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This weekend post will be very simple:  I’m just copying and pasting some things from No Mister Nice’s post right here.

 

Myeshia Johnson spoke to George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America today and didn’t seem angry. She just seemed to be in pain.

And that’s understandable enough isn’t it?

Steve M, (No More Mister Nice himself) has two reasons why that isn’t enough for our good friends in the “fly over” states and why Trump’s version, along with the conservative media’s version plays so well in those areas.

There are one-word answers to that. Racism. Sexism

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What do Trump voters — our neighbors — think when they watch something like this take place? What do they say to one another?

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Reporters file endless stories about older white voters in heartland diners who say partisan but more or less civil things about Trump. The message is that they’re decent people who happen to be passionate conservatives or populists or what-have-you.

From here, Steve M. saunters over to Free Republic (FREEP) and gathers some comments about Myeshia Johnson and Congresswoman Frederica Wilson who seems to be the main baddie in the thread.  (I’m not linking to the FREEP piece – I refuse)  But here are some of the comments from there:

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Wow. Nearly $700,000.00 on the Go Fund Me page. This whole spectacle is bringing in loads of cash, unlike other Gold Star wives.

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Money, money, money!!!!!!!!!

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Why indeed? Why did you just happen to have the rodeo clown riding with you?

The husband made the sacrifice, and yes he knew the risks.

The family and the rodeo clown are engaging in an old democrat and muslim tradition of parading the corpse for political gain.

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So you make a fortune purely by fighting with Trump over your dead husband. And some of us understand that what we are observing here is pure racist and political hatred.

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I watched the interview with the widow. It is telling that she stated that she said nothing back to the president…as in he called, he made his condolence statement, and there was no feedback.

Sounds like it was a very awkward call…Trump made a call to a widow who has strong partisan feelings about him…and after he was done talking, well that was that. Very different from the other call from months ago that has been made public.

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She is lying.
Further, she is about to be EXPOSED by lots of people who are going to be digging at her past.

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Why are the blacks the only ones bitching.
Its like this guy La whats his name was the only one in Niger.

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…”shoulda picked our own cotton…” Keeps running through my mind….

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Left unsaid is that both Mrs. Johnson and empty-barrel Congressperson Wilson had to be stupid not to understand the context of what the president said. The proof is that they took his compliment of the soldier’s bravery as insensitivity; that is, if they’re being truthful.

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This is why the media has to be taken on, on a daily basis. 9.9 out of 10 gold star families say Trump has been respectful and kind. But the media always finds one victim and uses them by portraying them as a majority. They have the megaphone to do this. Anyone remember the MSM trying to pimp the “Jersey Girls” as speaking for all 9/11 families in an effort to destroy Bush?  (Love to know where the commenter got “9.9 out of…” me)

Despite other families releasing audio or coming forward to say Trump was gracious, the media ignores it. They got to this woman. Right now they are trying to get to the other three as well. And the cynicism is staggering. The media hates the military and privately celebrates each and every death as an opportunity to do what they are doing now.

Heaped on top of this all is the effort to destroy a four star marine general while insulating that rodeo clown from all criticism under an umbrella of racism. I would be angry but for the fact that rodeo clown has become the face of the democrat party. If that is the face they want, then have at it.

This is absolutely disgusting at this point. I say again the media must be destroyed and it must be made personal. Bannon should add the MSM to his list and get to them. He should make public every aspect of their lives. Where their children go to school, what they eat, drive and where they live. Make them pay the way they make anyone who disagrees with them pay.

I would say make John McCain pay as well but fate has intervened.
(Yes all of that is ONE comment)

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What kind of a creep who is a recent widow would bring in a dimwitted Congresswoman to eaves drop on a “personal” conversation with our President?

This woman is dripping with fury NOT at the Communist Maobama who sent her there, but at TRUMP! Sick stuff, just like at the Wellstone funeral.

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Frederica Wilson is also a particularly nasty race hustler. Read her Trayvon Martin speech. If you know the facts of the Martin case [you being a full bore Leftist, that’s doubtful] you will notice the degree to which Wilson misrepresented the case in order to stoke racial hatred.

