Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Debating What Maureen Would Not

A few days ago the NY chapter of NOW (National Organization for Women) released the following statement concerning Senator Kennedy's endorsement of Barack Obama (from the Politico):

“Women have just experienced the ultimate betrayal. Senator Kennedy’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton’s opponent in the Democratic presidential primary campaign has really hit women hard. Women have forgiven Kennedy, stuck up for him, stood by him, hushed the fact that he was late in his support of Title IX, the ERA, the Family Leave and Medical Act to name a few. Women have buried their anger that his support for the compromises in No Child Left Behind and the Medicare bogus drug benefit brought us the passage of these flawed bills. We have thanked him for his ardent support of many civil rights bills, BUT women are always waiting in the wings.

“And now the greatest betrayal! We are repaid with his abandonment! He’s picked the new guy over us. He’s joined the list of progressive white men who can’t or won’t handle the prospect of a woman president who is Hillary Clinton (they will of course say they support a woman president, just not “this” one). ‘They’ are Howard Dean and Jim Dean (Yup! That’s Howard’s brother) who run DFA (that’s the group and list from the Dean campaign that we women helped start and grow). They are Alternet, Progressive Democrats of America, democrats.com, Kucinich lovers and all the other groups that take women’s money, say they’ll do feminist and women’s rights issues one of these days, and conveniently forget to mention women and children when they talk about poverty or human needs or America’s future or whatever.

“This latest move by Kennedy, is so telling about the status of and respect for women’s rights, women’s voices, women’s equality, women’s authority and our ability – indeed, our obligation - to promote and earn and deserve and elect, unabashedly, a President that is the first woman after centuries of men who ‘know what’s best for us.’”

Jon and I had a debate over whether it was right for NY NOW to release this statement. Jon thought it was OK, I thought it was not. We're each going to post arguments for our respective positions.

2 comments:

Elisabeth said...

ah yes, but have you seen the New York State NOW's press release titled: "Psychological Gang Bang of Hillary is Proof We Need a Woman President"??

http://www.nownys.org/pr_2008/pr_011108.html

Jonathan said...

Oh good god, even I am not defending that. We're going to need to get a third even less scrupulous blogger!