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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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Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) versus the GOP #2 (Logogate?)

Well, we’re off and running now that Hillary’s declaration is official. What will social media sites be awash with, in terms of Hillary Clinton’s policies, whether economic or social? Will Hillary’s performances as both First Lady and Secretary of State be called in to question, analysed, and unpicked carefully in order to figure out whether she is in fact the person best suited to next take office at the White House?

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Seemingly not, for social media sites are awash with speculation about the logo Hillary is using in her campaign as she aims to win the democratic nomination (see the logo thingy above – clicking on the logo will take you to a webpage where a design company’s Design Principal, Matt van Leeuwen (@matthijs), has unpacked the logo for us). Now, below is a link pasted so that you can see just some of the comments that are pinging around the web, and you are free to make of them what you will, but doesn’t it make you think that in politics, as with much in life, we have become so adept at ‘missing the point’ that you can’t help but feel that we kind of deserve whatever crappy government we end up with because we’re so fixated on the banal, the conspiratorial, and the tiniest most irrelevant details to even be bothered to engage with the bigger questions facing humanity at this present time?

Although, the one by Kristi Colleen (@KristColleen) at the end of this ‘journalistic’ piece serves to provide both a touch of sanity and plain old common sense, thankfully.

Some of the Tweets are to be found here on this, The Guardian, link:


Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) versus the GOP

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It may be airing at this very moment, people may be streaming Hillary Clinton’s declaration to run for the Democratic nomination, and just who will attempt to stop her, both from within her own party and from within the GOP? The answer to this will surface sooner rather than later, but one imagines there will be a smear campaign the likes of which have not been seen for a while; perhaps the biggest smear campaign of all. And why? Well, Hillary has history. Hillary is a woman. Hillary polarises opinion. Should any or all of this matter? One thing is certain; Hillary is a STRONG contender for the White House. Anyone who tells you otherwise is deluded. The GOP is marshalling its troops to provide the strongest opposition it can, but, following the reign of Bush the second, it still appears to be in a bit of a mess, fractured around issues that usually serve to unite the party. With experience of being First Lady, and of serving as Secretary of State, and with access to funds to equal, or even eclipse, that of any prospective GOP candidate, Hillary Clinton may well become the first female President of the United States of America. How interesting might that be?


Hillary Clinton @HillaryClinton post #2

Hillary Clinton versus the GOP – some pre-pre-nomination (pre-pre because she hasn’t yet officially said that she will run for the Democrat nomination) thoughts on what this might look like. And although this is a tad premature, there are some interesting noises across the Internet that suggest that she will run (if that stands as any kind of metaphor-type-thing).

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There are the supporters: Ready for Hillary #READY

And there are the detractors: Karl Rove #JUSTPLAINNASTY (changed from #NASTY because of the dodgy things that hash tag throws up (but beware, because this one might be just as dodgy – but we have to have a hash tag here, so…))

A fascinating question to consider is that at this stage, is there anything that the GOP can do (apart from accusing Hillary of being brain-damaged) to halt a nominated Hillary Rodham Clinton (if such a thing occurs)? From this side of the Atlantic, any GOP contenders seem lightweight and/or ineffective – this stands in contrast with the upcoming election in the UK where ALL the candidates are lightweight AND ineffective, sadly.


Hillary Clinton @HillaryClinton

Hillary Clinton: The Power of Women. Aired by the BBC on March 25th 2015 with the following question: Twenty years on from Hillary Clinton’s ground-breaking speech, has anything really changed? Now, I don’t remember the speech, and watching the programme was the first time of hearing it. Apparently, it was censored in China, where the conference she spoke at was held, at the time it went out.

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One of Clinton’s tag lines that really stands out from the speech is, ‘Women’s rights are human rights, and human rights are women’s rights.’ There are also lots of stats thrown around to indicate this or that, but the one that made the biggest impression was a statistic about the annual turnover of the sex traffic industry being greater than that of McDonalds, Apple, and Google combined.

If that is true, it is worth taking a moment to consider the above question.


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