We, the PEOPLE!! often quotes the US Constitution, adopted in 1787, and perhaps the finest example on Earth of a charter by which people govern themselves.Â This blog obviously takes its title from the opening remarks of that document:
â€œWe, the People of the
Far less perfect, but by no mean less influential upon history is the US Declaration of Independence, written prior to the Constitution in 1776, and which contains this famous passage:
â€œWe hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life,
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.â€Â You can read more about this document HERE.
For over one hundred and thirty years, based partly upon the wording of the Declaration of Independence, most states within the
The only problem with that was that women were citizens of the country that claimed to be the beacon of liberty to the world (just not to its own female citizens).Â It took a womenâ€™s movement known as Suffrage (read more about it HERE).Â
The Suffrage Movement women fought to achieve the right for women to vote, and there were numerous organizations at the time that opposed them.Â It was not unusual for a Suffragette to be verbally abused, and told to drop out of the movement and â€œget back into the kitchen where she belongedâ€.
Nonetheless, in the face of abuse and scorn, this movement and its women were able force a change to this unfair practice in 1920 with the passage and implementation of the nineteenth amendment to the US Constitution.Â This amendment gave American women the right to vote.
Since then, there have been women throughout recent history who claimed to be running for president of the
All of this history underscores the extraordinary events of the democratic presidential primary campaign of 2008.Â For the very first time in history, a woman has had a real run at the nomination for president of the
Hillary Clinton has achieved a milestone that a short year ago would probably have been considered impossible for a woman (or an African-American) to achieve:Â She has won approximately half of all the votes cast in the democratic primaries within the USA to date, and stands to achieve an even higher percentage with a predicted sizable win in the Puerto Rico primary this Sunday,
And while it appears almost certain that Obama will outrace her to the democratic nomination for president in 2008, even he has publicly acknowledged
So why are there so many folks (one suspects mostly men, but that is unproven) demanding that she abandon her historic quest now, with three primaries still to be held, that she simply drop out of the race because her chances of winning seem so remote?
One wonders if these same â€œLiberty and Justice for allâ€ Americans that are demanding Clinton cease and desist might also be standing short of the finish line at the Boston Marathon, demanding that all runners after the winner â€œdrop out of the Marathon, since they canâ€™t winâ€.
Obviously, these folks seem to be motivated by something other than democratic ideals.Â They are either Hillary-haters, oblivious to history, or are so impatient about the race that they will hang on anything and everything, including Clintonâ€™s misspoken statement about RFKâ€™s assassination (for which she has apologized and the apology accepted by the Kennedys and Obama himself), as justification to have that â€œshrill-sounding bitchâ€ get out of the race (and back into the kitchen, perhaps?)?
Whether one is a Clinton, Obama, or McCain supporter, one must acknowledge the obvious historical reality of these times.Â
Those who continue to demand her withdrawal from history should hang their heads in shame.