Women, like Gay-Americans and Jewish-Americans have been betrayed by their “leaders” and by their supposed mainline organizations.
The essential fact that must be remembered is that the mainline Women groups, the mainline Gay groups, and to a much lesser extent some mainline Jewish groups (Jewish Americans are betrayed more often by fake “leaders” like Robert Wexler. See HERE and HERE.) have stopped fighting for their constituencies in order to shill for Obama’s Dimocratic Party.
In fairness, or rather sad recognition of historical facts, these mainline groups have abandoned their constituencies long before Obama began to teach treachery on a national scale.
These mainline groups and their treacheries to their constituencies are easily understood by considering last Thursday’s Gay Fundraiser for Obama Dimocrats which raised more money for Obama Dimocrats that the previous year when Obama Dimocrats were at least serving worthless soon-to-be abandoned promises, not unfulfilled ones. Hillary supporters recall Kate Michelman and NARAL and their various treacheries: they abandoned a long time strong champion of their issues in order to support a “present” voting Obama.
African-Americans too have been abandoned by their mainline groups but strangely enough they have benefited by greed. By this we mean that African-Americans at the grass roots level have the same problem of abandonment by their mainline organizations, which are mostly moribund shills for Dimocrats (think NAACP), but because prominent black “leaders” (yes, very much like Al Sharpton) profit personally by shouting “racism” at the first signs of TV cameras the black grassroots get some benefit.
This “profit motive” does at least get African-Americans at the grassroots level to at least feel like their issues and voices are being heard. No matter how minor the alleged infraction the profit motive by profit motivated black leaders means that issues great and small will be addressed with ferocity (and at a profit to the “leaders” who can live sumptuously at the Carlyle Hotel.) The profit motive “leaders” profit from their advocacy and the grassroots have a go-to advocate to air grievances.
We are not recommending the profit motive model to be followed by Women, Gay, and Jewish, groups we are simply noting the odd arrangement. Women, Gay, and Jewish, group leaders are sufficiently satisfied with a slap in the back and invitations to donate money whereas the most prominent black leaders (certainly not all African-American leaders) want to see the green, the cash.
Gay-Americans are the first big bloc of Obama voters to begin, en masse, awakening to Obama’s treacheries but the Gay-American “leadership” is mostly content to be invited to events and be puffed and fluffed.
Women voters, slowly waking up at the grassroots level to Obama Dimocrat treacheries, are however the first big bloc of Obama voters to begin to organizationally regroup.
Amy Siskind of The New Agenda [note to Amy: it would help enormously if you had nothing to do with Huffington Post instead of cross posting your article in that swamp of Hillary hatred and it was not a coup d’etat by definition nor intent.] wrote of the latest happy developments at the moribund National Organization of Women:
Last weekend, a major coup d’etat occurred at NOW’s election conference in Indianapolis. [snip] When all was said and done, after 417 delegate votes had been cast and counted, the underdog slate headed by Terry O’Neill had taken over the reigns of NOW by a mere eight votes. This despite NOW’s established leadership endorsing, actively supporting, and utilizing hardball tactics (including the disqualification of LA Chapter delegates) in support of their hand-picked slate of candidates.
What went down in Indy? Ahead of the election conference itself, a group of long-time feminists who were upset with the direction that NOW had taken decided to organize a resistance. One such feminist, Dr. Lynette Long, pulled NOW’s old tax returns. Dr. Long’s research revealed that NOW’s membership, which reached 500,000 at its zenith, is currently closer to 60,000. Yet, the conference and election itself were mostly a symbolic gesture and the turning of a page. The damage to NOW has been done over decades.
Much praise is due to Hillary supporter Dr. Lynette Long. Dr. Long recognizes that this is not about silly labels (such as first, second, third wave, next wave, of feminism) but rather about getting back to basics and into fighting shape ready to fight for women without the need to be back-slapped at “special” events hosted by Obama Dimocrats.
During the primary campaign women and women groups were on the lookout for the “racism” which only appeared when utilized by Obama and his supporters, but women and women groups did NOTHING about the blatant sexism and misogyny which blared in full ugliness every day and every hour.
Women’s groups need to get back to basics and begin to represent women and forget about invitations to fancy events. Women’s groups need to get back to educating and fighting. Women’s groups must get back to business and make their case to women that the sexism and misogyny is so embedded in the culture that women instead of fighting together fight each other:
And the polls show the same — just 20% of those surveyed consider themselves “feminists,” and only 17% want their daughters to be.
A whole lot of folks will look back and try to decipher what has caused the downturn at NOW. Yet, the answer is quite simple: the organization stopped representing its constituents. Management became insular and lost touch with the folks, so the folks moved on with their busy lives. Management became like a clique with strict rites of passage including being liberal and pro-choice. As management increasingly focused on issues that divided their members, they didn’t hear the decades-long patter of 440,000 footsteps slowly walking away.
This is not dissimilar to what occurred on Wall Street. There too, management lost track of the basic tenets of customer focus and service. Management instead relied on excessive financial risk through esoteric financial tools which took management further and further away from their customer base. It was only a matter of time.
And just as Wall Street lifts itself from the ashes of ruin, now, so is the women’s movement. While Wall Street rises with the help of TARP, the Next Wave gets underway courtesy of the sexism in the 2008 election. Wall Street got aid from Henry Paulson — the Next Wave got invigoration from David Letterman. The CEO ranks of Wall Street were merged and reshuffled; a new slate of leadership has taken over NOW and a new national women’s group has been formed. Wall Street will be forever changed, as will the women’s movement.
And thank goodness — it’s about time. Because we’ve come a long way, baby, yes, but the 2008 election showed us that sexism is alive and thriving in this country. Women have made great strides, but just beneath the surface, where eyes cannot discern, the roots of sexism and misogyny have been left to grow unabated. The roots flourish in our media, our schools, our workplaces, even our political parties.
Too often we have seen women as their own worst enemies. The “divide and conquer” strategy has worked for the sexists and misogynists who repeatedly saw success when women attacked Hillary Clinton using the language of the most neanderthal of men (do you hear us, Elizabeth Edwards, and Kate Michelman, and Donna Brazile, and Nancy Pelosi?)
And in 2008 we reached a nadir. For Wall Street it was the collapse of Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers. For the women’s movement, it was the sexist treatment of Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin.
Governor Sarah Palin, like Senator Hillary Clinton, was savagely attacked with sexist and misogynistic language and tactics by both men and women. Obama supporters and women stated the attacks were justified because they did not like the views of Governor Palin nor the views of Senator Clinton. But those were weak excuses which did not hide the sexism and misogyny.
The National Organization of Women is the first women’s organization to begin to reform and get back to fighting trim. Other organizations need to overthrow the comfortable bureaucrats which are happy to go along in order to get along at fancy parties.
It’s time for a change.