I mentioned that morality is not as black and white as I once thought. This revelation is challenging me in many areas, including politics. Politics is not so cut and dry as I once believed, where one party has it all right, and the other has it all wrong.
Misogyny is a perfect example.
The GOP chose all white males in all major house committees. As a feminists and a progressive, of course, that disappoints me. I do try to give them the benefit that these particular males just made the best committee, but given that I grew up conservative, I certainly find that extremely unlikely. Misogyny sucks.
On a different note, whether or not a female is the most qualified or least qualified, or whether a minority is the best qualified or least qualified is totally irrelevant to the fact that Republicans *need* to be working with women and minorities if they want conservative Americans to take the GOP seriously. Sadly, the evangelicals that have helped build the Religious Right would rather take the Republican party down than compromise their values. The evangelical leaders, who have pool and access to so much, would rather hold onto their misogyny than elect progressive candidates (or simply ask the congressman/woman to make progressive choices, I bet many would).
But before we applaud the democrats, lets remember that most women in the government make less money than men. That includes Obama’s cabinet members. There is no excuse for that even if lower salaries for women follows national trends. If the Democrats claim to care for women, they need to show equality in every respect. You know, outside Hillary, I cannot see Americans voting for a woman president even if she had the right personality. Because deep down, sexism is still alive in well in America.
So now what?
Ironically, I got these stories from facebook. Its pretty typical that my Republican friends publish the ‘evils’ of Obama and the Democrats while my Democrat friends post on the ‘evils” of the Republicans. What I rarely see is my friends, on either side, acknowledge the weakness of their party. My many friends are good at pointing at the racism and sexism on the other side, but bad at seeing the face of their party.
In a sense, it reminds me of parents who play favorites. One of my kids in Asia is very polite and appears perfect, most of the time. The other two horse around and disobey all the time. But when the supposed perfect kid disobeys, its still disobedience. But when it comes to political leaders, much like religious leaders, the leader can do no wrong. Billy Graham arranged a marriage for his daughter with a highly wealthy man in Switzerland who was nearly 20 years older than her, asking her to drop her college education as a result. No one asked questions. Religious leaders and political leaders can do no wrong because their followers are desperate to have someone to follow. The other side may point out the flaws, but their own followers rarely do.
Personally, I condemn all bigotry, sexism, racism, and all discrimination, no matter the party. If its wrong in one form, its wrong in another.