You Reap What You Sow

Posted in dem primary by yliza on January 31, 2008

I voted for Bill Clinton in 1992, and I was happy to have a choice that wasn’t a perpetuation of the prior 12 years of greed-is-good Republican rule.

I was on their side when the right-wing smear machine went after the Clintons. I was very upset with the way Hillary was demonized, before she even got into the White House. The feminist in me liked seeing a strong woman as First Lady. I supported her efforts on issues such as health care. She wasn’t my first choice, but I was more than willing to vote for her if she got the democratic nomination. (NOTE: yes, I know that Clinton policies were not as favorable to minorities as they like to say, but some things were better and it was a vast improvement over Reagan and Pappy Bush.)

So you can imagine my surprise and sense of betrayal over the primary in my current home state of SC.

Please don’t try to tell me that I’m imagining things. I’m 50 years old and have lived most of my life in the integrated North and in California. I know what the code words are, I’ve heard them all, as well as every lame excuse possible why I shouldn’t be upset or offended by them.

Would the term “shuck and jive” have been used with regard to Edwards? Would he have been compared to Jesse Jackson? I seriously doubt it. The mere idea seems ridiculous.

I’m not the only one who has been completely turned off by the Clinton campaign. The Black vote has been the most reliable Democratic bloc of voters for decades. I feel like we were thrown under the bus to attract more White voters, because where else are we gonna go?

How about nowhere? I could stay home on election day. Some people who comment on my favorite blogs (Too Sense, Jack and Jill Politics, the field negro) have already said they won’t vote for Hillary if she gets the nomination. What happens to the Democratic nominee if a large percentage of us decide to just stay home in November?

Do-anything-to-win politics is a Republican thing. I don’t want any part of it, that’s so 20th century. I want a new direction. I want to hear about issues, not gossip, and FFS I am so freakin tired of folks who dance on the edge of racist rhetoric and then play the innocent victim when called on it.

Will I stay home if Hillary is the Democratic nominee? I don’t know. But some people will. If we don’t win the White House in November because too many Black Democrats can’t vote for Hillary, will it have been worth it to do anything to get the nomination?


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