Monday, February 11, 2008

Robin Morgan's Manifesto for Hillary

Robin Morgan's 1970 classic.

Goodbye To All That (#2) by Robin Morgan

Reportedly Chelsea Clinton has circulated this article to friends and supporters via email. I received it from my Hillary-supporting sister. I feel guilty when I read this article. I'm a good feminist. I should support Hillary. But the article doesn't address my main issue with Hillary: She voted for the war. Yeah, the media sucks. Yeah, she's being treated in a very sexist way. Yeah, Obama is young and less experienced. But with all her experience, she gave George W. Bush the authority to go to war. I can't get over that.

Goodbye to the toxic viciousness . . .

Carl Bernstein's disgust at Hillary’s “thick ankles.” Nixon-trickster Roger Stone’s new Hillary-hating 527 group, “Citizens United Not Timid” (check the capital letters). John McCain answering “How do we beat the bitch?" with “Excellent question!” Would he have dared reply similarly to “How do we beat the black bastard?” For shame.

Goodbye to the HRC nutcracker with metal spikes between splayed thighs. If it was a tap-dancing blackface doll, we would be righteously outraged—and they would not be selling it in airports. Shame.

Goodbye to the most intimately violent T-shirts in election history, including one with the murderous slogan “If Only Hillary had married O.J. Instead!” Shame.

Goodbye to Comedy Central’s “Southpark” featuring a storyline in which terrorists secrete a bomb in HRC’s vagina. I refuse to wrench my brain down into the gutter far enough to find a race-based comparison. For shame.

Goodbye to the sick, malicious idea that this is funny. This is not “Clinton hating,” not “Hillary hating.” This is sociopathic woman-hating. If it were about Jews, we would recognize it instantly as anti-Semitic propaganda; if about race, as KKK poison. Hell, PETA would go ballistic if such vomitous spew were directed at animals. Where is our sense of outrage—as citizens, voters, Americans?

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