Obama's surprise endorser
I came across this story that shows how sexist our society is today. Maria Shriver happened to marry a Republican. She did not give up her mind when she did so and remains openly and proudly a liberal. So her entire family that DEFINES liberal going back 50 years endorses Obama and her husband who she's only known for 15 or so years goes way out on a limb to endorse the only Republican candidate who is potentially not certifiably insane and somehow this is a big story that she decides to go with her uncle, cousins and all the other members of her family to endorse as Caroline said if I may paraphrase, "The closest person I've seen to my father since my father..." in Barack Obama and the press has a field day wondering why a strong independent woman would endorse against her husband.
The same thing happened last week when Charlie Rangel's strong independent wife came out for Obama after he'd already endorsed Clinton. The press was all aroar! I even heard one press person say, "This is a sign, believe me, if Charlie didn't approve of her endorsing him, he would have never allowed it." I sat in my bed stunned at the overt sexism in the media and now here it is again.
Let me make this VERY clear to all political pundits and media spokespeople...
Women have their OWN right to vote. It was given to us explicitly by constitutional amendment and it took us 50 years LONGER than it took African American men to get that right. We fought, bled, sweat, begged, embarrassed the establishment and in the end it took a mother writing her son on the last day at the last minute in the TN legislature and him listening to his mother and changing his vote on the floor for that amendment to be ratified by enough states to become a part of our constitution.
WE DON'T TAKE THAT RIGHT LIGHTLY!!!
We don't vote with our husbands.
We don't vote indiscriminately.
We don't vote as a "block" without disregard for issues or the effect on our lives.
We are individuals who look at the candidates at hand and walk into a voting booth and cast our own private ballot just like men do. If Oprah wants to endorse a male candidate over a female candidate, that's her right.
If Caroline and Maria and Ms. Rangel and any other women, want to come out with their own well deserved influence and tell us who they are voting for in that private booth and if their husbands happen to disagree, welcome to the kitchen tables of America.
There is no surprise here because if a woman in today's America chooses to support a different political candidate than her husband or family or church or employer or friends or anyone else supports, she, WE have not only a right but an obligation to vote for the best candidates on every single ballot and I believe we should be screaming out our preferences and our rationales for them to the world (hence my blog LOL).
Stand proud women of America, be it Hillary, Obama, McCain or even god forbid, Romney and Huckabee (the "insane twins" as I like to call them), tell us who you support and why because had one mother of a TN legislator not spoken out, you may not ever have had the chance to do so today!
And that's my take...