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Women's Suffrage

Suffrage -- It sounds horrible, doesn't it? The word, I mean.  Like someone suffering.  And why would anyone want to fight for that?

But, according to Webster, suffrage actually means = "A vote given in deciding a controverted question, or in the choice of a man for an office or trust; the formal expression of an opinion; assent; vote."

According to this guy's blog, it comes from Latin “Suffragari”, meaning to support or vote for someone.  The word used to mean "assistance or help" and was often used by "the Church" to refer to saying prayers for the souls of the departed.   It referred to the privilege, once dead, of being prayed for (because not everyone was so special to receive these after-death prayers).

By approximately the year 1700 - the word suffrage basically referred to "the privilege possessed by a soul in whose interest others may intercede. By a slight reversal, this becomes the privilege of interceding in the fate of such a soul; by extension, the privilege of interceding in any grave matter."

McCain has referred to Palin as the answer to women's struggle for suffrage since the 19th century at the national level (and before, at a state level).  Palin represents NOTHING these brave female suffragists worked for.  McCain could have selected a more qualified female candidate, but he did not - instead he put HIMSELF before this Country, and chose someone ill prepared to run our country should something happen to him.  These are the kind of poor and selfish decisions we can expect him to make in office as well.


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Nov. 1st, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
Nov. 1st, 2008 11:53 pm (UTC)
My concern about this argument--as someone who is hypersensitive to women's equality issues by virtue of my own mother's experiences in the building industry while I was growing up--is that by placing an additional barrier on a woman who rises to being an election away from the executive of the United States, effectively disqualifying her because her policies are not those of the Democratic Party, you are engaging in sexism yourself.

One could argue, of course, that Palin wouldn't be in consideration if she had similar experience as a man--but then, one would also have to point out that Obama wouldn't be in consideration if he didn't have black skin. And elections are always as much about who the person is as it is what the person stands for; otherwise, we wouldn't have a disproportionate number of Presidents from south of the Mason-Dixon line.

If your beliefs are a litmus as to if you (as a woman) are qualified to hold a position, while a man is not subject to a similar litmus test, then be prepared to spend a lot more time below the glass ceiling looking up.
Nov. 2nd, 2008 02:32 am (UTC)
If a man had similar education and experience as Palin, yes, I would find him *extremely* unqualified to be President. Take our current President for example. He was and is highly unqualified to lead this country. Palin, I'm afraid, reminds me very much of W.

Yes, I disagree with Palin's politics. Among other things, she is against abortion, even in the case of rape & incest. She plays hard to the extreme right. And yes, I find that extremely frightening. But, even more frightening is that a person (whether male or female) with so little education and so little life experience beyond her family and the teeny-weeny town of which she was mayor, could soon be in a position to screw this country up further in the eyes of our foreign friends and enemies, not to mention sink us further into economic ruin.
Nov. 2nd, 2008 12:51 am (UTC)
Qualifications for President
I support your opinion of Sarah Palin, totally not qualified to be in higher office. Under prepared and no experience along with over compensating for her total lack of the skills needed for one of highest offices in the US government. John McCain has no respect for women and his comments about Palin being the answer to womans suffrage is total wrong and a major insult to every women. She deserves to be multiple stories below the glass ceiling.
Nov. 2nd, 2008 01:43 am (UTC)
Re: Qualifications for President
Would this argument be made if Governor Palin was a liberal Democrat running as VP to Senator Obama?
Nov. 2nd, 2008 02:35 am (UTC)
Re: Qualifications for President
Yes, I would be deeply saddened and disenfranchised if Obama made such a poor choice as his running mate.

Palin barely made it through college with a JOURNALISM degree (she went to 5 schools in 6 years before graduating)...

Palin's only government experience is limited to Mayor of a small city in Alaska, Wasilla (1996-2002). In 2000, the census said only about 5,500 people lived in Wasilla. That's fewer people than the number of passengers & crew that a Royal Carribean cruise ship holds comfortably (~6,400).

Then she's been Governor of Alaska since December 2006 - but remember that Alaska's population is approximately 680,000 people. By comparison, Georgia's population is 9.5 million; Florida is 18.2 million... Even little Rhode Island has a population of over 1 million people. Atlanta's population is approximately 519,000. So it's really more like she's become the mayor of a large city (not the governor of a big state!)...

But to me the biggest fault is her lack of knowledge about the Constitution and the US legal system and how the President and Vice President work within that system. Obama learned about those roles in law school and by his experience as a Senator and state legislature. Her answers during the VP debate that she agrees with Cheney about the broad powers of the Vice President (beyond those set out in the Constitution) are frightening, and yet another reason why she will be a puppet for her handlers and will be nothing but bad news for our civil liberties. And it's exactly the reason they chose her, I think, because she doesn't have a background that will help her understand the history and reasoning of the Framers of the Constitution and about the Balance of Powers. Frightening.

Edited at 2008-11-02 02:39 am (UTC)
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