I wasn’t sure how I felt about Hillary Clinton at the beginning of this election. I was a Bernie supporter. Hillary was too far to the right, too moderate for my liking. Plus, she came with the baggage of more than twenty years in the spotlight. I saw how the right wing and the press treated her when she was first lady. They certainly weren’t much better when she was Secretary of State. Thinking that this would improve when she became President is just foolish.
But, then, I started thinking about why Hillary Clinton was so detested. She has been portrayed in the media as being scheming, conniving, too ambitious, out for herself, and, in extreme cases, evil. Why has this woman who has worked in some form of public office most of her life been treated this way?
Because it sells papers. Here is my Facebook response to someone who repeatedly writes on my posts how evil and abhorrent Hillary is:
Based on what? She’s never been arrested. She’s never been charged with a crime. She isn’t out killing kittens in the middle of the night. She has been branded as an evil woman by a media who wants to sell papers and make ratings since she was first lady. They did the same thing to Nancy Reagan. The difference is that Mrs. Reagan didn’t have any political ambitions beyond being Ronnie’s wife. Secretary Clinton has always had political ambitions and she pays the price for it with constant investigations into everything she does. Quite frankly, I’m tired of the biased and unfounded allegations against her. I agree with her politically 92% of the time. I am going to vote for her. I am not going to tell my grandsons that the country sucks because your Nana cast a vote that allowed in a spoiled, rich,racist,warmongering boy to ascend to the Presidency. I am not going to write in Bernie Sanders, because he has thrown himself behind Secretary Clinton for President. If she is really that evil that she has gotten away with horrible things all these years, frankly, that’s the President I want – someone who can get things done.
Obviously, this didn’t change this person’s mind. Sadly, the perception of Clinton is abhorrent. In this day and age, you can’t change people’s minds. Sometimes the opposite is true. The more you insist that something isn’t true, the more the person making the statement will cling to their belief.
Is this a new phenomenon? No, we have been making judgement calls on people throughout history. Mary Todd Lincoln was despised for spending what Americans considered a wasteful amount on refurnishing the White House. Jackie Kennedy was looked down upon for the same, until she charmed the public and the press. There have been 9 different First Ladies in my lifetime. All but Barbara Bush were trounced in the press. Nancy Reagan was considered out of touch. Pat Nixon was too quiet, etc. The nation went nuts when Mrs. Obama put in a garden and bared her arms. We are a nation of people who do not want our First Ladies to be strong women, which is interesting because the only way a woman could survive being the wife of a President is to be a strong willed woman. Just like it isn’t easy for a man to walk a step behind his woman, the same can be said for the woman walking a step behind her man.
It’s time for us to come around and judge Hillary on her own basis. She isn’t an ignorant woman. She went to law school. She grew up, as I did, in a Middle Class Household. That doesn’t make her out of touch with the rest of us. Are there things in pop culture she might not know? Absolutely, it’s the same for me. She was a successful Senator and, then, the Secretary of State. If you want to agree with her politically, that’s one thing, but this perception that she’s somehow evil is ridiculous. I wouldn’t even say that about Donald Trump. Evil is Adolf Hitler, Pol Pot, and their irk.
Judge her on the statements she actually makes and the actions she has or does take – don’t rely on an inaccurate media telling you how to feel. As I mentioned yesterday, the media has it’s own bias.