This was inspired by this piece. No, I am not being critical of Hillary Clinton; it is the blog author who has earned my ire. I’m just letting you know in advance.
I am not an “ungrateful wreck”, as you might put it. I voted for Hillary Clinton, because I knew that the other option we were given was not an option.
Yet, here we are.
I am not asking for “even more”, what I am asking for is some sort of reassurance. It’s only been two weeks since the inauguration and already, things are a mess. People are afraid and I happen to be one of them. There is a lot at stake here and I’d like to know that there’s someone in my corner, willing to fight.
I haven’t seen that from Hillary Clinton. I haven’t seen it all.
Now, I get what you’re saying; she’s a private citizen now and she has limited recourse. She can’t crash Senate hearings. She can’t show up unannounced on Capitol Hill. She can’t walk into the White House and demand that Trump fart out all the so-called “votes” that got him into office. I get that. We all get that. But the silence from her side has been deafening. We got a supportive tweet concerning the Women’s March but that’s been about it.
Pardon me for saying that I’d like to see something of substance here.
I am afraid. I live in fear that the progress we’ve made with LGBTQ rights will be rolled back. I live in fear that I or my husband may end up with a pink slip from our jobs not because of poor performance but because we’re atheists. I live in fear that I may need to get an abortion but be unable to have access to it. I live in fear that my best friend’s marriage may be in jeopardy because he just so happens to be gay.
That’s a lot of things to fear, as a cis-gendered married Caucasian female. If I’m that afraid, what about others, the ones who are gay? Or are born to immigrant parents? Or are wearing a hijab? How frightened and concerned are they?
They have a right to be upset. They have a right to be afraid. They have a right to be critical and don’t you dare say otherwise.
I get it: your vote is yours. Mine is mine. But I voted for Hillary Clinton and no one, not even Mrs. Clinton, is above reproach. Just as Trump is not above criticism, neither is Hillary. You need to remember that.
P.S. No one is asking women to “be the clean-up crew”. We’re marching and protesting because we’re pissed. For very obvious reasons.
P.P.S. Primus help us all.