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I also think that if he used the phrase “he knew what he signed up for…” or some version of that, she was too ignorant to understand the context. Anyone who has spoken to an ignorant person of color has had this experience. One can never underestimate the thin skin of dumb people!  (bold/italics mine)

Steve wraps it up with:

“Everyone who criticizes Trump is evil — and is part of a hydra-headed conspiracy of evil. It’s the family and the congresswoman and black people in general (you know how stupid they can be) and the media and Muslims and Trayvon Martin’s family and even John McCain.

These are grievance collectors who are able to do one-stop shopping for new grievances (and the airing of old ones) every day on talk radio or Fox. Their hatred for everyone who’s not on their side is so great that it’s all but impossible to share a political system with them anymore. That’s the story that needs reporting.”

All of this above is what Charles Pierce calls “the prion disease” of the Republicans.  It started all the way back with Goldwater, was intensified with Nixon’s “Southern Strategy”, and continued on to Reagan and the “welfare queen” and her Cadillac, and of course Lee Atwater; Reagan’s dark imp.

Folks, this cannot be fixed.  As we’ve seen recently this madness has gotten to the point that it’s driving “mainstream” Republicans to leave office.  All we can do is hope that the bile rises so strongly in them that they choke on it.  Then…perhaps we can bury it deep in the ground and salt the earth.  But I don’t have a lot of hope.

 

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Good Monday, all. It has been another busy, crazy weekend. First things first: we need to keep calling our Senators (and for those of us in blue states, calling Susan and Lisa, as I fondly call them) – to make very, very sure that they don’t pass Graham-Cassidy.

Senator Susan Collins: (202) 224-2523

Senator Lisa Murkowski: (202)-224-6665

You can also call McMaverick: (202) 224-2235

And Brillo Pad Paul: 202-224-4343

As for the rest, where do I even begin? While no one would ever defend the media’s horrific treatment of Our Girl, Hillary Clinton, I will say there is a YUGE challenge in trying to keep up with the non-stop sh*storm our Presnit unleashes every single day. I even heard a couple of women talking about it in the nail salon today, and they were not kind. I’m pretty sure they were Republicans, too, being white, of a certain age, and in Croton-Harmon, Noo Yawk (FYI, I live in the more down-market town slightly north). “Why doesn’t he stay out of private enterprise?” asked one. “Why doesn’t someone take that d*mn phone away from him?” asked the other. Neither one had an answer, but it was clear they were absolutely disgusted. “There’s something so wrong with him,” the first one concluded, shaking her head.

Yes, there is. And to attempt to chronicle the madness would take much more time than your intrepid MB has…so here are some thoughts I have about the latest scandals. It will be a lightning round. Here goes…

There are four defining characteristics of the GOP in the Drumpf era: Corruption, white male rage, narcissism and high crimes and misdemeanors. If I were the media, I would put each scandal into one of those frames to make it easier to digest and understand.

It would look something like this:

Corruption

  • Attempting to remove health care from 32 million Americans so the Kocks and Sheldon Adelson will open their checkbooks and spend hundreds of millions of dollars to get them re-elected
  • Proposing a $1.3 million tax cut for themselves and their friends under the guise of “tax reform”
  • Private jets for Cabinet secretaries
  • Staying at Drumpf properties for 33% of his very short term so far, and continuing to make money from them
  • Refusing to disclose his tax returns
  • Buying fake news ads on social media

White male rage

  • #MAGA
  • Stephen Bannon, Sebastian Gorka, etc. etc. etc.
  • Breitbart and Fox News
  • Condemning black football and basketball players for peacefully protesting racism, while opining there are “very fine” Neo-Nazis and Klansmen after they killed a young woman and two law enforcement officials in Charlottesville
  • Build The Wall
  • Lock Her Up
  • DACA rollback
  • Muslim ban
  • Transgender ban in the military
  • Deportation force
  • Birtherism
  • Not sending aid to Puerto Rico immediately – because they are “brown” American citizens

Narcissism

  • Drumpf’s obsession with (ahem) size
    • Hands
    • Rallies
    • Victory in 2016
  • His need to destroy everything related to any person or institution he lost to at one point (which is, like, a lot of people, because he is a LOSER. Sad!!!!)
  • His need to always claim a win, even though…see above
  • His constant need to be praised, stroked, and told he is the best at everything

High crimes and misdemeanors

  • Russia, Russia, Russia
    • Firing of Sally Yates and James Comey
    • Trump Tower, Moscow
    • Wikileaks
    • DNC hacks
    • Voting database hacks with no acknowledgement and no action to prevent them from happening again
    • “Voting fraud” commission as an excuse to purge more voters from the rolls

I am exhausted! I don’t know how Rachel Maddow does it. I hope I’ve given you enough to talk about today, Widdershins.

