Wednesday, April 22, 2015

READY FOR HILLARY? NO! 
     Fifty years after the Civil Rights and Women's Movements,
Push back against the '60s, turn the clock, way, way, back,
     Mostly subconscious, rarely expressed,
Could it be why certain groups are under attack?
 
     We declared ourselves proudly a nation "post-racial,"
When Obama was elected in 2008,
     Despite concern there might be an attempt on his life while in office, seven years later...
...The worst that's happened is the man who go into the White House after jumping the gate.
 
     But during his tenure other African-Americans lives haven't fared so well,
White cops "carding" to gunning down the unarmed, mostly young over race,
     Blue on Black, growth in incarceration, unemployment, inequalities,
"Brothers" perhaps being targeted in the Leader of the Free World's place?
 
     Which leads US to the ladies, headlines: campus rapes...sexual assaults in the military...
...Entitled athletes practicing their "hits" on wives, girlfriends, and kids,
     Misogynist males giving "liberation" lipservice, actions speak louder than words,
What, you say, does this have to do with upcoming Presidential bids?
 
     Overtly ambitious to be a "first," dues paid entitled...Here's Hillary...
...Standing on the stump of sisterhood, waving the "war on women" wedge worldwide,
     If she wins the nomination, then the office, more tension and backlash, this time based on gender?
Half a century of "progress," two "transformational" elections in a row - Enough! Widening the "house divide?"
 
     In a republic already rife with domestic "discord,"
In and out of the home, physical harm, emotional/verbal abuse, financial chains,
     The emasculated using violence to assert power over the more vulnerable,
Could an unintentional consequence of shattering the glass ceiling of the Oval Office be a reversal of feminist gains?
 
     Wife of the first "Black" President, the goals of the Girls' Club pinned to her pantsuit,
Messianic expectations - more - again - impossible to meet,
     As we mark the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, will all the changes rooted in the resolution of that conflict...
...Be epitomized, and then go down to defeat? 
 
     "Hot mess" on our hands, why pick a politician who's polarizing, with potential to amplify "all of the above?"
Wouldn't someone avuncular, who can calm the country, way, way, down, be the wiser way to go?
     The Clinton machine comes with decades of baggage and continuing drama...so many macro and micro reasons why...
Right now, for US, the answer to the question "Ready for Hillary?" has to be a resounding "NO!"
 
Karen Ann DeLuca