From our Dept of WTF? – NYS NOW chapter slams Kennedy
Slams is a mild way to put it..they rip him a new one over his choice of Obama. Their press release starts out with this:
Women have just experienced the ultimate betrayal. Senator Kennedy’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton’s opponent in the Democratic presidential primary campaign has really hit women hard. Women have forgiven Kennedy, stuck up for him, stood by him, hushed the fact that he was late in his support of Title IX, the ERA, and the Family and Medical Leave Act to name a few. Women have buried their anger that his support for the compromises in No Child Left Behind and the Medicare bogus drug benefit brought us the passage of these flawed bills. We have thanked him for his ardent support of many civil rights bills, BUT women are always waiting in the wings.
Is this woman saying that Hillary should be supported regardless? As a woman and a feminist I take umbrage, no..I am highly pissed the hell off with this fuckwitted statement. Her brand of politics is what drives me insane. The rest of the ‘statement’ should raise the hackles of every progressive:
And now the greatest betrayal! We are repaid with his abandonment! He’s picked the new guy over us. He’s joined the list of progressive white men who can’t or won’t handle the prospect of a woman president who is Hillary Clinton (they will of course say they support a woman president, just not “this” one). “They” are Howard Dean and Jim Dean (Yup! That’s Howard’s brother) who run DFA (that’s the group and list from the Dean campaign that we women helped start and grow). “They” are Alternet, Progressive Democrats of America, democrats.com, Kucinich lovers and all the other groups that take women’s money, say they’ll do feminist and women’s rights issues one of these days, and conveniently forget to mention women and children when they talk about poverty or human needs or America’s future.
This latest move by Kennedy, is so telling about the status of and respect for women’s rights, women’s voices, women’s equality, women’s authority and our ability – indeed, our obligation- to promote and earn and deserve and elect, unabashedly, a President that is the first woman after centuries of men who “know what’s best for us.
The National Chapter of NOW is backing Hillary as well.The well-known blog Feministing is also aghast at this press release as well as Feministe and CultureKitchen. I wonder how Marcia Pappas feels about Bill’s thinly veiled race-baiting of Obama or the outright lies about his record? Does she approve of that bullshit? I have not settled on a candidate since Kucinich dropped out but this kinda bs won’t help me make up my mind in favor of Hillary.
For me, being a woman and a feminist means thinking for myself. Pappas’ press release makes no sense and has set back feminism a few decades, in my humble female opinion. She does not speak for this feminist. If you live in NY state and you find this ‘press release’ disgusting you might want to contact the author and head of NOW in NY: For more information contact: Marcia Pappas, 518-452-3944 – 518-469-2661