Sunday, September 14, 2008

Supporting Sarah Palin: "Gender Trumps Everything Else"

Dr. Lynette Long, feminist mom who works as a psychologist in Bethesda, Maryland, is a longtime Democrat who supported Hillary Clinton in the Presidential primary. As a a political activist and the author of 20 books, Dr. Long is not only supporting Sarah Palin, she is urging feminists and other Democrats to support her also. Today, she writes in her Baltimore Sun op-ed,

"Children incorporate many of their perceptions about gender by age 5. Little girls won't understand if Sarah Palin is pro-life or pro-choice, believes in gun control or is a member of the NRA, but they will know the vice president of the United States is a girl - and that alone will alter their perceptions of themselves. . . .

"Right now, for me, gender trumps everything else. If Democratic women wait for the perfect woman to come along, we will never elect a woman. I will vote for McCain-Palin. I urge other women to do the same. I promise to be the first person knocking on her door if Roe v. Wade or any other legislation that goes against the rights of women is threatened. But in Governor Palin, I find a woman of integrity, who not only talks the talk but walks the walk. I can work with that. I will work with that."

After Hillary Clinton lost her party's primary, Dr. Long entered into a series of discussions with Sen. Obama's campaign about gender parity in an Obama cabinet. They weren't interested. Do Dr. Long's article and visit her website for a very interesting viewpoint about the Democrats, John McCain and the importance of involving more women in government.

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