Religion, Misogyny, and Politics

Clinton, Trump pick up big wins

It’s not surprising that Donald Trump’s biggest fans are the religious right. After all, they also believe that a Jewish carpenter saved their “souls” from the sin that Eve caused, that the womb is public property, and that women are Madonnas or whores. And this oppression is not just from Evangelical men, but also, sadly, from the women.

Religion still keeps us enslaved. I’m pretty certain it’s what drives the misogyny behind the hatred for Clinton. What seems to be the right’s major objections with Clinton? She is too driven. She has wanted to be president since she was little. She forgave Bill. She smiles too much. She doesn’t smile enough. She doesn’t look presidential. Yet it’s okay for a man to be driven, to dream of being president as a child, and to have orange hair, a big belly, and small hands that he can’t keep to himself. The double standard, not just held by men, but also by women, is disappointing.

So what is so unforgivable about Clinton? She used a private email server (at the time, not illegal), which created a security threat. She apologized, admitting poor judgment. She dropped the ball in Benghazi, causing the deaths of four Americans (never mind that incompetency from the Bush administration sent us into a baseless war, killing more than five thousand Americans and creating instability in the Middle East). What are her other fatal flaws?

I cannot think of any. She has a long, impressive resume of public service as an elected official and as a civilian. She is smart, qualified, experienced, and level-headed. Everything we’d want in a president. And yes, we want experience, just as we’d want an experienced surgeon to perform a complex operation. 

Many Americans say they want the country to be run as a business (errrr….a business that can make laws, such as outlawing abortion). I’d be a little nervous if my CEO had incurred such ginormous losses, but that’s neither here nor there. I mean, we can just declare bankruptcy, right? Greece is fine–as long as you don’t live there.

Businesses are created to turn a profit and to cut costs. Government pensions? Pffft. The new management doesn’t honor obligations like that. (Whew!) If we ran America like a business, we wouldn’t have to pay taxes. Instead, every citizen would pay to use services and amenities. We’d pay to drive the roads that take us to our homes, to use the fire and police departments, the FDA, the EPA, the schools, and the airports. No more subsidizing food, utilities, or housing. No more tax breaks for homeowners. No, businesses don’t give shit away. They cut corners and jobs and pay their CEOs fat salaries. They’re not in the business of helping, nor of giving away their goods and services.

And our girls? Do we want them to grow up in the shadow of a president who believes that, because a man has power and fame, he can grope and kiss and do as he wishes to women (under the age of 35)? Do you want your daughter to be told she’s fat or ugly or stupid? Do you want a business or a government to decide tell her she cannot have birth control or an abortion? Of course not.

We all need to get out and vote this year—we need to mobilize as the Evangelicals have done in past elections. We cannot leave this election in the hands of the evangelicals. While many of us say they don’t want more of the same, they don’t want another politician or that they’re so sick of an ugly election season, America has had a few years of prosperity now, and Clinton would ensure this continues.

 

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19 responses to “Religion, Misogyny, and Politics

  1. Wombs as public property – the mind boggles! And then, the fists clench….

  2. Excellent post, Debbie. I’m so tired of the hatred and distrust leveled at Clinton (even by the left!), when her “sins” pale in comparison to many male politicians. Four more years of the same? I’ll take it, thank you very much. Obama has been one of the greatest Presidents in American history, and I would truly grieve to see the progress he has fostered be halted, or worse. Donald Trump is a sleazy, narcissistic, lying, cheating, unqualified, bigoted fraud, and how any self-respecting woman (or man!) can support him absolutely boggles my mind.

    • Agree on all counts, Lisa! Obama–and his whole family–have restored dignity, trust and intelligence to the WH.

      I was just thinking, too, all the name-calling and lies by Trump- it’s such a disgrace. You don’t hear Clinton name-calling. I hope we can recover from this –and it won’t be the new norm.

  3. I figure there are two kinds of people supporting Trump: the willfully ignorant (like Evangelicals) and the knuckledragging dregs of our society who just want someone to validate/permit free expression of their vulgar, violent, racist, xenophobic, misogynist beliefs. I’m afraid the nation will be months, if not years, recovering from this campaign even if Trump loses. He’s unleashed the worst among us.

    • @PiedType. And unfortunately, I have a family member supporting Trump. I don’t know if I’ll ever recover from that…

      • I understand. My son and his wife are Republicans and based on many of his comments about how awful Hillary is (liar! criminal!), I’m afraid they are going to vote for Trump. It makes me sick to even imagine it.

  4. She’s back and better than ever! Beautifully articulated, Deborah. Let’s all get out there on 11/8 and elect Secretary Clinton! Thank you for the post.

