both Clinton and Obama strove to avoid one; but it does not belittle the oppressions of gender to suggest that in America the oppressions of race have cut deeper.
The misogyny is so deep and rooted that even writers like Hertzberg, that we long ago respected, are unaware of what they are writing. It does indeed “belittle the oppressions of gender”, and we will add the oppressions of sexual orientations, to so denigrate “gonadal politics”.
After the Thanksgiving holiday we will continue our exploration into the shameful truth about the Democratic Left: the Democratic Left mouths progressive words on gender and sexuality but the Democratic Left is misogynistic and anti-gay.