What kind of person climbs out of bed to fight to lead the country when told to stay in bed because of pneumonia?
What kind of person, still sick, wearing a bullet proof vest, in the heat of a NY day, but on a momentous public day, especially for NY, forgoes recovery, an easy excuse, because she doesn’t want to miss a ceremony, a public ritual, remembering and honoring those who died on 9-11? It meant that much to her.
Plainly, it’s the kind of person who has given all her life and was first noticed when she spoke truth to power in a graduation address.
And she hasn’t stopped since to speak her mind and make a difference when and as she had the opportunity, and, when no one else would lead, Hillary did.
Women have always had to do more, and to do it better, to be taken seriously in this nation – even now
Wouldn’t you know in this election year there is a roar of sexism and male chauvinism tearing at Hillary Rodham Clinton at every turn, from the clothes she wears to the way she laughs, how serious she is, indeed every act or decision she’s made in her life, for fear the nation will follow electing a black man with electing a white woman, to steer the ship of state.
Like many, I felt a sense of deep concern when Hillary had to leave the NY ceremony because her recovering body wouldn’t let her stand and stay, and this was soon replaced by rage at what people said and now say, days later, about Hillary, for being human, for giving her all, to the point of exhaustion, and contracting pneumonia.
I know more than ever, given her sacrifice to lead, her warrior commitment, what a fine example she is, for every other citizen to mimic, who claims to be a patriot, that the choice is clear, favoring the only candidate who cares about everyone from kids to seniors and everyone in between.
We need a person, and Hillary is that person, who will work for us no matter our color, our nation of origin, our sexual identity or preference, even, I believe, our partisan preference.
We need a person who has cared her whole life for this nation and its promise.
We need a woman who will bring us together.
Not drive us apart. It was a former great official from Illinois who warned that a nation divided could not stand.
This year there is a pathogen loose in our politics preaching division and disunity and hate and intolerance. Continue reading