This is, as always, an open thread.

*Not* a Mardi Gras float. From Bellingham Wa. 1926*

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GOOD WEEKEND WIDDERSHINS!

Not having Prolix writing his fantastic, informing and erudite Fridays posts anymore has played havoc with our posting schedule, but I know we all understand.  We just miss his posts.  Since DYB normally writes his posts for Wednesday I’ll now try to have mine ready for Saturday.  Naturally none of this is guaranteed.

During this past tumultuous week I was watching one of the news shows someplace and saw a mention of the time when the Ku Klux Klan had a mindbogglingly huge march in our nation’s capital.  In fact there were two such marches, and from what I could gather they were in 1925 and 1928.

It appears that back then the guys (and kids and gals) didn’t feel the need to hide their faces.  I suppose that came about in later years.

From the Washington Post:

The Ku Klux Klan was at the height of its popularity when more than 30,000 members — racists and anti-Semites marching 22 abreast and 14 rows deep – paraded down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington on Aug. 8, 1925.

“White-robed Klan cheered on march in nation’s capital,” read the front-page headline in The Washington Post the next day.

The Washington Post almost waxed rhapsodic over the march in D.C. which was still segregated at the time.

Nearly a century ago, the Klan was welcomed to segregated Washington by its white residents, as the breathless coverage in The Post demonstrated.

“Phantom-like hosts of the Ku Klux Klan spread their white robe over the most historic thoroughfare yesterday in one of the greatest demonstrations this city has ever known,” read The Post’s account.

“the Ku Klux Klan booked 18 trains for their march and rally. Hotels filled with the hooded men. Lunch stands and tobacco shops quickly sold out. The Klan even brought their own ambulances to escort those felled by the August heat.”

Sounds like business was good for the city!

The Kluxers marched for over three hours and ended at the Washington Monument where speeches were supposed to be given.  The event got rained out.

The evening of the next day the Klan had a gathering at Arlington Park horse grounds and lit up a huge 80 foot cross.

More from the Post article:

Many of the hooded marchers showed their faces — a rather telling indication that the group, responsible for lynchings and other acts of terror, could operate with impunity. At the time, the Klan boasted a national dues-paying membership of nearly 5 million men and 500,000 women. The shedding of the masks was a subject of internal debate for the group, a move that some felt would grant their organization added legitimacy and respectability. (bolding mine)

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“You had many members of the KKK who were politicians — senators, congressmen, statehouse representatives,” said Kendi, “and that only encouraged the members to appear publicly without their hoods.”

Indeed, the 1924 Democratic convention was known as “the Klanbake,” because the party by a razor-thin margin voted against an anti-Klan plank in its platform.

OMG – the Klanbake!

All of this made me kind of curious so I went out looking for images of those marches and downloaded a bunch of them.  I’ve created a slideshow of them for you to view some of these images.  I also got a pic of the newspaper report of tRump’s dad Fred being arrested.

I won’t say I hope you enjoy viewing these images but I hope you consider it as something that happened before and in these times, something similar could happen again. Click the middle button to start the slideshow.

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Open thread of course.

Good Monday, all. Today is the first day of the last few months of Donald Trump’s Presidency. After all, he’s brought in a general to be his Chief of Staff, same as Nixon, and the conservo-rats are deserting his sinking ship. As the spectacular failure of the Wealth Transfer Bill made clear, the Senate can defy the Rancid Cheeto without any real consequences…and, the Rancid Cheeto is going to be no help to their agenda whatsoever. What will happen now? I don’t know, but while we wait for the next giant flameout, I thought we could spend some time connecting the dots.

The ongoing fight between the Bernie and Hillary wings of the Party is not about re-living the primaries, despite what the Bernie Bots would say on Twitter. It’s about looking to the future and figuring out the way forward for the Democrats. It IS important to have both the message, and the messaging, correct, so people know they’re not just voting against something, but FOR a positive vision of America.

In order to make this happen, we have to make sure that all Americans understand the connection between a racist, sexist and xenophobic campaign, and a country going in the wrong direction. From the Bernie cultists, and unfortunately from some members of the DNC, we hear that we need to appeal to the white working-class male voter with a strong economic message. The problem with this is, that it’s no different from the Republican approach.

