Some song on the radio reminded me for a brief moment of this song, from way back in 1990, Kool Thing, by Sonic Youth. There’s a bit in the middle when they get all political, and Kim asks Chuck D what he’s going to do for the ladies…is he going to free them from white-male-corporate-oppression? He’s all supportive and kool, saying things like “Yeah…tell it like it is”, that kind of thing.
I always liked that song, but here’s the thing. I don’t want a big strong man to save women from white-male-corporate-oppression. I want us to save ourselves. Men can work along with us, but not as our saviors, as our equals. I want the work to be done by women, for women. Which is why, damn it, I want to vote for Hillary Clinton. Because as much as she is clearly an equivocating member of the old boy’s club, and her stance on Iraq and Iran clearly mean we should NOT vote for her, she is still a woman. And having a woman president is something I’ve dreamed of since I was a little girl. Men may or may not understand why it feels important to me, to many of us, to have a face of power that looks a bit more like mine. With a woman President would (one hopes) come more women in powerful offices, more women in the cabinet, more female advisers, more women all around. And with women in positions of power, perhaps some of the men in power might realize that the world isn’t going to end just because she might get PMS or something stupid like that. It could open so many doors, especially in the imaginations of young girls. They could know that their sex no longer holds them back quite as far as it once did. That’s an important thing to know. Damn it, it would be history. So. I admit it. I want a woman president, and it pisses me off that I feel so strongly the desire to defend myself for wanting to vote for her.
And of course, I do feel the need to defend myself, because I don’t really LIKE her, and I’m not sure what kind of a president she would be, and after these last 8 stupid years, we really need a good, strong president. Someone who is in touch with the people, and can relinquish some of the executive powers stolen by BushCo., someone who is willing to stand up for what is right again.
Then, god, if I can’t get behind Hillary, I want to get behind Obama. He’s smart, he’s black, he’s dedicated, and he’s a Democrat. I want a brown face in the Oval Office almost as much as I want a female face. But honestly, Oprah or no, I can’t get all excited about him. I’m not sure why, but he has thus far failed to capture my imagination.
I heart Kucinich, even if he does hang out with Shirley Maclaine. I voted for him in the primaries last time, and I might do so again. But he doesn’t have a chance, it seems, any more than he did last time.
And then there’s Edwards. I love his wife (not enough of a reason to vote for a person, but hell, she seems to be just an awesome woman), and he seems to be willing to stand up to the Republicans, and he seems to want to champion the cause of poverty in this nation, which is a cause that has been ignored as of late. Maybe I’m a sucker, but I’m falling for him.
So…here I find myself, in a race with a black man and a white woman, leaning toward white men as my first two choices. It’s truly pissing me off. I haven’t decided yet what I’m going to do.Â And just yesterday, Starshine linked me to an election calculator meant to give me all of my answers, and guess what?Â I apparantly really like Mike Gravel.Â Though I must admit I don’t know the guy fromÂ Adam’s off ox.Â Â Next is Kucinich (noÂ shock there, since I heart him), Biden, and Obama.Â Edwards still comes out above Hillary.Â They didn’t ask me, however, how I felt about having more women in positions of power in our Executive Branch, so I don’t know.Â I guess I have until February to figure it out…that’s the CA primaries.