I voted for who I wanted to in the 2016 Presidential election. It just so happened, neither one of the major party candidates was that person. After a lifetime of exposure to the GOP nominee and the Democratic nominee, there was enough sleaze and questionable ethics on both sides to turn my stomach.
I would not change the way I voted and have done my best to remain positive and objective in my assessment of the current administration. Some days I am pleasantly surprised and others I want to bang my head on a desk, but that is the lot for those of us who do not belong to the cult of personality.
But I swear, the talking heads in the Progressive movement are going to make me vote for Donald Trump in 2020. I may be able to swallow that pill if the Left's leading women do not stop speaking down to me, blaming me and telling me I am somehow not an empowered individual. The latest, Michelle Obama over the weekend:
So now Hillary lost because women are too hard on one another and suspicious of one another? I'm not supposed to be suspicious of a woman who testified she didn't understand the system for classified information, wiped her server "with a cloth" and took a hammer to old government issue cellphones, just because we both wear a bra?
I was not supposed to question a woman who seemingly used the power of her office to enrich herself through a shoddy foundation and stood by during my my entire young adult life while her political machine ruined the lives of the women her husband sexually abused because we should both see a gynecologist annually?
I was supposed to vote for a woman whose political ideology is the anthesis of everything I believe in from her stance on abortion to her thoughts on spending and socialized medicine because we are both more likely to develop thyroid issues?
As an educated, thinking and very empowered woman, this idea of "girl power" where you aren't in the sisterhood unless you vote for the sisterhood is insane. Hi Michelle, it's the ideology silly. And the character. And the blatant hypocrisy.
If I am to be quite frank I have been empowered more by the men in my life than the entirety of the Regressive Far Left Feminist Cabal put together. My father told me I could be anything I wanted to be and he and my mother gave me the tools and resources to do just that. My husband let's me be exactly who I am and may challenge my ideas, but does not discount them.
In college some of my best mentors and biggest proponents were my male professors in my business curriculum. My male bosses and colleagues mentored me, challenged me and promoted me when I did well. They set a high bar and if I met it I was rewarded every bit as well as my male counterparts.
The only thing that Michelle said that I agree with is that as women hold each to some ridiculous standards. Or I at least agree the Cabal does. In order to be included I would need to do things like:
- Advocate for the killing of the unborn
- Agree that U.S. college campuses have the same frequency of rape as countries like the Congo
- Believe it is possible to feel assaulted by an unwanted advance or a dirty joke
- Believe in some theory of intersectionality that makes no sense
- Be okay with anti-semitic thought leaders like Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory
- Vote based on my gender
- And 1,000 other things that the mob will descend on you for with the slightest deviation from P.C.conformity
Somehow it seems far less empowering to be a member of the Cabal. You will conform to the written and unwritten rules or be cast out. Or browbeaten and personally attacked as something less than a woman and worthy of scorn. See: Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
But make no mistake about the intent and the narrative here. It is all to ensure those women who did not line up behind the Empress of Chappaqua question our membership in the tribe and our motives before Kamala 2020. Or Warren2020. Maybe Gillebrand 2020. Don't think for a second it's not.
Lucky for me that is not a tribe I want to be a part of. Really can't be as I am already guilty of 'wrongthink'. And because I am empowered to pull any lever I want at the ballot box, I may be able to live with voting to beat the Socialist Feminist Cabal rather than for a candidate I truly admire. And more lectures like Michelle's will make it that much easier.