Yes, you heard me right.

Make America Great Again is a white-people-only slogan, based on bringing the Fake 50s back to the US – a decade of great prosperity and segregation. Coal jobs, union jobs, they would be coming back under him – and all those “bad hombres” who have been taking those jobs away would be sent back to Mexico. He added to his racist cred by announcing that Mexicans are rapists, outing himself as a sexual predator, and being endorsed by white supremacists and having Steve Bannon as his senior campaign adviser. White people claimed they didn’t care, because all of these “identity politics” didn’t matter. But “identity politics” were really what energized all those white people to come out and vote for him. Nothing else mattered so much as race to the Trump voter.

And what happened when Drumpf came into office? He started advocating for policies to do exactly what he promised. Mass deportations. Known racist Jeff Sessions at the helm of the Justice department. True to his misogynistic ways, pushes to defund Planned Parenthood. Trying to overturn the freedoms and rights Obama granted to LGBTQ. And all his promises about bringing coal jobs back? Yeah, not so much.

What would happen if Democrats really decided to chase the white male vote, and decried “identity politics” as unimportant?  What message are they sending to everyone who isn’t white and male, who, not so coincidentally, votes Democratic? With all of these white men jockeying to run for the Presidency, two of them in their 70s, I find it very hard to believe that they will prioritize any of the things that matter to me…just as Barack Obama, who ran on misogyny, didn’t prioritize gender equality.

What we project matters. What we say matters. And visuals, they matter. And I am personally so very, very tired and sick of hearing and seeing “f*ck you” from the Democratic Party, a Party still, shamefully, disproportionately white and male. This is why Bernie Sanders held absolutely no appeal to me. He and his followers routinely dismissed the things I cared about, and mansplained that we were all too dumb to understand #TheBernout’s greatness and vast superiority over HRC. And of course, if we protested, we were playing “identity politics.” Well, yes. We want an equal seat at the table, and we’re tired of asking nicely.

So the Resistance you’re counting on to save your sorry butts and stop the evil Republican agenda, and vote for you in 2018? We’re women. And you won’t ignore us any more.

We’re awake now, and we’re paying attention.

This is an open thread.

 

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Over the weekend I edited a short fundraising video for organizations that help victims of human trafficking. These are all religious institutions and the women interviewed were all nuns. One from NYC, one from London, and one from Mombasa, Kenya.

Human trafficking is the 2nd largest crime industry in the world, only behind drug trafficking. It generates hundreds of billions of dollars in profit – at the expense of human lives. And it is also the fastest growing “industry” in the world today. In 2012 it was estimated that as many as 20.9 million people around the world were victims of human trafficking. Imagine what those numbers are in 2017. Human trafficking includes sexual exploitation (including sexual slavery), forced labor, organ harvesting. The International Labour Organization (a United Nations agency) last compiled their statistics in 2012. Some excerpts:

90% are forced to labor for private economies or corporations

22% are in forced sexual exploitation

55% are women and girls & 45% are men and boys

26% are under the age of 18

Sister Jane Kimathi, from Mombasa, speaks of victims as young as 4 years old, forced into prostitution. Many, she says, come to their safe houses unable to speak because of the trauma. Some stay with the Sisters for as long as two years, as they try to rehabilitate them and find new homes. While their order is Catholic, they welcome all victims and their prayer room is nondenominational. She mentioned that Mombasa is a popular tourist destination. But the “tourist destination” designation is people who come there specifically searching for young children to abuse. Because of the many conflicts in Africa, the number of refugees spikes the numbers of slaves. They are people looking for ways to support their families. Nobody is looking for glamour or prestige in the sex trade, Sister Kimathi says. “It’s poverty and desperation.” Some of the children were sold by their parents into slavery. Some are orphans and some are runaways who were promised happiness by relatives, who then exploited them.

