Wednesday, September 14, 2016
I'm With Her - Hillary Rodham Clinton!
Hence, there have not been any or maybe one, political post. Here is the second.
Having been raised a staunch Democrat, it has not been easy. Especially when we moved from Chicago when I was a child to north Louisiana at the age of 10. Oh my, we were pariahs. We were Democrats,
Catholics, from the North and my Dad was in the beer business. There were kids who could not play with
It did not get any better when we moved to Baton Rouge for a few years or even when I finished high school in Alexandria. Nope, politics was not a topic of discussion. To say I was in the minority would be an understatement.
However, at the age of 28 when we moved to Houston, it was a pleasant surprise to find an open, liberal attitude toward politics and life. Very refreshing.
One could have a civil discussion about candidates, about voting, about who you supported without threats.
It caused me to get involved in the local and national political events in Houston. After all, those were the
days of Molly Ivins, LBJ, Ann Richards and Barbara Jordan.
Sadly, those days passed and the scene in Texas has been dismal. Houston has always remained liberal as has Austin, but statewide it has been a major embarrassment during the Perry era and now with Abbott.
Don't get me started.......
After recently reading a book on the beginnings of Hitler and then the activities of his "campaign", the Brownshirts and how the people reacted in fear by not confronting the situation for fear of retaliation which happened often, I decided it was important to speak out about the current situation.
To say I find it abhorrent would be an understatement. It would be impossible to tell you how often a speech has been on TV that I was watching that caused me to sit and shake my head. So much of it reminds me of
things said and done racially back in the 50's and 60's in Louisiana and Mississippi about African Americans. Now it is about Hispanics, Muslims and mostly anyone who is not a WASP - a White Anglo Saxon Protestant....male.
So, today, for what it is worth, it is important for me to say that I support Hillary Clinton. It's not a snap judgement. I've kept up with her and her work for others since she worked for the Children'' Defense Fund. I read a book during the time of her husband's governorship written by a Pulitzer Prize writer that told a lot about her and her work for others. As Secretary of State, I did not always agree with stances that were taken but admiration and support always won out. Her work with both sides of the aisle as NY Senator showed her working style better then anything, I thought. Always, always, with dignity.
It feels now and always has that I understood her core. She's from the Midwest where your work and your integrity were paramount. If you said you were going to do something, by golly, you did it - sick or not.
You always had a sense of need to do for others, first and foremost, be they family or fellow citizens.
You see, I was raised the same way. We could not sleep late. We had to be responsible for our room, our actions and for how we treated others. The Golden Rule was THE rule. We were expected to give back to the community as well as our family. It has been my path.
Even the "sick" thing this weekend made me smile, sort of. An example of my behavior is that once I was working on a hotel design project. Needed to fly to El Paso to meet with a vendor, even though I was so sick that I was afraid my ears would explode on the plane, BUT I plodded forward. The meeting was held and by the end of that day I was so sick, that the vendor had to drive me to my hotel where I spent two days in bed sicker then a dog. During those two days all I could think of was the work that needed to be done. That is just one example of many where I put myself last, while family and work came first.
That is not my lifestyle any longer. But I certainly can understand Hillary's story.
I was beyond proud the day that Obama was elected the first time and cried with joy. I was astounded and thrilled at his second election. I sincerely hope that our country makes the right move on election day in 2016 and elects a woman, Hillary Rodham Clinton as President of the USA. I have great faith in the "silent majority".
It would be a day that would be a culmination for all of us women who have quietly worked to make life better for our daughters and granddaughters along with our sons and grandsons and all of the World!