In It To Win… And To Change History

Thursday, January 25th, 2007 • 1 Comment on In It To Win… And To Change History

I minored in History as an undergraduate, mostly because I had more credits in that subject than any other.  I wasn’t particularly interested in history as a kid—the history I knew was men’s history and my history books were filled with stories about George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and the rest.  Women’s history was relegated to those little boxes off in the sidebar about women like Betsy Ross, Dolly Madison and Martha Washington.  Not exactly my idea of role models.

American History was written by men and about men and I had little interest in a subject that didn’t include someone who represented me as anything more than a seamstress or a first lady.  I found European history to be more interesting—at least the women got to be in charge sometimes!  I was obsessed with Joan of Arc for a few years—she was strong and independent, she was a soldier and a leader.  She was also burned at the stake at eighteen, so there went my career aspirations as a woman warrior.

I have said for years that if a woman ever ran for president in this country I would vote for her, regardless of political party, because we need to set the precedent.  I want to live in a country where a woman as president won’t be any bigger a deal than having a man as president.  The only way to accomplish that is to get the first woman into the White House so she can hold the door open for other women.  Given the current political climate, I could no longer in good conscience vote for just any woman presidential candidate. Condi wouldn’t get my vote, for instance.  On the other hand, I have always said if Hillary Clinton ever ran for president, I’d back her.  She’s smart, she’s experienced and her politics are to my liking.

Guess what?  Hillary is running and she’s in it to win.

Hillary in 2008.  Barack in 2016.  That’s my dream.

Posted by Kristina in Politics
  • Anonymous says:

    I would also love to have a woman in the White House, for all the obvious reasons. It’s way past time. This country need only look at other countries to see what type of positive influence a woman can have in that position. Unfortunately, we remain a shortsighted, chauvinistic society who cries for change but refuses to move beyond our small minded comfort zones. That’s a generalization of course, but we haven’t done a thing to change that perception. We remain what we became in the 80’s…..a ME society. That being said, if Hillary became President, which won’t happen, she won’t hold the door open for other woman, she’d slam it shut for another generation. She won’t get elected in this country, at least not this time around, might not even win her own party’s nomination. She’s just the wrong person at the right time. If she had done something to change Heath Care in this counrty, as she promised to do, I’d have voted for her on that basis alone. She had eight years and did nothing, primarily because she was distracted by scandals, suicides, infidelities and impeachment issues. The country won’t forget that, nor will her opponents. I’m sure they’ll also consider that for the last twenty years we’ve had a President that has either been named Bush or Clinton. Time for a change. The last sixteen years have been embarrassing. Hillary gets some press in the East and is supported by some Women groups but she won’t get the money, support or votes that she needs. Obama will steal a lot of those, assuming we ever get to find out where he stands on several issues. IMHO, of course……smileShe’s smart and she’s a fighter but she’s essentially a Socialist, as her aborted insurance plans suggested, and that won’t play in large parts of the country. I’d vote for almost any woman at this point, just not her or Rice. If she got elected, it wouldn’t be a dream, it would just be a continuation of our nightmare.

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