Activist Monday: Imagine the Possibilities…
Posted October 24, 2016on:
GooooOOOOOOoooood Monday, all! Life has kept me from posting during this extremely fraught few weeks. It’s amazing to think back on all the things that have happened, but to summarize, the Orange Creamsicle has melted down.
I like to remind people that before the infamous Access Hollywood tape was leaked, revealing Drumpf as an self-described sexual predator, Hillary’s first debate performance had already started to cause the Donald’s precarious cool to dissolve into hot Tasmanian rage, and his poll numbers to tank. A dizzying and devastating tumble of bad news, including leaked tax returns, terrible 3 am tweets, 2 more awful debates, 11 women (so far) coming forward and stating that he did, in fact, molest them as he described in that tape, and unpatriotic whining about the election being “rigged,” applied so much heat he could no longer stand. “What a world, what a world, and what a nasty woman!” he cried from a puddle of man-tan, as he feebly swore to sue everyone and everything that had been mean to him. Yes, just like he sued the New York Times for “illegally” obtaining his tax return from 1995! Oh, wait….
So now that the inevitable Drumpf implosion has happened, leaving Our Girl up 6 points in the national average (and an unprecedented 12 points in one new poll), I think it’s safe to start imagining the possibilities of the Titanium Pantsuit attaining the office of the President of the United States, in a historic win as the first woman president ever.
Here are some of the things that I think a Hillary Clinton Presidency could mean, other then her moving forward with her 100-day agenda (I think we can take that as a given).
- Coattails, coattails, coattails. At this point, I’m happy to see that Hillary’s campaign is shifting its message to say, “If you want me to be effective, we need you to vote for Democrats everywhere.” I think it’s just the right time to do this. Any earlier, it would have smacked of hubris; any later, and there isn’t enough time to help out Democratic downballot candidates in key states now, while people are paying attention. (Note, HRC has already used $100 million of her funding to support her fellow D’s.) The way things are looking now, it seems likely that she will at least have a Democratic Senate, and a much more reasonable House of Representatives, which gives her a very good chance at passing some of her signature policy proposals.
- A liberal Supreme Court. Holy crap, people. We could get Citizen’s United overturned! We won’t ever have to worry about Roe v. Wade ever again! And maybe there’s a chance at an equal pay lawsuit being recognized and the Court ruling in womens’ favor; in fact, in an Era of HRC, I can see a lot more landmark cases with women’s rights on the table. And that brings me to…
- The 30% Solution becomes the 50% solution. As we’ve long noted here at TW, here’s what happens when womens’ voices are amplified; suddenly, many issues that never got any traction or notice from those in power, come front and center. We know that Hillary will make her Cabinet 50% women, something we have never seen in this country. This alone, plus her historic victory, will change the conversations in Washington, because women will be the ones talking and listening. And some of the conversations will probably be about…
- A 360-degree view of women’s equality. Shockingly for some in both parties, a full view of women’s equality includes much more than reproductive rights. It includes equal pay for equal work, sensible and fair maternity and paternity leave policies, assistance for child care and care of a sick family member, the removal of the 2-income tax penalty, and stronger and more effective policies to protect women and children from falling into the hands of sex traffickers, to start with. Other important and less obvious things to think about are improving the Affordable Care Act, immigration reform, Medicare and Medicaid protection, and criminal justice reform, since the burden of societal injustice falls disproportionately on women.
Yes, imagine these amazing and hopeful possibilities, and many more I’m sure you can think of, which could become a reality in just a few short months.
Now, since it’s Activist Monday, the question arises: What can you do to turn possibility into reality? Get out and vote, and tell every Democrat you know to do the same. Let’s hand Hillary a decisive victory and a friendly Senate. It’s the least we can do for someone who has been fighting for us her whole life.
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