𝓑𝔂 𝓙𝓮𝓷𝓷𝓲𝓯𝓮𝓻 𝓛𝓮𝓮
Things only got worse. The heckling got louder. Someone picked up a chair as if to throw it. “Security whispers in my ear, you’ve got to get off the stage,” Boxer said. “When I left, my heart was pounding. I’d never had that before.” ~ Barbara Boxer, describing her experience at a political event in Las Vegas in 2016. It’s hard to imagine that women, particularly feminists, would forgive and forget incidents like this one. But many women have not only turned a blind eye to this kind of misogynist harassment; they have even joined in. Abandoning sisterhood for ideology is a dangerous trade. The loss of trust women have had in each other as a result is palpable.
𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙢𝙞𝙨𝙤𝙜𝙮𝙣𝙮 𝙞𝙨 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙞𝙣𝙨𝙞𝙙𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙨𝙚.
Some of the worst enemies to women in politics aren’t men. We do like to point the finger at conservative women, and while they deserve it, they tend to stay out of our politics. The dippy All-Lives-Matter (except ours) liberal feminists (libfems), are often willing handmaidens who don’t want to risk alienating their male partners by standing up against the porn and prostitution industries, yet they will enthusiastically support and promote women candidates. They aren’t the problem, either. The very worst are the women who should know better. The women sabotaging women in politics are the segment of radical feminists who are so deeply invested in their socialist/Marxist IMAGE, they can’t be objective, and they rabidly attack decent, hardworking public servants like Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris, and Elizabeth Warren for failing to push views that most people regard as extremist.
We should be coaxing libfems out of their male-centered way of thinking, but those efforts have been abandoned by many women who have joined the anti-capitalist movement- the ideological dead-end where women’s liberation goes to die. Anti-capitalism is a movement dominated by men because men enjoy revolution as a blood sport, not as a means toward liberation. It’s alarming to see women taking on the aggressive characteristics of male revolutionaries, only to use this aggression against other women, alienating them from feminism, and causing them to retreat to the safe harbor of their sanitized patriarchy. Do you want to reach these women or not? Radical feminism is an enormous set of ideas, constantly evolving and expanding. When one doctrine of radical feminism is heard over the rest, the result is a monolithic dogma that is inflexible and unwieldy, and intimidating to newcomers. It can also be provincial.
The USA is massive and complex. The cultural divide between right and left is deeper than the Mariana Trench. The largest voting block is moderate/centrist, and the only avenue to achieve progress that benefits the people is through incremental change. The voters will reject anything that feels too radical. Over and over again, impatient little egomaniacs lighting candles on their altar to Che Guevara (who was a misogynist and homophobe), lusting for a mano-a-mano revolution against the “establishment”, have instead fomented so much hate against progressive politicians with their nitpicking and purity tests, that we find ourselves enduring yet another horrifying conquest by conservatives.
Then the malcontents who cut down the progressives stand back and whine about how they could have won, if only the moderate voters listened to them and supported their fringe jackass cult leader. None of these people do their own research. “Which candidate is furthest to the left and appears the angriest? Great- that’s our guy!” I’ve seen more socialist virtue-signaling among radical feminists than any other group, even Dudebros. You have to be a special kind of information-resistant pinhead to rant about overthrowing the patriarchy, then demand everyone rally behind a woman-hating curmudgeon like Bernie Sanders. Bernie, Ralph Nader, and Jill Stein are the left’s answer to Lyndon Larouche, Ross Perot, and Michelle Bachmann. Batshit crazy megalomaniacs tend to attract rabid followers who feel they have some special insight, and believe the whole world would love their idol if we just got to know them better. We DID get to know them, which is why we aren’t supporting them.
If you want change, not only do you have to work for it, you must recognize that other voters are going to have their say because 𝙙𝙚𝙢𝙤𝙘𝙧𝙖𝙘𝙮, and you need to bring something to the table that will resonate with people who don’t share your point of view 100%. Socialism is a lost cause in America. But we CAN have socialist programs (we already have MANY of these!) by calling them anything but socialist, and delivering them to the paranoid public under a label that is palatable to the dimmest of the dimwits. That is the Democratic Party’s method of choice, and it’s been extremely effective for decades.
We would have had a 20-year head start to work on the climate crisis if not for the efforts of fringe malcontents who enjoy using election cycles to strut their proletariat cred and bash the candidates who are working toward our best interests within the system we already have. Revolution is a gory, destructive mess, and does the most harm to the most vulnerable people. We could have had two Hillary terms to follow Obama’s two terms, but no. Not good enough. And the insufferable fools who called her Killary are now condemning the US for Trump’s policies, in complete denial of the part they personally played in this nightmare. And the part they continue to play. I wish they would at least have the integrity to admit they are nihilists. They are anything but socialists, when you consider that the consequences of their actions lead directly to authoritarian dictatorships over and over again.
Sometimes the underdog is not a misunderstood rebel or an unsung hero, but just another self-absorbed misanthrope, angry at the world over his personal disappointments. It’s ironic that so many women who see right through the clusterfuck of gender ideology can’t be just as pragmatic with their political views. Politicians are employees of the people, not our saviors, not our heroes, not our friends. Let’s hire the best person for the job out of the remaining pool of applicants and get on with our lives.