Presidential Election Schadenfreude

Looking at the mess the Republican Party is in, it’s really hard to avoid an extravagant sense of schadenfreude – taking pleasure in another’s trouble. I know, it’s not nice. But, hey,  I never claimed to be a perfect Christian.

I’m 52 years old. My entire life, the leadership of the GOP has gone out of it’s way to stir up hate and fear as well as to pander and wink at prejudice of all kinds. Some Republicans act as if Trump came out of nowhere, an inexplicable aberration. But he is the Frankenstein the GOP created. The GOP is not going to recover from the damage this ugly American has already caused until they face that fact and make some profound changes. Sadly, I’ve yet to see any sign they will.

And then there is the other candidate – Hillary Clinton. For those who don’t want to support her because she’s always been so controversial, I would say name one powerful woman who HASN’T been controversial. Despite all our progress, our society sees it as a character flaw if a women desires a leadership role. Women are still held to a higher standard in too many areas where a man would be given the benefit of the doubt. Think I’m exaggerating? When’s the last time you’ve heard of a male actor who was asked about his clothing’s designer instead of his roles? When has a male executive ever had to justify his work/family life balance? How often is a father criticized for his parenting choices? Why is it considered a sin for a women to be even 10 lbs overweight or God forbid, to show signs of aging? And why in 2016, are rape victims still asked about what they wore and who’ve they’ve dated, as if that justifies anything? Not to mention a judge who worries more about the rapist than the victim.

When my grandmother was born, women didn’t have the vote. When my mother was an abused young wife, domestic violence was considered a private family problem.

When I was a little girl, about 11 or 12 I think, there was a case in the news that made quite an impression on me. A woman accused her husband of raping her. From the media reaction, no one could remember a case of marital rape before. I remember there was a lot of discussion about whether or not a man could be legally charged with raping his wife. Even as young I was, I understood that if a woman lost all right to say no to her man once he put a ring on her finger, that meant she was legally his property. I couldn’t understand why there even any debate.

Women of ‘a certain age’ remember all of this bullshit and more. Including Hillary Clinton.

Donald Trump keeps talking about ‘the Woman’s Card’, as if it’s something to be ashamed of.

Hey, Donald let me make it loud and clear. I am not only voting for Hillary Clinton because she is the only grownup in the race, the only sane person in the race, the only qualified person in the race, and the only non-bigot in the race. I am also proud to vote for a woman who knows her gender’s  history and takes the concerns of half of our country’s population seriously.

When I was young, I never thought I’d live long enough to see either a person of color or a woman elected president. I’ve never been so proud to be proved wrong.

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