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He Said/She Said Politically

Updated on May 5, 2016

Stacking the Cards Against Women in the U.S.

Swimming with Alligators with No Escape

It seems as if there is no end to political elections these days. More interesting is the cameos of today's politicians in their poseur vignettes. The endless campaign ads, the posturing and partisan sidling up to candidates is like swimming with aligators with no hope of escape.

Why is the 2016 Election Different?

When you consider that the Republican party allowed more than a dozen candidates to debate with each other and Democrats offered only three, you see the back room strategies clearly.

The reality is that the 2016 election is historic. As the days of defeat for the Republican candidates dwindled down to just three and two remaining Democrats, the issues have seemed to fade in importance.

Elections were never intended to be popularity contests. They were intended to support the wishes of the 325+ million Americans who call the U.S. "home."

What makes this election historic is "who" the final days come down to:

. Donald Trump, a New York billionaire

. Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT)

. Hillary Clinton (former Secretary of State and NY Senator)

Each of these candidates will make history in their own way. No billionaire has ever been a U.S. President. Trump will be the first. No Jewish male to date has been president. Sanders will be the first. No woman has been president. Hillary will be the first.

Within the framework of the 2016 election lies a HUGE problem. Two men are running against one woman. Therein begins the real problems. It is a well known fact that men and women think very differently about the same issues. As Americans, we are now in a phase of U.S. history where change must come or we become relegated to a past of few advancements or accomplishments. Americans are expected to be "world class" innovators.

A cancer within the U.S. has metastaticized into the most unwieldy division. It is no longer just a matter of right and left, center or socialist, progressives or fascists. It's a matter of division within the genders. The results of the 2016 election may further increase the "gender division" that is growing more vitriolic with each day.

He Said/She Said Politically

It may seem ironic to today's highly educated women that men still do not "get it." More's the pity...because those who refuse to "get it" are going to be eating many women's dust in the very near future.

From the political standpoint, the election of a female president IS ALL about gender. It's about women who have managed to go along with the overpowering male obession with control since Neanderthal men left the caves.

It's about women who lived through non-existence imposed by male rule. To this day, men rue the idea of women being allowed to vote. And from the looks of the legislation being passed by some men in the House and Senate recently, they still believe in male supremacy. So, they close Planned Parenthood clinics, they demand any woman who has a miscarriage report her medical records to insure she hasn't had an abortion and the latest attack on the female gender in the U.S.? A New Jersey governor, Chris Christie refused to pass legislation demanding equal pay for equal work for women. According to him, equal pay for women would "devastate businesses." Is there any woman out there who believes this? I think not.

When men call women "feminists" for supporting their female gender, women wonder if men have lost their minds. For more than 235+ years men have supported their gender and demanded women support men over their own women's rights. What? Make sense to you?

It doesn't make a bit of sense to women who are fully capable of making their own decisions, becoming successful business owners, college professors, top scientists, excellent sportswomen and women who fight side by side with men in the military.

What the male political candidates say and what they will do is what women fear most. To roll back all of the strides women have made over the last 45 years is a heinous crime few women will tolerate. We do not want to go back to men making decisions for us. We don't want men to choose what our futures will be. We don't want men to pretend working women don't "really" work.

When you hear Donald Trump bash women like Hillary Clinton while his Playboy wife, Melania, tries desperately to look supportive, even to putting on more clothes than she's worn in her entire life, you see how low some men will go to hang on for dear life to control of women.

When Bernie Sanders makes negative comments that infer Hillary can't be trusted, that goes so far back in sexist male jargon to the days when Neanderthal men didn't trust women to leave the caves. The very fact that Sanders has a mental pecking order that says HE must be president before SHE can be president, sends the wrong message to younger generations of women. It tells them, "Don't even bother to try. You can't win."

What he says politically is the message that women cannot govern, cannot be intelligent enough to be leaders and women should just always "settle" for the back burner, if and when men decide women are needed. Is this the message for millennial females to accept?

All women know that if one woman dares break through the Man's World glass ceiling, others will follow. And this is what today's American men fear most. So now the growing number of gun toting men is intended not to intimidate other men; rather, it is intended to show women "who is boss." So they tote guns in places they know women are most likely to be...grocery stores, shopping malls and schools.

Stacking the Cards Against Women

There isn't a working woman alive today who isn't keenly educated to how the cards are stacked against women in business, government and even, yes, in religion. The attitude of some of the older generation of men seems to be, "You got the vote. Shut up and be satified with that." Translation, "WE" gave you the right to vote and that's all we intend to give.

There is no doubt that the election of 2016 is the very sharpest and clearest example of the traditional stacking of cards against women. Now, it is down to two men and only one woman.

Now, the lone female candidate will be expected to think and act like a man and when she does they'll criticize her for not being a "woman" as they understand women "should" be. Do women a big favor and don't "should" on us. The male obsession with double standards, "Women need not apply" is the subliminal message here.

The reality is that any election is not about personalities. It is about keeping government "of the people, for the people, by the people." That excludes Donald Trump because he believes he can reinvent government into a corporate style business...with taxpayers as his "employees?"

That also excludes Sanders who can't make up his mind whether he is a Democrat or an Independent and openly admitted he doesn't make political donations to the party he is claiming to need to get elected. It excludes him because his pecking order attitude is that a man must always be "first" in job opportunities. That sinks him with most Boomer women, college age women and women who work outside the home and have NO intentions of being always on a back burner when opportunities come along.

The Future of American Women

It should come as no surprise that the largest number of Americans are women, 52% of the population to be exact. It shouldn't be a surprise that Boomer women who broke so many of the "Father Knows Best" molds would fight to see a female president in their lifetimes.

We are thankful for Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayer and Elena Kagan who represent the highest ranks in the Judiciary as Supreme Court Justices. But remember, it was a single woman who dared to be the first: Sandra Day O'Connor. That led to three more courageous women.

This is why it is so important for Hillary Clinton who DARES to run for president to BE the first female president. There are others from both parties who qualify. But, let's be honest. None of these other women want to go through the hell and high water Hillary has had to endure from men in politics for the past 4+ decades. When your bones are picked clean down to your marrow, it does tend to scare off other women. But then, that IS the plan, right guys?

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      Eleanore Ferranti Whitaker 10 months ago from Old Bridge, New Jersey

      I grew up outnumbered by men 20 to 1. I find men curiously interesting and I often "borrow" some of their very best strategies. Thank you for your comment on my blog.

      I always think that when people define personhood according to gender, they miss the most important part of our humanity: being free to be who we are and can be.

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      Shyron E Shenko 10 months ago from Texas

      Eleanore, I am blown away by the truth that you have put out here, and I wish I had written this hub... you first lines reminded me of a saying I heard once, "When you are up to your eyeball in alligators, it is hard to remember that your main objective was to drain the swamp!"

      Blessings my friend.