Disclaimer: This was written in the height of anger, sadness, confusion and disappointment. As such, I have only supplied one link, but at some time in the future, I may take the time to give sources for some of the things I mention. I have edited it a bit, but some of what is written is offensive - and is meant to be so to make a point. Rest assured, they are only examples and not personal sentiments, to evidence the level of hypocrisy and double standards that have been allowed during this election cycle and put some of the things that have been said in a context in which everyone can understand the magnitude of the offensiveness. For a bit of background, I am an African American female and have been a Democrat for as long as I can remember. Without further ado:
Point blank: If Hillary Clinton does not win the nomination, I am leaving the Democratic Party.
I'm sure most Democrats have heard of Air America - the Liberal alternative to Rightwing Talk Radio. Their most popular radio talk show host is Randi Rhodes.
Recently, in a video taped appearance that she proudly links to on her website, she got on stage in front of a large, Democrat/Liberal audience a proclaimed to cheers and applause that Geraldine Ferraro and Hillary Clinton were "big f*cking whores."
Don't believe me? Check out this video.
For a fellow Democrat (she's a huge, outspoken Obama supporter) and fellow woman to denigrate and slur the first female Vice Presidential candidate and Former First Lady, and first woman with a shot at the presidency, is the lowest of lows.
The sexism that has been allowed go unchecked while benign statements and good people are labeled racist is ridiculous.
Where is the DNC when Chris Matthews is saying blatantly sexist things? Why did the Clintons have to call MSNBC themselves when David Shuster said Chelsea was being "pimped out"?
Where is DNC and the Dems over the sale of the "Hillary Nutcracker"?
Where is the DNC and the Dems over shirts that proclaim "Bros before Hoes" or "Life's a B*tch don't Vote for One"?
Where were the DNC and the Dems when those radio hosts thought it would be funny to go to a Hillary rally with signs that read "Iron My Shirt"? Apparently too busy claiming she had planted them, because OBVIOUSLY there is no such thing as sexism!
Where were the DNC and Dems when the media pundits were discussing Hillary's "fat ankles" or her display of "cleavage" when she wore a V-neck shirt?
Where were the DNC and other Dems when Hillary's famous emotional moment was played over and over again to much analysis and speculation about whether she would get the "sympathy vote"?
Where was the DNC and other Dems when Michelle Obama said "If you can't run your own house, you can't run the White House"?
Where was the outrage when Obama painted Hillary as emotionally unstable, claiming "Periodically, when she's feeling down, she launches these attacks..." or "When you attack the status quo the claws come out"? He certainly wouldn't use that language to characterize Edwards or McCain.
What about when Obama demoted First Lady to First Housewife? Where was the D*MN outrage?
Everybody couldn't wait to turn on our last Democratic President who presided over the longest period of economic growth in recent memory and who brought millions of people out of poverty into a racist. The founder of BET is a racist now. As well as Bob Kerrey, Ferraro and Hillary. But Reverend Wright is just misunderstood?!?!
I'm done! Women are 60% of the Democratic electorate and this is how our party treats them?!?!
Let's engage in a hypothetical exercise, so that the magnitude of what has been said and done to Senator Clinton can be grasped:
What if Randi Rhodes had gotten on stage and said "Barack Obama is a f*cking house n*gger?"
What if Chris Matthews said on MSNBC, "Obama needs to go back to Africa?"
What if Keith Olberman said, "Obama has the highest absentee rating and failed to hold any meeting of the Foreign Relations Committe subcommittee on Europe because he's a typical lazy black person?"
What if media outlets refused to host debates, claiming, "We don't trust him to be on stage with a white woman?"
What if those radio hosts had showed up at an Obama rally with signs that said "Pick my Cotton"?
THERE WOULD BE OUTRAGE, - or as Obama supporters like to imply "riots in the streets!" as there should be!
I simply ask, where is the outrage over the blatant sexism that is being allowed?
I cannot be a part of a party that wants to protect my skin but not my anatomy. That will push me aside and call me a whore or a b*tch because I have ambition and am willing to fight for what I believe.
I don't want to hear one more thing about "party unity." I hope Hillary tears the party apart - she's within her rights after this kind of crap is allowed to go on. I hope she runs as McCain's running mate. At least Republicans support each other. Do you think a Republican would be calling one of their female candidates a "big f*cking whore"? I don't think so.
It amazes me that Hillary still has the courage and passion to still want to serve the party that has vilified her so. But you can rest assured, if Hillary's name is not atop the ballot in November, I'll be raising money and canvassing for Republicans.
The Democratic party has abandoned its principles, and women - the very people who have worked most often and hardest to see this party succeed.