This is the front page of our Seattle Times newspaper this morning.
It was a long time coming - eight and a half years - but finally Hillary Clinton will be our candidate for the President of the United States!
And now, at a little after 7:00 PM, PDT, I am watching my candidate take the stage in front of an ecstatic crowd in Brooklyn, NY as she acknowledges her victory in the Democratic primary campaign. This is the first time in our nation's history that a woman will be a major candidate for President.
It's about time!
Some folks are saying it is no longer an important issue that we have our first woman candidate. Well, they are wrong. They didn't ask me.
I have never been an outspoken feminist. As an elementary school teacher, I worked in a world of women. Sure, many of the Principals were men, and some were paternalistic, but it never occurred to me to ask these men for permission for anything. I began teaching in 1966, and soon led the way in wearing pantsuits! Wow. Big deal. Apparently some teachers in other buildings had to be granted permission in order to wear pants to work in their classrooms. I didn't ask. It never occurred to me. I just wore them, and then so did other women.
That seems like a small issue, and it is, but it is an example of how long it has taken for women to be able to take charge of their lives and make their own decisions.
But Hillary Clinton is more than just the first woman candidate. She is the most highly qualified candidate. Now I know that some of you out there don't like her. I find it strange that so many women say that, as if they actually knew her. You most likely don't really know her at all. And if you choose to believe all of the propaganda that has been published to smear her over the last 25 years, then it is no wonder you "don't like her".
People who fear her power and her skill and her knowledge claim that she is a liar, a crook, even a murderer! I have done quite a bit of fact checking over the years, and there is very little truth to these claims.
I have been a watcher of Hillary for a long time. I have seen her fight and learn and grow and evolve, always working for the betterment of women and children around the world.
So with Hillary tonight I am celebrating!
Yes, I understand the idealism of the Bernie Sanders supporters, idealism that they hoped would be the answer to their disillusionment. Lots of folks are having a hard time. Barack Obama has worked hard to solve many of our economic and international issues, always fighting against the tide of Republicans determined to see him fail at our expense. Hillary Clinton has the same goals as President Obama and Bernie Sanders.
No, I don't understand Republicans. And I don't understand the people who vote against their own self interests. We need to elect a Democrat Congress so we can get some things fixed.
And if you are wavering against voting for Hillary Clinton, remember she is now the only one standing between us and our having to play Hail to the Chief for Donald Trump.