Misogyny And The Political Process In America


TV and radio talker Thom Hartmann, brings up an interesting point relative to the possible presidential candidacy of Hillary Clinton.

“Never underestimate the power of misogyny,” Hartmann advises, basing his statement on the fact that African-Americans got the vote with the end of the Civil War in 1865,  55 years before women won the right to vote in 1920.

In truth,  African-Americans right to vote wasn’t actually nailed down by the Congress until the 15th Amendment was passed in 1870,  and even then their right to vote was blocked in many states until the Voting Rights Act of 1965, but for the sake of the idea, let’s go with the end of the war in 1865 and the passage of women’s suffrage with the 19th Amendment in 1920, which makes it a difference of 55 years.  Sort of.

Officially and on the record, African-American men were afforded the right to vote 55 years before American women of any color.   Unofficially,  many African-Americans wouldn’t gain the right to vote until 1965, 45 years after the passage of Women’s Suffrage.

Republican obstructionism to Mr. Obama may have been only partly or possibly mostly due to racism.   Either way, it has been so painfully obvious,  that only those who deny history will fail to see a degree of bigotry having been involved in the ongoing effort to stop Mr. Obama from moving the nation forward in any way shape or form.

Hartmann’s observation about women being denied the vote is at the very least interesting,  in that America’s undercurrent of bias against women could be even more problematic than its bias against African-Americans.

I’m not sure about the power of the premise but it’s an interesting point,  and an issue that could present a potential hurdle for Ms. Clinton in her quest for the Presidency.

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