It’s a story the Sister from New York, Joan Dawber, picks up on. Sister Joan runs safe houses in Queens. She described one woman’s story: She came to New York to be a student, sponsored byp1562069350-3 an extended family. When she arrived, the family forced her to become their slave. She never attended school. She was forced to take care of the family, including raising their young children. She was forced to eat off the floor. Not just having her plate on the floor, she didn’t have a plate. Whatever food she was allowed to eat was put on the floor. If she was hungry and snuck any food out of the fridge, she was punished. She was her family’s slave in Queens, NY for five years. Her salvation came in the form of a neighbor who suspected something odd based on the young woman’s behavior in public. She tried to speak to her repeatedly, ask her how she is, only to have the young woman run away. Eventually the neighbor gave the woman a cell phone with pre-programmed numbers for the police and safe shelters. The young woman finally found courage to escape, using the cell phone to call for help. She has since finished school and lives in New York.

Sister Dawber points out that human trafficking exists in every state of the USA. It is not an issue that only happens out there somewhere. It exists all around us. It could be the waitress in a restaurant, or a manicurist at the nail salon. They could be of any age and any race. It can be almost impossible to know that this person ringing up our groceries is indentured to someone.

Sister Lynda Dearlove runs a safe house in London. Their organization primarily helps prostitutes. The interesting thing is that their mission isn’t strictly to “rescue” the women from prostitution. It is to offer them a safe home and counseling when in need. Many only come to sister-lynda-dearlovespend the night, take a shower and eat. Some then return to the streets. The Sisters there never force anyone to stay. Many women have been coming to them for years for a night or two of peace. The Sisters hope that by offering women a shelter and offering them counseling they can help them enable themselves. Sister Dearlove passionately says that the can not force anyone to do anything. The best they can do is show the women that there is hope and they need to find it for themselves. Maybe not today, but possibly tomorrow. “They are valued and they are loved, and if anything happens to them we want them to know that we will miss them.” She says that people blame women for becoming prostitutes and that it is one of the biggest challenges we as a society face: The need to understand that if any of these women choose prostitution it is only because they are fleeing abuse, or drugs, or so many other possible traumas. Many are trying to support families and stay alive. They must never be judged or condemned, she says. They must be offered hope.

Note: Sister Dearlove was appointed a member of the Order of the British Empire in 2010.

This is an open thread. What’s on your mind fellow Widdershins?

I love words – especially words that convey a feeling.  Recently the German Embassy introduced me to my new favorite word:scared

Muffensausen!  It isn’t a thing. It’s a condition. You can find yourself in a state of muffensausen. The term consists of the word muffe, meaning a sleeve or piping.  The sausen means to “rapidly flow out” or “to swoosh by”.  So if you are having muffensausen it means you are so scared you’ve lost control of your bowels.

Paradoxically, never before had I thought about the true meaning of being “scared sh!tless,” but our German friends have given us the perfect word for the reign of Lord Commander Marmalade. These days I’m in a constant state of muffensausen.

Everything Lord Dampnut (anagram of Donald Trump) has touched with his freakishly small paws has turned exquisitely FUBAR.  First, we have the Mango Meerkat drunk-dialing, or better said crazy-dialing, long-term allies and yelling at them.  Europe is actually asking if the U.S. has morphed into an existential threat.  From a NYT article:

A European official, Donald Tusk, created a stir this week when he wrote a letter to 27 leaders of the bloc’s 28 member states suggesting that the Trump administration presented a threat on a par with a newly assertive China, an aggressive Russia and “wars, terror and anarchy in the Middle East and Africa.”

Coincidentally, the White House is leaking like an incontinent colander at a watermelon eating contest.  There are quite detailed accounts of phone calls and even transcripts being thrown over the transom for an abused press to feast upon and feast they are.scared-rabbit-2

His crazy doctor, who looks like Bannon with greasier hair, but better skin, is even leaking about the Trumpanzee’s prostate medication.  In case you’re wondering, the way to get that fresh kangaroo scrotum look for your hair is right through your prostate or so says his doctor whose business cards have, “very famous doctor” under his name.

The guy who looks like the product of an inflamed hemorrhoid having had make-up sex with a more disgusting inflamed hemorrhoid is at the epicenter of all this mishegas (another great word).  Around here we’ve known Bannon was trouble from the get-go.  People are catching on and the cross-hairs are trained on him.  Foreign Policy magazine even called him out.

