Friday, July 29, 2016

Shrill Hil (UPDATE: My friend Rachel says it better than I ever could)

It's official. Hillary Rodham Clinton (she's dropped the "Rodham," right?) accepted the Democrat nomination for President on Thursday evening. And once again we're hearing about how historic this is given that Mrs. Clinton is the first female presidential candidate of a major political party in American history. As such, we're basically being asked not to ruin this momentous occasion by reminding people how she enabled her adulterous husband or the fact a sitting FBI Director acknowledged that she violated the law while serving as Secretary of State. Never mind that, if elected President, Mrs. Clinton likely won't do anything substantially different than her male predecessor. Being the first female president is a huge deal because it tells young women they can accomplish anything, or something.

To me that's the saddest commentary. The idea that no matter the corrupt path Mrs. Clinton traveled to get where she is, it's being lauded as exemplary.

UPDATE: My friend Rachel Aplikowski agrees that Hillary definitely should not be the standard bearer for "breaking through that glass ceiling."

I'm sure I will tell my children about this day. It's the day where legitimate glass-ceiling-breaking women everywhere were completely undermined by a woman who, by dishonesty and coercion, faked her way into the history books.

This is a day where the women who discovered penicillin, were elected to federal office before the 19th amendment, or saved lives with Kevlar, fire escapes, genetic coding, and can legitimately take credit for hundreds of other inventions we still use today, are relegated as smaller footnotes in history to a woman who couldn't succeed unless the system was rigged in her favor.

How do you look your daughter in the eye and be proud that the first woman nominated for president by a major party in the US is under investigation by the FBI? Lied to the public and to Congress? Left good men to die overseas? Doesn't believe unborn baby girls have a right to life? The shadow of suspicion around Hillary is far darker the lights of success.

It breaks my heart to think this is what we, as women, have to celebrate when there are so many other women on both sides of the aisle, in and out of politics, who have worked much harder and much more honestly than Hillary to get where they are, and whom we will never remember in four years.

When I tell my children about this day, I will remind them that no matter their title, salary, or recognition, no matter how many votes they receive, awards they are given, or offices they hold, none of that can replace the integrity of one's character. And that's something Hillary has nothing to speak of.



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