  5. Thank you, as always, DM. Your insightful framing of the issues creates the perfect environment for reflection and discussion. I won’t quibble with the examples of questionable judgment you’ve cited with regard to the religious right. But I believe those examples may miss the overall point. It isn’t necessarily specific instances that create the irony of the evangelical and other religious support for Donald Trump, in my opinion. It is the sheer hypocrisy of their stand and the ultimately shallow and bankrupt protestations that the country is better off with Trump than with HRC. What religious issues do they honestly care about? Is Trump better for children? No. Better for our environment? No. Better on the economy? Highly, highly doubtful. On international security? Please don’t make me laugh! The only thing they believe is better with Trump is the chance to prevent the Supreme Court from getting back to its progressive and Constitutionally protective ways. We all remember that, right? Back when Court rulings reinforced what people COULD do, and what our rights ARE? Not what we can’t do, or what is prohibited. The far right would love to see women’s reproductive rights eradicated. There are Trump supporters who – having seen the impact of female voters on individual state’s Electoral College outcome – have even taken to Twitter to ARGUE with a straight face that we ought to re-visit the 19th Amendment and abolish it. It was ratified in 1920. Even a few female Trump supporters chimed in in support of that radically putrid idea. But Trump used to be Pro-Choice. He used to be Pro-gun control. He used to be a Democrat. It’s likely these religiously-driven morons aren’t familiar with the ‘Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing fable.’ And my greatest hope is that, in just 22 days, they don’t even get the chance to find out how wrong they were to trust Trump. In other words, I now have the unpleasant task of actually saving members of the religious right from themselves. Vote HRC. They can thank me later. – Rob P.

  6. We can thank 2 decades of Faux news for creating the hatred for the Clinton’s and the rise of Trump. I have been with Hillary all along, never buying the witch hunts. She is hands down THE MOST qualified person to run for president in my lifetime. I do qualify as an “old white guy”, but my adult life has mostly been about truing myself to be on the right side of history and misogyny, racism are not on the list. Furthermore I fully support religious freedom and this includes freedom from religion and of course the separation of church and state. Great Post Debbie!

  7. re: Greg (one comment above) – I’d count your assessment of HRC as being “hands down the most qualified person to run for president in your lifetime” to be fully defensible – I even spent some time trying to think of anyone more qualified in U.S. presidential history. Full disclosure: Thomas Jefferson is my favorite president (referred to regularly as “The Great Atheist” during the 1800 campaign) as well as my favorite American. No individual was more responsible for arguing in favor of a separation of church and state than Jefferson. Of course, he was conflicted beyond repair, he held human beings for slave labor at Monticello. He believed in small central government but used the power of the presidency to make the Louisiana Purchase doubling the size of the United States, and he unilaterally authorized a $2 million tribute to Barbary Pirates to keep them away from American Merchant Ships (how would that go over in today’s media environment?) But his credentials were certainly impressive … he had been a legislator in VA, Minister to France, Secretary of State, and Vice President before being elected to the first of his two terms in 1800. It’s hard for me to put any politician on the same pedestal with TJ, but I will conclude the reinforcement of your comments about Hillary by quoting Florida Senator Marco Rubio … “If this election is about who is most qualified, Hillary Clinton wins” he famously stated to his opponents during a GOP primary debate. Thanks, Little Marco. It’s the only thing he said all year with which I agree. Rob P.

  8. Well said.

  9. Note: She was cleared of Bengazi, completely and utterly, though the right wants to believe she had a hand in it.

  10. Fantastic post. So sorry for America it turned out this way. Nobody more to blame than the hypocrites in the religious right.

  11. I didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton for president because I think that she is corrupt. As Secretary of State, the Clintons took money from foreign governments for speaking fees and for their so-called charity, “The Clinton Foundation”.

    I didn’t vote for Donald Trump either, because I believe him not to be worthy of being president either.

    I didn’t vote for Gary Herbert for Utah’s governor because of his campaign finance scandal.

    There is too much party loyalty — both in the Republican Party and in the Democratic Party.

    I left the Republican Party and I’m now, happily, and Independent.

    • Hi Kaydell – I have always been a registered independent as well. And I never vote straight-party. Before I vote, I read about the candidates. I don’t agree with your assessment that HRC was corrupt. I haven’t seen any proof. I do my research. I believe she got that name because Trump has repeated – over and over and over – “crooked Hillary.” If you actually look into the Clinton Foundation, you’ll see the foundation was her husband’s idea (typical when a president leaves office). They have done some good work. She did not sit on the board while she held office nor when she ran for president.

      • DM, About the Clinton family, I checked with http://snopes.com and it says that some of my beliefs about them were wrong. They aren’t as evil as I was led to believe, though I’m still glad that I didn’t vote for them.

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