He’s got a bootlicking henchman, Stephen Miller, who has a resume resplendent with the paragons of conservative thought – Michele Bachmann, Beauregard Jefferson Sessions, and Tea Party ding-a-ling David Brat. At 31 or 32, no one is quite sure from which rat mischief he creeps (a group of rats is called a “mischief” and is there any more appropriate word for this White House infestation).scared-pug

Effectively, it seems Bannon and Miller masterminded the travel ban, kept it secret, and made sure it was legally and administratively worthless through their bumbling.  Of course, there are those who are wholehearted believers — the people we decent folks call “deplorables”. These deplorables even had a “DeploraBall” around the inauguration. Representative of this mélange of madness is Cassandra Fairbanks, first a BernBrain, who then settled on Trump:

“[M]yself I thought, his message makes sense.” She appreciated Trump’s opposition to political correctness… “I started saying a few pro-Trump things on Twitter, and people absolutely lost their sh!t,” she said. “I got called a literal Nazi so many times, I eventually went, Fu*k it, I’ll just go all in.” She now writes for Sputnik, a news site funded by the Russian government.

Fairbanks joined up the night of the DeploraBall with a group of like-minded “Proud Boys,” a pro-Western fraternal organization for men who “refuse to apologize for creating the modern world.”  Aside from drinking Budweiser on a rooftop, their other challenge for the evening was figuring out how to put on their Pepe pins.

scared-babyEach time I read about people like Ms. Fairbanks and the Proud Boys, I wonder: Can it get any worse?  And I’m sorry to say, yes it can.  Excising the Jews from the Holocaust Remembrance is too thoughtless even for these brain-dead illiberal xenophobes.

Referencing this new avenue of Holocaust denial from the White House is the epitome of disgusting.  It is so disgusting I have no words to describe the muffensausen engulfing me.  But, if you take the first letters of each of my paragraphs, somehow I have found the chutzpah for a special message to Lord Commander Marmalade.

What’s on your mind today?

 

We’ve heard soooo much about Hillary’s voice over the years. The pitch, the tone, the volume. Throughout the election we’ve watched the pundits spend more time discussing DorothyParkertoneofvoicethe characteristics of her voice than the words she actually said. I can’t think of any other woman, whether politician or someone in power, who has had their voice analyzed this way. Even with all the criticism of her as the First Lady, I don’t remember anyone suggesting she should modulate her voice. It seems to me, this scheme started in 2008.

So, it’s nice to run across a humorous piece that talks about Hillary’s voice from another angle. It must be true because the media says so. “Hillary Clinton Has Been Finding Her Voice Since 1993”

It was January 16, 1993, and the Associated Press was ruminating on the supposedly contradictory nature of the woman who would become, in four days, the First Lady of the United States.

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They quoted her mentor Marian Wright Edelman as saying, “We are complicated people… I’m sure she will find her voice. She’ll do it in her own way.

What Edelman may not have anticipated is that Hillary would find her voice and lose it and find it again over and over and over for 23 years.

And so began Hillary’s glorious adventure looking for her voice like Dora the Explorer searching for the map. She found it in Beijing in 1996, but must have lost it because everyone was looking for it again when she ran for U.S. Senate in 1999. Apparently, sheThis-way-to-your-voice1 didn’t need her voice while she was a Senator because in 2008, the search was on again. She must not have needed it as Secretary of State either because Bloomberg said so.

And then her voice was gone, because in August of 2015, Bloomberg broke the news that she had found it.

“Hillary Clinton Finds Her Voice Making Gun Violence Plea Following Roanoke Murders,” Bloomberg reported. “It really wasn’t what she said, but how she said it, with what came across as honest heartbreak.” 

2016 turned out to be a bonanza year. She found her voice several months in a row. The last, snarky line: (spoiler alert)

Asked if she would be willing to submit for an interview on this subject, the Clinton campaign didn’t respond. Perhaps she couldn’t find her voice. 

What about Hillary’s voice in the 23 years prior to 1993? The one where she gave the first student commencement speech at Wellesley, at the age of 21 years, that earned a hillary-clinton-wellesley1_custom-a8c5ca1d2549da0d91af7a8c17f059b1a7ded8c0-s800-c15prominent write-up in LIFE magazine’s ‘Class of ’69’? The voice she used to graduate Yale Law School, the one she used when she was staff attorney for the Children’s Defense Fund, when she was first female chair for Legal Services Corporation, first female partner at the Rose Law Firm, asked to sit on the impeachment inquiry staff during the Watergate scandal? (Now THAT’S a real scandal)

If I started listed everything else she and her voice accomplished, including when she was the First Lady of Arkansas, we’d be here all day. My question is – how did she manage to do it all if she had yet to find her voice? Hypnosis?

