Yesterday, in introducing the Felonious HRC at a New Hampshire campaign event, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright reiterated her supposedly famous quote, “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.”
Here’s the quote in the context of yesterday’s event [hat tip The Guardian]:
“Young women have to support Hillary Clinton. The story is not over!” she said. “They’re going to want to push us back. Appointments to the supreme court make all the difference. It’s not done and you have to help. Hillary Clinton will always be there for you. And just remember, there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.”
You got that New Hampshire women?
You have to support Hillary Clinton.
Got that? HAVE TO.
Support Hillary or you’re going to hell. And not just any hell, but a special place in hell reserved for women who have the audacity to think independently.
It made me think of this great line from an episode of “Firefly” where, upon discovering that Captain Reynolds apparently (and without his realizing it) married a young woman, Shephard Book tells him, “If you take sexual advantage of her, you’re going to burn in a very special level of hell. A level they reserve for child molesters and people who talk at the theater.”
Albright’s quote which is, for reasons that escape me, quite famous, pretty much sums up the problem with viewing people not as individuals but as identity groups.
The assumption that all women should support a woman because, well, genitalia, is so devoid of reason, it really doesn’t surprise me a feminist said it. They aren’t exactly known for their deep reasoning skills.
This is at the heart of why I just cannot stand Leftists.
Identity politics is, frankly, lazy. It is the way Liberals avoid having to deal one-on-one with any individual. They have neat little categories into which they plop every person based on skin color, gender, nationality, religion, income. All blacks go in one box. All gays go in another box. All women go in a third box. All white males … well, white males don’t go in a box. They’re the ones who get thrown away as if they don’t matter. All “Hispanics” go into yet another box.
And, naturally, there are subcategories. Hispanic women get subdivided from “Hispanics” as a whole. Black women get subdivided from blacks as a whole.
Liberals do not see individuals. Instead they herd everyone like a bunch of sheep.
To people like Madeleine Albright, it is perfectly reasonable to say, “Women, you have to vote for Hillary.”
Speaking as a woman, I find this a little insulting.
The assumption here is women are incapable of actually seeing the big picture and can only comprehend basic, caveman level logic, “Me woman. Hillary woman. Me support Hillary.”
Liberals, man. They really do believe we are that stupid.
It’s the same condescending prattle that they use when campaigning for “the black vote” or “the Hispanic vote” or “the young people’s vote.”
In fact, I would go so far as to say it’s the basest form of profiling.
Subject 1 is a woman: Therefore she supports “reproductive rights,” “abortion on demand,” cradle-to-grave government entitlements, and “income equality.”
Subject 2 is Hispanic: Therefore he supports Amnesty, open borders, socialized medicine and a government-imposed minimum wage.
Subject 3 is a “Millennial:” Therefore he wants free college, free healthcare, supports Planned Parenthood and hates Wall Street.
Subject 4 is a White Male: Therefore he didn’t get where his is in life through his own hard work, but stole it through his manipulation of “White Privilege.” He clings to his guns and his religion. And he’s probably a racist hater and xenophobe too. So screw him. Screw them all. Screw all white men!
This is the problem with not campaigning on your own set of principles (in Hillary’s case, that’s because she doesn’t possess any principles).
When you hold to a set of principles, you don’t try and pander to identity groups, rather, you make the case for what you believe in. And, as a result, you can attract people from all walks of life who are drawn to what you believe.
As I said, Hillary can’t do that. She can’t attract people to herself through the strength of her arguments. She can’t draw support by standing firm on a set of principles. Instead, she makes shallow and disingenuous appeals to voting blocs based on the most generalize and stereotypical assumptions imaginable.
It really is insulting.
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