What It Will Take? Common Sense Is What
by An Ordinary Man (the novel)
With all due respect to Marianne Schnall – and in total agreement with her goal – I think she didn’t quite get it right in today’s Commentary on CNN.com about what it will take to elect a woman president.
According to her, “[t]he first step is acknowledging that we have a problem to fix and then doing everything possible to get many more women in the political pipeline.” For the foreseeable future, she’s dead in the water right there; far too many people (many of them in my deme) simply will not make that acknowledgment. Ever. And as they die out, they are grooming their replacements. We cannot wait for a first step that is never going to happen.
Instead we need common sense. Donald Trump got elected by pretending he (“alone”) had answers to all the problems that bedevil the also-rans in today’s society; i.e., 99% of us. Hell’s bells; I almost voted for the man because I wanted so badly to believe him – he was going to solve everything and I have so much that needs to be solved. What stopped me was he offered no details (and no wonder, he – alone – seems to be the only one who didn’t know health care was so complicated). If a candidate had been able to come out and make common-sense arguments for or against some proposition, I daresay that candidate would have had a good chance of winning.
But not some activist. This was not an election in which I could really care that much whose lives mattered, or who was being grabbed, or whether somebody’s sacred lands were being violated; it was about me making it through the year. It was completely selfish. You show me how I’m going to make it, and THEN, but only then, will I start truly caring about things outside my orbit. And you might be surprised with how much I agree with you.
The glass ceiling, police brutality, DAPL, DREAM, etc, are all COMMON SENSE issues; making them political ones mean the good people LOSE, almost automatically. Hillary Clinton, a supremely well-qualified candidate, lost for the same reason the Tea Party has failed to advance – like them, she got bogged down in highly-divisive social issues. Whoever the next qualified candidate is, I want to hear from her how I can make it to the next election.