Another thing that always seems to be missing. Just think of all the things Hillary has not only given her voice to, but how many have been given their own voice because of hers. Women and causes all over the world who were not being heard…

In 1997, Hillary and former SOS Madeline Albright started the nonprofit Vital Voice Democracy Initiative to give voice to women and put them in leadership positions. The positive response led to the Vital Voices Global Partnership, which advances women’s economic, political and social status around the world. And that is just one initiative. Hillary speaks for so many and gives many more their own voices. The positive effects of Hillary’s voice are so numerous, they are incalculable.

You never know who will be next. This is a young woman named Ella Dawson who has a STD (STI). Rather than hide in shame, she decided to become an activist to raise awareness. She was promptly and viciously attacked by – you guessed it – the “alt-right”. She tells of some of her experience here and her feelings about Hillary’s Reno speech.

I’ve been a Hillary Clinton supporter for years now, but the importance of her campaign for President didn’t hit home with me until I watched her speech last week in Reno. I know so many writers who are terrified to even mention Breitbart by name online because we so often pay for it. There Hillary was, literally reading Breitbart headlines from the podium as the audience gasped. She was unafraid of the Alt-Right’s vulgar, distorted conspiracy theories, their character assassinations, their sexist photoshopped memes. And despite her fearlessness, she was able to recognize their danger without validating their ideology.

I have never seen a politician understand the danger of the Alt-Right. It made me sad that a fringe hate community has become so central to American politics that a presidential candidate has to make a speech about them. But it also filled me with genuine, raw hope for the first time since I became an activist. Finally, someone took the threat of the Alt-Right seriously. And it could only be Hillary, who has experienced their loathing for decades, long before Twitter even existed. She reminds me of myself, or of the woman I hope to become: resilient in the face of opposition, unbroken by decades of sexist attacks and restrictive stereotypes. Her candidacy is proof that the Alt-Right will ultimately fail. There is no amount of screaming and threatening that can halt progress.

If I could say anything to Hillary Clinton, it would be thank you. Thank you for making me feel less alone in this daily battle against hatred online. Thank you for never wavering in your pursuit of the full equality of women. Thank you for speaking, no matter how much talking heads criticize your tone of voice. Thank you for pushing this country forward, and thank you for taking us with you. I’m with you.

When I watched Hillary’s Reno speech I was a little surprised and more than a little afraid for her when she started, not just taking names, but naming names and kicking ass. Not just Trump, but Alex Jones, Steve Bannon, Breitbart… She even called out some guy on Twitter “white-genocide-TM ” and said – flat out – he’s a bigot. She called out the “nationalism” of Nigel Farage and Putin. I thought at the time how brave she was.

But, somewhere in my foggy brain, I knew I was missing something. I watched the media and knew they were missing something. Finally, I got it. It wasn’t what she did, it was why she did. She went where others fear to tread. She gave the media time to dig into the dungeons of the “alt-right” and inform the general public. That didn’t happen because they are afraid of them. Yeah, I said it. The media are scared of them. Why wouldn’t they be? They know what these people are capable of including threats to their kids and family.

While we were watching the media’s non-reaction to their own announcement that the head of Breitbart was Trump’s new CEO (say what?), Hillary and folks decided they would have to take it into their own hands. While the media was wasting time questioning Hill’s surrogates about the Foundation and emails, her team was gearing up for this speech.

So, here’s the why. Hillary didn’t want her surrogates and supporters to bare the brunt ofdear-haters-i-have-so-much-more-for-you-to-be-mad-at-just-be-patient-858536 bringing these rock-dwellers into daylight. So, she did what needed to be done. Herself. She’s not about to let these white supremacist, racist, misogynistic, bigots hide behind some benign “alt-right” label. She used those very words. She took that pressure, that burden, off her supporters and onto her own shoulders as she has done many times before. It was like she was waving both arms in the air and yelling “Hey Haters! I’m over here! Come bully ME!” It was the most courageous thing I’ve seen in a long time.

I wish I could be that fearless. I am not. But, I think I’ll leave a few Post-It notes around the house with the last words of Hillary’s commencement speech.

Fear is always with us, but we just don’t have time for it. Not now.

Especially, not now.

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