Women put up with a lot of crap, but this year's Presidential farce has to take the cake.
We now have four men on the "two" major party tickets running for the White House. Neither candidate, Democrat nor Republican, even bothered to CONSIDER a woman for Vice President, let alone appoint one.
Women: 53% of the population -- the MAJORITY gender -- and once again, there is ZERO representation. The minority still rules, still calls the shots, still holds the reins of power. That's called "apartheid."
You know what amazes me? That neither Gore nor Bush even tried to PRETEND they were considering a woman for Vice President! In the past, the all-male Presidential candidates have at least "floated" some names, or said "so-and-so" was on "the short list." They thought women might be upset if it looked like they were being ignored. So they played the game of interviewing "Pat Schroeder" for the job, or mentioning "Elizabeth Dole" as a "possibility."
This year, in what appears to be a political version of "battered women's syndrome," guy politicians have discovered that they don't have to do a damn thing to placate women voters. They are convinced women will just take it -- in silence.
And just as Dick Cheney is the true face of George W. Bush, Joe Lieberman is the true face of Al Gore. Lieberman's number one financial backer in Connecticut is the insurance industry -- and when they say "jump," he leaps. He even opposed Clinton's watered-down health insurance bill. He is an enemy of affirmative action. He has voted for tax cuts for the rich, voted for NAFTA, supports a form of prayer ("the minute of silence") in the public schools (and the granting of vouchers to help fund religious schools), and joined Al Gore as one of only 10 Democrats in the Senate who supported Bush the First in starting the Gulf War.
In short, a real guy's guy.
Of course, not to beat a dead Corvair, there is a candidate who is now, according to Tim Russert on "Meet the Press" last Sunday, polling between 11% and 15% in some surveys, and has chosen a woman as his running mate. His name is Ralph Nader and HER name is Winona LaDuke. She is a Harvard graduate from Minnesota and a Native American. She has a bunch of wild ideas women usually come up with, the kinds of things that probably keep them off the other tickets -- like, everybody should be guaranteed insurance if they get sick, or working moms and kids deserve day care, or maybe we shoud build a few less submarines in Connecticut and build a few new schools in the Bronx. Stuff like that. Chick stuff, ya know. Stuff us guys ain't got time for.
Ralph and Winona have tripled their standing in the polls since they started. There is a momentum taking place and maybe, just maybe, the majority - women - will rise up and say enough of this male apartheid.
PS Tomorrow night (Wednesday, August 9) is the final episode of "The Awful Truth" for the season. More on this in tomorrow's letter -- and my thoughts about the Supreme Court in a possible George the Second Administration.
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