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#ElectionFinalThoughts #Trump #Hillary and the (potential) Continuation of The Hawk’s (#StephenHawking) History of Stupidity?

As the polls prepare to open on #Election2016 / #ElectionNight, it’s perhaps a good moment to step back, pause, and consider with care the next phase in the evolution of U.S. politics. The hashtag, #ElectionFinalThoughts, should be renamed to reflect the fact that following this election, no matter who enters the Oval Office, some serious thinking needs to be done in order to address certain issues that have cropped up during @realDonaldTrump and @HillaryClinton campaigns, respectively. #ElectionContinuingThoughts might be such a hashtag, where issues, once thought to be resolved/won and therefore no longer important issues (Civil Rights, for example), or even issues that rarely get a mention in the mainstream press (Indigenous Peoples, for example), can be discussed in order to figure out the best way forward for U.S., and by extension, world politics.

Another issue that has cropped up, but that pretty much has been skirted around, is one of the practice, whether intended or not, of woman-hating rhetoric, acts, sentiments, and other such stuff. That’s certainly the opinion of Barbara Kingsolver, who makes the case that girls growing up when she did faced overwhelming opposition to ideas that girls “could go to college, have jobs, be doctors, tentatively working my way up the ladder” to the position of president, perhaps. Well, now that time has come. There is indeed a woman knocking on the door marked Commander-in-Chief, and, judging by the press coverage stemming from Trump and his supporters, as well as those from within her own party, you’d think this particular woman was the Devil incarnate. Michelle Goldberg writes:

“I’ve interviewed Trump supporters, conventional conservatives, Bernie Sanders fans, and even a few people who reluctantly voted for Clinton in the Democratic primary but who nevertheless say they can’t stand her. Most of them described a venal cynic. Strikingly, the reasons people commonly give for hating Clinton now are almost the exact opposite of the reasons people gave for hating her in the 1990s. Back then, she was a self-righteous ideologue; now she’s a corrupt tool of the establishment. Back then, she was too rigid; now she’s too flexible.”

So, it seems that Hillary is too this, or too that – she’s just not Goldilocks enough. But it seems that the language used to speak ill of Hillary is the kind of language usually reserved for denigrating women, in particular. She is too “stupid” because she stood by Bill during the Lewinsky scandal. She is too “old” even though she’s not as old as Ronald Reagan when he won. She is too “ill” because she recently suffered an illness whilst attending a 9/11-remembrance ceremony. She is too “risky” because of the old email business (and please forgive any naivety, here, but this seems to be about the worst of Hillary’s misdemeanours, which, when you think about it, doesn’t seem all that bad when on the other side we seem forever to be discussing Trump and over a dozen seemingly plausible accusations of sexual assault). Basically, according to her haters, she’s a stupid, old, unwell, and unstable WOMAN.

And when discussing the other accusation that seems to be ever at hand to beat Hillary down, that she’s too much a part of the “corrupt,” self-serving U.S. politics, are people really saying that she’s all that different from what’s gone before? Really?

Is she worse than James Buchanan, who failed to prevent the outbreak of the Civil War?

Is she worse than Warren G. Harding, and his mishandling of the Teapot Dome oil reserves?

Is she worse than Andrew Johnson, who opposed measures, such as the Fourteenth Amendment?

Is she worse than Franklin Pierce, whose administration was responsible for the so called “Bleeding Kansas” or Border War, considered as being one of the key events that led to Civil War?

Is she worse than Millard Fillmore, who endorsed the Fugitive Slave Act?

Is she worse than John Tyler, the first American head of state to face impeachment?

Worse than Shrub?

Nixon?

Really?

Hillary Clinton is no different than any of the other aspiring Presidential candidates before her, except for one thing: Hillary is a woman. It remains to be seen whether Americans are willing to accept a woman as President, but make no mistake, woman-hating is prevalent in society. Having a woman in The White House may expose more of the woman-hating, as seen throughout the entirety of the election campaign. But how severe does the woman-hating have to get before people call it out for what it is?

When do we stop adding to, as The Hawk calls it, our collective “history of stupidity?”

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Just So Many Reasons to Not Accept the #Lockerroom Excuse

In light of #DonaldTrump’s recent comments, where he attempts to excuse away the vile comments he made about the ways in which he professes to grab females by their genitalia, here are a few reminders of why such talk should not merely be excused as “locker room” banter.

  • Reminder 1: Judge #AaronPersky continues to be lenient in his sentencing of abusive people, such as #BrockTurner. If we excuse such comments, the Aaron Perskys and Brock Turners of the world feel justified in their actions when they should be horrified by them.
  • Reminder 2: The levels of violence aimed at women around the globe, like the news item in Argentina, are far too many to be excused, and so Trump’s comments should not be tolerated, nor should they be excused.
  • Reminder 3: Convicted rapists, such as Brock Turner, simply fade from memory as news items move on. Unfortunately, the survivors of such crimes do not get to have their memory of events fade away so simply, and therefore we must continue to hold at the forefront of our minds the horrendous things that humans do to one another when they feel they can justify their actions away as “locker room” behaviour, for example (a very basic internet search of “Brock Turner update” brings back items that date no later than early September 2016 – so his story of raping an unconscious person fades away from public view).

(Lucia Perez (pictured above) died as a result of some person/s justifying their behaviour to themselves – it’s never right to treat another human in this manner, nor is it okay to excuse their behaviour) The preceding article is extremely disturbing – all the more reason to read it and contribute to ending such behaviour, however you can.


Where are all the Flags and Where is the Booze? @england women #WWC2015 #lionesses

Only once in my lifetime have I witnessed an England team reaching the semi-final of the World Cup, and that was during the Italia ’90 campaign (the one where Gazza cried). That World Cup, like most, (maybe with the exceptions of U.S.A ’94 and Japan ’02 because the matches were played so late in terms of G.M.T.) was everywhere – in the sense that not only was it on the T.V., but shops and cars and people were all displaying football related stuff. And in fairness, England didn’t qualify for U.S.A. ’94, so that’s perhaps an odd one to judge by, but there was the same merchandising and fervor surrounding England’s Japan ’02 Quarter-Final appearance (the one with Beckham’s mohawk), where people stayed up late to watch important matches.

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So, where is the fervor surrounding the latest England team to reach a World Cup semi-final? I know all the matches are on late because it’s being played in Canada, but the supermarkets that are usually so quick to pounce on merchandising ideas have not done so on the occasion of the England Women’s team reaching the last four. If it were the men’s team the whole of the aisles as you walk in the store would be awash with booze, flags, t-shirts, barbecue stuff (cos when you’re drunk you’ll eat any old half-cooked rubbish). There’s not a lot of stuff around, so if you didn’t know, you’d think there was nothing much going on. This seems bizarre to me. Having watched all of England’s matches, with the exception of the French match, they’re a really good team that plays good football and they have a pretty good chance of beating the current holders, Japan.

So I ask: are flags and booze reserved for men only?

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