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I am tired of smart white women telling me that Hillary Clinton is a liar and that this was the reason why they voted for Trump. If the women who voted for Trump had read articles in The New York Times, The Washington Post and NPR, and other respectable readables – they would have seen plenty of evidence that Hillary Clinton is a pretty damn-straight politician. Of the Fact Checking between the two candidates: Hillary lied 14.2% and Donald lied 63%. (most politicians lie 10 t0 20%) This past September candidate debate should have opened white women’s eyes. Here, Line for line – NPR shows us what a liar Donald Trump is (and continues to be). CLICK HERE
I only bring this up because, every time I bring up what Trump is doing RIGHT THIS MINUTE, my Trump-voting White Women friends always bring up that they didn’t trust Hillary… This is not an excuse of any kind. I don’t want to talk about Hillary Clinton so you can address your guilt – I am talking about what Trump is doing RIGHT THIS MINUTE. The man you voted for is trying to take away my rights as well of the rights millions of my American brothers and sisters.
To the white women and to all women who voted for Trump – You made a mistake; A life & livelihood-costing mistake. So you didn’t fact check before you voted. We need to move on. Please, I urge you start reading and fact check now. The man you voted for is putting people in power that want to take away gay rights, women’s rights, minorities freedoms as well as give so much more breaks to the rich than the middle and lower class of our society. And please, don’t ask me to wait and see what Donald Trump will do. START READING – He’s doing what he said he was going to do RIGHT NOW!
Click on picture for interactive chart to see how these politician rank as far as truth and lies.
To continue my series on women, I bring you, “from behind the chair,” one of my surprising and recent insights about my women clients. As a hairdresser who has daily un-guarded conversations with women, while I do their cuts and colors, it has been illuminating to me that many women may vote one way when she is younger than when she is older. I always thought I could count on a woman to vote from her heart and education where it concerns her political, economic, and human rights issues. But during this election, I have been hearing from my women clients a startling admission: some of the older women will be voting in the opposite direction of their own inner morale compass.
For instance, one of my Jewish Democratic clients, who is wealthy by my standards, will be voting Republican. In elections of years past she would vote Democrat, virtually canceling out her husband’s votes. She told me that all those years of voting for social equality, economic reform, social justice, reproductive rights for women and civic programs were and are still what she believes in; but she has straight-up told me that she is voting for her own personal pocketbook this year. She believes that a vote for the Republican presidential candidate would be more in alignment for keeping her personal taxes down and her retirement safer. She’s over 50, she’s had medical bills, she’s worried about her retirement.
Fact: in 2012, more single women are voting Democratic and the married woman voter is less inclined to vote Democrat than previous years. I believe it’s because married women are also voting for their nest eggs. Most of my younger women clients will be voting Democrat. P.S.: I live in Chicago and I understand we are a Democratic city and state. Where you live, your hairdresser might report differently.
The client whom I’ve have told you about is not the only woman over 50 who has admitted to me about switching from Democrat to Republican and I can see their point of view and I respect their honesty.
To place this insight or revelation in my mind in a way that I can understand it, I recall my men friends who have always poohpoohed my harping on green issues and global warming discussions. A majority of my men friends have expressed that while they understand that individuals should recycle, use less packaging, re-use and buy electric cars, they also admit they like their conveniences and comforts much more than to change the way they do anything, let alone invest in change. I have always understood why men have voted for their personal gain. We are short-sighted as bunch, and we don’t let go of our comfort habits until which time as we are forced to.
But I have been surprised to hear women changing the way they vote, not out of personal gain or laziness, but out of ‘sound’ economic self preservation. Again, I respect my women clients for their up-front reasons to switch. I get it.
But have we become a society where both men and women have given up on the world, the environment, and the rights of the younger people who will out-live us and have to deal with the mess we have left behind?
I offer nothing more but an invitation for further the discussion on this issue on this day of voting in the United States of America. In discussion, we just might learn a lot more from each other, both men and women.
You can probably tell that I am a Democrat by social issues standards and yet I stand by a fiscally responsible government who also can make these issues part of the business of government. Please don’t let my political views keep us from talking to each other intelligently.